Those were just three of the side-stories of Matchday 10 in the Bundesliga. Here's bundesliga.com's bite-sized overview for you...
To compound the misery of losing at home to great Ruhr district rivals Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 passed up a golden opportunity to get back on terms when Kevin-Prince Boateng's penalty on the half-hour mark was saved by BVB keeper Roman Weidenfeller. It was the first time a Schalke player had ever missed from the spot against Dortmund in the Bundesliga - and the fourth Weidenfeller had kept out of the last eight he has faced in the league.
For the first time this season, FC Bayern München keeper had to pick the ball out the back of the net twice in a Bundesliga match - although that didn't prevent the defending champions taking another maximum haul as they downed Hertha Berlin 3-2 at home. Bayern still have the best defensive record in the division as well, with just six goals against in ten games, two fewer than Borussia Dortmund, who also happen to be second in the table.
As well as seeing their unbeaten home record go up in smoke against Hoffenheim, Hannover 96 also finished the game two men short. Mame Diouf got his marching orders just twelve minutes in - the Bundesliga's earliest-ever sending off for two bookable offences - and Marcelo was given a straight red in the 64th minute for remonstrating with the referee. Hannover had two men sent off on Matchday 1 as well - Maximilian Arnold and Timm Klose, in the 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg.
Heading into Matchday 10, Bayer Leverkusen's Sidney Sam was out in front on his own at the top of the individual scoring chart on seven goals. Now, he has three other players for company on the same tally: , who got VfB Stuttgart off to a flier after three minutes against 1. FC. Nürnberg, , who contributed a brace to FC Bayern's win against Hertha, and Roberto Firmino, who also bagged two for Hoffenheim as they cruised to victory at Hannover.
While FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund continue to garner most of the headlines at the top of the table, Bayer 04 Leverkusen are still ploughing their quietly efficient furrow alongside them. A hard-earned 2-1 home victory over FC Augsburg keeps Sami Hyypiä's men level with BVB on 25 points, just one behind leaders Bayern. Speaking after scoring in the derby success at Schalke, Dortmund midfield general Nuri Sahin, for one, admitted he was "very sure that it's going to be a three-way race" for the title.
Hertha Berlin almost made the biggest Matchday 10 story of them all with a stirring display in Munich. Here's midfielder Hajime Hosogai's take on the game for the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: