Bundesliga wrap: Bayern’s lead grows to 8; Chicharito scores again

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With each passing week, it’s looking more and more like the 2015-16 Bundesliga title will be awarded to the three-time defending champions, Bayern Munich. Following yet another win for the German giants on Saturday, and a loss for their closest title rivals, their eventual coronation keeps moving further and further ahead on the calendar.

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Hannover 0-1 Bayern Munich

Bayern squeaked out all three points away to Hannover on Saturday. Despite holding 79 percent of the game’s possession (no, that’s not a typo) and firing 20 shots (11 on target), it was a Thomas Muller penalty kick in the 40th minute (below video) that extended Pep Guardiola’s side’s lead in the Bundesliga to eight points.

Koln 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Sokratis gave Dortmund an early lead (18th minute), but Der BVB couldn’t hold onto their slim lead, conceding twice inside the final seven minutes to drop all three points away to Koln. Simon Zoller (83rd minute) and Anthony Modeste (90th – below video) bagged the goals for the home side, which likely resign Thomas Tuchel’s side to another season spent languishing behind Bayern. On the bright side, it’s nine points from Dortmund in second place, to Hertha Berlin in third.

Stuttgart 3-1 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg are winless in their last four league games after suffering a 3-1 hammering at the hands of Stuttgart on Saturday. With their latest defeat, Wolfsburg have tumbled to sixth in the league table, a point out of fourth. Maximilian Arnold put the visitors ahead on 14 minutes, but three unanswered goals, scored by Daniel Didavi (twice – 22nd and 44th minutes) and Filip Kostic (31st), were more than enough for Stuttgart to take all three points and climb out of the relegation zone, into 15th place.

Ingolstadt 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen are, for the time being, back among the top-four in the Bundesliga (UEFA Champions League qualification), thanks to yet another goal scored by Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (WATCH HERE), who has now scored 17 goals in his last 14 games. Transfer rumors are beginning to swirl around the 27-year-old Mexican striker, but given his current form, would he even want to leave Germany right now?

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga

Schalke 1-0 Hoffenheim (Friday)
Hamburg 0-1 Augsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Werder Bremen

Sunday’s Bundesliga schedule

Hertha Berlin vs. Mainz (9:30 a.m. ET)
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Darmstadt (11:30 a.m. ET)

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Bayern Munich 17 15 1 1 46 8 38 9-0-0 6-1-1 46
Borussia Dortmund 17 12 2 3 47 23 24 7-1-0 5-1-3 38
Hertha BSC Berlin 16 9 2 5 24 18 6 5-1-1 4-1-4 29
Bayer Leverkusen 17 8 3 6 25 20 5 4-2-2 4-1-4 27
FC Schalke 04 17 8 3 6 23 23 0 5-2-2 3-1-4 27
VfL Wolfsburg 17 7 5 5 26 21 5 6-2-1 1-3-4 26
Mönchengladbach 16 8 2 6 31 28 3 5-1-2 3-1-4 26
FSV Mainz 05 16 7 3 6 23 21 2 4-1-4 3-2-2 24
1. FC Köln 17 6 6 5 18 21 -3 3-4-2 3-2-3 24
Hamburger SV 17 6 4 7 19 23 -4 2-2-4 4-2-3 22
FC Ingolstadt 04 17 5 5 7 11 18 -7 2-2-4 3-3-3 20
FC Augsburg 17 5 4 8 21 26 -5 2-2-5 3-2-3 19
Darmstadt 16 4 6 6 15 23 -8 1-4-4 3-2-2 18
Eintracht Frankfurt 17 4 5 8 21 28 -7 2-3-3 2-2-5 17
VfB Stuttgart 17 4 3 10 22 37 -15 3-1-5 1-2-5 15
Werder Bremen 17 4 3 10 17 32 -15 1-1-6 3-2-4 15
Hannover 96 17 4 2 11 18 29 -11 2-0-6 2-2-5 14
1899 Hoffenheim 17 2 7 8 17 25 -8 1-4-3 1-3-5 13