MUNICH, Germany – Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich got back on track on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Hannover, while Hoffenheim routed second-placed Leipzig 4-0 in the 14th round of the German league.
Arturo Vidal scored the opening goal for Bayern 17 minutes into the match at Allianz Arena, but Charlison Benschop brought Hannover level in the 35th minute.
Kingsley Coman put Bayern back on top in the 67th minute, while Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski gave the home side an insurance goal when he converted a penalty in the 87th minute.
After conceding its second league defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach in the previous round, Bayern rebounded to strengthen its grip on the top spot.
Bayern (32 points) stretched its lead in the Bundesliga table back to six points thanks to its victory and second-place Leipzig’s 4-0 away defeat against Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Hoffenheim handed Leipzig its fourth league defeat on the season, getting a goal from Nadiem Amiri in the 13th minute, a brace by Serge Gnabry in the 52nd and 62nd minutes and a late-game score by Mark Uth in the 87th minute.
Struggling Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, drew 1-1 against short-handed host squad Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayer jumped out to an early lead thanks to a goal by Kevin Volland in the 30th minute, but the squad was then forced to play with 10 men when Wendell was sent off in the 41st minute.
The hosts held on until the 73rd minute but finally Andriy Yarmolenko drew level for Dortmund, which is winless in the Bundesliga since September and currently holds the sixth spot with 22 points.
In other Bundesliga action on Saturday, Mainz 05 was defeated 3-1 by visiting Augsburg, while Werder Bremen prevailed 1-0 at home over Stuttgart.