Cologne - Two Japanese players named Shinji dominated the Bundesliga headlines this weekend with Kagawa and Okazaki penning their own names in the history books for different reasons.

The third round of action also saw an end brought to Bayer 04 Leverkusen's dominance, an extension of Cologne's impenetrability and further proof of how difficult it is to win in the Bundesliga. bundesliga.com brings you the biggest stories from Matchday 3...

Fairy tales are made of the stuff Shinji Kagawa provided at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. Back at Borussia Dortmund after two years with Manchester United FC, the Japanese midfielder wasted no time in showing what the Westphalians had missed. After playing a hand in the opening goal, Kagawa then scored his first in over a year to help seal Dortmund's 3-1 win over SC Freiburg. "It's indescribable - I had goosebumps," said the 25-year-old.

However, Kagawa wasn't the only Shinji to step into the spotlight on Matchday 3, as Mainz's shone in the capital. His brace in their first win of the season, a 3-1 triumph at Hertha Berlin, moved himself ahead of Yasuhiko Okudera as the most prolific Japanese goalscorer of all time in the Bundesliga. The former VfB Stuttgart forward has now netted 28 times. Kagawa is on 22 after his goal against Freiburg.

All good things come to an end and that was the case for Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Friday night as their proud perfect start to the season was ended by a plucky SV Werder Bremen. Including UEFA Champions League qualifying against FC Kobenhavn, and the first round of the DFB-Cup, Leverkusen had won five out of five up to Friday's stumble, Roger Schmidt's first game without victory.

If you want to make it as a goalkeeper, having the name Timo is not a bad idea. 1. FC Köln's is on his way to emulating Timo Hildebrand, who holds the record for consecutive minutes without conceding. Hildebrand managed 884 unbreached for VfB Stuttgart in 2003 while Horn is on 270 after helping his club make a flying start to the season on the back of three clean sheets.

If you need more proof of how evenly balanced things are in the Bundesliga, then three results on Matchday 3 illustrate this to perfection. Leverkusen's thrilling 3-3 draw with Bremen on Friday night, Hoffenheim's 1-1 tie with Wolfsburg and the shut-out involving the league's newcomers SC Paderborn and 1. FC Köln meant there have been 12 draws already this season - three times as many as the same stage of last term. Proof that you have to work hard for maximum payback in the Bundesliga.