Bayern stay on title course
A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga as Bayern Munich continued their march to the title.
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Nurnberg pulled away from the Bundesliga relegation zone and brought an end to Augsburg's eight-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win at the Augsburg Arena on Sunday.
Josip Drmic's goal was enough to earn Gertjan Verbeek's side all three points in a Bavarian derby which Augsburg have not now won for over 40 years at home.
The three points take Nurnberg above Freiburg and Stuttgart into 14th, two points clear of the relegation zone, while Augsburg miss the opportunity to break into the top six.
Wolfsburg boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification with a come-from-behind win at Hertha Berlin.
Per Skjelbred put the capital club in front after 21 minutes, but they were made to pay for not making more of their first-half domination as Robin Knoche levelled in the 58th minute and substitute Daniel Caligiuri grabbed the winner 12 minutes from time.
The win moved the Wolves up to fifth place, four points off Schalke in fourth.
On Saturday, Bayern Munich warmed up for their trip to Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday night with a comfortable 4-0 win over Freiburg keeping them on course for the Bundesliga title.
Dante put Pep Guardiola's men in front in the 19th minute before two deflected goals from Xherdan Shaqiri sealed victory before half time.
Guardiola made changes in the second half, giving the likes of Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben a break and introducing Bastian Schweinsteiger before Claudio Pizarro sealed victory late on.
Schalke narrowed the gap on second-placed Bayer Leverkusen - while perhaps more importantly opening up a six-point cushion over fifth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach - with a 2-1 win at the BayArena.
Leon Goretzka put the Royal Blues ahead against the run of play in the 28th minute before an own goal from Felipe Santana gave Leverkusen a deserved equaliser.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored once again while Leverkusen were dominating, earning Schalke their fourth consecutive win in 2014 and inflicting Leverkusen's second defeat of the new year.
Borussia Dortmund got the better of Eintracht Frankfurt for the second time in five days as they beat Armin Veh's men 4-0.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a brace before a Robert Lewandowski penalty early in the second half effectively sealed Dortmund's win.
New signing Milos Jojic then came on to score his first Dortmund goal as the Westphalians increased the pressure on second-placed Bayer Leverkusen in the pursuit of runaway league leaders Bayern Munich.
Ludovic Obraniak salvaged Werder Bremen a point and left Borussia Monchengladbach still waiting for their first win of 2014 by settling a 1-1 draw at the Weserstadion.
Raffael gave Gladbach the lead in the sixth minute, but Bremen did not give up and they got their reward two minutes from time when winter signing Obraniak opened his account for the club at just the right time.
The draw takes Bremen five points clear of the relegation zone while Gladbach failed to put fourth-placed Schalke under pressure and saw their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffer a setback.
Hoffenheim took the honours in the Baden-Wurttemberg derby, increasing the pressure on Stuttgart coach Thomas Schneider with a 4-1 win.
Two goals from Sven Schipplock and a Kevin Volland strike put Markus Gisdol's men on the road to victory before Antonio Rudiger pulled a goal back for the visitors.
Roberto Firmino then sealed victory for Hoffenheim, who condemned Stuttgart to their fifth defeat in five games in 2014, leaving them hovering just above the relegation zone and without Moritz Leitner next weekend after he was sent off.
Dominik Kumbela heaped the pressure on Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk with a hat-trick in Eintracht Braunschweig's 4-2 win over the northern strugglers.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga put Hamburg ahead with their first goal of 2014, but two Kumbela goals turned the game around.
Ivo Ilicevic brought Hamburg on terms once again, but Kumbela completed his hat-trick before Jan Hochscheidt sealed victory for Torsten Lieberknecht's men, who are now just a point adrift of Hamburg at the foot of the table.
Mainz moved level on points with sixth-placed Wolfsburg thanks to a 2-0 win over Hannover on Friday night.
Yunus Malli put Mainz in front before a goal with the last kick of the game from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting earned victory with a strong second-half showing at the Coface Arena warranting the three points.
Hannover were wasteful as they fell to their second straight defeat to remain in mid-table.