FC Bayern Munchen went into the mid-season break with a three-point lead at the Bundesliga summit, while Darmstadt ended the year at the foot of the table.
Defending champions Bayern Munich signed off 2016 in style as they beat surprise title challengers RB Leipzig 3-0 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
First-half goals from Thiago Alcantara (17′), Xabi Alonso (25′) and Robert Lewandowski (45′ pen) secured a fifth straight win in the league for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, which was made easier with 30th-minute dismissal of Emil Forsberg.
Meanwhile, Hertha Berlin kept their Champions League push going with a 2-0 victory over rock-bottom Darmstadt at the Olympiastadion.
Both goals came in the second half, with Marvin Plattenhardt opening the scoring on 53 minutes before Salomon Kalou sealed the win in the 66th minute for Die Alte Dame, who remain third – nine points off top spot – while Die Lilien are eight points adrift of safety.
Elsewhere, Freiburg moved within four points of the European places after they edged out struggling Ingolstadt 2-1 at Audi Sportpark.
A brace from Florian Niederlechner (34′ pen, 41′) towards the end of the first half handed all three points to the eighth-placed Breisgau-Brasilianer, although Die Schanzer made a fight of it as Markus Suttner reduced the deficit eight minutes into the second half.
Wendell (44′) cancelled out Anthony Modeste’s 21st-minute opener as FC Koln and Bayer Leverkusen shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the RheinEnergieStadion, while Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen played out to the same scoreline at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Sandro Wagner’s 26th-minute goal looked to have given achtzehn99 victory, but Serge Gnabry struck three minutes from time to salvage a point for Die Werderaner, which took them three clear of the relegation zone in 15th spot.
Bayern Munich 3-0 RB Leipzig
Hertha Berlin 2-0 Darmstadt
FC Koln 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Ingolstadt 1-2 Freiburg
Hoffenheim 1-1 Werder Bremen
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