Borussia Dortmund are back on top in the Bundesliga after sealing a 2-0 victory at previous leaders 1. FSV Mainz 05, and there was delight too for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as they climbed to third by downing ten-man Hannover 96 4-0.
Mainz created the early pressure but fell behind on 26 minutes as Mario Götze pounced on a Niko Bungert error to open the scoring. Thomas Tuchel's men missed the chance to level early in the second half when Eugen Polanski had a penalty saved by Roman Weidenfeller, and the visitors doubled their lead through Lucas Barrios with 23 minutes remaining.
That result, Dortmund's eighth win in nine games, lifted them a point clear of their hosts at the summit and seven clear of Hoffenheim in third. Ralf Rangnick's men moved level with Bayer 04 Leverkusen courtesy of a Gylfi Thor Sigurdsson double – his second a penalty – and a goal apiece from Demba Ba and Peniel Mlapa, after Hannover's Manuel Schmiedebach had collected a 19th-minute red card with the match still scoreless.
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