Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern gain seven points, Balogun missing

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Top German teams, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both showed class in their respective Bundesliga games on Saturday as they rained goals; beating FC Cologne and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.


While Bayern Munich whipped FC Cologne 3-0 away from home, Dortmund were merciless; crushing  Bayer Leverkusen 6-2.

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Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich moved seven points clear at the top as they extended their unbeaten league run to 12 games with a 3-0 victory at Cologne.

Javi Martinez put the reigning champions ahead with his first goal of the season before compatriot Juan Bernat doubled the advantage after the break.

Carlo Ancelotti's side were guaranteed to extend their advantage with a win at RheinEnergieStadion after second-placed RB Leipzig could only manage a 2-2 draw at Augsburg on Friday night and Franck Ribery wrapped up a convincing success in the final minute.

Third-placed Borussia Dortmund also took full advantage of Leipzig's slip-up as they closed the gap on second to six points by thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 6-2.

Ousmane Dembele put Thomas Tuchel's men ahead and two goals from Bundesliga top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, either side of Kevin Volland's strike for the visitors, gave Dortmund control.


Wendell's perfectly-placed free-kick briefly brought the away side back into the contest, but Christian Pulisic's strike, Andre Schurrle's penalty and an injury-time finish from Raphael Guerreiro sealed an emphatic win.

Fourth-placed Hoffenheim kept up the pressure on Dortmund with a 5-2 win against struggling Ingolstadt.

Hungarian striker Adam Szalai claimed two of Hoffenheim's goals, with Sebastian Rudy, former Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric and Benjamin Hubner also on the scoresheet.

Second-bottom Ingolstadt briefly led at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena thanks to Almog Cohen's strike and an own goal from Niklas Sule following Rudy's opener.

Bottom club Darmstadt lost for the 13th time in 15 league games as they went down 2-0 at Werder Bremen.

Max Kruse put Bremen ahead from the penalty spot 15 minutes from time before claiming his second in time added on.

Elsewhere, Nigeria international, Leon Balogun was missing in action as Andries Jonker's first game in charge of Wolfsburg ended in a 1-1 draw at Mainz.

The defender is one of the 25 players invited for the upcoming friendly games involving the Super Eagles.

In the last set of games on Sunday, Albin Ekdal's first goal for Hamburg clinched them a 1-0 home win against Hertha Berlin that gives their Bundesliga survival hopes a major boost.

Also, Florian Niederlechner scored twice as Freiburg came from behind to win 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Full results 

March 3
Augsburg 2 - 2 RasenBallsport Leipzig

March 4
Borussia Dortmund 6 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen
FC Cologne 0 - 3 Bayern Munich
Hoffenheim 5 - 2 Ingolstadt
Mainz 05 1 - 1 Wolfsburg
Werder Bremen 2 - 0 Darmstadt
Borussia Moenchengladbach 4 - 2 Schalke 04

March 5
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - 2 Freiburg
Hamburger SV 1 - 0 Hertha Berlin

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