A 4-2 victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 ensured Bayer 04 Leverkusen reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga after FC Bayern München had briefly taken the ascendancy with a 2-0 win against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Bayern, unbeaten in the league since 26 September, went one point clear at the summit on Friday. Goals from Martín Demichelis (35) and Miroslav Klose (86) were enough for the UEFA Champions League contenders to record their seventh consecutive win in all competitions. Their prominence was short-lived, however, Leverkusen recovering from Tim Hoogland's eighth-minute opener for Mainz to preserve their undefeated Bundesliga record. Michal Kadlec (15), Tranquillo Barnetta (19), Toni Kroos (30) and Eren Derdiyok (88) were all on the mark for Jupp Heynckes' side.
Hot on the heels of the leading duo are Hamburger SV, who sit two points behind Bayern and a further two adrift of Leverkusen. They kept pace courtesy of a 2-0 victory over SC Freiburg, Marcell Jansen (7) and Mladen Petrić (55) scoring the goals. Hamburg's fellow UEFA Europa League hopefuls VfL Wolfsburg were unable to follow suit, going down 3-1 at VfB Stuttgart in the late game. The win was only Stuttgart's fourth this term and catapults them from third-bottom to 12th.
Sixth-placed Werder Bremen lost ground after going down 1-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt, while at the other end, rock-bottom Hertha BSC Berlin registered just their second win of the campaign, beating Hannover 96 3-0 and moving within three points of 1. FC Nürnberg having played a game more. Elsewhere, VfL Bochum 1848 won 2-1 at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.
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