Bayern Munich have been picking up the German Bundesliga title for years.

The German champions are chasing a record straight fifth victory this season. RB Leipzig is the closest competition this term, and they were handed a favour on Saturday after Schalke 04 held Bayern to a 1-1 draw. The second-placed team could reduce the gap to one point if they win their clash.

Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern an early lead against Schalke but defender Naldo equalized in the 13th minute. The Bavarians had to work hard at maintaining the scoreline on the skipper Philipp Lahm’s 500th game for the club.

“It was a tough game because Schalke played well. We started well but were not so compact, also in midfield, and our two lines were too far apart from one another. We could only increase the pressure slightly at the end, but it was not enough,” Coach Carlo Ancelotti said after the game.

Leipzig would not have it easy when they face Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Fitness worries and suspension would make it an even more difficult task with top scorer Timo Werner, Diego Demme, Marcel Sabitzer, and Emil Forsberg ruled out.

In other games, Hoffenheim put all their anger at losing their unbeaten run last week when they met Mainz. They defeated them 4-0.

Hertha Berlin defeated Ingolstadt 1-0 to move fourth in the standings. After loosing their first two matches this year, Hertha decided to change things. Ivorian Salomon Kalou took advantage of poor defending to cross the ball for Japanese Genki Haraguchi to score in the first minute.

Cologne are fifth after defeating Wolfsburg 1-0 courtsey of Anthony Modeste penalty kick.

Borussia Moenchen won their second straight match against Freiburg 3-0. The victory takes them to the first half of the table.