Bayern Munich stamped their authority on the Bundesliga by opening up a seven-point lead at the top thanks to a 5-1 win over their nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Two goals from Thomas Muller before the break were followed by two from Robert Lewandowski after half-time, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a consolation for the guests to the Allianz Arena.
Mario Gotze added Bayern's fifth as they ominously opened up the largest advantage of any club after only eight games of a Bundesliga season.
Borussia Dortmund won their first five league matches this season and the hope was that the Bundesliga might have a title race after three years of Bayern Munich dominance.
Such positive optimism has since turned to fear, such is the fickle nature of football. Dortmund have dropped four points in their past two games, against Hoffenheim and Darmstadt, ahead of Sunday's showdown at Bayern.
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