FC Bayern München returned to the summit in Germany by responding to Borussia Dortmund's 6-1 defeat of VfB Stuttgart on Friday with a 2-1 victory at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Bayern did not have things all their own way. Indeed, they went behind when Hoffenheim defender Niklas Süle bundled in after Manuel Neuer had spilled a 34th-minute corner.
Mario Mandžukić redirected Franck Ribéry's free-kick to equalise five minutes later, though, and Thomas Müller scrambled in the winner a quarter of an hour from time. The Bavarians have now equalled Hamburger SV's long-time Bundesliga record of 36 games unbeaten.
That result means Dortmund are once again a point adrift. Robert Lewandowski registered a second-half hat-trick as the Schwarzgelben emphatically recovered from behind at home to Stuttgart.
Three points further back are Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who surprisingly succumbed 1-0 to Eintracht Braunschweig. Leverkusen's second loss of the campaign was only Braunschweig's second win, and it came courtesy of Dominik Kumbela's late effort.
Fourth-placed VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach took advantage. Max Kruse scored both goals in a 2-0 triumph at Hamburg, trimming Leverkusen's lead over them to six points.
FC Schalke 04 matched that scoreline against Hertha BSC Berlin, while 1. FC Nürnberg remain winless after falling 3-0 at home to ten-man SC Freiburg. VfL Wolfsburg overcame Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the late fixture.
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|Last updated: 02/11/2013 20:27 CET|
|Venue: Frankfurt am Main|
Kruse 23, 63
|1||FC Bayern München||11||29|
|3||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||11||25|
|4||VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach||11||19|
|6||FC Schalke 04||11||17|
|7||Hertha BSC Berlin||11||15|
|8||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||11||13|
|11||1. FSV Mainz 05||10||13|
|13||SV Werder Bremen||10||12|
|17||1. FC Nürnberg||11||7|
|18||TSV Eintracht Braunschweig||11||7|