- Manneh marks Bundesliga journey with first goal.
- Penalties aplenty keep excitement flowing.
- Frankfurt's Fabian continues to shine.
Werder estatic with wunderkind Manneh
The feel-good factor has returned to Bremen, with striker Manneh and coach Alexander Nouri combining to help lead the Green-Whites out of the Bundesliga relegation zone in recent weeks. Failing to hide his disbelief after scoring Werder's winner in the 2-1 victory against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the 19-year-old Manneh said: "I don’t know if I really did score a goal or if that was just a dream." Having fled his native Gambia in West Africa at 17, Manneh is currently living the Bundesliga dream alongside the recently-promoted coach Nouri, who previously looked after the player while in charge of Werder's youth-team. A reinvigorated Bremen side are now unbeaten in their last three, winning two.
Watch: Manneh reacts after scoring his first Bundesliga goal:
Marco Fabian rise continues apace
Marco Fabian is looking increasingly comfortable in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt and continues to conduct The Light Cavalry Overture at the Commerzbank Arena. The theme played out at the home of Eintracht each time the Eagles score, did so for a third time this season for Fabian after the 27-year-old chested in his team's equalising goal in the 2-2 draw against champions FC Bayern München. "It feels like a victory," said Fabian, who also has two assists to his name this term. Hamburger SV take note, the Fabian revival is heading your way very soon.
Watch: Fabian offers his thoughts after a dramatic day in Frankfurt:
Köln fans reassess Modeste goals
"A ten-day break should be enough to cure any aches from winning a point in Munich." So said Köln striker Modeste a fortnight ago, and how right he was, with the French marksman following his equaliser against Bayern on 1 October with a double in the Billy Goats' 2-1 victory over FC Ingolstadt 04. The 28-year-old is now the division's top scorer with seven goals, leading fans at the RhineEnergieSTADION to dream of what fate might await their beloved team this season.
A weekend of high Bundesliga drama was adorned by plenty of penalty hits and misses: An incredible ten spot-kicks were awarded and a record five missed. Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the first to misfire, before Borussia Mönchengladbach subsequently squandered two in a match for the first time since 1984, Andre Hahn and Lars Stindl spurning the opportunities for the Foals on a day when Andrej Kramaric converted his to help TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to a win. Lukas Hinterseer’s successful effort proved a mere consolation for FC Ingolstadt 04 against high-flying Köln but the penalty drama did not end there as the startling sequence of events spilled into Sunday. Three spot-kicks were awarded in 1. FSV Mainz 05's 2-1 win over SV Darmstadt 98, before RB Leipzig's Emil Forsberg completed a jaw-dropping scenario with a miss against VfL Wolfsburg.
Watch: Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel reacts to his side's draw with Hertha:
Leipzig run continues
Undeterred by his penalty miss, Forsberg made amends later in the game with a superb strike to give recently-promoted Leipzig their fourth win of a thus-far record-breaking unbeaten campaign. The triumph brought the Bundesliga debutants up to third spot and while they were not at their best, the ability to grind out victories is a sign of strength the rest of the league cannot fail to have taken note of. It also sets up what promises to be an intriguing Matchday 8 fixture at home against a resurgent Bremen next weekend.