Cologne – From missed penalties to stunning first-time volleys, Matchday 4 in the Bundesliga had a little bit of everything.
In terms of results, a last-gasp Thomas Müller penalty earned FC Bayern München a narrow 2-1 victory over FC Augsburg at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia Dortmund also maintained their winning start to the campaign with a 4-2 win at Hannover 96. However, the impact of the fourth round goes far beyond a selection of scorelines.
bundesliga.com brings you all the reaction to the weekend's action...
MATCHDAY 4 RESULTS
SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER
FC Schalke 04 2-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-3 SV Werder Bremen
SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
Eintracht Frankfurt 6-2 1. FC Köln
FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-3 Hamburger SV
Monday, 14 September
Taking a stand
Before we sign off, here's some news of the Bundesliga continuing its commitment to helping refugees arriving in Germany. The clubs of the top two divisions will sport '#refugeeswelcome' badges on their shirts for the coming round of matches, with Bundesliga premium partner Hermes agreeing to a weekend of action without its logo on the sleeve.
With that, we'll say goodbye. There'll be more live text coverage of the Bundesliga on Thursday, but until then you have the German clubs' involvement in Europe to keep your idle thumbs busy. Tschüß!
Everyone knew that Borussia Dortmund were a talented team, but after what went down in the 2014/15 campaign, few would have expected them to hit the ground running in the current campaign in the manner which they have. They are currently an irrepressible, black and yellow goal scoring machine under Thomas Tuchel and have made Bundesliga history with the way in which they've kicked off their campaign this season. It's been nothing short of remarkable.
Get well soon
Scoring twice in Werder Bremen's 3-1 win over Hoffenheim obviously took it's toll on Zlatko Junuzovic!
Can you imagine one of your home town's best footballers walking through you classroom door when you were that age!?
Stunning show of support
FC Schalke 04 have been at the forefront of the Bundesliga's campaign to help provide much needed support to refugees. On Sunday their fans also let their voice be heard on the subject.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has an unforgettable afternoon in FC Schalke 04's 2-1 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday. The Dutchman looked to be having a bad day at the office when he saw his early penalty saved by Loris Karius, but ended up popping up with the winning goal to ensure the Royal Blues took all three points. Talking after the game Huntelaar claimed his side "played with a lot of passion'. To read the full interview click here.
What a bunch of posers!
With the smiles from their 2-1 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 still lingering on their faces, FC Schalke 04 took the opportunity to get a team photo taken ahead of their opening UEFA Europa League group stage encounter.
That's one way to get it done
Communication is the key ingredient to any prolific front line partnership and it doesn't seem to be a problem amongst the Werder Bremen strikers.
Facts and figures
If you, like us here at bundesliga.com, love to analyse an encounter from a statistical perspective, whilst coming up with the type of facts and figures that would only appear on an expert level pub quiz, then this is the article for you. We've taken the time to collate the best tidbits from the weekend so you don't have to in our Matchday 4 Statistical Review.
Hannover 96's Felipe got his name in the Bundesliga record books on Mathcday 4. Such a shame that it was for what will probably go down as the worst performance of his career...
For he's a jolly good fellow...
He may be the first FC Bayern player to wish Douglas Costa a happy birthday, but Artuor Vidal most certainly won't be the last.
Happy birthday Douglas Costa!!!🎈🎈🎈 pic.twitter.com/tIC1kGm5bE— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) September 14, 2015
Green with anything but envy
Nothing beats the Monday morning blues like reflecting on a hard-earned win in the Bundesliga and that's exactly how SV Werder Bremen are approaching their start to the week.
Fan favourite's farewell
Having moved back to his home country of Poland to play for Lechia Gdansk, Slawomir Peszko popped into the 1. FC Köln head quarters to bid farewell to a club with whom he has spent the last
Top talking points
Miss any or all of what went down in Germany's top flight this weekend? Well fear not bundesliga.com has got you covered with a round-up of the Top 10 Stories to emerge from Matchday 4, including a perfect comeback for last year's top goalscorer and a look at the perfect starts being made by FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund.
