Bayern Munich showed they are the undisputed kings in Germany over the weekend as they brushed aside Borussia Dortmund 4-1 to move step closer to securing the title.
Franck Ribery got the curtain raiser for the Bavarians who simply dominant in the weekend clash and Robert Lewandowski saw the home side leading 2-0 inside 10 minutes before a stunning Raphael Guerreiro strike halved the deficit.
Arjen Robben with a wonderful curling effort from the edge of the area in the early stages of the second period made it goal number three for Bayern before Lewandowski wrapped up the win when he scored his second from the penalty spot, for his 26th league goal of the season.
The victory puts Bayern 10 points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig with six matches as they remain on course for a fifth successive league title.
The gap between the top two would have been even greater had 10-man Leipzig not scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner in the 1-0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen.
Elsewhere, Hertha Berlin ended their losing streak and moved into fifth place in the Bundesliga with a comfortable 2-0 win over strugglers Augsburg.
Also, Ingolstadt moved to within a point of both Augsburg and Mainz in the battle for Bundesliga survival by coming from behind to beat bottom club Darmstadt 3-2.
Both sides finished the match with 10 men after Romain Bregerie and Antonio Colak were sent off in the 87th minute.
Aaron Hunt scored twice as Hamburg eased their relegation concerns with a 2-1 win over high-flying Hoffenheim at the Volksparkstadion.
Hunt fired in a wonderful free-kick to put the hosts in front after 25 minutes but Hoffenheim quickly restored parity from the penalty spot after Ermin Bicakcic was upended by Matthias Ostrzolek, which Andrej Kramaric converted for his 12th goal of the season.
However, Hunt sealed the three points for Hamburg after Bobby Wood broke the offside trap before squaring to the Germany international to tap in and end Hoffenheim's seven-match unbeaten run.
Cologne's European ambitions took a setback as they fell to a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach.
Elsewhere, Schalke sealed their first league win in three matches to put themselves back into European contention, beating Wolfsburg 4-1.
Freiburg also moved up to fifth in the table with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Mainz.
Nils Petersen scored the only goal of the match just one minute after coming on as a substitute when he fired in a first-time strike past Mainz goalkeeper Jannik Huth.
On Friday night, Eintracht Frankfurt came back from two goals down at half-time to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Werder Bremen and keep in touch with the European places.