BERLIN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Schalke 04 stormed to a 3-1 derby win over Borussia Dortmund on Sunday to rejoin Werder Bremen at the top of the Bundesliga.
Dortmund had made much the better start but Schalke took the lead in the 14th minute when Christian Pander's free kick drifted in at the far post, with goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller badly at fault.
From then on, Schalke dominated the match. Kevin Kuranyi headed in the second in the 25th minute, after being left completely unmarked at a corner, and the former Germany international set up the third for Peter Lovenkrands just after the break.
Dortmund got a late consolation when Alexander Frei surprised keeper Manuel Neuer with a snap shot from outside the penalty area.
With 16 games played, and one more round to go before the long winter break, Werder head the table with 33 points following a 6-2 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Schalke trail them on goal difference.
VfB Stuttgart are third on 31 points after a 1-0 win over VfL Bochum on Saturday, while champions Bayern Munich are fourth on 30 points following their 2-1 win at home to Energie Cottbus.