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Hertha Berlin made it three wins in a row to practically end any lingering hope Borussia Dortmund had of regaining the Bundesliga title this season with a 2-1 win at the Westfalenstadion.
Shinji Okazaki scored two and created another as Mainz added to Hamburg's woes with a 3-2 win at the HSV-Arena.
On-loan Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga is hoping to force his way into the Germany squad for next summer's World Cup.
With Bayern Munich competing for the FIFA Club World Cup on Saturday, the rest of the Bundesliga has the chance to steal some of the limelight for themselves this weekend.
Sky Sports sources understand Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg are leading the chase to sign Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in January.
Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 home victory over Hamburg.
Bayern Munich were crowned autumn champions in the Bundesliga thanks to a 3-1 win over Hamburg.
Hamburg coach Bert van Marwijk sounded the battle cry as he prepares to take his side down to Bavaria to face Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Hakan Calhanoglu's agent says he is aware of Arsenal's interest in the player - but the youngster is more than happy to stay with Hamburg.
Fear is rising in northern Germany that Hamburg will be on a hiding to nothing this weekend when they travel to face a Bayern Munich side wounded by Manchester City in midweek.
Bayern Munich will travel to Hamburg in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal next February with Bayer Leverkusen hosting the only remaining second division side Kaiserslautern.
Bayern Munich gave a fearsome demonstration of the breathtaking array of attacking talent at their disposal as they thrashed Werder Bremen 7-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Raul Bobadilla's first goal of the season earned Augsburg all three points as they left Hamburg in trouble with a 1-0 win.
Werder Bremen will on Saturday become the latest side trying to end Bayern Munich's record unbeaten run in the Bundesliga when they go head to head with the European champions at the Weserstadion.
Hamburg general manager Oliver Kreuzer has confirmed that he does not want to sell Turkey international midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu despite becoming a transfer target for Galatasaray.
Schalke were dumped out of the DFB-Pokal by Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 to end hopes of reaching the final of a competition they won two years ago.
Schalke are still going to consider buying defender Dennis Aogo on a permanent basis from Hamburg, in spite of a serious knee injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.
Wolfsburg were fortunate to escape with a 1-1 draw having been outplayed by northern German rivals Hamburg.
The contrasting fortunes in northern Germany move into focus at the weekend, with one club currently towering over the rest and keen to assert their authority on Friday night.
Hamburg battled back from a goal down to register a 3-1 victory at home to struggling Hannover.