Munich - FC Bayern are a step away from winning the Bundesliga title quicker than ever before with second-placed Borussia Dortmund stumbling once again ahead of a UEFA Champions League tie on Matchday 25.

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Bayern set yet another record at the weekend by succesfully coming through the first 25 games of the 2013/14 season unscathed. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the side they beat for a record-breaking 17th straight win on Saturday, had managed a 24-game unbeaten streak from the start of a season, but nobody has been invincible for as long as the Bavarians, who remain on course for going the whole season without losing.

For the fourth time in a row, Borussia Dortmund lost in the Bundesliga on the weekend preceding a UEFA Champions League match. Jürgen Klopp's side face FC Zenit on Wednesday off the back of their seventh league defeat of the season, and their first loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park in 16 years.

Three Bundesliga players will have been particularly relieved at ending lengthy goal droughts on Matchday 25. Max Kruse's goal against Dortmund was his first after 870 barren minutes (since Matchday 15), Lars Stindl was on target for the first time since November 2012 - a run of 29 games - while Jan Schlaudraff had to wait 33 matches before netting for Hannover on Saturday.

After going 521 minutes (almost six matches) without finding the net away from home, the floodgates opened for SC Freiburg in Frankfurt as they netted four. The last strike on their travels before Matchday 25 came on 23 November (Gelson Fernandes in Braunschweig). Sunday's 4-1 victory was the Baden-Württemberg club's biggest away win since September 2009, when they defeated Hertha Berlin 4-0.

had a hand in Hamburg's 2-1 win over 1. FC Nürnberg, thanks to a season's best 10 shots on goal. No player has taken aim so often in the top flight this season, and his goal was the 2799th in the club's Bundesliga history. An own goal from Mike Frantz provided goal number 2800, earning Hamburg seven points in three home games under Mirko Slomka. It took them ten home fixtures to pick up that many points before his arrival