By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bayern Munich reopened the gap at the top of Die Bundesliga with a win at Freiburg.Bayern Munich reopened the gap at the top of Die Bundesliga as reigning champions Werder Bremen maintained the defence of their crown.
With Schalke not in action until Sunday, Bayern's 1-0 win at Freiburg sent them three points clear at the summit, but Werder are just four points off the pace after thrashing Bochum 4-0 at home.
Sebastian Deisler has endured a trouble past couple of years, but he proved to be Bayern's hero at Freiburg with the only goal of the game on 51 minutes.
In contrast to Bayern's edgy win, title holders Werder enjoyed a romp at home to relegation-threatened Bochum.
Valerien Ismael broke Bochum's stubborn resistance on the stroke of half time and four minutes after the interval, Frank Baumann added a second.
Four minutes later, Nelson Valdez had it made 3-0 before Johan Micoud wrapped up the scoring on 72 minutes.
Borussia Dortmund bounced back from last week's thrashing at Bayern by dishing out a 3-0 drubbing to Mainz.
Eby Smolarek settled the BVB nerves with the opening goal on 28 minutes, with second half efforts from Jan Koller and Lars Ricken giving the hosts greater comfort.
Hertha Berlin lifted themselves into fourth in the table courtesy of a thumping 4-1 victory at home to Hamburg.
The hosts were three-up inside the half hour, with Giuseppe Reina's fourth minute effort setting the ball rolling.
Gilberto and Marcelinho added to the tally before Hertha were reduced to ten men by Yildiray Basturk's dismissal on 62 minutes.
Hamburg scented a lifeline and reduced the deficit on 77 minutes through Sergei Barbarez, but Gilberto grabbed his second of the game four minutes later.
Wolfsburg came away with a 0-0 draw from Kaiserslautern after having Facundo Quiroga sent off for two bookable offences on 48 minutes.
Nurnberg still have relegation fears after they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld.
Delron Buckley scored after seven minutes and Arminia were further ahead on 19 minutes through the in-demand Patrick Owomoyela.
Marek Mintal brought Nurnberg back into the game on the half hour, but the contest was settled on 73 minutes through Arminia substitute Roberto Pinto.
Hansa Rostock remain bottom of the table after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Arminia Bielefeld 3-1 Nurnberg
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Mainz
Freiburg 0-1 Bayern Munich
Hansa Rostock 0-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Hertha Berlin 4-1 Hamburg
Kaiserslautern 0-0 Wolfsburg
Werder Bremen 4-0 VFL Bochum
Click here for Die Bundesliga table.