Elsewhere, FC Bayern München consolidated their position at the top of the table on the back of Xabi Alonso's record-breaking performance, Borussia Mönchengladbach climbed to second in an encounter which Stefan Kutschke played a starring role, while Lucas Piazon scored a contender for goal of the season.
bundesliga.com will bring you all the reaction to this weekend's encounters...
MATCHDAY 6 RESULTS:
1. FSV Mainz 05 0-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1. FC Köln 0-2 FC Bayern München
FC Schalke 04 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
SC Freiburg 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Hannover 96
SC Paderborn 07 1-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 SV Werder Bremen
Augsburg 1-0 Hertha Berlin
Hamburger SV 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Monday 29 September
Ciao for now!
And with all this talk of the Champions League, that's our cue to bid you a fond farewell. Don't forget to check out bundesliga.com for all the breaking news from Germany's top flight as well as coverage of the FC Bayern, FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach in Europe. As ever, we'll be back on Friday to bring you all the build-up to Matchday 7 in the League of the World Champions. Bis dann!
Matchday 6 in the Bundesliga may not have been as high-scoring a weekend as we’re used to in Germany’s top flight, but what it lacked in net-busting qualities it made up for with a phenomenal demonstration of fair play. In SC Paderborn 07’s first home defeat of the season, “Stefan Kutschke (r.) was racing to beat Gladbach’s World Cup winner Christoph Kramer to the ball in midfield before going to ground”, wrote national publication Stern.
“For referee Marco Fritz, the decision was clear: he booked Kramer. But then went to the referee and explained that his studs had got caught in the grass. Fritz reversed his decision. A super moment for Kutschke, for us he’s the winner of the Matchday.”
Click on the video below provided by our official YouTube channel to relive Kutschke's great moment of sportsmanship:
Munich’s Abendzeitung could be criticised for getting ahead of themselves after FC Bayern’s 2-0 win over Köln. “With six Matchdays played, Bayern are at the top of the table and making leaps and bounds towards being crowned Herbstmeister. Titles can’t be won in Autumn, so they say, but they can be lost. Guardiola spoke of a ‘very, very dangerous period’, but Bayern are still winning.”
Despite being on the receiving end of a 2-0 loss at home to FC Bayern, there were plenty of positives for 1. FC Köln to take from this weekend. However, local newspaper Express was more concerned with the exclusions of Yuya Osako and Simon Zoller. “The pretty cheerleaders gave them courage, but head coach Peter Stöger (l.) had no time for them as he exacted harsh measures on his two star signings before the visit of the all-powerful FC Bayern.”
Covering the Ruhr districts two heavyweight clubs can’t be easy on the weekend of a Revierderby, but for the Ruhrnachrichten there were clear positives for one side and question marks still surrounding the other. “Following their 2-1 win in the 145th Revierderby, FC Schalke 04 have put an end to their crisis with two wins in the space of five days.” From the yellow-black perspective though, “BVB have to accept the criticism that they needlessly gave the game away within the first 20 minutes”.
“Bonjour sadness, hello relegation battle - HSV are back where they don’t want to be,” read a line in the Hamburger Morgenpost’s post-match analysis following Hamburg’s 2-1 loss at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. “Hamburg once again walk away empty-handed. It didn’t even matter that Nicolai Müller (l.) scored their first goal of the season.
Lucas Piazon was the man of the night as Eintracht Frankfurt recorded a last-gasp 2-1 victory at Hamburg on Sunday, the Brazilian substitute hitting the Eagles’ winner with a 30-metre stunner only four minutes after coming on at the Imtech Arena. “Haris [Seferovic] and Timothy [Chandler] both came up to me and told me to take the free-kick, which gave me a lot confidence,” the 20-year-old explained to bundesliga.com. “I’m glad I was able to hit the ball so well. It was an amazing goal!”
Kick back and enjoy Piazon's wonder strike courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Jens Keller (r.) was a very happy man indeed following Schalke 04's 2-1 victory at home to Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund, while Pep Guardiola was full of praise for his charges following their first away victory of the current campaign.
Click here to find out what the S04 and the Bayern boss as well as the other head coaches had to say after their respective sides' Matchday 6 performances...
