Defending champions Borussia Dortmund hammered Cologne 5-0 on Saturday to move up to second in the German league and close the gap behind leaders Bayern Munich.
Bayern’s lead at the top has been cut to three points after Jurgen Klopp’s side dismantled Cologne, with Poland striker Robert Lewandowski scoring twice.
Having suffered their second straight Champions League defeat at Olympiakos in midweek, Dortmund bounced back in style.
Dortmund won the title last season with Lucas Barrios their top scorer, but with the Paraguay striker injured, Lewandowski is filling the role as Borussia’s lone center-forward and has racked up seven goals in 10 games.
The hosts began the rout when Japan winger Shinji Kagawa netted after just seven minutes.
Germany defender Marcel Schmelzer then curled in a long-range shot and Lewandowski finished off a fine move to make it 3-0 at the break.
Lewandowski then netted again five minutes into the second half as the hosts attacked in waves and captain Sebastian Kehl scored the fifth from a header on 66 minutes.
Cologne’s Germany star Lukas Podolski barely got a look-in as Dortmund dominated to claim their fourth straight league win.
With Borussia Moenchengladbach dropping to fifth from second in the table after their 1-0 defeat at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart are up to third following a 2-2 draw at Nuremberg.
SC Freiburg replaced Hamburg SV at the foot of the table after going down 1-0 at Kaiserslautern.
Having been appointed Hamburg coach last Monday, ex-Bayern player Thorsten Fink got off to a good start with a 1-1 draw at home to 2009 champions VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday night.
In other action, Hertha BSC Berlin and FSV Mainz 05 played to a scoreless draw.
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