Munich - FC Bayern München extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 16 points, while Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 both recorded victories that could prove invaluable as the race for Europe hots up.

As ever, is on hand to round up the main talking points from the latest round of German top-flight action...

Bayern's 13th consecutive Bundesliga victory was never really in doubt at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 21, after Pep Guardiola's team raced into a 3-0 lead before the interval courtesy of Dante's (pictured, r.) header and Xherdan Shaqiri's brace. The 4-0 win stretched Bayern's lead at the top of the table to 16 points, and also extended their unbeaten league run to 46 matches. The only dampener on an otherwise perfect afternoon was Shaqiri’s injury, which will keep him out of this week's trip to Arsenal FC.

Eintracht Frankfurt will be sick of the sight of Borussia Dortmund by now, having lost twice to Jürgen Klopp's team in the space of just four days. After getting knocked out of the DFB Cup by BVB on Tuesday, the Eagles suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbing a brace inside the opening 20 minutes. Robert Lewandowski scored his first-ever goal against Frankfurt from the penalty spot, before debutant Milos Jojic completed the scoring with his very first touch of the game.

Injury and illness had restricted Schalke 04 prodigy Leon Goretzka to just a solitary starting appearance in the league this season, but the 19-year-old midfielder showed just why he is so highly rated by everyone in Gelsenkirchen with a sublime chip over Bayer 04 Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno to open the scoring at the BayArena on Saturday. Felipe Santana's own goal brought die Werkself level, but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header moved the Royal Blues four points clear in fourth.

At the other end of the table, Hamburger SV's survival chances suffered another blow as they slumped to their seventh straight league defeat at the hands of cellar-dwellers Eintracht Braunschweig, who themselves were without a league victory in 2014. The loss proved to be one too many for the HSV board, who decided to relieve head coach Bert van Marwijk of his duties after just 143 days in charge at the Imtech Arena. Braunschweig, meanwhile, closed the gap on HSV to just a single point.

FC Augsburg's clash with 1. FC Nürnberg may have been down as a home banker not so long ago, but such has been Nürnberg's form since the turn of the year, der Club's victory at the SGL Arena didn't really come as a huge surprise, despite the hosts' impressive recent run of eight games without defeat prior to Matchday 21. Josip Drmic continued his own purple patch with the winner after 65 minutes, which sends Nürnberg up to 14th in the Bundesliga table.