By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Hertha Berlin did little to aid their battle to avoid the drop as they slipped to defeat at Schalke on Sunday.
The Berlin side are perilously close to the drop zone and they saw more points slip away at the Arena AufSchalke as goals by Hamil Altintop, Jorg Bohme and Ebbe Sand (pictured) gave Schalke a comfortable win.
Stuttgart's hopes of catching second placed Bayern Munich were dealt a blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bochum.
Cacau had Stuttgart in front on 33, but a Marcelo Bordon own goal just before the hour resulted in two dropped points.