There were goals in all but two of the Bundesliga's customary nine fixtures on Matchday 14.
bundesliga.com reviews a largely fruitful weekend in Germany's top flight.
Müller at his best
Thomas Müller continued his fine run of goal-scoring form with the opener in FC Bayern München’s routine 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin at the Allianz Arena. The 26-year-old has netted six goals in his last five competitive outings to take his tally for the season to 20 goals, 13 of which have come in the Bundesliga - his previous personal best. He has also notched the opening goal a Bundesliga-high four times in 2015/16.
Dortmund bounce back
Following back-to-back defeats to Hamburger SV and FK Krasnodar in the Bundesliga and UEFA Europa League respectively, Borussia Dortmund hit the winning trail with a workmanlike 4-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart. The visitors did not make life easy for Thomas Tuchel's side, who nevertheless managed to score at least three goals in a game for the tenth time this season.
17 and counting
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened and rounded out the scoring at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK to move three clear of FC Bayern's Robert Lewandowski atop the Bundesliga scorers' chart. The Gabon international has already surpassed his previous Bundesliga best-mark of 16 goals (2014/15) and is now the only Dortmund player to have put away 17 goals in the first 14 matches of a season.
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez failed to score for only the eighth time in 17 appearances in all competitions as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player on Sunday, but that did not mean the Mexico international was anything other than his usual efficacious self. Indeed, it was Ralf Fährmann's save from the diminutive 27-year-old's shot that led to FC Schalke 04 veteran defender Sascha Riether's inadvertent equaliser five minutes from time.
Choupo-Moting back on song
Schalke were looking good value for all three points at the BayArena until Chicharito's intervention. The Royal Blues took the lead through the rejuvenated Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who appears to be nearing his best following what can only be described as a lean spell by his standards. The Cameroon international went into the week without a goal since Bundesliga Matchday 1, but wrapped it up with two, having also netted a late winner against APOEL FC in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.
Contrasting fortunes in the dugout
The wait goes on for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim head coach Huub Stevens, who remains without a win in four matches since taking over from Markus Gisdol, following a match-up high in drama at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena. All was going rather swimmingly for the Bundesliga’s bottom club, when visitors Borussia Mönchengladbach found a second wind from somewhere to hit back from 3-1 down in a pulsating 3-3 draw. Andre Schubert’s (l.) record as a Bundesliga coach now reads won seven, drawn two.
Red Shorts rewired
Hamburg continue to defy expectations, after following up last weekend’s 3-1 victory against Dortmund with a convincing Nordderby success at SV Werder Bremen by the same scoreline. The win lifts the Red Shorts to within two points of the top four, which is all the more remarkable when you consider they have had to contend the relegation play-offs in each of the last two seasons.
Double trouble in Mainz
HSV’s trip to Bremen was not the only local derby the fixture computer spurted out for Matchday 14. There was an electric atmosphere at the Coface Arena, too, where 1. FSV Mainz 05 played host to Eintracht Frankfurt with Rhine-Main bragging rights very much on the line. The hosts prevailed 2-1 on this occasion, thanks in no small part to one of the current Bundesliga campaign’s most in-tune double acts. Yoshinori Muto and Yunus Malli, both on target in the first half, have now registered a whopping 15 of the 05ers’ 20 league goals this season.
Hannover flex muscle
Continuing a theme, there was no shortage of goals over in Lower Saxony's capital city. This particular affair between Hannover 96 and FC Ingolstadt 04, however, was rather one-sided. The Reds were already three goals to the good after 24 minutes, before Uffe Bech rubber-stamped the points with a late fourth in conceivably the most dominant performance to date of Michael Frontzeck’s tenure. By contrast, Ingolstadt’s oft-cited lack of punch in front of goal was all too apparent: Die Schanzer have netted a league-low ten goals since gaining promotion to Germany’s top flight.
Exceptions to the rule
As we touched on in the introduction, there were only two goalless draws this weekend. While Friday's opener between SV Darmstadt 98 and 1. FC Köln represented something of a consolidatory point for all concerned, VfL Wolfsburg were expected to get more from their trip to lowly FC Augsburg. If the Wolves are to usurp Dortmund in second, they will have to do something about their nagging away form (W1, D3, L3).