Bayern Munich extended their winning start in the Bundesliga to five games by beating Darmstadt 3-0 at the Bollenfalltor.
The Bavarians’ two summer recruits from Juventus – Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman – both opened their accounts for the season, before Sebastian Rode supplied the third for Pep Guardiola’s league leaders.
Bayern will now wait to see if Dortmund can respond with a victory against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Their nearest challengers last season, Wolfsburg, ensured they did not lose any further ground with a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin taking them up to third in the standings, four points adrift of Bayern.
Bas Dost netted his fifth brace in 2015 inside the last 14 minutes – the second was a penalty, his first in the Bundesliga. Julian Draxler also impressed for the Wolves, who appear to have put the losses of Kevin De Bruyne and Ivan Perisic behind them.
Completing the top five on Saturday were Cologne and Ingolstadt, who both picked up 1-0 wins.
Peter Stoger’s men triumphed against derby rivals Borussia Monchengladbach, who have now lost all five games in the league this season.
Anthony Modeste’s seventh goal in six games for Cologne was enough for all three points while Moritz Hartmann’s first ever Bundesliga goal ensured Ingolstadt became the first team to win their first three away games in Germany’s top-flight as they won at Werder Bremen.
Saturday’s other fixture saw Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt share a goalless draw at the Volksparkstadion with both sides remaining in mid-table, well clear of any relegation worries.
Mainz broke into the top three on Friday night thanks to a Yunus Malli hat-trick in a 3-1 comeback victory over Hoffenheim.
Jonathan Schmid gave Hoffenheim the lead early on, but it took only five minutes for Mainz to find an equaliser through Malli.
The Mainz midfielder put his side in front on the hour mark with a shot into the top corner of Oliver Baumann’s goal, before putting the seal on their third win of the season with his fifth of the campaign midway through the second half.
Hoffenheim could not respond, leaving their coach Markus Gisdol under pressure as their worst ever start to a Bundesliga season continues.