Bayern continue winning form under Flick

Bayern's Corentin Tolisso celebrates with fellow scorer Serge Gnabry in the win over Duesseldorf

Bayern Munich continued their winning ways under new coach Hansi Flick with a 4-0 at Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday and moved within one point of leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso, Serge Gnabry and Philippe Coutinho were on target for Munich while Robert Lewandowski failed to score for the first time in a league match this season - after netting 16 times in the previous 11 top flight outings.

Bayern have won all three games in all competitions, with a goal difference of 10-0, since assistant Flick was named coach in succession of Niko Kovac in early November, and since then confirmed on the job at least until Christmas.

"We hope it stays like this until Christmas. Football is a day-to-day business but I am quite optimistic," Flick said.

Bayern improved to 24 points alongside RB Leipzig who beat second-last Cologne 4-1 and have netted 24 goals in their last five games in all competitions.

Both are breathing down the neck of Gladbach whose recent winning run ended in Berlin as they crashed 2-0 at promoted Union Berlin, thanks to headers by Anthony Ujah and Sebastian Andersson.

Leipzig, meanwhile, denied Markus Gisdol a successful debut as Cologne coach.

Timo Werner opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season, Emil Forsberg converted a penalty and later curled home a free-kick, and Konrad Laimer smashed into the top right corner. Rafael Czichos headed Cologne's consolation goal.

Elsewhere, Schalke prevailed 2-1 in Bremen to go fifth, with Amine Harit's curler giving them a half-time lead. Benito Raman made it 2-0 after stealing the ball in Bremen's half while Yuya Osako's tap-in didn't help the hosts.

Bayer Leverkusen were held 1-1 by fourth-placed Freiburg. Lukas Hoeler headed the visitors ahead in the fifth minute, Moussa Diaby grabbed the equaliser in the 30th.

Ten-man Wolfsburg won 2-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to Wout Weghorst and Joao Valdez goals although Marcel Tisserant was dismissed for a second bookable offence in-between.