Comfortable Bayern cruise as Dortmund slip
Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 11 points with victory at Augsburg today as defending champions Borussia Dortmund slipped yet further off the pace. It was a routine win for Bayern against the league's second bottom team, with a 39th-minute Thomas Muller penalty and a Mario Gomez effort after 63 minutes sealing a 2-0 win.
Dortmund missed the chance to go level on points with second-placed Bayer Leverkusen as a 3-2 home loss to Wolfsburg left them 14 points from top spot. Marco Reus gave the hosts a sixth-minute lead but things went badly wrong in the 35th minute, when Marcel Schmelzer was sent off for a handball on his own goal-line and Diego converted the resulting penalty.
Naldo made it 2-1 to the Wolves before the break and, even though Jakub Blaszczykowski levelled from the spot just after the hour mark, Bas Dost grabbed a 73rd-minute winner.
Eintracht Frankfurt took advantage of Schalke's 3-1 loss to Stuttgart to move fourth, level on points with Dortmund, with a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen. Alexander Meier put Eintracht in front, but Nils Petersen levelled nine minutes after the break. Two goals in two minutes from Pirmin Schwegler and Stefan Aigner midway through the second half put the hosts back in command, though, and Takashi Inui got a fourth at the death.
Stuttgart went level on points with Schalke with their victory over the Royal Blues, a Vedad Ibisevic hat-trick settling a match which saw both teams end with 10 men. Ibisevic opened the scoring after two minutes only for Ciprian Marica to level 10 minutes later.
The Bosnian got his second from the spot in the 38th minute, though, and completed his treble in the 61st minute. Stuttgart were reduced to 10 men in the 67th minute when Gotuko Sakai was sent off, but Schalke's numerical advantage lasted just six minutes before Jermaine Jones also saw red.
At the other end of the table, bottom side Greuther Furth were beaten again, Daniel Caligiuri's early goal earning Freiburg a 1-0 win. Nurnberg won 2-0 at home to Fortuna Dusseldorf, Sebastian Polter and Markus Feulner on target.