FC Bayern München took their total to 20 goals in three games as they put six past Hertha BSC Berlin to keep a tight grip on second place in the Bundesliga.
There was no turning back after Thomas Müller put them into a ninth-minute lead, and Arjen Robben struck twice before the 20th minute was out – with his second effort a penalty. Mario Gomez made it 4-0 from the spot five minutes after the interval, with Toni Kroos striking again a minute later before the third penalty of the game saw Robben complete his hat-trick on 67 minutes. Bayern beat TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 7-1 last weekend and scored seven without reply against FC Basel 1893 in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Bayern remain five points adrift of league leaders Borussia Dortmund, who won 1-0 against SV Werder Bremen thanks to Shinji Kagawa's eighth-minute strike. VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach kept up the pace in third, with Igor De Camargo's late winner at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who looked to have earned a point when, with 15 minutes to go, Stefan Kiessling cancelled out Marco Reus's opener for Lucien Favre's men.
Struggling SC Freiburg won 3-1 at Hamburger SV, VfL Wolfsburg came from behind to prevail by the same scoreline at 1. FC Nürnberg, and FC Augsburg struck back to beat 1. FSV Mainz 05 2-1.
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