Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski took his tally to 24 goals and had an assist as Bayern Munich maintained their seven-point Bundesliga lead with a 4-1 home win over Hoffenheim.
Second-placed RB Leipzig ensured the gap at the top got no wider as Christopher Nkunku’s 51st-minute strike was enough to give them a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the late game.
Bayern had been beaten by Hoffenheim – also 4-1 – in their only defeat of 2020 and were in no mood for a repeat despite the absence of midfielders Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez due to coronavirus infections. New signing Marc Roca made a rare start.
Jerome Boateng opened the scoring with a header in the 32nd before Lewandowski set up Thomas Muller in the 43rd.
Andrej Kramaric pulled one back a minute later for Hoffenheim, but Lewandowski scored for the ninth consecutive game in the 57th, and Serge Gnabry made sure with Bayern’s fourth in the 63rd.
Leipzig’s response in the late match was welcomed by the club’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff.
“We had to take a big setback in Mainz last weekend (losing 3-2 in the Bundesliga) and we wanted to show a reaction,” he said.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund ended their three-game winless run with a 3-1 victory over Augsburg.
Dortmund coach Edin Terzic made three changes to the team that lost 4-2 to Gladbach, with goalkeeper Marwin Hitz coming in for the injured Roman Burki, who was heavily criticised for his performance in the Gladbach defeat.
But Hitz was picking the ball out of his net in the 10th minute when Andre Hahn fired the visitors in front.
Erling Haaland struck his penalty off the crossbar in the 21st, and Rafa Gikiewicz saved his header two minutes later.
But Thomas Delaney finally made the home side’s pressure count when he headed in the equaliser in the 26th.
Jadon Sancho then scored in the 63rd and an own-goal from Felix Uduokhai in the 75th sealed the win.
Pal Dardai’s return as Hertha Berlin coach ended in a 3-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt, Union Berlin held Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 and last-place Schalke drew at Werder Bremen 1-1.