Bayern did topple Dortmund to kick off the season with a 2-0 DFL Supercup victory, though.
The hosts, though, never stopped charging forward and Dutchman Arjen Robben was denied four times in the first half with his trademark move, cutting in from the right.
Quickfire goals from the recalled Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski saw the home side race into a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes before a stunning Raphael Guerreiro strike halved the deficit.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who started the day as the Bundesliga's top scorer with 25 goals but ended it one behind Lewandowski, was largely anonymous but could have halved the deficit after 67 minutes, bursting clean through only to see his shot cleared off the line by Boateng.
Benfica's Pizzi, bottom, and Dortmund's Julian Weigl challenge for the ball during the Champions League round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Benfica in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that Robert Lewandowski's shoulder injury is nothing serious and he is confident the Poland worldwide will be ready for the upcoming Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
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But in a whirlwind start, Arturo Vidal's shoddy clearance fell to the feet of Guerreiro who hammered the ball first time into the top corner. In a match with little action for long periods, it suddenly came to life with two minutes remaining when Leipzig's Willi Orban picked up a second yellow card for hauling down Diego Demme.
We believe there will be goals in both nets in this match.
But before the heavyweight clash in Munich, second-placed Leipzig reduced the gap at the top to seven points in a dramatic finale against Leverkusen.
But American forward Bobby Wood crossed for Hunt to score Hamburg's victor with a quarter-hour remaining, lifting the side four points clear of the relegation zone after its fourth straight win at home. It was the French striker's 23rd goal of the season.
Cologne dropped to sixth after slumping to a 3-2 home loss against Borussia Moenchengladbach thanks to Lars Stindl's 80th-minute victor.
Only goal difference was keeping Mainz out of the relegation zone, though that could change on Sunday when Augsburg, which also has 29 points, visits Hertha Berlin.