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Bayern Maintain Thirteen Point Gap

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.

Bayern Bounce Back

Bayern Munich recorded a thumping 7-1 victory against Hoffenheim at the Allianz-Arena to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing 2-0 reverse at Beyer Leverkusen and boost confidence ahead of this week’s crucial UEFA Champions League last-sixteen second leg against FC Basel.

The Bavarians stormed out of the blocks, racking up three goals inside twenty minutes and seven before the hour mark. Mario Gomez opened the scoring in only the 5th minute and Arjen Robben doubled the advantage from the penalty spot in the 12th minute. Toni Kroos put the result beyond doubt six minutes later with the first of three goals set up by Franck Ribery. The Frenchman was also the provider for second strikes from Robben and Gomez in the 29th and 35th minutes respectively. Mario Gomez completed his hat-trick shortly after the interval and Ribery finally got his own name on the scoresheet in the 58th minute.

Bayern took their foot off the gas at 7-0 and spared Hoffenheim further punishment, even contributing an own goal courtesy of Luiz Gustavo in the 85th minute to give the visitors something to cheer. With Gomez, Robben and Ribery suddenly hitting top form, Bayern will expect to overturn their 1-0 deficit against Basel and the scoreline will serve as a reminder to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund that the title race isn’t quite over yet.

Elsewhere, there were home wins for a trio of teams in the bottom half. Wolfsburg came from behind to pile on the misery for a Bayer Leverkusen side still reeling from their spectacular midweek capitulation against a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona. Stefan Kiessling had given Bayer an early lead but Patrick Helmes cancelled it out and Ashkan Dejagah put Wolfsburg ahead on the stroke of half time. An own goal from Michal Kadlec wrapped up the points for Wolfsburg despite a late consolation goal from substitute Eren Derdiyok to make it 3-2.

Mainz 05 ran out 2-1 winners at home to Nurnberg thanks to first half goals from Nicolai Muller and Mohamed Zidan. Nurnberg fought back after the interval but could only muster a solitary reply from Daniel Didavi despite Adam Szalai’s late dismissal. Koln won a bad-tempered encounter with Hertha BSC 1-0 with a first half goal from Christian Clemens. Three dismissals in the second period saw the home side finish with nine men as substitute Mato Jajalo and Lukas Podolski saw red with Levan Kobiashvili of Hertha joining them for an early bath, so to speak.

The other game of the afternoon saw third placed Borussia Moenchengladbach fail to close the gap on the leaders with a 0-0 stalemate against struggling Freiburg, who remain in the relegation places.

VFB Stuttgart also played out a goalless draw against Kaiserslautern on Friday night and the late game on Saturday sees leaders Dortmund visit Augsburg. Sundays fixtures see Hannover 96 travel to Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV visit Schalke 04.

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