Bayern Munich go 20 points clear
A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga.
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Bayern Munich are 20 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table as they compounded Schalke's woes at the end of a week to forget for the Royal Blues with a 5-1 result at the Allianz Arena.
After conceding six in the Champions League at home to Real Madrid in midweek, the last thing Schalke would have wanted was to be four goals behind after only 28 minutes.
David Alaba, Arjen Robben (2) and Mario Mandzukic put Bayern in control of the game before a charitable Rafinha own-goal gave Schalke some scant consolation.
Robben completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Kyriakos Papadopoulos was shown a red card on a day - and a week - to forget for Schalke.
Borussia Dortmund moved above Bayer Leverkusen into second place thanks to a 3-0 win over Nurnberg.
Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski's second-half goals put Jurgen Klopp's men on their way to three points before Henrikh Mkhitaryan made sure of victory in the 83rd minute.
Leverkusen's miserable run of form continued as they lost their third-straight league game, going down 1-0 at home to Mainz.
Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting's 27th-minute backheel was enough to earn Thomas Tuchel's men all three points and keep their hopes alive of playing in Europe next season, while denting Leverkusen's Champions League aspirations.
On Sunday, Hoffenheim won 6-2 againstWolfsburg, who missed the chance to move up to fourth for the first time this season.
Roberto Firmino put the hosts in front after four minutes, but Bas Dost levelled out of the blue 10 minutes later.
Anthony Modeste then took charge of matters with two goals in the space of three minutes after Niklas Sule had headed Hoffenheim back in front.
Ivan Perisic pulled a goal back for Wolfsburg in the 76th minute, but a Sejad Salihovic penalty after Christian Trasch was sent off, and a Sven Schipplock goal completed the scoring to take Hoffenheim 10 points clear of the bottom three.
Stuttgart lost their eighth game in a row as late goals from Jan Rosenthal and Alexander Meier earned Eintracht Frankfurt a 2-1 win at the Waldstadion.
Martin Harnik had given Stuttgart the lead after half an hour and Alexandru Maxim should have made it two with a glaring miss only moments before Frankfurt hit back.
With morale already low, that miss and Rosenthal's goal finished Stuttgart off, and Meier struck a last-gasp winner to increase the pressure on Stuttgart coach Thomas Schneider, whose side are only above the bottom three on goal difference.
Werder Bremen took the honours in the 100th northern Germany derby against Hamburg, whose supposed revival ended after just one game with a 1-0 defeat at the Weser Stadion.
Zlatko Junuzovic decided matters in the 19th minute of a game which started with Bremen in dominating form, saw Hamburg recover for the start of the second half only to end with Bremen again in the ascendancy.
The result puts six points between the two sides with Hamburg stuck inside the bottom three in Mirko Slomka's second game in charge.
Augsburg and Hannover shared two goals at the Augsburg Arena, with the hosts missing an opportunity to move into the top six with a 1-1 draw.
Mame Diouf put Hannover in front against the run of play before Ragnar Klavan headed in an equaliser.
The Bavarians pushed for the win, which would have seen them move into a Europa League qualification berth, but Hannover held on to end their three-game losing streak and put six points between themselves and the bottom three.
Two extraordinary own goals, both by goalkeepers, ensured Eintracht Braunschweig and Borussia Monchengladbach took a point apiece from a 1-1 draw at the Eintracht Stadion.
Daniel Davari was first to turn the ball into his own net and give Gladbach the lead before the highly-rated Marc-Andre ter Stegen was left with egg on his face with an even worse error of his own gifting Braunschweig a point.
Freiburg remain stuck inside the bottom two of the Bundesliga after only managing a 0-0 draw at Hertha Berlin, who in turn missed the chance to move into the top six.
There were few chances at either end, with Admir Mehmedi having the best of Freiburg's and Adrian Ramos twice going close for the hosts, but both teams did too little to warrant more than a point in a goalless draw.