Bayern ease past title rivals
A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga, including Bayern Munich's victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
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Bayern Munich saw off the challenge of title rivals Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to make it 10 wins out of 11 in the Bundesliga this season.
Franck Ribery put Bayern in front just before half-time and a David Alaba penalty 15 minutes from the end secured the win for the Bavarians.
They remain seven points clear at the top of the table, with Schalke now their closest challengers after a 2-1 win at home to Werder Bremen.
Aaron Hunt gave Bremen the lead after 16 minutes but Roman Neustadter equalised in the 59th minute and Julian Draxler scored the decisive goal 10 minutes later.
Defending champions Borussia Dortmund lie fourth following a 3-1 victory at bottom-placed Augsburg, whose top-flight status is looking increasingly fragile.
Marco Reus fired Dortmund in front in the eighth minute before two second-half goals from Robert Lewandowski put them in the driving seat.
Sascha Molders grabbed a consolation for Augsburg, but they remain rooted to the foot of the table with just six points from 11 games.
Hamburg managed to claim a goalless draw at Freiburg despite being reduced to 10 men for most of the match.
Hamburg were looking for a third successive away win but their hopes were hit when Paul Scharner was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 35th minute.
The visitors seemed content to settle for a draw thereafter, although they were given a let-off in the closing stages when Jan Rosenthal's effort came back off a post.
Hoffenheim also had a man sent off but played out a 1-1 draw at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Robbie Kruse gave Dusseldorf the lead after four minutes and Joselu equalised in the 39th minute.
The visitors then had Marvin Compper sent off in the 51st minute but held on for the point.
On Sunday Wolfsburg picked up their first home win of the Bundesliga season and brought Bayer Leverkusen's 11-game unbeaten streak to an end with victory at the VW-Arena.
Diego set Lorenz-Gunther Kostner's side on the way to victory with two goals in the first 16 minutes before Bas Dost settled matters before half-time.
A tired-looking Leverkusen improved to hold their own in the second half, grabbing a late consolation through Stefan Kiessling, but they lost for the first time in nearly two months and missed the chance to go third in the table.
Hannover won a spectacular encounter at the Mercedes-Benz Arena against hosts Stuttgart 4-2 in a game which included three penalties.
Stuttgart looked like they were heading for victory at half-time as they led through a Christian Gentner goal and a Vedad Ibisevic penalty.
Mirko Slomka's men turned things around in the second 45 minutes, though, with Artur Sobiech bringing them back into the game before Jan Schlaudraff levelled from the spot.
Two goals in five minutes from Mohammed Abdellaoue, one coming from the penalty spot, then sealed the win for the Reds over their Europa League rivals.
On Friday night, Mainz continued their fine start to the season thanks to a 2-1 win over Nurnberg.
Goals from Nicolai Muller and Andreas Ivanschitz put Thomast Tuchel's side on the way to victory, but they invited Nurnberg back into the game and Per Nilsson gave Dieter Hecking's men hope before half-time.
The Bavarians pushed for an equaliser, but Mainz went closest to scoring a third as they held on to all three points.