We've been given the all-clear. The players & staff are now back in the team hotel. An hour's extra kip tomorrow! Good night from Moscow.— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 28, 2014
Sunday 28 SeptemberWell, that's that for another weekend, but we'll be bringing you more reaction to Matchday 6 throughout Monday, so make sure you join us then. Don't forget to check out highlights from this weekend's matches on our WATCH page. Lucas Piazon's free-kick is definitely worth a look if you haven't seen it already (or worth another, if you have). Bye for now!
Earlier in the day, FC Augsburg sealed their third victory of the campaign against Hertha Berlin. Paul Verhaegh's early penalty turned out to be the only goal of the game at the SGL Arena, and with two away games coming up for die Fuggerstädter, forward Nikola Djurdjic feels the win over the capital club was a vital one. Click here for a round-up of the players' post-match reaction.
Well, Hamburger SV did manage to break their Bundesliga scoring duck, despite 'beating' VfL Bochum's record of going 474 minutes without finding the back of the net. Unfortunately for Nicolai Müller (pictured) and Co., the Red Shorts still ended up losing 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt, thanks to Lukas Piazon's late screamer. Find out what his team-mates made of the Brazilian's strike right here.
A close encounter, but a deserved victory in the end. Three more points, we're delighted!
Whet your appetite...
...ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt's trip to Hamburger SV this afternoon with a look at the Eagles' Top 10 Bundesliga goals. There are some corkers on there - it's well worth a gander!
Schalke goalkeeper could be forgiven for indulging in a line or two of 'It's my party and I'll cry if I want to' following Saturday's derby win at home to Dortmund. "It was such an emotional day for me," the 28-year-old Birthday boy told journalists after the game. "I have to admit that I had tears in my eyes at the final whistle. I don't know if it was a gift from God that it fell on derby day. To celebrate a derby win like that at home is simply indescribable."
Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp pulled no punches following yesterday's 2-1 derby defeat to Schalke at the Veltins Arena. "Anyone you defends like that isn't going to win many games," lamented the 47-year-old, whose side have now conceded 11 goals in six league outings so far this term. "It was an awful day for us. It's been anything but a good start to the season, but believe me on one thing: we will come good!"
Don't forget to tune in to the on Bundesliga radio from 17:30 CEST for Eintracht Frankfurt's trip to Hamburger SV. The port city hosts are yet to score - let alone win - in five attempts so far this season, with their last three-point haul coming against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 4 April. Frankfurt, for their part, haven't won since Matchday 1. Check out our nifty match preview right here.
Hertha Berlin's Japanese midfielder returns to FC Augsburg in the weekend's penultimate encounter later this afternoon (kick-off 14:30 BST/ 15:30 CEST). With the exception of Makoto Hasebe, the 28-year-old stands as the only Japanese international to play for three different Bundesliga clubs, but only at Augsburg did he get on the scoresheet. Follow the link for our match preview.
… to Moscow. FC Bayern München travel to the Russian capital today ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League clash with CSKA. The Bundesliga leaders got the better of 1. FC Köln on Matchday 6, delighting head coach Pep Guardiola with an assured and confident team display. "We're really pleased with our first away win of the season," he said after the game. "We controlled possession, never lost concentration and stifled their counter attacks."
Saturday 27 September
So, FC Schalke 04 record their first win over Borussia Dortmund since March 2013, FC Bayern München extend their lead at the top of the table and VfB Stuttgart earn their first victory of the season. It's been another eventful day in Germany's top flight, but tomorrow promises to be just as exciting with two more matches to look forward to. Remember to listen to Hamburger SV's clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Bundesliga radio from 17:30 CET. We'll be back on Sunday with more reaction to this weekend's matches. Bye for now!
Click on the links below for the players' post-match thoughts from the Veltins Arena, the RheinEnergieStadion and the Volkswagen Arena:
FC Schalke 04 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
1. FC Köln 0-2 FC Bayern München
VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 SV Werder Bremen
Of course there are some other games happening in the Bundesliga today. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Leverkusen can return to the top of the table if they can beat Freiburg and other results go their way. The same is true for Hannover, who play away at Stuttgart, while unbeaten Borussia Mönchengladbach take on fearless new boys Paderborn. Here's our Saturday preview.
