Bayern Munich made it a record-breaking start to the Bundesliga season by recording its eighth successive win by routing Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0.
Looking to beat its own record of seven straight wins from the season's outset, its emphasised its current superiority in German football with
Defending champion Borussia Dortmund slipped further behind rampant Bayern after it was stunned 2-1 by Schalke in the Revier derby.
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Fourth-placed Dortmund is now 12 points adrift of Bayern as well as five behind Schalke in third place and its grip on its title already appears to be slipping after just eight games.
Eintracht Frankfurt bounced back from its first defeat of the season to see off Hannover 3-1 and remains five points adrift of Bayern in second.
The host was defeated by Borussia Monchengladbach before the international break but looked firmly on course to return to winning ways after Karim Matmour and
Although Mohammed Abdellaoue pulled a goal back for Hannover shortly before the break,
Borussia Dortmund's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski will reveal his future plans only after the UEFA Champions League final on May 25 (May 26 AEST), having refused to extend his contract.