Champions Bayern Munich came from two goals down to beat TSG Hoffenheim 5-2 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday in what was a week 20 league clash thus maintaining a sixteen-point lead over the chasing pack in the German Bundlesliga.
Bayern made a bad start after Joshua Kimmich brought down TSG Hoffenheim forward Serge Gnabry and the resulting penalty was saved before Mark Uth swept the rebound in to put the visitors 1-0 up on 3 minutes.
Gnabry made amends by adding a second goal nine minutes later but Bayern showed why they are champions with two goals withing four minutes from Robert Lewandowski and Jerome Boateng.
Jupp Heynckes’ side added three more goals in the second half through Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal and substitute Sandro Wagner to make it a comprehensive 5-2 comeback win.
Borussia Dortmund lost further grounds on Bayern despite the return of Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the starting lineup.
The Signa Iduna Park outfit were spared from a defeat with a 2-2 scoreline at home to Freiburg courtesy Jeremy Toljan’s late strike after a goal in either half from Danish striker Nils Petersen had overturned Shinji Kagawa’s early goal for Dortmund in the 9th minute.
Schalke 04 are the nearest challengers to leaders Bayern Munich after they leapfrog Eintracht Frankfurt into second spot with a 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart through two early strikes from Naldo and Amine Harit (penalty).
Week 20 Results (Saturday):
FC Cologne 1-1 Augsburg
RB Leipzig 1-1 SV Hamburg
Bayern Munich 5-2 TSG Hoffenheim
VfB Stuttgart 0-2 Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Freiburg
Werder Bremen 0-0 Hertha Berlin
Standings (Top 7) via Points
1. Bayern Munich 50
2. Schalke 04 34
3. Eintracht Frankfurt 33
4. RB Leipzig 32
5. Borussia Dortmund 31
6. Bayer Leverkusen 31
7. Borussia Moenchengladbach 31