With the Bundesliga's leading goalscorer Shinji Okazaki (l.) unavailable due to a calf injury, an in-form Mainz side were unable to impose quite the threat they had shown in their previous encounters in the 0-0 draw at home to Hoffenheim last night. “Shinji is one of a kind,” felt 05ers captain Niko Bungert. “Although we may have lots of quality up front, Shinji is one you just cannot replace.”
Having made his season debut against Stuttgart after injury, Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels has his sights set on victory in the derby today. “It's simply a brilliant game,” said the 2014 World Cup winner, admitting: “I hope we'll get our season up and running with a win.” Here's more of what the key protagonists have been saying ahead of the big one this afternoon.
Friendship on hold
Atsuto Uchida and Shinji Kagawa will be two of the central figures when Schalke host Dortmund this afternoon. "When Shinji was at Man Utd, I always hoped he would come back to Germany," admitted Uchida. The two Japanese stars will put their friendship on hold this afternoon, however, as only a victory counts on derby day. Find out more about their thoughts on the derby below, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
When Saturday comes
So here we are then. Saturday on Matchday 6 is upon us and there's just a matter of hours until the game on everyone's lips gets underway...
Saturday 27 September
Ciao for now! Saturday's Revierderby between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund is inching ever closer. Don't forget you can follow the match live on Bundesliga radio from 15:30 CET tomorrow. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, check out your local broadcaster for the match at the Veltins Arena, and indeed all other Matchday 6 encounters, right here. You'll regret if if you don't.
Mainz and Hoffenheim played out a 0-0 draw in Matchday 6's opening encounter on Friday evening. Kasper Hjulmand's side were without Shinji Okazaki, who had failed to recover from a thigh injury sustained in Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. You can read the full report full match report on the match at the Coface Arena by clicking on the above link. Alternatively, check out what some of the players made of Friday's stalemate by heading over here.
Don't forget you can listen to Mainz's clash with Hoffenheim on Bundesliga radio right now! The hosts were dealt a blow before kick-off, though, with Shinji Okazaki (pictured, l.) ruled out of the match with a thigh injury sustained in the 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday. How will Kasper Hjulmand's charges respond?
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Matchday 6 isn't all about the Revierderby, though. There are plenty more enticing encounters to look forward to this weekend, with high-flying trio Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Hannover 96 and Borussia Mönchengladbach all in action. Follow the link for our round-up preview.
Just in case you hadn't realised yet...
Three matches will be broadcast live on Bundesliga radio this weekend. 1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is up first on Friday (20:30 CET), before the big one between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund takes centre stage on Saturday afternoon (15:30 CET). Last but not least, Hamburger SV's clash with Eintracht Frankfurt will be live on air on Sunday (17:30 CET).
473 – Despite playing only four of the five games, @XabiAlonso has had the most touches in the 2014/15 Bundesliga. Key.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 26, 2014
Speaking of poor starts, SV Werder Bremen are way down in 16th having failed to win any of their first five league matches. Robin Dutt's charges travel to VfL Wolfsburg this weekend, who suffered a 1-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin last time out. Having thumped Leverkusen in their last home game, however, the Wolves will be confident of deepening Bremen's woes on Saturday afternoon.
For all the Revierderby team news, views, quotes and much more, check out our exclusive preview of the 85th top-flight encounter between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund.
Table toppers FC Bayern München will be looking to remain in the Bundesliga driving seat this weekend when they face 1. FC Köln. Pep Guardiola has played down his side's start to the campaign, however. "We're top, but that isn't important at the moment," insisted the Catalan at his pre-match press conference. "We have to improve our style of play so that we can win the important games." No disrespect to SC Paderborn 07, of course...
Mother of all derbies: New to the Revierderby? Not quite sure where the heated history stems from? Don't worry, bundesliga.com has got you covered with this handy summary of how one of Germany's greatest rivalries was forged. Once you've read that come back here to witness the 10 greatest Revierderby moments courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Really there’s only one place to start as Matchday 6 approaches: The big derby clash of the weekend in Gelsenkirchen, as Schalke host Dortmund in ‘the mother of all Germany derbies’. Two of the central players in this particular piece will be Japanese duo Atsuto Uchida and Shinji Kagawa, who go head-to-head for the first time since the latter returned to the Bundesliga in August, and here’s what the two had to say when bundesliga.comcaught up with them exclusively.