Bundesliga wrap: Bayern pummel Hoffenheim as Dortmund held
Bayern Munich made up ground on Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund with a thumping 7-1 win at home to Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Mario Gomez opened the scoring for Bayern just four minutes into the match at the Allianz Arena, with Arjen Robben adding a second from the penalty spot eight minutes later.
Toni Kroos made it 3-0 in the 17th minute when he found the net with a low drive from outside the box.
Robben bagged his second and Bayern's fourth on 29 minutes, rounding Hoffenheim goalkeeper Tom Starke to slot home.
And Gomez also doubled his tally five minutes later, heading home a Franck Ribery cross to make it 5-0 by the half-time break.
Gomez was back on target to complete his hat-trick three minutes into the second half, before Ribery got in on the act with a goal of his own two minutes before the hour mark.
Hoffenheim did claim a consolation strike courtesy of an own-goal from former player Luis Gustavo with six minutes remaining.
It was not all good news for Bayern, who lost Gomez and defender Jerome Boateng to injury during the match, while Robben appeared to roll his ankle late on.
Nevertheless, the crushing win saw Jupp Heynckes' team close the gap on Dortmund to five points after the reigning champions could only draw 0-0 away to Augsburg.
The third-placed team, Borussia Moenchengladbach, also dropped points in a 0-0 stalemate at home to struggling Freiburg.
Cologne held on for a 1-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin despite finishing the match with nine men.
Christian Clemens gave hosts Cologne the lead 35 minutes in at the RheinEnergieStadion.
They lost Mato Jajalo to a straight red card for a 66th-minute tackle on Levan Kobiashvili, just eight minutes after the Croatian had been introduced as a substitute.
Kobiashvili was sent off himself 10 minutes later, receiving two yellow cards in quick succession.
Cologne striker Lukas Podolski, reportedly close to sealing a move to English Premier League club Arsenal, saw red for his part in the same incident.
Elsewhere, first-half goals from Nicolai Mueller and Mohamed Zidan helped 10-man Mainz see off Nuremburg 2-1 at home.
And Wolfsburg came from a goal down to beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 at home, thanks to strikes from Patrick Helmes and Ashkan Dejagah, together with Michal Kadlec's own-goal.