As Wolfsburg failed to win for the third time in four matches, Hertha Berlin took advantage of the chance to close the gap to just five points at the top of the Nord/Nordost division.
Hertha stormed to a 7-2 victory away from home against Carl Zeiss Jena on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Nico Beyer, Dominik Pelivan, Faton Ademi (2), Bilal Kamarieh, Tobias Hasse and Farid Abderrahmane guided Hertha to their fourth win on the trot.
Leverkusen remained top of the western division and are in the sort of form that Wolfsburg experienced at the start of the season.
Bayer have now won their last eight league games and are eight points clear at the top of their group.
This weekend they won 2-0 against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Benjamin Henrichs and Paterson Chato scored in the second half to earn Leverkusen all three points. Coach Nils Drube wasn’t satisfied with his team’s performance though: “Sure, the conditions were difficult, the opponent uncomfortable, but from a performance point of view, it was too results-oriented. In terms of interaction, commitment and determination we can do more,” he said.
Hoffenheim are the latest team to top the Sud/Sudwest division as only three points separate the top six teams.
Hoffenheim celebrated a crucial 2-0 win against Stuttgart this weekend to leapfrog their opponents.
Bayern Munich’s miserable season continued as they lost 2-0 to relegation strugglers Unterhaching.
Union Berlin 1-1 Holstein Kiel, Rot Weib Erfurt 1-4 Werder Bremen, Lubeck 2-2 Hansa Rostock, Hamburg 1-1 Dynamo Dresden, St Pauli 3-2 Hannover, Carl Zeiss Jena 2-7 Hertha Berlin, Osnabruck 0-0 Wolfsburg.
Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 Astoria Walldorf, Unterhaching 2-2 Bayern Munich, 1860 Munich 1-0 Karlsruher, Kaiserlautern 2-4 Augsburg, Stuttgart 0-2 Hoffenheim, Mainz 3-3 Freiburg, Wacker Burghausen 1-5 Greuther Furth.
Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-5 Bochum, Bonner SC 4-1 Oberhausen, MSV Duisburg 1-5 Koln, Wuppertaler 0-0 Arminia Bielefeld, Theesen 0-2 Dortmund, Rot Weiss Essen 1-2 Schalke, Leverkusen 2-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf.