Jadon Sancho was in inspired form once again and got on the scoresheet to help Borussia Dortmund open up a nine-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga following a 2-1 win against Borussia Monchengladbach.
The former Manchester City man opened the scoring with a great finish from a tight angle – his seventh goal in what has been a stellar season for Sancho so far.
Marco Reus scored the winning goal after Christop Kramer equalised for the visitors as Dortmund tighten their grip on top spot.
Bayern can take full control of second place with a positive result from Saturday’s trip to Eintracht Frankfurt but Dortmund will nevertheless be in control of the title race heading into the new year.
Reus enjoyed the best early chance, from which visiting goalkeeper Yann Sommer denied him at close quarters.
Florian Neuhaus tried to respond for Monchengladbach with a first-time effort but it was BVB who took the lead in the 42nd minute.
When Louis Beyer lost possession in midfield, Raphael Guerreiro capitalised, finding Reus for a cutback to early substitute Gotze.
The World Cup winner supplied Sancho and the young England star passed Oscar Wendt before shooting across Sommer for a fine opener.
Yet the Foals were level in first-half stoppage time as Kramer’s header from a Denis Zakaria cross was repelled only for the ball to fall to his feet, allowing him to poke home.
However, 10 minutes after the break Sancho skilfully freed up Gotze for a run that allowed the winger to deliver an inch-perfect low cross for Reus to make it 2-1.
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