Robert Lewandowski brought up a century of goals as Bayern Munich eased past Eintracht Frankfurt, but it was a tougher weekend for Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, both of whom tasted defeat. bundesliga.com is on hand with the Matchday 24 round-up...
Robert Lewandowski brought up a century of goals for Bayern after netting a brace in the champions' comfortable 3-0 win against Frankfurt. Carlo Ancelotti's side were made to work hard early on - and were indebted to Mats Hummels for a phenomenal, last-ditch tackle on Branimir Hrgota to keep it goalless - but goals from Lewandowski and Douglas Costa before the interval put the Bavarians in control. The Pole doubled his tally in the 55th minute, completing a perfect day for Bayern, who moved 10 points clear at the top.
Watch: click play on the video below to hear Lewandowski's thoughts after Bayern's triumph:
BVB's domestic inconsistency this season continued against Hertha Berlin, who outsmarted Dortmund at the Olympiastadion. Salomon Kalou put the Berliners ahead early, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised shortly after the interval to stay atop the Bundesliga scoring charts with 22. Marvin Plattenhardt then hit a stunning free-kick in the closing stages, ending a run of four competitive games unbeaten for Thomas Tuchel's side and catapulting Hertha back into the top-four reckoning.
Wolfsburg's gain was Leipzig's pain as RBL lost ground on Bayern. Mario Gomez's early goal - his second in as many games since Andries Jonker took over - was enough for the Wolves to triumph and start moving away from the drop zone. A second home defeat in three games, however, continues an up-and-down Rückrunde for Ralph Hasenhüttl's side.
Watch: Mario Gomez discusses the importance of his winning goal to the Wolfsburg cause:
Claudio Pizarro became the Bundesliga’s oldest scorer this season at the age of 38 years, five months and eight days in snatching a 1-1 draw for Werder Bremen at Bayer Leverkusen. New coach Tayfun Korkut had looked destined for a winning debut after Kevin Volland’s opener, but a late penalty from Pizarro sealed a share of the spoils for the Green Whites, and a place in the record books for the ever-green Peruvian.
Age is just a number! @pizarrinha becomes the oldest goal-scorer in the #Bundesliga this season at 38 years old for @werderbremen ! Du bist nur so alt, wie du dich fühlst! Claudio Pizarro ist durch seinen Ausgleichstreffer gegen #Leverkusen der älteste Torschütze in dieser #Bundesliga-Saison! . . . #Bundesliga #soccer #football #fussball #Peru #Pizarro #legend @gettysport
Anthony Modeste continued his remarkable goalscoring run against Ingolstadt - he is the only Cologne player ever to score against Die Schanzer in the Bundesliga - but the Billy Goats twice threw away the lead to draw at the Audi Sportpark. Modeste's early penalty was cancelled out by a superb goal from Dario Lezcano; the Frenchman then beat Martin Hansen again, but Timo Horn's failure to hold Romain Bregerie's shot with 20 minutes remaining gave the hosts a share of the spoils.
Andrej Kramaric scored a sublime goal as Hoffenheim came from behind to take a draw against southwestern rivals Freiburg, in the process keeping their UEFA Champions League hopes alive and kicking. Christian Streich's side went ahead thanks to Maximilian Philipp's eight goal of the season, but Kramaric netted a stunner from the edge of the box on the hour to level for Julian Nagelsmann's side, who remain fourth, two points clear of Hertha Berlin.
Watch: click play on the video below to hear Kramaric's thoughts on his wonderstrike:
Darmstadt wore a special shirt in honour of Johnny Heimes, the Lilies fan who captured the hearts and minds of those across Germany and beyond before losing his long battle with cancer in March. Aytac Sulu – last season’s top-scoring defender in Europe – headed Darmstadt into the lead before a Sidney Sam penalty made it two. Robin Quaison then scored a debut goal at the other end but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide as the hosts held on for their fourth win, and second under Torsten Frings.
Guido Burgstaller scored a brace as Schalke eased their relegation fears with a comfortable win over Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen. Burgstaller netted twice inside the opening half an hour to put the Royal Blues in cruise control, before Ralf Fährmann pulled off a fine save to deny Paul Verhaegh from the penalty spot. Daniel Caligiuri netted his first goal in Schalke colours just three minutes later to complete a resounding victory for Markus Weinzierl’s side, who leapfrog Augsburg into 11th place.
@ralle.1 the first keeper to save a penalty taken by @paulverhaegh83 as @s04 win 3-0! Heute nicht! #Schalke's Ralf #Fährmann hält als erster #Bundesliga-Keeper einen Elfmeter von Augsburgs #Verhaegh und behält beim 3:0-Sieg die weiße Weste. . . #Bundesliga #goalie #gelsenkirchen #Schalke #blauweiß #Germany #soccer
USMNT international Bobby Wood was the match-winner for Hamburg as they picked up three vital points in the race to escape the drop once more. Borussia took an early lead at the Volksparkstadion as defender Andreas Christensen nodded home Oscar Wendt’s free-kick. Filip Kostic equalised with a header of his own before half time as HSV deservedly drew level. The Red Shorts came out on the front foot in the second half, and some composed forward play by Wood bamboozled the Mönchengladbach defence enough for him to smash home the winner fifteen minutes from time.