Borussia Dortmund has moved out of the direct relegation zone with a 3-0 away win over SC Freiburg.
The win sees Dortmund break a five game winless streak that started last December.
Dortmund were on winning ways after nine minutes when a Mike Frantz back pass was intercepted on the edge of the box by Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang, who passed it on to Marco Reus, who simply had to push the ball into the empty net.
Aubameyang got his own name on the scoresheet in the 56th minute, when the Gabonese international finished off a swift counter started by the resurgent Ilkay Guendogan.
Aubameyang got his brace 16 minutes later, when the attacker got on the end of some fine combination play between Jakub Blaczszykowski, Shinji Kagawa and Reus.
Bayern Munich managed their first win of the year with a sluggish 2-0 over struggling Vfb Stuttgart.
Arjen Robben handed Bayern the lead in the 41st minute with his 12th goal of the season, when the Dutchman completed a quick one-two with Mitchell Weiser at the edge of the box to drill the ball home from 11 meters out.
The lead was doubled five minutes into the second half in marvelous fashion:
Austrian international David Alaba got behind the ball for a free kick to strike it forcefully into the top right hand corner to leave Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich with no chance.
The loss sees Stuttgart drop to the bottom of the table, whilst Bayern sit top, eight points ahead of second placed Vfl Wolfsburg.
The VW – backed club continues to stay on the heels of the reigning champions with a 3-0 win over TSG Hoffenheim.
Star of the night: 32 million Euro signing Andre Schuerrle.
The German international had a hand in all three goals and already appears to be paying off his hefty fee.
The former Chelsea man got the assist to the first goal three minutes in, when Schuerrle crossed the ball within the box to striker Bas Dost, who simply had to push the ball into the net from five meters out.
The lead was doubled 25 minutes later, when Schuerrle’s powerful strike rebounded off the bar into the path of playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, who nodded the ball in from a short distance.
The win was sealed six minutes before time, when Schuerrle and Dost combined to set up De Bruyne, who struck it fiercely from just inside the box, past the hapless Hoffenheim keeper Oliver Baumann.
Hamburg managed consecutive league wins for the first time since April 2013 by defeating Hanover 96 2-1.
But it was hardly a convincing win with Hanover defender Marcelo having a hand in both goals.
In the 26th minute, the defender nodded Zoltan Stieber’s cross past his own keeper to hand Hamburg the lead and the Brazilian was involved again in the second half, when he deflected Marcell Jansen’s driving shot past Ron – Robert Zieler.
Hanover pulled one back in the 66th minute through Artur Sobiech, but it was a mere consolation.
The win sees Hamburg jump to 12th place on the ladder.
Under new coach Pal Dardei, Berlin have found their way back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Mainz 05.
Berlin took the lead via a penalty in the 32nd minute, when Mainz keeper Loris Karius brought down Valentin Stocker and was dismissed for his action.
The following penalty was converted by Jens Hegeler.
Seven minutes later Berlin doubled the lead, when Roy Beerens got on the end of a rebounded Stocker effort.
Werder Bremen jumped to 8th with their fourth consecutive win by defeating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1.
Young striker Davie Selke struck for Bremen in the 17th minute with the lead doubled 12 minutes through a trademark Zltako Junuzovic free kick.
Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu scored a consolation two minutes before the interval.
FC Augsburg are still 4th after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Ragnar Klavan and Raul Bobadilla handed Augsburg a two goal lead within 40 minutes with Stefan Aigner shortening the deficit two minutes into first half stoppage time.
Frankfurt completed the comeback in the second half with Alexander Meier getting his 15th goal of the season.
Schalke 04 moved into 3rd place with a 1-0 win over fellow European hopefuls Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Scorer of the solitary goal was Tranquillo Barnetta in the 11th minute.
In the remaining match, Cologne and Paderborn played out a 0-0 draw.
Written by Christopher Munker