Bayern inch closer to title with Leverkusen defeat

Munich, Germany ( - Bayern Munich inched ever closer to clinching the Bundesliga title on Saturday after earning a comfortable 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena.

Coming off a 3-1 victory over Premier League side Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek, Bayern followed up their European conquest with an excellent effort to stretch their unprecedented unbeaten streak in league play to 50 games.

The hosts opened the scoring one minute prior to the intermission through a goal from Mario Mandzukic and Bastian Schweinsteiger doubled the Bavarians advantage with a tally seven minutes into the second half.

Stefan Kiessling pulled one back for Bayer Leverkusen in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late as Bayern held on to claim the points.

The result sees Bayern extend their lead atop the Bundesliga table to an incredible 23 points over second-place Borussia Dortmund, while Leverkusen drops to fourth place with 44 points.

Also in the Bundesliga on Saturday, just when it looked like Borussia Dortmund had regained its footing in the league with a pair of victories, Dortmund stumbled at home, falling to a 2-1 defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park.

Raffael Araujo opened the scoring for Monchengladbach in the 31st minute and the visitors doubled their advantage through Max Kruse in the 40th minute.

Dortmund were thrown a lifeline 69th minute when Havard Nordtveit was given his marching orders in the 69th minute and the hosts pulled one back through Milos Jojic 13 minutes from time, but it wasn't enough as Monchengladbach came away with an important three points.

Hannover earned a convincing 3-0 result over Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium through goals from Lars Stindl, Jan Schlaudraff and Szabolcz Huszti, while Shinji Okazaki scored twice inside the final 15 minutes to hand Mainz a 4-2 victory over Hoffenheim.

Luis Gustavo and Karim Bellarabi swapped goals as Braunschweig and Wolfsburg played to a 1-1 stalemate, while Georg Niedermeier and Aaron Hunt traded tallies in a 1-1 draw between Werder Bremen and Stuttgart.