Munich - Bundesliga Matchday 23 provided another weekend of rip-roaring action, with goal-fests, comebacks and talking points aplenty.

You can recap all of the highlights below, and stay with us throughout Monday for all the latest news and reactions to the events from Germany's top-flight.

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The key events from Matchday 23:
  • FC Bayern München made it 48 Bundesliga matches unbeaten after a 5-1 thrashing of FC Schalke 04 in Saturday’s evening game, with the Royal Blues now having lost their last seven league encounters against the Bavarians.

    • Borussia Dortmund bounced back from their Matchday 22 defeat to Hamburger SV with a 3-0 victory over in-form 1. FC Nürnberg.

      • Bayer 04 Leverkusen suffered their fifth straight defeat in all competitions as Maxim Choupo-Moting grabbed the only goal of the game to seal a 1-0 win for 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the BayArena.

        • SV Werder Bremen beat Hamburger SV in the northern derby, FC Augsburg were held to a draw at home by Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig earned a point against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Click here for our round-up report.

          • Hertha Berlin pass up the opportunity to keep the pressure on the teams above them as they played out a goalless draw in the Matchday 23 curtain-raiser against SC Freiburg.

            • 1899 Hoffenheim romped to victory over VfL Wolfsburg in Sinsheim on Sunday, with goals from Anthony Modeste (2), Roberto Firmino, Niklas Süle, Sejad Salihovic and Sven Schipplock earning Markus Gisdol's team a 6-2 win.

              • Two late goals earned Eintracht Frankfurt a

                It was memorable weekend for 1899 Hoffenheim, who recorded a remarkable 6-2 win over VfL Wolfsburg at the Wirsol-Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Sunday. One fan, however, got a little bit carried away during the team's celebrations. Find out who in today's Off the ball.

                Following Marc-Andre ter Stegen's costly error against Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday, Borussia Mönchengladbach vice president Rainer Bonhof has reiterated his confidence in the 21-year-old keeper. "Marc has proved in the past that he can put mistakes behind him," said the former Foals legend. "I'm not worried about him at all. I'm sure our fans will help him - they know how well he's done for the club in the past."

                Not that FC Bayern have done anything wrong, but even with the majority of the squad away representing their countries, that did not mean the rest of the roster could have a break on Monday. Coach Pep Guardiola still summoned his remaining players in for a training session.

                '16 players on international duty, but still some sweating at the Säbener Str.' reads this Tweet from FC Bayern.

                The weekend's action is not over by any stretch of the imagination with the focus turning to Bundesliga 2 tonight when FC St Pauli host 1. FC Union Berlin at the . The winner would pick up a serious boost in their promotion aspirations with second-placed Greuther Fürth just five and four points ahead respectively.

                Find out what kind of an atmosphere the teams can expect in this exclusive account of a St Pauli match.

                After another round of goals, assists, shots, crosses and saves, it's hard to keep up with all of the numbers. Our handy Statistics section has all the information you need to keep on top of the latest Bundesliga developments, at the touch of a button.

                Eintracht Frankfurt may have announced the departure of coach Armin Veh at the end of the season this Monday, but one person unlikely to be leaving the Eagles is Alexander Meier. At a press conference, sporting director Bruno Hübner said the chances are good that the 31-year-old, who scored the winner against Stuttgart on Sunday, will commit to a new deal. "We're optimistic, and nothing's changed there," he said.

                Hamburg forward took to twitter earlier today to post a selfie in the attire of the German national team, who play Chile in a friendly on Wednesday. The imposing 22-year-old was called up to the senior squad for the first time last week.

                Monday was a day for the numerous international players in the Bundesliga to report for their respective national sqauds with a week of international friendlies in store. Germany will face Chile at Stuttgart's Mercedes-Benz-Arena, and Borussia Dortmund have released (pictured), and to work under Joachim Löw for the next few days.

                Eintracht Frankfurt have announced that head coach Armin Veh will leave the club at the end of the season after declining a contract extension with the Eagles. Click here for more details.

