Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich eased past Borussia Monchengladbach after recovering from falling behind to beat their opponents 5-1 on Saturday.
Bayern, who announced on Friday that their former midfielder and current Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac will become their new manager in the summer, have walked to another league title and were good value for this 5-1 win.
With the news that Jupp Heynckes will leave the position as manager, his players marked the new appointment in style as Sandro Wagner grabbed a brace to cancel out Josip Drmic’s ninth-minute opener for Monchengladbach.
Thiago, David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski added the gloss in the second half at the Allianz Arena to send Bayern 23 points clear at the summit.
The defeat leaves Monchengladbach’s hopes of Europa League qualification up in the air as they now sit six points behind sixth-placed Eintracht.
Kovac’s hopes of leaving Eintracht Frankfurt with Champions League football next season were dealt a blow on Saturday with a 4-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.
He has four more league matches remaining, but he was unable to stop Leverkusen strengthening their grip on a Champions League place as a second-half hat-trick from Kevin Volland sealed victory for the hosts.
Julian Brandt put Leverkusen ahead, but Frankfurt were quickly back on level terms through Marco Fabian’s strike. Volland restored Leverkusen’s lead after 71 minutes before going on to score two more goals.
Leverkusen stay fourth in the Bundesliga, now five points ahead of their opponents as well as Hoffenheim, who moved above Frankfurt on goal difference after first-half goals from Serge Gnabry and Adam Szalai gave them a 2-0 win against struggling Hamburg.
Cologne remain the only team below Hamburg in the table and the bottom club look in grave danger of relegation after a 2-1 defeat at Hertha Berlin.
Leonardo Bittencourt put Cologne in front, but Davie Selke’s quick-fire double at the start of the second half turned the game on its head.
Niclas Fullkrug’s injury-time equaliser earned Hannover a 1-1 draw at Stuttgart, who had led courtesy of Erik Thommy’s 53rd-minute goal.