- Aubameyang hits four in Dortmund's thrashing of Hamburg.
- Hoffenheim remain unbeaten after draw in Munich.
- Leipzig hot on Bayern's heels after downing Mainz.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put four past Hamburger SV, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim remain unbeaten after drawing away to FC Bayern München while RB Leipzig are hot on the champions' heels after easing past 1. FSV Mainz.
bundesliga.com wraps up the action from what has been an enthralling Matchday 10 so far...
Austria international Alessandro Schöpf scored his first two Bundesliga goals of the season to propel Schalke to victory at home to Bremen in the final Matchday 10 fixture on Sunday evening. After a hard-fought opening period, the hosts deservedly went ahead just after the half-hour mark and looked to be cruising, only for Serge Gnabry to give the Green-Whites a foothold in the game by converting a penalty. The Royal Blues dominated after the break, however, and Schöpf's second on 63 minutes put the result beyond Bremen's reach.
Leipzig won for the sixth consecutive time in the Bundesliga, with Timo Werner bagging a brace as well as teeing up Emil Forsberg as Mainz were brushed aside at the Red Bull Arena. Ralph Hassenhüttl’s men go into the international break with a spring in their step as statistically the best promoted team since MSV Duisburg 19 years ago.
Frankfurt extended their unbeaten streak to four consecutive Bundesliga matches after a dominant showing at home to Köln on Saturday evening. Mijat Gacinovic headed in the only goal of the game early on against a visiting side that struggled to reproduce the energetic displays that have kept them in touch with the top of the table thus far. Mexico international Marco Fabian was at his livewire best in midfield to help lift the Eagles to within two points of third place.
It was hard-fought, it was intense, but in the end it finished with both sides taking a share of the spoils and preserving their unbeaten records as Hoffenheim became the third team to take points off league leaders Bayern. Julian Nagelsmann’s star continues to rise after drawing up a perfect game plan that, but for an unfortunate own goal, could have handed the record titleholders their first defeat of the season.
Leverkusen made it three consecutive wins in all competitions thanks to a scintillating attacking display at home to Darmstadt. Julian Brandt was key to the hosts' victory, celebrating his call-up to the senior Germany squad with a breathtaking performance, which he crowned with a goal and an assist. Darmstadt, meanwhile, remain without a single point away from home this season.
Dortmund got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga in blistering fashion, beating bottom club Hamburg 5-2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed four to pull alongside Köln’s Anthony Modeste as the top scorer in Germany, and indeed Europe, on 11 goals. Nicolai Müller did at least grab a brace for the Red Shorts, whose club legend Uwe Seeler was in attendance to celebrate his 80th birthday.
Wolfsburg ended their long wait for a win, stretching back to Matchday 1, with an excellent performance at Freiburg. Mario Gomez showed his class in front of goal to score twice, once either side of the break, and Ricardo Rodriguez sealed the win from the penalty spot. Freiburg’s defeat ended a four-game winning streak at their Schwarzwald-Stadion.
The late introduction of Raul Bobadilla turned Augsburg’s fortunes and lifted them to a win at Bavarian rivals Ingolstadt. The Paraguayan scored one goal and set up another in the game’s final five minutes to hand his side their second away win of the season. Ingolstadt remain without a victory in the Bundesliga despite putting in some real effort in front of a feisty home crowd.
Hertha lifted themselves back into the top four with the Matchday 10 opener on Friday, with Salomon Kalou scoring a hat-trick as the Old Lady galloped past the Foals at their Olympiastadion. Family bereavement had denied the Berlin faithful the sight of Kalou in full-flight until now, and he was given a rapturous reception at full time. Gladbach, meanwhile, have dropped 13 of a possible 15 points since the start of October.