FC Bayern München maintained their excellent domestic run and their near-unassailable 20-point advantage atop the Bundesliga standings with a 2-1 win at third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
The result did not come easily, however, despite Mario Gomez giving Bayern the lead before half-time in stunning fashion – skilfully taking out two defenders before slotting in his fourth goal in four league games. Simon Rolfes levelled with 15 minutes to go, but Leverkusen suffered late heartache as Philipp Wollscheid put the ball past his own goalkeeper to hand Bayern their ninth straight win.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund bounced back from last week's Revierderby defeat by FC Schalke 04 with an emphatic 5-1 victory over SC Freiburg – despite going behind at BVB Stadion Dortmund. Prolific striker Robert Lewandowski hit his 18th and 19th goals of the season and on-loan midfielder Nuri Şahin also struck during a breathless four minutes before the break. Nuri completed his own double with 18 minutes remaining before young Leon Bittencourt scored his first Dortmund goal to finish the scoring.
After UEFA Champions League elimination on Tuesday, Schalke's week did not improve as they surprisingly fell 3-0 at 1. FC Nürnberg, while an Aaron Hunt penalty in each half helped SV Werder Bremen draw 2-2 with SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
Elsewhere, Hamburger SV had Maximillian Beister sent off in a 1-0 home loss to FC Augsburg, and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs 1. FSV Mainz 05 finished goalless.
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|1||FC Bayern München||26||69|
|3||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||26||45|
|5||FC Schalke 04||26||39|
|6||1. FSV Mainz 05||26||38|
|9||VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach||25||35|
|11||1. FC Nürnberg||26||34|
|13||SV Werder Bremen||26||30|
|17||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||26||20|
|18||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||26||15|