FC Schalke 04 have got the right idea as they look to kick off the week on the right foot.
Someone's chipper this morning
Alejandro Galvez appears to be in a good mood this fine Monday morning. No doubt SV Werder Bremen's 3-1 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim had something to do with it.
Good morning lovely Bundesliga fans!
Matchday 4 is in the bag, but with the fixtures coming thick and fast there's no time to rest upon laurels as we cast our eyes over the reaction to this weekend's results all whilst keeping abreast of all things UEFA Champions League related. However, first we begin with salutations for one of the summer's best signings, FC Bayern's Douglas Costa.
Sunday, 13 September
Over and out
Well after all that, we'll bid you adieu until the morning, where we'll be dissecting the weekend's action once again and looking ahead to the German clubs' involvement in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Thanks, awfully.
Despite missing a fourth penalty in a row, Klaas.-Jan Huntelaar was the hero for Schalke as his second-half goal gave the Royal Blues a 2-1 win over Mainz.
Schalke doing their bit
As part of Schalke’s #StandUp campaign to help refugees arriving in the country, all 60,083 fans at the Veltins Arena have displayed placards conveying messages of support:
Pizarro the inspiration
It was written in the stars, wasn't it? Claudio Pizarro came off the bench to set up Anthony Ujah to make it 2-1 to Bremen in the 90th minute against Hoffenheim, with Zlatko Junuzovic adding a third in a 3-1 victory. What a result, and what a debut for Pizza!
Teams are in!
Schalke players arriving
Here are the Royal Blues pulling up at the Veltins Arena, with a new face in the matchday squad...
Here are the lines-ups for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs SV Werder Bremen:
'Come on guys!'
Alejandro Galvez is getting his Bremen team-mates fired up ahead of their encounter with Hoffenheim...
When to watch
Wherever you are, don't miss Schalke's clash with Mainz this afternoon! Don't forget you can listen to the encounter LIVE on Bundesliga radio.
SV Werder Bremen defender Jannik Vestergaard takes on former club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim this afternoon. The Denmark defender made 82 appearances for the Sinsheim outfit, but today he'll be looking to help Werder make it two wins out of two in the league. That one kicks off at 15:30 CEST.
Many FC Bayern fans are getting their first glimpse of Kingsley Coman in action today. The Deadline Day loan signing from Juventus is taking part in an open training session after making his competitive debut for the champions against Augsburg.
Guess who's back!
A sight for sore eyes - for Borussia Dortmund fans in particular. Nuri Sahin back training with a ball at his feet. Hope to see him back on the pitch before too long...
Debutants in pictures
bundesliga.com presents a pictorial look at how the Bundesliga's last-minute summer transfers - including Kingsley Coman, Julian Draxler and Adnan Januzaj - fared on Matchday 4. Enjoy!
Back with a bang!
After several months out with a knee injury, Alexander Meier returned to the Eagles starting line-up against Köln on Saturday evening. The 2015/16 top scorer bagged a hat-trick as Armin Veh's charges romped to a 6-2 victory over the Billy Goats in an enthralling contest. What a comeback!
"Flashback: Huntelaar scored a hat-trick the last time S04 played Mainz 05. Result: 4-1. What about today?
The Royal Blues' clash with Martin Schmidt's Mainz kicks off at 17:30 CEST today. Don't miss it!
Happy birthday, Thomas Müller!
He might be waking up with a sore head this morning, but few could blame him if he did! After rescuing FC Bayern from the penalty spot against Augsburg on Saturday, Thomas Müller is celebrating his 26th birthday today. Many happy returns, Thomas!
Cloud nine for BVB!
There's just no stopping Borussia Dortmund at the moment. Despite trailing 1-0 to Hannover 96 on Matchday 4, goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Henrikh Mkhitaryan and an own goal from Felipe secured an eventual 4-2 victory for Thomas Tuchel's side, who have now registered nine straight wins in all competitions. Not bad, boys!
