Thomas Mueller struck the post shortly afterward but didn't have to wait long for his third league goal of the season, scored from close range after Lewandowski whipped the ball in.
Lewandowski came into the encounter with 13 goals in his previous 11 appearances against Augsburg and it only took him 17 minutes to add to his tally, taking a touch following Thiago's through ball into the area before firing into the top corner.
"In Case you ask me for the best position of European soccer, I still say that Real Madrid are number one". "Lewandowski did what he normally does".
Cologne keeper Timo Horn made two huge saves before Holtby scored what could be a vital goal for Hamburg's survival.
"I am happy to have a striker like that who scores in more or less every game". Leipzig are second on 52 after their win, Naby Keita scoring twice against Darmstadt who collapsed following the sending-off of Sandro Sirigu in the 72nd minute. Hoffenheim, 3-1 winners at Hertha Berlin on Friday, have 48 points and Dortmund 47.
Aubameyang put visitors Dortmund ahead with his 24th goal of the season and celebrated by putting on a superhero mask, as he had done in past derbies.
The "Bavarians" sit atop the Bundesliga standings with 62 points.
A win today will secure German championship for Bayern Munich for the fifth time.
Hamburg also scored a big win in its battle against the drop, with Lewis Holtby's late victor dragging the side out of the relegation zone to 13th, a point clear of Augsburg.
Defeat left struggling Augsburg in the relegation playoff spot, but they are only three points off 11th-placed Werder Bremen and hold a 10-point cushion over the automatic relegation spots.
Yet City's England worldwide is wary of the potential backlash from a wounded Arsenal in what he said would be a "massive, massive" clash at the Emirates Stadium in London yesterday. "That is the only way to stay clear until the end of the season".