Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Hoffenheim was overshadowed by the news that Javi Martinez faces a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Two goals from Robert Lewandowski saw the Bavarians re-establish their eight-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, while Hoffenheim are rooted to the bottom.
Wolfsburg disappointed for the second time in 2016 as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cologne.
Wolfsburg’s home form alone has been sustaining their challenge for a place in Europe next season, with 20 of their 26 points coming in front of their own fans prior to kick-off.
Julian Draxler showed a fine touch to turn in Vieirinha’s cross on the volley from close range, with the deadlock finally broken midway through the second half.
It was not going to be worth all three points, though, as Anthony Modeste was given too much time and space to curl an effort from the edge of the penalty area beyond the reach of Diego Benaglio less than 10 minutes later.
Wolfsburg 1 – 1 FC Cologne
Bayern Munich 2 – 0 Hoffenheim