9th victory in a row! Great team spirit!👍👍👍 pic.twitter.com/nG5kP4srby— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) September 12, 2015
Saturday, 12 September
We've had a day of drama, emotion and excitement in the Bundesliga - par for the course for Germany's top league - but there's more to come tomorrow, with Hoffenheim hosting Bremen and Schalke entertaining Mainz. Check back in with us tomorrow to follow all the action from both those matches. See you then!
Köln have not won a floodlit game on a Saturday evening since 2011, and that barren run continued as they were swept away by Frankfurt at the Commerzbank Arena. Their chief tormentor was Alexander Meier, who marked his comeback to fitness with a hat-trick.
No joy for Leverkusen or Wolfsburg
Neither Bayer 04 nor the Wolves managed to find the net on Matchday 4. Javier Hernandez was brought on as a second-half substitute in die Werkself's 0-1 defeat at home to Darmstadt, but was unable to prevent Roger Schmidt's side from defeat. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw at Ingolstadt, with Julian Draxler and Dante both featuring for Dieter Hecking's charges.
'Auba' at the double
BVB also had to come from behind on Saturday, but eventually emerged 4-2 winners at Hannover 96. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (below) scored twice, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and a Felipe own goal rendering Artur Sobiech's brace meaningless.
Müller rescues FCB
FC Bayern had to come from behind to beat Augsburg, but a Thomas Müller penalty eventually earned the Bavarians all three points at the Allianz Arena. Pep Guardiola's side remain second behind Borussia Dortmund on goal difference...
Enjoy the action!
The 15:30 games are about to start, but we'll be back afterwards with reaction to the day's results. In the meantime, don't forget to tune in to Bundesliga radio for Bayern's clash with Augsburg! You can follow the rest of the action via bundesliga.com's live ticker. See you all later!
Onwards and upwards for Köln?
Today's late match comes from the Commerzbank Arena, where 1. FC Köln will be looking to maintain their excellent start to the campaign against an Eintracht Frankfurt outfit who registered an impressive 4-1 win at Stuttgart last time out. You can listen to this one on Bundesliga radio from 18:30 CEST.
Ibisevic set for debut against former club
After scoring 47 goals in 111 appearances for VfB Stuttgart, new Hertha Berlin striker Vedad Ibisevic is set to take on his former employers at the Olympiastadion this afternoon. Alexander Zorniger's side are in desperate need of points having lost their opening three league matches, while Hertha have collected four points from a possible nine so far.
Bayer Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt has confirmed that Javier Hernandez will start today's match against Darmstadt on the bench, but it would still take a brave man to bet against 'Chicharito' finding the net on his competitive debut for die Werkself. The visitors remain unbeaten this season, though, and have already held FC Schalke 04 to a 1-1 draw at the Veltins-Arena. Dirk Schuster's side are a tough nut to crack.
Top of the charts
BVB have positively flown out of the traps this season and are looking to extend their incredible winning run under Thomas Tuchel to nine with victory at Hannover 96 this afternoon. Deadline Day loan signing Adnan Januzaj is set to make his competitive debut for the club.
Arturo's rallying cry
"Together we're one!!! Mia san mir!!!
Ingolstadt return for Träsch
No, he never played for die Schanzer, but Christian Träsch was born in the Bavarian city 28 years ago. Today, he takes on FC Ingolstadt for the very first time.
One day Franz Beckenbauer's birthday, it's VfL Wolfsburg's turn to celebrate their 70th anniversary. The Wolves, who take on FC Ingolstadt 04 this afternoon, were founded on 12 September 1945. Many happy returns!
Alles Gute zum Siebzigsten! Happy Birthday, VfL Wolfsburg! pic.twitter.com/gJqbo3R0BB— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) September 12, 2015
Can Augsburg repeat their heroics from last season and win at the Allianz Arena? If they do it'll be their third victory over Pep Guardiola's charges since the Catalan took over in the summer of 2013. It's a big ask, but stranger things have happened... Make sure you tune in to Bundesliga radio at 15:30 CEST to follow the action!
