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Bundesliga Roundup – title race heats up

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Only a single point separates the top three sides in German domestic competition, with fifth placed Schalke only three points adrift.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund’s early struggles have shaped the Bundesliga interestingly. There are nine teams within touching distance of the league leaders, with Bayer Leverkusen six points off leaders Monchengladbach.

The runaway German league leaders have been brought back to ground after a humbling defeat against Union Berlin on the road. Their defeats against BVB and Leipzig caught up with them as teams breathe down their necks.

Emphatic home wins for Leipzig and Augsburg

Along with Union, Leipzig and Augsburg also registered home wins. Timo Werner inspired RB put FC Koln to the sword, as they breached their defenses four times. The hosts were 3-0 up before

Rafael Czichos goal. Emil Forsberg scored his second of the night to make it 4-1 in the second half.

For Augsburg, it was a stroll in the part WWK Arena. After a quick fire double salvo by the hosts, Hertha Berlin went a man down before the half hour mark. The visitors were left with too much to do and were haplessly beaten 4-0 on the road.

Overpowering away wins for Munich and Mainz

Elsewhere, there were victories for Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, Schalke and Mainz on the road.

The most remarkable of the away victories was registered by Mainz, who got out of the relegation slots with a 1-5 win. Pierre Kunde’s second half brace was the highlight of the fixture for Die Nullfunfer.

At Merkur Spiel-Arena, Hans-Dieter Flick led his charges for their third straight fixture. On a rare off night for Robert Lewandowski, who finished with only an assist, Bayern ran out 0-4 winners.

Serge Gnabry continued his goal scoring from the international break, the night was finished with a Philippe Coutinho masterclass.

Wolfsburg went into the round on level points in Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt. They occupy seventh place after their heroics in Frankfurt. Wout Weghorst and Joao Victor got on the score sheet as Die Wölfe ran out comfortable victors.

For Schalke 04, Amine Harit and Benito Raman scored on either side of the first half whistle. Yuya Osako hit a late consolation goal as the Royal Blues secured the three points on offer.

Exciting Stalemates for Dortmund and Leverkusen

There were only two draws in the top flight matches. Freiburg denied Bayer Leverkusen the chance to move into European competition slots as they registered a hard fought 1-1 at Bay Arena.

However, it was the 3-3 Dortmund managed against bottom placed Paderborn 07 at Signal Iduna Park, that was pick of the fixtures. The visitors took a commanding three goal lead before the half time. Lucien Favre’s men gave a good account of themselves as they reduced the deficit and secured a point with a 90 minute Marco Reus strike.

More exciting times are expected in Bundesliga as title challenge hots up after the midweek European fixtures.