Robert Lewandowski scored for the ninth consecutive Bundesliga game as Bayern Munich made easy work of Hoffenheim to extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points.
Looking to avenge their shock 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim in September, Bayern struck first through Jerome Boateng, who powerfully headed in from Joshua Kimmich’s cross in the 32nd-minute.
Thomas Muller – who had earlier struck the crossbar when the game was goalless – doubled Bayern’s advantage just before the interval with a superb shot from the top of the box for his 10th goal of the season.
But Andrej Kramaric halved the deficit less than a minute later to help make amends for the two glorious chances Ihlas Bebou had missed previously.
Bayern moved through the gears after the restart and just before the hour-mark Lewandowski scored his 24th goal of the campaign after a defensive mix-up, before Serge Gnabry got in on the act after another fine assist from Muller.
Benjamin Pavard’s scorcher was ruled out for offside by VAR, and at the opposite end Manuel Neuer produced a couple of fine saves, as Bayern increased their lead to 10 points with RB Leipzig and Leverkusen in action later on Saturday.