Saturday’s Bundesliga action saw Bayer 04 Leverkusen keep themselves in the top three, while Borussia Dortmund capitalized on FC Bayern München’s draw with Vfl Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen tightened their grip on third place, and automatic Champions League qualification, after beating Hertha Berlin 2-1 at BayArena.
All the goals came in the opening stages, with Julian Brandt putting the hosts ahead in just the second minute, and Lars Bender doubling that advantage in the 16th minute. Vedad Ibiševic pulled one back for Berlin just five minutes later, but the visitors were unable to muster an equaliser.
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach did well to take a point off league leaders FC Bayern München after earning a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena.
Thomas Müller put Die Roten ahead as early as the sixth minute, but the reigning champions failed to build on that lead and André Hahn equalised for Die Fohlen 18 minutes from time, allowing Dortmund to close the gap at the top to five points while Gladbach remain fourth.
Borussia Dortmund took full advantage of Bayern’s slip with comprehensive 5-1 thrashing of VfL Wolfsburg at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Shinji Kagawa and Adrian Ramos struck early goals in the seventh and ninth minutes respectively to give BVB the lead at halftime.
Marco Reus then added his name to the list on the hour mark and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang increased his season’s tally with a quick brace within two minutes, before André Schürrle bagged a consolation goal for Die Wolfe in the 86th minute.
FC Schalke 04 piled the misery on relegated Hannover 96, while keeping their own Champions League hopes alive, with a 3-1 win at HDI-Arena.
Eric Choupo-Moting gave the visitors the lead after 11 minutes before Artur Sobiech equalised for the rock-bottom hosts, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar restored Schalke’s lead on the stroke of halftime and Alessandro Schöpf wrapped up the result in the 80th minute.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim came back from a goal down to record a 2-1 victory over visiting FC Ingolstadt 04 at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Stefan Lex put Ingolstadt ahead in the 17th minute, but Mark Uth equalised on 37 minutes before Nadiem Amiri won it for Hoffenheim six minutes from time.
1. FSV Mainz 05 lost ground in their chase for Europa League qualification after being held to a 0-0 draw with Hamburger SV at Coface Arena.
Eintracht Frankfurt were trailing at halftime in their match with SV Darmstadt 98 at Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor, but came back in the second period to record a 2-1 win.
Bosnian midfielder Mario Vrancic put the hosts ahead after just 12 minutes, but Japan international Makoto Hasebe equalised shortly before the hour-mark before Stefan Aigner struck an 83rd-minute winner.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 Hertha Berlin
FC Bayern München 1-1 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Dortmund 5-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Hannover 96 1-3 FC Schalke 04
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
1. FSV Mainz 05 0-0 Hamburger SV
SV Darmstadt 98 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt