Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga after two late goals secured three points against Ingolstadt. Second-placed RB Leipzig faced a tough match against in-form Hamburger SV, who collected their third win on the bounce with a 3-0 win in East Germany.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s RB needed three points if they were to keep the pressure on Bayern Munich at the top, but with goals from Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Walace and Aaron Hunt, it was Markus Gisdol’s side who moved further clear of the relegation zone. Leipzig’s defeat against HSV means they have now suffered four losses in seven.
For the champions, it was Arturo Vidal who opened the scoring in the 90th minute, before Arjen Robben netted their second just moments later. Bottom club Darmstadt once looked doomed, but a surprise win against Borussia Dortmund now means their just three points behind their closest competitors, Ingolstadt. Terrence Boyd opened the scoring before Raphael Guerreiro equalised just before the break. In front of the home fans, Antonio Čolak was the hero as his composed strike saw Torsten Frings record his first win as Darmstadt coach.
Before Bayer Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Sky reported that Roger Schmidt had been dismissed as coach. These rumours didn’t distract the Leverkusen coach, who’s under immense pressure, as he managed his side to an impressive 3-0 win against an in-form Frankfurt, coached by Niko Kovac. Javier Hernandez opened the scoring just five minutes into the game. Although chances were there for the visitors, it was Chicharito who doudbled the scoring in the second-half with an impressive volley, before Kevin Volland completed the rout late on, finishing ahead of his marker.
Elsewhere, Werder Bremen and Hamburg swapped places as the former succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Thorgan Hazard was the man of the moment as his finish from a tight angle clinched three points for the visitors.