Dortmund keeps pace with road win
Borussia Dortmund kept up the pursuit of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen thanks to an emphatic 5-1 win at Werder Bremen which leaves the northern Germany side in serious relegation danger.
Robert Lewandowski put Jurgen Klopp's men in front in the 26th minute before Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it two before the break.
Defender Manuel Friedrich added a third just after the break before Mkhitaryan netted his second. Lewandowski then sealed Dortmund's second straight win before Levent Aycicek grabbed a consolation.
Hamburg's plight worsened as they were thrashed 3-0 at home by Hertha Berlin on Saturday evening. Ludovic Obraniak was handed his debut for Bremen but he was to see relatively little of the ball as Dortmund showed more hunger and a greater willingness to attack than their hosts.
After missing a penalty, Adrian Ramos scored twice while Sami Allagui was also on target as the visitors to the HSV-Arena completed the job within the first 45 minutes. Hamburg, who have the worst defensive record in the division, have now lost six games in a row and are two points adrift of safety, second from the foot of the Bundesliga.
Wolfsburg got back to winning ways in style on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Mainz, who they left three points in their wake in the Bundesliga standings.
All the goals arrived in the second half when the hosts took control of the game after Mainz kept them at bay successfully for 45 minutes. Riccardo Rodriguez scored the first from the penalty spot before Bas Dost added a second. Luiz Gustavo added a third to reinforce the Wolves' place inside the top six.
Also on Saturday, Eintracht Frankfurt lifted themselves away from the bottom three of the Bundesliga with three first-half goals enough to see off the challenge of Eintracht Braunschweig 3-0 and leave them rooted to the foot of the table.