Gladbach's scorer Patrick Herrmann, centre, and his team-mates celebrate their side's third goal during the German Bundesliga match against FC Augsburg in Moenchengladbach on Sunday. Photo: Marius Becker/AP

BERLIN  Borussia Moenchengladbach fired five goals past a hapless Augsburg to win 5-1 and go top of the Bundesliga on Sunday while VfL Wolfsburg took over second place with their victory over Union Berlin.

Gladbach had scored three times by the 13th minute, including twice through Patrick Hermann and were up 4-0 before the visitors cut the deficit in the 80th minute.

Breel Embolo added a fifth for the hosts to lift them onto 16 points with their fourth straight league win.

"Coaches generally have something to be upset about but today I don't want to and don't have to do that," said Gladbach coach Marco Rose. "We did a lot of things right today. We took the right decisions with the ball, played a fantastic pressing game, were fluid and compact.

"The thing with having taken over the lead in the Bundesliga is that it is just a momentary snapshot."

Wolfsburg also took advantage of the top clubs' slip-ups on Saturday to move up to second on 15 after beating Union Berlin 1-0.

Wout Weghorst drilled in the winner with a fine left-footed shot in the 69th for the Wolves' second win in a row.

Champions Bayern Munich, who lost 2-1 to Hoffenheim on Saturday, are on 14 along with RB Leipzig, Freiburg, Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen in what is shaping up to be one of the tightest title races in recent years.

Borussia Dortmund have dropped to eighth place on 12 points after twice wasting a lead to draw 2-2 against Freiburg on Saturday.