Borussia Dortmund further secured their hold on third place in the Bundesliga and again narrowed Bayer Leverkusen's advantage to four points on Saturday as they hammered Werder Bremen, 5-1, at the Weserstadion.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring on the 26th minute, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled BVB's advantage before the break. Both were on target a second time following Manuel Friedrich's strike, meaning Levent Aycicek's last-minute goal was no more than a consolation for the hosts.
Although Dortmund failed to keep a clean sheet yet again (the last time they held opponents scoreless in the Bundesliga was October 19), it was the visitor's largest margin of victory since they beat Stuttgart, 6-1, in early November.
For Bremen, it was a sixth consecutive loss to BVB that left the club just three points clear of the relegation zone. The once proud northern side will need to be very careful not to slip into the lower three teams, or their long-term future could be in serious danger. Click "Begin Slideshow" for a look at the major talking points from Saturday's action.