Bayern extend lead at the top
A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich winning their derby clash with Augsburg.
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Bayern Munich continued their march towards the Bundesliga title with a 2-0 victory in a Bavarian derby at Augsburg.
A Thomas Muller penalty in the 40th minute put them on their way with Mario Gomez wrapping up the win and taking the Bavarians 11 points clear at the top of the table.
And on Sunday Hannover hit Bayer Leverkusen's hopes of cutting that back to eight as Szabolcs Hustzi scored two penalties to secure a narrow 3-2 victory for the hosts.
Leverkusen went ahead after two minutes through Gonzalo Castro but Huszti equalised from the spot in the 20th minute.
Mame Biram Diouf gave Hannover the lead 2-1 in the 57th minute before Stefan Kiessling levelled 60 seconds later, but Huszti converted another penalty in the 69th minute.
In Sunday's other game, two goals within five minutes were enough as Borussia Monchengladbach won 2-0 at home against Mainz to move closer to the European places.
Mike Hanke scored in the 58th minute and Juan Arango netted a memorable goal in the 63rd to decide the contest.
Gladbach collected just their second win in the last five matches to improve to 24 points - level with the final Europa League spot.
Mainz saw their modest two-game winning run ended to remain on 23 points
On Saturday Borussia Dortmund's title hopes suffered another blow, with a 3-2 defeat at home to Wolfsburg leaving the defending Bundesliga champions 14 points adrift of Bayern.
The game started well enough for Dortmund with Marco Reus giving them the lead in the sixth minute, but a red card for Marcel Schmelzer and penalty from Diego, followed by Naldo's volley, turned the game in Wolfsburg's favour.
Although Jakub Blaszczykowski levelled for Jurgen Klopp's men after an hour, Bas Dost netted the winner for the Wolves, who climb seven points clear of the relegation zone as a result.
Eintracht Frankfurt moved up to fourth with a four-goal second-half salvo to down Werder Bremen 4-1 at the Waldstadion.
After a goalless first half, Alexander Meier scored his 10th goal of the season to give Armin Veh's side the lead.
Nils Petersen brought Bremen level soon after, but two goals in a minute from Pirmin Schwegler and Stefan Aigner put Frankfurt in the driving seat before Takashi Inui rounded off the win in the last minute.
Vedad Ibisevic's hat-trick lifted Stuttgart to fifth in the table - their highest position of the season - and level on points with opponents Schalke following a 3-1 win at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The Bosnian struck twice in the first half and again in the second period to earn Bruno Labbadia's side three points, with former Stuttgart striker Ciprian Marica on target for the visitors.
Both teams ended the game with 10 men. Stuttgart full-back Gotoku Sakai was first to depart in the 67th minute and he was followed six minutes later by Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones.
Sebastian Polter and Markus Feulner scored the goals which gave Nurnberg three Bundesliga points by beating Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 in their last game at the Frankenstadion in 2012.
Feulner was in sparkling form for the hosts, setting up Polter for the opening goal in the 27th minute before sealing the win himself in stoppage time at the end of a one-sided match.
Fabian Giefer did his best to keep Dusseldorf in the game, but there was little he could do to prevent
Freiburg posted a narrow 1-0 win over Greuther Furth to leave the Bundesliga debutants rooted to the foot of the table approaching the midway stage of the season.
Daniel Caligiuri's 15th-minute strike was enough to earn Christian Streich's side all three points at the Dreisamstadion and take them up to eighth, just two points behind fourth-placed Schalke.
Frank Kramer's first match in charge of Hoffenheim ended in defeat as a 2-0 win for Hamburg took Thorsten Fink's side to their highest league position of the season so far on Friday night.
A goal in either half from Artjoms Rudnevs was enough to earn the northerners victory over the struggling southerners, who remain inside the bottom three following the change in coach after Markus Babbel's dismissal during the week.
Hamburg are on course for a place in Europe next season after spending much of the first few weeks of the season alongside Hoffenheim in the lower regions of the league.