Borussia Dortmund consolidated its place at the top of the Bundesliga with a 5-0 rout of 10-man Freiburg on Saturday.
Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena means Pep Guardiola’s second-placed side remain level on 19 points with Dortmund after seven league games, but Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund has a superior goal difference.
Dortmund ran riot at Signal Iduna Park with Germany winger Marco Reus and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski scoring twice before Polish midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski added the fifth 10 minutes from time.
Dortmund broke the deadlock on 35 minutes when Lewandowski’s shot was blocked by Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, but Reus was on hand to tap home the loose ball.
Freiburg’s fortunes took a sharp downturn when Senegalese centre-back Fallou Diagne was sent off after hauling down Lewandowski and Reus drilled home the resulting spot-kick in the 47th minute.
The results: Borussia Dortmund 5 (Reus 35, 47-pen, Lewandowski 58, 70, Blaszczykowski 79) bt Freiburg 0; Bayern Munich 1 (Mueller 63) bt Wolfsburg 0; Bayer Leverkusen 2 (Rolfes 23, Sam 37) bt Hanover 0; Hoffenheim 3 (Modeste 16, Firmino 48-pen, Abraham 61) drew with Schalke 3 (Boateng 3, Matip 13, Hoeger 40); Hertha Berlin 3 (Allagui 48, 73, Ben-Hatira 74) bt Mainz 05 1 (Mueller 7).
On Friday: Augsburg 2 (Hahn 27, Milik 88) drew with Borussia Moenchengladbach 2 (Kruse 33, Hrgota 71).