Munich - Kaiserslautern and 1860 Munich marched into the top three with routine 3-1 and 3-0 wins over Dynamo Dresden and MSV Duisburg respectively, while Energie Cottbus went top with a narrow 1-0 win over winless FC Köln on Friday night.

Dynamo Dresden 1-3 Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern went on the offensive from the get-go, but Florian Dick was unable to make anything of the contest's first corner just one minute in. The away side certainly had more purpose about their game early on as Alexander Baumjohann sent a 25-yard free kick over the bar after eight minutes. Yet it was Dynamo Dresden who went closest to breaking the deadlock with only a fine reaction save from Tobias Sippel denying Mikael Pote's fierce near-post header. Lynel Kitambala was next to try his luck, but his 23rd-minute free kick was straight at Sippel. However, Dresden switched off in the 29th minute and were duly punished as Albert Bunjaku exchanged passes with Baumjohann and rifled a shot into the roof of the net from 12 yards.

Bunjaku brace

Dresden saw vociferous penalty appeals for handball waved away five minutes into the second half, but continued about their task with Pote and Kitambala very much involved. Pote was proving particularly hot to handle for the Red Devils, and it was no surprise to see the burly striker on the scoresheet for the fourth time this season as Dresden deservedly drew level in the 66th minute, despite a hint of offside. Parity lasted just six minutes, though, as Bunjaku showed his man a quick pair of heels and lashed home his second for 2-1 before Konstaninos Fortounis' well-struck effort put the result beyond any doubt in the 82nd minute.

1860 Munich 3-0 MSV Duisburg

1860 Munich made a dream start, taking barely two minutes to open the scoring. The Duisburg back four failed to deal with a corner into the box as Benjamin Lauth was allowed to squeeze the loose ball through his marker's legs and across the line from close range. The hosts oozed confidence in the early exchanges with Duisburg uneasy whenever 1860 ventured beyond halfway. Quick-fire bookings for Sören Brandy and Ranisav Jovanovic summed up a frustrating first half-hour for the visitors, who took nearly 40 minutes to settle when Flamur Kastrati tickled the crossbar from 20 yards out. 1860 were rocking as Brandy came mightily close to profiting from a mix-up between Gabor Kiraly and Guillermo Vallori.

Lauth at the double

Duisburg came out firing after the restart, with Antonio Da Silva seeing his 25-yard strike swerve narrowly wide of the upright. Jovanovic tried his luck moments later, but Kiraly was equal to it. The managerless Zebras were putting on a good show for any prospective coaches watching at home as Jovanovic forced another smart save from Kiraly at his near post, but they were caught out in the 55th minute when Lauth rose for 1860's second of the night and his third of the season. Jovanovic had a goal ruled out for handball four minutes later, before Moritz Volz cut inside and warmed the palms of Duisburg stopper Felix Wiedwald as 1860 looked to stretch their lead. They did just that with five minutes left on the clock as Moritz Stoppelkamp made it 3-0.

FC Köln 0-1 Energie Cottbus

Kicking off 15 minutes behind schedule owing to a traffic incident en route to the stadium, Energie Cottbus captain Uwe Möhrle was quick to let off some pent-up energy with a rash challenge on the edge of the penalty area, from which Thomas Broker's ensuing free kick flashed dangerously across the face of goal. Köln had their tails up and, racing forward in numbers, they very nearly took the lead as Daniel Royer's effort beat goalkeeper Thorsten Kirschbaum, but not last man Ivica Banovic. Cottbus settled after that early wobble and enjoyed the lion's share of possession for much of the half, before Boubacar Sanago rounded off a flowing move with his fourth of the season in the 30th minute.

Access denied

Köln should have been level two minutes into the second half but, as Kirschbaum parried Christian Eichner's cross back out into the danger zone, Royer's deflected six-yard strike somehow stayed out, ballooning up and off the crossbar with the goal gaping. The Billy Goats must have received some choice words at half time, with the home side showing a marked improvement on their first-half efforts as Christian Clemens stung the fingertips of Kirschbaum. The Cottbus stopper was certainly earning his corn, pulling off a stunning point-blank save to keep out Kacper Przybylko's vicious volley with ten minutes left to play. In the end, Köln did everything but score, and remain in the relegation zone without a win this season.

Christopher Mayer-Lodge