Bayern Munich thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 in the Bundesliga in Germany to maintain their perfect home record and keep the gap at the top of the table at thirteen points from second placed Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern were in control from the off and took an early lead through Mario Gotze with Franck Ribery doubling their advantage just before half time. Substitute Arjen Robben added a third shortly after coming off the bench before Dante and Mario Mandzukic wrapped up the scoring. Eintracht Frankfurt were never really at the races and clearly had their mind on next weekend’s key clash against fellow strugglers Eintracht Braunschweig.
Bayer Leverkusen had reduced the gap at the top to ten points overnight with their 2-1 home win against VFB Stuttgart. Bayer had to fight back after Moritz Leitner gave the visitors an early lead, but Stefan Kiessling and Eren Derdiyok replied to half their run of three successive defeats. Stuttgart now sit on a losing run of four and are only two points clear of the relegation zone but their troubles are nothing compared to those at Hamburger SV, who lost for the fifth time in a row on Saturday, going down 3-0 at Hoffenheim and dropping into seventeenth place. They were overtaken by Nurnberg, who picked up their first away win of the season at Hertha and moved clear of the relegation zone.
Elsewhere, a brace from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang saw Borussia Dortmund finally return to winning ways away at rock bottom Eintracht Braunschweig in the Friday night clash and hold on to third place ahead of a resurgent Schalke, who beat Wolfsburg 2-1 thanks to goals from Felipe Santana and Kevin Prince Boateng. Schalke’s win saw them move up into fourth spot, leapfrogging Borussia Monchengladbach, who went down 3-1 away at Hannover. Mainz made it two wins from two following the resumption after the winter break with a South Korean inspired 2-0 win against Freiburg, who drop into the relegation zone, and Augsburg recovered from an early own goal to beat Werder Bremen 3-1 at home.
Next weekend kicks of with the biggest clash on Friday night as Bayer Leverkusen travel to fifth placed Borussia Monchengladbach. Bayern Munich travel to Nurnberg and Werder Bremen host Borussia Dortmund on the Saturday and Schalke round off the set of fixtures against Hannover in the early Sunday evening match. Hertha Berlin’s Colombian striker Gustavo Adrian Ramos is a goal clear at the top of the scoring charts, having taken his season’s tally up to twelve with his early strike in the defeat to Nurnberg.