MUNICH, Germany – Bayern Munich edged a 1-0 home win over Hertha Berlin in a Bundesliga matchday-23 contest held at Allianz Arena on Saturday.
With the win, Bayern has collected 51 points, holding the second spot in the standings, on goal differential behind leader Borussia Dortmund, who is to take on sixth-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Bayern has thus extended its domestic league winning streak to three successive matches, while Dortmund allowed the defending champion to narrow the gap after two Bundesliga draws in a row.
After a scoreless first-half, Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez opened the scoring for Bayern, two minutes after the hour-mark, culminating an assist by Colombia winger James Rodriguez.
This was Martinez’ first goal in the 2018/2019 Bundesliga season.
In other German top soccer league action on Saturday, Switzerland forward Admir Mehmedi scored twice, helping Wolfsburg to thrash host Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 at Borussia-Park stadium.
The win allowed Wolfsburg to provisionally climb into the fifth spot in the standings with 38 points, while Monchengladbach stayed in the third place with 43 points, pending remaining matchday encounters.
Germany midfielder Yannick Gerhardt opened the scoring for Wolfsburg in minute 38, as he was assisted by French teammate Jerome Roussillon.
After the intermission, Mehmedi doubled the visiting side’s lead in the 68th minute, before making it 3-0 in the closing minutes, scoring his personal brace.
Meanwhile, FSV Mainz also topped visiting FC Schalke 3-0 at Opel Arena, to stay in the 11th spot with 30 points, while Schalke holds the 14th place with 23 points.
Austrian winger Karim Onisiwo got Mainz on the scoreboard just 18 minutes into play, seizing on an assist by teammate Danny Latza.
After the break, French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta made it 2-0 for the hosts in minute 73, just nine minutes after taking to the field, off an assist from Spanish left-back Aaron Martin Caricol.
Onisiwo then scored the 3-0 insurance goal with six minutes to go before the stoppage time.
Elsewhere in Bundesliga, host Freiburg trounced Augsburg 5-1 at Schwarzwald-Stadion, thanks to a brace by Center-forward Nils Petersen.
Petersen gave Freiburg an early lead, scoring the 1-0 goal nine minutes after the first whistle, off an assist from his team’s goalie Alexander Schwolow.
Italy winger Vincenzo Grifo doubled the host’s lead at the half-hour mark, setting Petersen up for his own brace and Freiburg’s 3-0 lead at the closing minutes of the first half.
Midfielder Rani Khedira pulled one back for Augsburg, seven minutes after the intermission, off an assist from South Korea forward Dong-Won Ji.
Striker Luca Waldschmidt, however, scored Freiburg’s 4-1 goal 12 minutes later, as he was assisted by midfielder Janik Haberer.
Substitute striker Florian Niederlechner put the last nail in Augsburg’s coffin by scoring the 5-1 goal in the closing minute.