Stranzl undergoes operation
Morning everyone! Not such a good morning Borussia Mönchengladbach fans, mind... The Foals slumped to their fourth straight league defeat on Friday evening, going down 3-0 to Hamburger SV at the Borussia-Park. To make matters worse for Lucien Favre's side, key defender Martin Stranzl has been ruled out for six to eight weeks after suffering a fractured eye socket in the loss to the Red Shorts. Stranzl has already undergone a successful operation on the injury, but is now likely to be sidelined until November.
Friday, 11 September
HSV on the up, Foals' woes continue
The emotions could not have been more contrasting as the final whistle blew at the Borussia-Park on Friday night. While Hamburg have two wins already this term, Gladbach have now lost their first four games of the season and next face Sevilla FC away from home in the UEFA Champions League. Lucien Favre and his side have work to do to stop the rot. See you all on Saturday!
Teams are in!
Here are the Gladbach and hamburg starting XIs for this evening's match:
Mats pays tribute
Here's Dortmund captain and Germany international Mats Hummels tweet his respects to Franz Beckenbauer on Der Kaiser's 70th birthday.
"The Kaiser is celebrating!"
There's some injury news to bring you from Wolfsburg, with Brazilian defender Felipe set for another extended period of time after breaking his metatarsal.
Here are the players Hertha coach Pal Dardai will choose from for his side's clash with Stuttgart on Saturday:
More happy returns...
...for Der Kaiser, this time from Mario Götze.
Royal Blue relief
He was back in training this week until a knock set him back, but it's good news for Schalke fans because Benedikt Höwedes was training again on Friday!
Two Werder Bremen goalscoring legends from past and present were in northern Germany today, with Ailton (106 goals) watching Claudio Pizarro (176 and counting) training for his third debut for the club.
Here is how Borussia Dortmund expect the teams to line up tomorrow when they face Hannover 96. Do you agree?
Pep Guardiola press conference
FC Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has held his pre-match press conference, ahead of the Southern Showdown with FC Augsburg. Here is what he had to say...
...on new signing Kingsley Coman: "He's trained today. I think it's great when a player comes and says that he's the best – it wasn't like that in my day, but it's great. He might or he might not play. He's young and he still needs time."
...on opponents Augsburg: "They're a very aggressive team with a good coach and good players. This game against Augsburg is the most important game in our lives - right now."
...on injuries: "[Javi Martinez]'s not 100 per cent fit yet, but he's trained well and there aren't any problems. I hope that [Arjen Robben] can return in two or three weeks. He's very important for us. I have a lot of faith in my team."
Just so you don't waste time fumbling around for the remote control at kick-off time, you can get prepared already with this handy guide from Gladbach to the kick-off time in territories across the globe. So now you have no excuse to miss it! (By the way, if you can't catch the Matchday 4 opener live on TV, remember you can listen to it here live on Bundesliga radio!)
Will he or won't he?
Mystery shrouds the possible inclusion of Aron Johannsson in the Bremen team this weekend. Well at least he is out there training...
More Kaiser greetings
Including from his former club Hamburger SV...
Will Pizarro play?
That was one of the questions being put to SV Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Hoffenheim. His answer was inconclusive...
Thomas Tuchel press conference
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has just met the media. Here are a few snippets from his press conference:
…new signing Adnan Januzaj: "He's a very calm, but also very open lad. He's strong in the one-on-one with his slinky movement. However, he's still got to get used to German football. I can't rule out him playing, though.
…Dortmund's eight-game winning start to the season in all competitions: "We know full well what we've done to get it and we don't have any intention of stopping now."
…injury problems: "It doesn't look like Marco Reus is going to make it, while there's a question mark over Adrian Ramos too. He's not yet got over his bout of flu. The international break and the change of scenery has done the lads good, but you can see how happy they are to be back.
…matching Bayern at the top: "The season's still very long and you mustn't lose your respect for every single training session and every one of your opponents. All that would make me happy [this weekend] would be another win. Results are what motivate you and we want to be a challenger at the top.
Just wait until you make your debut in the Bundesliga, Adnan!
