Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions underway in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd.
Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball over the helpless Manuel Neuer while seated after falling in a previous attempt.
Bayern substitute Douglas Costa sealed it in the last minute with a shot inside the left post.
Borussia Dortmund can restore the five-point gap Sunday with a win at Schalke.
Ingolstadt shocked Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-0, Darmstadt won 2-1 at Hamburger SV, Hoffenheim defeated Eintracht Frankfurt away 2-0 and Augsburg came from behind to win at Werder Bremen 2-1.
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