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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern joins BVB on top; Wolfsburg wins

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Munich’s Javi Martinez, bottom, and James Rodriguez celebrate their side’s opening goal during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Herha BSC Berlin in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb.23, 2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)

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Well, look out Lucien.

Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and his men have company atop the Bundesliga table, at least for a day, after Bayern Munich collected a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

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That puts the six-time defending Bundesliga champions level on points with BVB, who plays Sunday.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Hertha Berlin

Having played at midweek, a grind of a 0-0 draw at Liverpool, Bayern had most of the ball but failed to generate too much danger.

So it’s fitting that an unorthodox scorer pushed the Bavarians through, with Javi Martinez scoring his first goal of the season and just fourth in as many years.

His 62nd minute winner was aided in producing the win by an 84th minute Hertha red card.

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-3 Wolfsburg

American center back John Brooks will be plenty happy with his performance under the eye of new USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, who was in attendance as Wolfsburg closed the gap on its third-place hosts to five points.

Brooks won 8 tackles and took a team-high 81 touches in the match, completing 53 of 59 passes.

Yannick Gerhardt scored before Admir Mehmedi added a brace for the visitors.

Elsewhere
Werder Bremen 1-1 Stuttgart -- Friday; Sargent gets 1st start
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-1 Nurnberg
Freiburg 5-1 Augsburg
Mainz 3-0 Schalke
Hannover 96 v. Eintracht Frankfurt -- 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Borussia Dortmund v. Bayer Leverkusen -- Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Borussia Dortmund2215615423319-2-06-4-151
Bayern Munich2316345126257-3-19-0-351
Mönchengladbach2313464225179-0-24-4-443
RB Leipzig2212554119227-3-15-2-441
VfL Wolfsburg231157383084-3-47-2-338
Bayer Leverkusen221138393276-1-45-2-436
Eintracht Frankfurt229764128135-3-34-4-334
1899 Hoffenheim228954432124-5-34-4-233
Werder Bremen23887383444-5-34-3-432
Hertha BSC Berlin23887353324-5-24-3-532
FSV Mainz 05238692636-105-4-33-2-630
Fortuna Düsseldorf2384112742-156-0-62-4-528
SC Freiburg236983438-44-5-32-4-527
FC Schalke 042365122535-104-1-62-4-623
FC Augsburg2346133245-132-4-52-2-818
VfB Stuttgart2344151951-323-2-61-2-916
Hannover 962235142047-273-1-70-4-714
1. FC Nürnberg2327141848-302-5-50-2-913

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