Timo Werner scored twice as RB Leipzig beat in-form Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 on Sunday and climbed to third spot in the Bundesliga, a point behind their opponents.
Striker Werner struck in the third minute and then again deep in first-half stoppage time to take his league tally to eight goals as the hosts outclassed Gladbach, who were on a three-game winning run.
Gladbach mislaid their attacking game and, apart from Lars Stindl's deflected shot that hit the bar in the 75th minute, they rarely threatened after the break.
Unbeaten at home this season, Leipzig also kept a fifth consecutive clean sheet at home and moved to 25 points into third place, a point ahead of champions Bayern Munich, and one behind second-placed Gladbach.
Eintracht Frankfurt missed their chance to move into the top three, losing 2-1 to visitors VfL Wolfsburg in their first defeat since September. They remain fifth on 23 points, while Wolfsburg moved up to eighth on 18.
Leaders Borussia Dortmund are on 33 points after their 2-0 victory over Freiburg on Saturday.