Muller helps Bayern edge Hoffenheim
Sinsheim, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Thomas Muller helped restore Bayern Munich's position at the top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday as his late strike gave the reigning champions a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim.
Borussia Dortmund went top of the league with a resounding 6-1 defeat of Stuttgart on Friday, but Saturday's win for Bayern sees Pep Guardiola's side improve to 29 points to move one point clear of Dortmund at the Bundesliga summit.
It was not easy for Bayern as Niklas Sule handed Hoffenheim the lead in the 34th minute, but the visitors were level within four minutes as Mario Mandzukic tied the match.
Bayern was made to wait until the 74th minute for a winner as Franck Ribery capitalized on some slack defending from Hoffenheim to find Muller, who turned in the delivery from five yards out.
Bayer Leverkusen fell further off of Bayern's pace by suffering a shock 1-0 loss at Braunschweig behind Dominick Kumbela's 80th-minute strike, keeping the club on 25 points.
Max Kruse netted a brace on Saturday to help Borussia Monchengladbach retain fourth place with a 2-0 victory at Hamburg while Wolfsburg's third straight league win saw the club climb up to fifth place with a 2-1 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Also on Saturday, 10-man Freiburg collected its first league win of the season thanks to a 3-0 defeat of Nurnberg while Schalke scored on opposite sides of halftime in a 2-0 defeat of Hertha Berlin.
11/02 15:40:12 ET