FC Augsburg bolstered their survival prospects at the expense of an out-of-sorts VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, while FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund both recorded wins away from home.
FC Augsburg‘s league safety was all but assured as goals from Alfred Finnbogason and Halil Altintop on either side of the half-time break clinched a 2-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg at Volkswagen Arena.
1. FC Köln, meanwhile, continued their late charge for Europa League qualification after hammering SV Darmstadt 98 4-1 at RheinEnergieStadion.
The hosts claimed the lead after just four minutes of play, Anthony Modeste slotting home from the centre of the box after latching onto a pass from Yannick Gerhardt.
Darmstadt were quick to respond, though, with Jerome Gondorf finding the back of the net just eight minutes later to level the scores.
However, Köln quickly regained control of proceedings as Modeste notched his second of the game in the 35th minute, before Marcel Risse netted a second-half brace to put the result beyond any doubt.
At Mercedes-Benz Arena, goals from Shinji Kagawa, Christian Pulisic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured Borussia Dortmund a 3-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart, who are now in real danger of getting dragged into the relegation scrap with just a handful of Bundesliga fixtures remaining.
There was no separating 10-man FC Ingolstadt 04 and Hannover 96 as they played to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining clash at Audi Sportpark.
The hosts looked to be cruising after Alfredo Morales headed home in the 10th minute. However, they were dealt a massive blow after Romain Brégerie was shown a straight red card for a foul on Felix Klaus.
Despite being a man down, it was the hosts who scored next, Moritz Hartmann also finding the back of the net with a headed effort.
However, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the home side after being reduced to ten men, and Hannover eventually pulled one back through Hiroki Sakai in the 58th minute, before Hiroshi Kiyotake netted the equaliser with eight minutes left on the clock.
At the Olympiastadion, meanwhile, FC Bayern München strengthened their grip on the Bundesliga trophy after battling their way to a 2-0 triumph over Hertha Berlin.
Following a goalless first half, efforts from Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa secured the win and three vital points in Bayern quest to become the first club to claim four consecutive Bundesliga titles.
Saturday’s Bundesliga results:
VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 FC Augsburg
VfB Stuttgart 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
1. FC Köln 4-1 SV Darmstadt 98
Hertha Berlin 0-2 FC Bayern München
FC Ingolstadt 04 2-2 Hannover 96