Bayern Munich have assumed their traditional place at the top of the Bundesliga table after another dominant win on Saturday. The Bavarians trounced Mainz 3-1 behind three early goals from Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller, and Thiago.
Lewandowski, despite being fresh off surgery to repair an injured groin, fired in his 22nd goal of the campaign with a vicious header in the eight minute—a scene that has become all too familiar for opposing defenses.
Müller added to the tally in the 14th before Thiago weaved through the Maiz defense to put Bayern up 3-0 in the 26th minute.
Hansi Flick's side finally supplanted RB Leipzig, who drew 2-2 to Borussia Mönchengladbach after a thumping strike from Christopher Nkunku in the final minutes salvaged the point. It was perhaps the match of the weekend, with the two teams separated by a mere two points.
Elsewhere, Dortmund continued their scintillating form as they netted five once again to cruise to victory, with Union Berlin unable to stem the Black and Yellow tide.
Erling Haaland was given his first Bundesliga start, and the 19-year-old responded with goals in the 18th and 76th minute to bring his mark to seven goals in a mere 133 minutes. Jadon Sancho opened the scoring at Signal Iduna Park, while Marco Reus and Axel Witsel contributed a goal apiece.
Further down in the table, Hoffenheim strengthened their case for European competition as the 7th-place outfit took down 5th-place Bayer Leverkusen to give them back-to-back victories.
It helped that 6th-place Schalke continued their slide with a 0-0 draw against Jürgen Klinsmann's Hertha Berlin. David Wagner's men had such a promising start to the new year when they dispatched Mönchengladbach 2-0, but a beatdown from Bayern last weekend may have shaken their confidence.
The thrills continued when US international Timothy Chandler scored a 93rd-minute goal for Eintracht Frankfurt to secure a draw against relegation-zone Fortuna Düsseldorf.
The Bundesliga table will be static at the top until next weekend, with Köln-Freiburg and Paderborn-Wolfsburg the only remaining clashes of Matchday 20.