BERLIN – Bayern Munich solidified its hold on the top spot of the Bundesliga standings with a 3-1 victory over struggling Borussia Dortmund in 11th-round action, while Leipzig got back on track with a 2-1 win over Hannover and Schalke prevailed 1-0 over host Freiburg.
Dortmund’s fans packed Westfalenstadion for a match they hoped would turn around their team’s fortunes, but instead Bayern pounced with two first-half goals by Arjen Robben in the 17th minute and Robert Lewandowski in the 37th minute.
Bayern then put the icing on the cake when David Alaba’s apparent cross to Lewandowski ended up in the back of the net.
Dortmund finally got on the board once the match was out of reach, with defender Marc Bartra salvaging some pride for the home team in the 88th minute.
With the win, Bayern now is four points clear of second-placed Leipzig; Borussia Dortmund, which has three losses and a draw in its last four Bundesliga games, is in third with 20 points.
Elsewhere, Jonathas opened the scoring for Hannover in the 56th minute at Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, while Yussuf Poulsen brought the hosts level in the 70th minute.
Five minutes before time, Timo Werner sealed the win for Leipzig, which had lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich in its previous German-league match.
Hannover holds the fifth spot in the standings with 18 points, just ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt on goal differential.
In other action, a goal by Daniel Caligiuri in the 62nd minute was all Schalke needed to prevail over host Freiburg.
With the win, Schalke holds the fourth spot with 20 points, while Freiburg is in the 16th spot with just eight points.
Thanks to goals from Aaron Hunt, Filip Kostic and Jann-Fiete Arp, Hamburg defeated 10-man Stuttgart 3-1.
Daniel Ginczek scored Stuttgart’s only goal, converting a penalty in the 55th minute that leveled the match.
Stuttgart’s Dzenis Burnic was sent off just 12 minutes into the match after receiving two yellow cards over an eight-minute stretch.
In other Bundesliga action on Saturday, Borussia Monchengladbach drew 1-1 against Mainz, as did Augsburg versus Bayer Leverkusen.