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Bayer Leverkusen crush Bayern Munich to go 5 points clear in Bundesliga.

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Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen outplayed champions Bayern Munich for a 3-0 victory on Saturday that sent them five points clear at the top of the league and put them firmly in charge of the title race.

The hosts, who have never won a Bundesliga title, struck in the 16th minute through Josip Stanisic - on loan from Bayern - to take the lead against the Bavarians, who managed only a single shot on target over the 90 minutes.

Spain international Alejandro Grimaldo added another five minutes after the restart before Jeremie Frimpong sealed the win in stoppage time to stretch their unbeaten run to 31 matches across all competitions this season.

Xabi Alonso's team, who also twice hit the woodwork, are now on 55 points, with Bayern, chasing a 12th straight league crown, in second place on 50.

Also Saturday, Union Berlin beat Wolfsburg 1-0 in a game that had repeated interruptions, about 30 minutes in total, as fans threw tennis balls onto the field in protest at the league's planned investment deal.

The referee took the players to the locker rooms in the first half after stoppages to clear away tennis balls thrown by Union fans. When play resumed, there was another interruption when Wolfsburg fans threw more balls. Long-running protests against the German league's plans to sell a stake of revenue to an outside investor have intesified as talks are held with prospective buyers.

Danilho Doekhi headed the only goal for Union in the 21st minute of first-half stoppage time.

Fifth-place RB Leipzig drew 2-2 at Augsburg to lose more ground in the race for the Champions League places. Leipzig has four points from five games since the new year.

United States midfielder Lennard Maloney scored his first career Bundesliga goal for Heidenheim in a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt was held to a 1-1 draw by Bochum and Borussia Moenchengladbach and Darmstadt played out a 0-0 draw.