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“It’s not easy for us to play outstanding games all the time with a 23-point lead,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, whose side has won 24 of 26 games and drawn the other two.

Sky television reported at halftime that Uli Hoeness was not in the stadium. The former Bayern president was expected to soon begin his 3½-year prison term for tax evasion.

Dortmund failed to impress in Hannover, where Andre Hoffmann hit the post for the home side in the 18th.

Mats Hummels scored two minutes before the interval, prodding the ball home from close range after Sokratis headed it on.

Robert Lewandowski made it 2-0 in the 52nd, cutting in from the left wing, gliding past four Hannover defenders before shooting inside the left post from a central position, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan set up substitute Marco Reus for a flattering score in injury time.

“Everything went in the right direction after the second goal but I could only breathe easily after the third,” Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said.

On Sunday, second-to-last Nuremberg can overtake both Hamburg and Stuttgart by beating Eintracht Frankfurt at home.