Bayern München maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings with a 2-0 victory over TSG Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena on Sunday.
Bayern Munich 2 Hoffenheim 0
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Robert Lewandowski scored either side of the break to secure a fourth successive win for the defending league champions as they responded to BVB Dortmund, who beat FC Ingolstadt 2-0 on Saturday.
Huub Stevens’ side are still searching for their first win of 2016 and have now gone three league games with victory, which leaves them second from bottom in the table.
The hosts made a bright start and threatened early on when Arjen Robben found the roof of the net with his shot from outside the area on seven minutes.
Thomas Muller then squandered two chances after he fired straight at Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann from inside the box on both occasions.
But Lewandowski found his mark on 32 minutes, sliding home from close range after Douglas Costa got away from his marker on the left to send in a low cross to the Polish striker.
The visitors looked to respond and Andrej Kramaric came close to equalising before the break with a fierce shot from inside the area that struck Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer.
However, the Bavarians held onto their one-goal at half-time and it should have been two when an unmarked Holger Badstuber headed wide at the far post.
Kramaric again threatened to restore parity after breaking through on goal and turning his marker before firing narrowly wide of the target, while Eduardo Vargas headed just over the crossbar from a corner.
But Lewandowski settled the home fans’ nerves on 64 minutes with a delicate finish inside the left post after being played in on goal by Philipp Lahm’s deft pass.
It could have been worse for the visitors had Arturo Vidal’s shot from distance not come back off the woodwork in the closing stages.