                That Borussia Mönchengladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen might be feeling under the weather is understandable in the wake of his howler to allow Eintracht Braunschweig secure a 1-1 draw on Saturday . But it seems the normally reliable 21-year-old really is ill and was forced to withdraw from the Germany U-21 squad to face Spain on Tuesday due to a bout of the flu. See ter Stegen's blackout against Braunschweig on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:

                Good news for FC Bayern München fans (as if any more were necessary). The club's injured players are edging their way ever closer to a return to fitness, with and long-term absentee up and running again, as the following tweet shows:

                Given that 26 goals were scored across the nine Bundesliga fixtures this weekend it would be easy to overlook the performances of the men between the posts. Yet some of the top-flight goalkeepers were in sensational form, ensuring the Matchday 23 goal count didn't rise any higher. Check out the best saves of weekend on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel, with Bayern's and Schalke custodian going full stretch.

                FC Bayern's "gala on a red carpet" was the lead in the Süddeutsche Zeitung who titled their 5-1 win over FC Schalke 04 as the Bavarians saying "Yes to the title". After such a win, which opened up a 20-point gap at the top of the table, Bayern "can now dare to speak of real objectives for the season". Dortmund are their nearest rival after "Making hay out of dead balls", according to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine. It was a set-piece which got them on the way to a "cool and easy" 3-0 win over 1. FC Nürnberg.

                Who better to put Wolfsburg's 6-2 humbling to Hoffenheim under the microscope than the Wolfsburger Nachrichten. "A debacle", said the newspaper closest to the Lower Saxony club. "For long spells, it was a performance not worthy of discussion." Meanwhile, Die Welt took a closer look at Bayer 04 Leverkusen's woes. A fifth straight defeat in all competitions saw Sami Hyypiä's men relinquish second spot. "Leverkusen would so much like to be a top club, but as so often happens, the players disappoint when it really matters," wrote the paper.

                Sunday 2 March

                Late goals from Jan Rosenthal and Alexander Meier gave Eintracht Frankfurt a valuable 2-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart. The win at the Commerzbank Arena eases the Eagles' relegation woes somewhat, but only goal difference is keeping the Swabians out of the dreaded drop zone after they slumped to an eighth consecutive Bundesliga defeat. You can find out what the players from both sides had to say at the final whistle by clicking here.

                Hoffenheim lived up to their tag of Bundesliga entertainers as they dispatched Wolfsburg 6-2 in Sinsheim on Sunday. Anthony Modeste (2) and Roberto Firmino, both got on the score sheet for Hoffenheim, as did Niklas Süle, Sejad Salihovic and Sven Schipplock. Click here to find out what Modeste and his team-mates made of the comfortable victory at the Wirsol-Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Sunday.

                This afternoon's kick-offs are almost upon us, so don't forget to keep track of the matches, including all the in-game statistics you could want, on our LIVE ticker. Flick through the Matchday 23 picture gallery here and check back later for our complete match reports.

                The line-ups are in for Wolfsburg's trip to Hoffenheim:

                As if losing the 100th northern derby against SV Werder Bremen was not enough for Hamburger SV, the top-flight strugglers must now fight for their Bundesliga survival without the services of man-mountain at the back. The Serbian tore cruciate knee ligaments on Saturday and will be sidelined for the next few months. Get well soon Slobodan!

                Matchday 23 is rounded out by a potentially decisive relegation six-pointer between Eintracht Frankfurt and VfB Stuttgart (kick-off 16:30 GMT / 17:30 CET) this afternoon. The Eagles are licking their wounds after being eliminated from the Europa League midweek, while the visitors are eager to end a run of seven straight Bundesliga defeats. You can read our match preview here and check out what Frankfurt's Carlos Zambrano has to say for himself below:

                FC Bayern full-back may have turned the ball into his own net on Saturday's 5-1 mauling of Schalke, but the Brazilian remained upbeat after the final whistle, posing for a selfie with Schalke's Peruvian international , who doesn't look to downbeat himself:

                Germany assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick was at the SGL Arena on Saturday, taking a closer look at the latest recruit for the , Andre Hahn. 24 hours earlier, he called the 23-year-old midfielder to invite him along for next Wednesday's friendly with Chile. "I thought he was winding me up," said Hahn after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hannover. "This isn't something that happens every day." Indeed, just 14 months ago, he was on the books at Bundesliga 3 side Kickers Offenbach.

                After Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Mönchengladbach all dropped points on Saturday, VfL Wolfsburg have the chance to take advantage this afternoon away to 1899 Hoffenheim. Victory would lift Dieter Hecking's men up to fourth for the first time this season and would oust Schalke from the Champions League places. However, as the league's third-highest scorers, Hoffenheim are always good for a goal or two. Find your local broadcaster for the match here.

