Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund and Bayern flying high with big goal performances

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After dwelling in the relegation zone for the majority of the season, a four-match league win streak not only has Borussia Dortmund five points clear of complete safety, but eight points back of the UEFA Champions League.

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That’s the headline story from a big weekend in Germany’s Bundesliga, which is making its case among the best top-to-bottom flights in Europe.

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Schalke
Three goals in eight minutes put the exclamation point on a dominant derby performance, as Jurgen Klopp’s BVB continued its ascent from the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund won this edition of the Rivierderby, but needed 78 minutes to find an opener. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapped home a ball before breaking out a bag of costume gear from behind the Schalke goal. Enter Batman Aubameyang and Robin Reus.

Reus later scored by taking advantage of an audacious dribbling choice by Schalke keeper Timon Wellenreuther. Watch it here.

Bayern Munich 4-1 Koln
The stars shone in Munich, as Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski helped the league leaders hammer down on their relegation-scrapping visitors.

Bayern out-attempted Koln 23-9, won 14-5 in corners, and won the passing attack by 717-140.

source: Getty ImagesYes, that’s 577 more passes than the visitors. Bananas.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Hamburger SV
USMNT back Timothy Chandler went 90 minutes and completed the second-most passes (31) in the match as Eintracht pulled into eighth place, ahead of Werder Bremen for at least a day.

Veteran striker Alexander Meier (right) scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season in the win. He’s one shy of Bayern’s Arjen Robben for the Bundesliga lead.

Elsewhere
Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Freiburg — Simon Rolfes’ 33rd minute goal stands up.
Hannover 1-1 Stuttgart — Lars Stindl and Christian Genter trade goals.
Hoffenheim 2-0 Mainz —
Eugen Polanski and Kevin Volland score to lift hosts.
Hertha Berlin 1-0 Augsburg —
USMNT’s Brooks goes 90, Salomon Kalou scores in win.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Paderborn —
 930 am ET Sunday
Werder Bremen vs. Wolfsburg —
1130 am ET Sunday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 23 18 4 1 63 10 53 11-1-0 7-3-1 58
VfL Wolfsburg 22 14 5 3 48 24 24 10-2-0 4-3-3 47
Mönchen 22 10 7 5 29 18 11 7-3-1 3-4-4 37
Bayer Leverkusen 23 9 9 5 37 29 8 5-6-1 4-3-4 36
FC Schalke 04 23 10 5 8 32 27 5 7-4-1 3-1-7 35
FC Augsburg 23 11 2 10 32 30 2 7-2-2 4-0-8 35
1899 Hoffenheim 23 9 6 8 36 35 1 7-2-3 2-4-5 33
Eintracht Frankfurt 23 8 7 8 42 45 -3 6-3-3 2-4-5 31
Werder Bremen 22 8 6 8 36 44 -8 6-3-2 2-3-6 30
Borussia Dortmund 23 8 4 11 31 31 0 5-2-4 3-2-7 28
Hannover 96 23 7 6 10 26 34 -8 5-2-4 2-4-6 27
FSV Mainz 05 23 5 10 8 30 33 -3 4-4-3 1-6-5 25
1. FC Köln 23 6 7 10 21 29 -8 1-6-4 5-1-6 25
Hertha BSC Berlin 23 7 3 13 28 42 -14 5-1-6 2-2-7 24
Hamburger SV 23 6 6 11 16 33 -17 4-3-4 2-3-7 24
SC Paderborn 22 5 8 9 23 41 -18 3-4-4 2-4-5 23
SC Freiburg 23 4 10 9 24 32 -8 2-6-3 2-4-6 22
VfB Stuttgart 23 4 7 12 24 41 -17 1-2-8 3-5-4 19