Bayern Munich came from behind to seal a ninth straight victory at the BayArena, as they beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.
While they were separated by four places going into their clash, their respective storylines couldn't be more different. Bayer Leverkusen could move up to third with a win - granted that results also went their way - while three points for Bayern would see them go ten points clear at the top.
Bayer Leverkusen struck first on home turf, albeit after confirmation from VAR. Lucas Alario was through on goal and poked it past Manuel Neuer, which was followed by the Video Assistant Referee proving that he was level with the Bayern defence to mark the opening goal of the afternoon.
Kingsley Coman was the one to draw Hans-Dieter Flick's side level, with a smooth finish. He had all the time in the world to pick his spot against Lukas Hrádecký, and curled it under his body and into the net to draw the visitors level in stunning style.
It was clear that Bayern wanted to go into the break in front, and Leon Goretzka made sure of that three minutes shy of the half-time whistle. The German collected the ball on the edge of the box, smashing his shot hard and low into the bottom left corner to put the league leaders in front.
Just three minutes later, Die Roten earned a two-goal cushion and completed their comeback in style. A long ball fell perfectly into the path of Serge Gnabry, who guided the ball over the goalkeeper and looped it into the back of the net, putting the hosts in cruise control ahead of the second half.
Bayern were now in complete control, and seemed comfortable with their lead. They made sure of the three points after the break, when Robert Lewandowski scored a nicely-taken header for his 30th league goal of the campaign, and FCB's fourth of the afternoon in a ruthless display.
Bayer substitute and starlet Florian Wirtz got a late consolation with a delightful finish, a brilliant moment for the 17-year-old becoming the youngest ever goalscorer in Bundesliga history. It wasn't enough to kickstart a late comeback, as Bayern saw out the win and moved one step closer to another league title.
Both sides return to action next weekend - Bayer Leverkusen are away at Schalke next, as they continue their pursuit of a top four finish next Sunday. Bayern Munich are at the Allianz the day before, as they welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach to Bavaria.