                Fresh from securing bragging rights over their northern rivals Hamburger SV in the 100th Bundesliga meeting between the sides, Werder Bremen opted for a somewhat different warm-down on Sunday morning. Instead of the usual light jogging, coach Robin Dutt instructed his team to shake off the cobwebs with a gentle bike ride.

                Heung-Min Son found himself crowded out all too often against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday and he believes Bayer 04 Leverkusen need to clear their minds and start enjoying their football a bit more after losing five games in a row in all competitions.

                Check out more from the South Korean, as well as Bernd Leno and Roberto Hilbert in this post-match reaction.

                Saturday 1 March

                Schalke's was dismissed for a professional foul in the second half in Munich, which all but ended the Royal Blues' challenge after they had brought things back to 4-1. Here's what 1. FC Nürnberg's , himself suspended for a similar foul last weekend, made of it:

                In Saturday's late game there only ever looked to be one winner when David Alaba put Bayern ahead against Schalke after just three minutes. Arjen Robben helped himself to a treble in the 5-1 rout in which the Reds were 4-0 up inside 27 minutes, and the Dutch international admitted the first 45 minutes had been "one of the best halves I've seen from us since I've been here". Read more from the 30-year-old here.

                Dortmund's gain was Bayer 04 Leverkusen's loss after die Werkself were beaten 1-0 at home to 1. FSV Mainz 05 thanks to a solitary goal from Maxim Choupo-Moting. The 24-year-old won it with a superbly improvised finish that took Mainz up to sixth, which for Choupo-Moting himself was "something special". Click here for more post-match reaction from the BayArena.

                Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga by beating 1. FC Nürnberg and for midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan it was a most satisfying day. The Armenian was repeatedly denied by Nürnberg keeper Raphael Schäfer, but finally managed a goal - his first in four league games - with the clock ticking down. "I always believed I'd score," the 25-year-old said at full time. Read more post-match reaction from Signal Iduna Park here.

                Following Bayer 04 Leverkusen's defeat against 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the BayArena on Saturday afternoon, FC Bayern München can extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga table to 20 points if they beat FC Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena. Remember to follow the action via our ticker - it promises to be quite an encounter!

                The afternoon kick-offs are just minutes away now, with Dortmund's home game with Nürnberg and Mainz's trip to Leverkusen the pick of the action. Don't forget to follow our LIVE Twitter account, @BL_Live_EN, or alternatively on bundesliga.com's LIVE ticker for all the pre-match build-up to and live text coverage of today’s games, as well as reaction to last night's action in Berlin. Enjoy!

                Bayer 04 Leverkusen, meanwhile, are looking to end a run of four straight defeats in all competitions when they take on 1. FSV Mainz 05 this afternoon. The visitors, however, have been in impressive form since the 2013/14 season restart, having collected ten points from a possible 15 in 2014. You can read our exclusive preview of today's clash at the BayArena here.

                As always, there are plenty of mouthwatering fixtures in the Bundesliga this afternoon. Eintracht Braunschweig will be confident of upsetting the odds against a Borussia Mönchengladbach side yet to win in 2014, while FC Augsburg host Hannover 96, who have lost three on the bounce in the league. Then, of course, there's the 100th northern derby. Click here for our exclusive round-up preview of Saturday's action.

                Can Bayern go the entire 2013/14 season without losing a single league game? Even if the Bavarians' unbeaten run does come to an end eventually, midfielder Thomas Müller doesn't believe it'll affect the destination of the league title. "It doesn't matter [whether we lose or not]," the 24-year-old told tz.de. "Realistically, the title race is already over. I don't think anyone expects us to lose six of the next twelve matches." He has a point...

                A 0-0 draw may not have been the perfect result, but from Matthias Ginter's perspective it was a second reason to celebrate on a day likely to live long in his memory. The German U-21 received his first call up to the senior national side in the build-up to Friday's encounter, recognition that ginter believes is a "great thing for me, Christian Streich and SC Freiburg". For all the post-match thoughts follow this link.

                In the end it was a case of one point gained for the visitors and two points dropped by the hosts as Hertha Berlin and SC Freiburg played out a goalless draw at the Olympiastadion. Admir Mehmedi and Adrian Ramos both had chances to grab a winner, but neither side could produce a breakthrough in a hard-fought encounter. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive match report.