Final training for Bayern
Tomorrow, they host Augsburg at the Allianz Arena. Remember what happened last time?
Date for the diary
Fireworks are guaranteed when promoted SV Darmstadt 98 travel to Eintracht Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena on 6 December! Did you get a ticket?
Many happy returns!
1. FSV Mainz 05 are the latest Bundesliga club to wish Franz Beckenbauer a Happy 70th Birthday.
Schalke preparing for Mainz
Andre Breitenreiter's Royal Blues still have work to do in preparation for Sunday's clash with 1. FSV Mainz 05. Die Knappen have won just one of their three Bundesliga games so far this season, losing 3-0 away to VfL Wolfsburg last time out.
Tuchel to face the press
Just a reminder here from Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund that Thomas Tuchel and Jonas Hofmann will be fielding journalists' questions at 12:00 CEST today, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Hanover. We will, as ever, be bringing you the best quotes as and when they come in.
'Der Kaiser' 70 today
FC Bayern München have taken to Twitter to wish German football legend Franz 'der Kaiser' Beckenbauer a Happy 70th Birthday. What a player, what a gent!
Thursday, 10 September
Wolfsburg defender Naldo is 33 today!
Nice day for it
The sun is shining in Dortmund, where the gates have been flung open for fans to watch Borussia sweating for the trip to Hanover on Saturday.
Das Bällchen rollt. // Public training today! ✌️ https://t.co/c6DOk9rITe— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) September 10, 2015
No rest for Roman
Dortmund keeper Roman Bürki is also hard at work...
Werder Bremen have announced that Philipp Bargfrede is going to miss their trip to Sinsheim on Sunday.
Schalke limbering up
The Royal Blues bring Matchday 4 to a close on Sunday evening, but that does not mean they can take a break - it's hard work for them like it is for the 17 other Bundesliga clubs.
Most hands on deck
Just a few players missing from Hoffenheim's training session, although they are expected to return on Friday, according to this Tweet from the Bundesliga club:
Keeping it secret
Wolfsburg are preparing for their trip to Ingolstadt this Saturday without anybody able to get a glimpse of what they are working on to beat the Bavarians.
Hold the front page!
Javier Hernandez is the name on everybody's lips in Leverkusen. He could make his debut against Darmstadt this weekend and features in Bayer 04 Leverkusen's matchday magazine. You can also find out more about a man nicknamed Chicharito here.
Look who's already made it on our magazine cover!— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball) September 10, 2015
New signing Claudio Pizarro sat out Bremen's training session this afternoon, as did fellow striker Aron Johannsson.
Kingsley Coman has been officially presented as an FC Bayern player, and here are some of his first comments for the record champions...
#Coman: "I saw when I arrived here what a great club this is. I feel very welcome and settled in."— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 10, 2015
Breitenreiter press conference
After conducting a training session on Thursday, Schalke coach Andre Breitenreiter met with the media to discuss his preparations for Sunday's clash with 1. FSV Mainz 05. Here are a few of his comments...
New kid on the block
FC Schalke's new signing is hard at work with his new team-mates...
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has held his pre-match press conference ahead of the Wolves' home clash with Hertha Berlin. Here are a few things he had to say...
Hecking on #FCI: "You've got to have a lot of respect for FCI, having taken six points from three games.“— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) September 10, 2015
Hoffenheim vs Bremen
Hoffenheim and Bremen commenced their training sessions at almost the very same time on Thursday morning. They have a few days left to prepare for their Sunday afternoon clash.
Back on the ball
Good news for FC Schalke 04 fans - captain Benedikt Höwedes is back in full training, with is comeback edging closer. Could he figure this weekend against Mainz?
There is just a handful of tickets remaining for Saturday evening's big game between Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Köln. If you want one of them - and to savour one of the best atmospheres in European football at the Commerzbank Arena - then you are going to have to get a move on!
Presenting Kingsley Coman
News for FC Bayern fans - their latest recruit Kingsley Coman will be officially presented this afternoon. We will bring you updates from that press conference, where Matthias Sammer will also give his thoughts on this Saturday's Southern Showdown.