BERLIN, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich overcame Monchengladbach 2-0 at the start of the second half of the campaign in outsold Stadium am Borussia Park on Friday.
German internationals Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller helped the Bavarians to wrap up the 15th win at the 17th game, and to extend their lead atop the standings.
Third placed Monchengladbach staged a brave fight against the front-runners as Patrick Herrmann and Max Kruse tested Bayern's custodian Manuel Neuer in the opening period.
However, it was the clinical visitors that broke the deadlock with just seven minutes into the game. Thomas Mueller passed into path of Mario Goetze, who beat "Foals" goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen from inside the box.
Bayern remained in control of the proceedings, but after all they were unable to extend the lead. Despite Bayern's dominance, the hosts nearly restored parity but Manuel Neuer saved Juan Arango's threatening free kick and Kruse's attempt to conserve the neat lead just before the break.
Pep Guardiola's men doubled the lead eight minutes into the second half as Mueller converted a penalty, following a handball inside the box by Granit Xhaka.
Monchengladbach remained unfazed just as in the first half and pressed forward. Patrick Herrmann fired past Neuer but his shot were denied by the inside of the left post.
Nonetheless, Bayern made the game safe as the "Foals" failed to make use of their chances. Thus, Bayern Munich sit atop the Bundesliga standings with a ten point lead meanwhile third placed Monchengladbach drop on fourth if Dortmund wins tomorrow.
The following matches are scheduled for Saturday: Freiburg face runner up Leverkusen, third placed Dortmund meet Augsburg, Stuttgart host Mainz, Wolfsburg see northern rivals Hannover, Hoffenheim visit winless Nuremberg and Frankfurt encounter Berlin.