                To stay bang up-to-date with all the action there are two options. Either follow the minute-by-minute coverage on our LIVE Twitter account, @BL_Live_EN, or alternatively on bundesliga.com's LIVE ticker! The choice is up to you, but make sure to tweet in your opinions to @Bundesliga_EN as well!

                Hertha Berlin may have more points on the board (34) than they did throughout the whole 2011/12 campaign (31), but the capital city side have picked up just four points in their last six home games. However, they will feel confident of amending that form against an SC Freiburg side, who have lost their last four games on the road, failing to score in each. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive preview.

                Bad news for SC Freiburg with Adrian Ramos fit to take his place in Hertha Berlin's starting line-up for the Matchday 23 curtain-raiser, a fact celebrated by the capital city side's sporting director Michael Preetz (below). However, that wasn't the only good news for the Colombian striker. "Finally! Ramos is back in the Colombian national team and in our starting line-up tonight! We want our first home win of 2014!"

                Following their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid during midweek, there were fears the result had taken a greater physical toll on the Schalke squad. The Royal Blues have confirmed that Felipe Santana will miss out after tearing a muscle in his thigh, but it appears the injury concerns were not as bad as first feared as the Tweet below confirms. "18-man squad selected for the FC Bayern game: Ayhan replaces Santana, Kevin-Prince Boateng, [Sead] Kolasinac, [Roman] Neüstädter all on board."

                After suffering a recurrence of his troublesome knee injury in the Matchday 22 encounter with SV Werder Bremen, midfielder Sebastian Rode opted for a second opinion on his decision to go under the knife. After consulting with Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt in Munich, the 23-year-old has decided to undergo a course of injections that will aim to repair the damaged cartilage under the supervision of Eintracht Frankfurt's club doctors Dr. Christoph Seeger and Dr. Wulf Schwietzer.

                FC Bayern München midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been recalled to the Germany squad for their friendly with Chile on Wednesday. Head coach Joachim Löw has also included four new faces in his 21-man squad to face the South Americans in Stuttgart. Find out who they are by .

                Eintracht Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht has extended his contract with the Bundesliga strugglers until summer 2016. The 40-year-old spoke of his delight at the new deal ahead at the pre-match press conference ahead of Braunschweig's match with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday. Find out what else Lieberknecht had to say here.

                1. FC Nürnberg have been dealt a blow ahead of their Matchday 23 clash with Borussia Dortmund with the news that Japan midfielder Makoto Hasebe is to undergo a second operation on his injured knee. The 30-year-old travelled to Tokio on Thursday to undergo tests on an injury suffered in a mid-season friendly against FC Steaua Bucuresti, but will now go under the knife for the second time in just over six weeks.

                Der Spiegel, meanwhile, feels the Eagles only have themselves to blame after becoming "sloppy" following their second goal. Many Frankfurt fans were already celebrating their passage into the last 16 of the competition after Alexander Meier's goal in the 52nd minute, only for Porto to level the score less than 20 minutes later. Meier's second of the game put the hosts 3-2 to the good, but substitute Nabhil Ghilas grabbed the crucial third away goal that sent the Portuguese side through.

                Despite a heroic effort against more illustrious opponents, Eintracht Frankfurt crashed out of the UEFA Europa League at the last-32 stage following a highly-entertaining 3-3 draw with FC Porto at the Commerzbank Arena on Thursday. The Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper still believe the Eagles have "made history, albeit without a happy ending", and praised Armin Veh's side for "playing attractive football" against the Portuguese giants.

                First up, however, is Hertha Berlin vs. SC Freiburg, who meet at the Olympiastadion on Friday (kick-off 19.30 GMT/20.30 CET). The Old Lady are just one point off a European spot and will be looking to close the gap on the teams above them with a win in front of their own fans, while SC Freiburg, currently 17th in the table, are just as desperate for the points. You can read our exclusive preview of today's game by clicking here.

                ...to our LIVE coverage of Matchday 23 in the Bundesliga. There are several mouthwatering fixtures to look forward to this weekend, including Schalke's trip to Bayern, Dortmund's clash with Gertjan Verbeek's revitalised Nürnberg, and the 100th northern derby between Werder Bremen and Mirko Slomka's HSV. Stay with us for all the build-up to this weekend's action, plus all the latest news and reaction as and when it comes in.