Bundesliga WK 24 Wrap : Bayern gain 13-point advantage

German Bundesliga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 20/03/2017


Thomas Muller ended his Bundesliga scoring drought to give champions Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Muller's 63rd-minute strike extended Bayern's commanding lead at the top of the league to 13 points.

Closest challengers RB Leipzig lost 3-0 at Werder Bremen on Saturday to boost Bayern ahead of their trip to Monchengladbach.

Monchengladbach goalkeeper Sommer was in outstanding form and his defiance set up an exciting finish.

Also, Leon Balogun and his Mainz teammates suffered 1-0 home defeat in the hands of Schalke.

It was only their second away win of the season with a 1-0 victory at Mainz.

Full-back Sead Kolasinac, playing with a protective mask over a broken nose, drilled home the 50th-minute winner after exchanging passes with Guido Burgstaller.

Now enduring a rough patch, RB Leipzig missed the opportunity to close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after suffering a 3-0 defeat at Werder Bremen.

The result leaves Leipzig with just one point from their last three league games and coach Ralph Hasenhuttl may now be looking down rather than up the table after third-placed Borussia Dortmund closed to within three points of his side by beating Ingolstadt on Friday night.

Hoffenheim are another side hoping to catch Leipzig as the race for Champions League qualification hots up, and they improved their chances with a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Sandro Wagner claimed the only goal of the game, tapping in from close range with 62 minutes played.

Mid-table Leverkusen, who exited the Champions League in midweek, are now without a win in four league games.

Anthony Modeste scored a hat-trick as fifth-placed Hertha Berlin suffered a setback with a 4-2 loss at Cologne.

Japan forward Yuya Osako fired the hosts ahead early on before Modeste's quick-fire double gave Peter Stoger's men a three-goal half-time lead.

Hertha captain Vedad Ibisevic reduced the deficit from the penalty spot but Modeste then claimed his third, prior to John Brooks pulling another one back.

Darmstadt's slim chances of survival took another blow as they lost 1-0 at Wolfsburg.

Mario Gomez's header in first-half stoppage time proved decisive to moving the hosts away from the bottom three.

The away side were unable to salvage anything in the second half, leaving them 14 points from safety.

Augsburg came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Freiburg.

Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 30th Borussia Dortmund goal of the season ensured his below-pair side defeated Ingolstadt 1-0 at Signal Iduna Park on Friday night.

Dortmund's unbeaten run at home this season was maintained as Aubameyang applied a first-time finish to Marcel Schmelzer's cross, although they can consider themselves fortunate they were able to claim all three points against their struggling opponents.

In the day's late kick-off, Eintracht Frankfurt were held to a goalless draw by struggling Hamburg.

The result means Frankfurt drop to seventh, while Hamburg remain in 16th place.