Bayern extends lead with Hamburg defeat

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Munich, Germany ( - Bayern Munich extended its lead atop the Bundesliga on Saturday behind a 3-1 victory over Hamburg at the Allianz Arena.

Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring three minutes before halftime while Mario Gotze built on the lead by scoring seven minutes into the second period.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored three minutes from time for Hamburg to make for a nervous finish to the match, but Xherdan Shaqiri ensured the three points by tacking on a goal in stoppage time.

Bayern climbs to 44 points on the season to move seven points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, which takes on Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund slipped further off of Bayern's pace after playing to a 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim on Saturday. Dortmund was fortunate to take anything from the match after goals from Sven Schipplock and Kevin Volland put the visitors in a massive hole, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cut the club's deficit in half before Lukasz Piszczek netted the equalizer in the second half, putting the club on 32 points for the season.

Wolfsburg improved to 29 points on Saturday by getting a 3-1 win over Stuttgart and Andre Hahn netted a brace for Augsburg in its 4-1 demolition of lowly Braunschweig.

Also on Saturday, Mame Biram Diouf netted a brace help Hannover overturn a three-goal deficit and get a point from a 3-3 draw with Nurnberg and Monchengladbach was held to a 0-0 draw at Mainz.