Munich - Matchday 31 saw landmark goals for goals for a Croatian, a Japanese and VfB Stuttgart as well as productive weekend for defenders in Germany's top flight.

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achieved some noteworthy statistics in his 17-minute cameo in the 2-0 victory against Eintracht Braunschweig. He scored his fifth goal as a substitute, (a joint league best with Maxim Choupo-Moting) and equalled the record of goals for a Croatian player in a Bundesliga season - he now has 18, the same total managed by Josip Skoblar for Hannover 96 in 1968/69. Bayern also ended a run of two games and 374 minutes without scoring.

1. FSV Mainz 05 remain on course for Europe but have lost their last three away games, and their last six against Borussia Dortmund following the 4-2 defeat to BVB at the Signal Iduna Park, where they have also never won. On a more positive note, Shinji Okazaki has now scored 13 goals this season - more than he managed in three years at former club VfB Stuttgart - and has equalled the previous record for a Japanese player in a single campaign, jointly held by Shinji Kagawa.

1. FC Nürnberg have now four games in a row, as well as eight of their last nine, and are sliding ever closer towards Bundesliga 2 following Sunday’s 4-1 reverse at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Curiously enough, all four goalscorers were defenders who opened their season accounts in the Grundig Stadion, with centre-back Emir Spahic even netting a brace. Leverkusen, now back up to fourth, are also the first club for whom three defenders have scored in a single Bundesliga match this term. This weekend also saw a total of eight players score their first goal of the campaign.

VfB Stuttgart celebrated their 700th win in the Bundesliga after beating FC Schalke 04 3-1. Only Bayern, SV Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV have managed that many top-flight victories. VfB have now taken seven points from their last three games and are have a four-point cushion over the relegation play-off spot. Die Schwaben owed their victory to being highly clinical in front of goal, as they scored with three out of their four shots on target.

FC Augsburg have scored against every team in the Bundesliga this season, but their goalless draw against Hertha Berlin was the second time this term that they have drawn a blank against the Old Lady. Indeed, the Berliners’ keeper Thomas Kraft was a veritable spectator in the SGL Arena, as not a single one of Augsburg’s ten attempts were on target. Die Függerstädter have now only won one of their last seven games (against FC Bayern), although they have maintained their record of being the only current top-flight never to lose to Hertha (three draws, one loss).