Ten-man Bayer Leverkusen had an own-goal to thank for ending their four-match winless streak in the Bundesliga in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Hamburg.
Hamburg’s Sweden midfielder Albin Ekdal slid the ball into his own net after 18 minutes at the BayArena to hand Leverkusen victory.
Despite the three points, it was a frustrating afternoon for Roger Schmidt’s Leverkusen, who failed to finish a stream of chances and ended with ten men.
Their Mexico striker Javier Hernandez failed to add to his 14 league goals this season as ‘Chicharito’ headed wide of the post with just 45 seconds gone.
Leverkusen had Croatia right-back Tin Jedvaj sent off in the dying stages after being shown two yellow cards in quick succession.
The first was for time wasting and the second was for mocking referee Christian Dingert.
On Saturday, Thomas Mueller and Thiago Alcantara netted twice as leaders Bayern Munich warmed up for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 clash at home to Juventus with a 5-0 win over Werder Bremen.
With second-placed Borussia Dortmund playing Mainz on Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s team took the chance to reopen an eight-point gap at the top.
It took Bayern just nine minutes to take the lead at Munich’s Allianz Arena as Thiago scored his first league goal since February 2014.
Robert Lewandowski, the league’s top scorer with 24 goals, came off the bench to claim Bayern’s fourth as Bremen were routed.
Wolfsburg suffered a Champions League hangover with a 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Hoffenheim.
Wolfsburg reached the last eight in Europe for the first time in the club’s history as Tuesday’s 1-0 win at home to Gent sealed a 4-2 win on aggregate in the last 16.
But Dieter Hecking’s side were stunned by second-from-bottom Hoffenheim as Andrej Kramaric, on loan from Leicester City, scored after just three minutes.
It could have been more as Kevin Volland had a second-half penalty saved.
The defeat leaves Wolfsburg four points outside the top six while Hoffenheim remain three points from safety.
Hoffenheim’s win pushed bottom side Hanover 96 closer to relegation as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Cologne with Leonardo Bittencourt scoring both goals.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s new coach Niko Kovac suffered a 3-0 defeat on his Bundesliga debut at Borussia Moenchengladbach to stay in the relegation places.
Gladbach’s Lars Stindl, Raffael and Mahmoud Dahoud scored the goals as Gladbach climbed to fourth.
A foul on South Korea midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol in the dying stages of Augsburg’s 2-2 draw at Darmstadt led to his side converting a penalty to take a crucial point.
Augsburg are deep in the relegation battle as one of three teams on 27 points and just above the relegation places.
Australia striker Mathew Leckie scored only his second goal of the season as he headed home from close range in mid-table Ingolstadt’s 3-3 draw at home to Stuttgart.
On Friday, Hertha Berlin cemented third place in the table with a 2-0 win over nearest rivals Schalke thanks to goals from Niklas Stark and Vedad Ibisevic.
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