Der Klassiker with Robert Lewandowski, Patrik Schick’s four goal-haul and the highest-scoring game of the season all feature in our top 10... - © DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga
Der Klassiker with Robert Lewandowski, Patrik Schick’s four goal-haul and the highest-scoring game of the season all feature in our top 10... - © DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga
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The top 10 games of the 2021/22 season so far

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A total of 473 goals have been scored in the 153 games over the first 17 matchdays of the 2021/22 Bundesliga season. That’s over three per game, including a classic Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, a four-goal haul from Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick and a nine-goal delight involving Hoffenheim.

bundesliga.com has picked out 10 of the best games so far this season…

Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bayern Munich
Goals: 1-0 Brandt 5' (assist: Bellingham), 1-1 Lewandowski 9' (assist: Müller), 1-2 Coman (44'), 2-2 Haaland 48' (assist: Bellingham), 2-3 Lewandowski (pen. 77')

Just one point separated Dortmund and Bayern ahead of the Matchday 14 encounter at Signal Iduna Park. BVB struck early through Julian Brandt but Robert Lewandowski immediately replied. Kingsley Coman had the champions in front at the break before Erling Haaland had his say straight after the restart. Lewandowski would ensure it was Bayern’s day, though, with his penalty to send the league leaders four points clear after a pulsating Klassiker.

Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 Greuther Fürth
Goals: 1-0 Adli 12' (assist: Diaby), 2-0 Tapsoba 17' (assist: Wirtz), 2-1 Dudziak (33'), 3-1 Hincapie 45' (assist: Schick), 4-1 Schick 49' (assist: Adli), 5-1 Schick 69' (assist: Diaby), 6-1 Schick (74'), 7-1 Schick 76' (assist: Wirtz)

Earlier the same day, Leverkusen laid down a marker of their own, in particular from Schick. The Czech striker scored four – the only player to do so this season – in the second half as Die Werkself made light work of promoted Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga’s only eight-goal game this term.

Greuther Fürth 3-6 Hoffenheim
Goals: 1-0 Leweling 22’ (assist: Hrgota), 1-1 Bebou 32’ (assist: Rutter), 1-2 Rutter 40’ (assist: Raum), 2-2 Tillman 46’ (assist: Hrgota), 2-3 Rutter 57’ (assist: Raum), 2-4 Bebou (62’), 2-5 Meyerhöfer (o.g. 66’), 3-5 Hrgota 67’ (assist: Leweling), 3-6 Bebou 80’ (assist: Kramaric)

However, the highest-scoring game of 2021/22 saw nine goals netted the previous week. Fürth were again the unlucky recipients, although they did score three themselves for the very first time in a Bundesliga home game. The problem was that they shipped six at the other end, including a hat-trick from Ihlas Bebou – one of only four three-goal hauls or better across the league this season – and a brace from Georginio Rutter.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-5 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Lewandowski (assist: Upamecano) 4', 0-2 Lewandowski (assist: Davies) 30', 0-3 Müller (assist: Süle) 34', 0-4 Gnabry (assist: Müller) 35', 0-5 Gnabry (assist: Goretzka) 37', 1-5 Schick (assist: Wirtz) 55'

Leverkusen also discovered what it felt like to be on the end of a thrashing at the BayArena this season as they suffered their joint-heaviest home defeat in the Bundesliga. And all the damage on Matchday 8 was done in 37 bruising first-half minutes as blistering Bayern scored five unanswered goals from Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry (both braces) and Thomas Müller. Never before had the Munich club had a five-goal lead at half-time in the Bundesliga. Schick got the consolation in the second half.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-6 Freiburg
Goals: 0-1 Eggestein 2' (assist: Schade), 0-2 Schade 5' (assist: Günter), 0-3 Lienhart 12' (assist: Grifo), 0-4 Höfler 19' (assist: Grifo), 0-5 Höler (25'), 0-6 Schlotterbeck 37' (assist: Grifo)

The aforementioned Matchday 14 saw a total of 41 goals scored. Only the final weekend of 2001/02 has seen more across a matchday this century (44). The final six on this occasion came from Freiburg away at Gladbach, and all in the opening 37 minutes. Never before had Freiburg scored six times in a Bundesliga game, let alone in a first half – Borussia had never before conceded six in the first 45 minutes of a top-flight match. It was the fifth time a team had held a 6-0 lead at half-time in the Bundesliga.

Bayer Leverkusen 3-4 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 1-0 Wirtz 9' (assist: Paulinho), 1-1 Haaland 37' (assist: Meunier), 2-1 Schick 45' (assist: Wirtz), 2-2 Brandt 49' (assist: Haaland) 3-2 Diaby 57', 3-3 Guerreiro 71', 3-4 Haaland 77'

Dortmund played out their second seven-goal game of the season on just Matchday 4 as they and Leverkusen produced another one of their thrilling encounters. Borussia came from behind three times at the BayArena before Haaland finally put them in front with a quarter of an hour remaining as he got two of BVB’s four goals.

RB Leipzig 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 1-0 Nkunku 29' (assist: Gvardiol), 1-1 Reus 53' (assist: Meunier), 2-1 Poulsen 68' (assist: Nkunku)

Not every Bundesliga cracker has to see copious amounts of goals. Sometimes a 2-1 win can be just as great to watch, as Leipzig and Dortmund proved on Matchday 11. Christopher Nkunku continued his fine early-season form to forge Die Roten Bullen ahead against the team they had pipped to second in 2020/21 by just a point. Missing Haaland, Borussia struck back through captain Marco Reus early in the second half, but Nkunku again had the final say by setting up Yussuf Poulsen and end a run of eight games without a win against BVB.

Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 Bayer Leverkusen
Goals: 0-1 Schick 5' (assist: Andrich), 0-2 Schick (pen 22'), 1-2 Tuta (23'), 2-2 Lindström 30' (assist: Sow), 3-2 Ndicka (50'), 4-2 Jakic (66'), 5-2 Sow 76' (assist: Borre)

Matchday 15 looked like being the Schick Show once again in the Bundesliga after he scored twice to put Leverkusen 2-0 up in the first 22 minutes away at Frankfurt. But Eintracht hit back a minute later and added a further four more without reply from five different players to completely turn the game on its head.

Bayern Munich 3-2 Cologne
Goals: 1-0 Lewandowski 50' (assist: Musiala), 2-0 Gnabry 59', 2-1 Modeste 60' (assist: Hector), 2-2 Uth 62' (assist: Ehizibue), 3-2 Gnabry 71' (assist: Kimmich)

Having drawn the opening game of the season at Gladbach, Bayern were already having to chase as they played last on Matchday 2. An emotional first half in the first home game since the death of Gerd Müller remained tight before the champions showed what they can do with two quickfire goals after the break. Yet Cologne proved they will also be big entertainers this season with an even faster double in the space of 120 seconds through Anthony Modeste and Mark Uth. The Billy Goats continued to make chances but Gnabry made his count for Bayern with the fifth goal in 21 second-half minutes.

Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Hoffenheim
Goals: 1-0 Reyna 49' (assist: Bellingham), 1-1 Baumgartner 61' (assist: Geiger), 2-1 Bellingham 69', 2-2 Dabbur 90' (assist: Akpoguma), 3-2 Haaland 90'+1

Dortmund had it all at the start of the season, starting with a 5-2 win over Frankfurt, losing in Freiburg and then kicking off Matchday 3 with a Friday night thriller. Gio Reyna opened the scoring on the day he became the then youngest player to 50 Bundesliga appearances, but BVB twice threw away the lead to a resilient Hoffenheim. The visitors equalised for the second time when Munas Dabbur turned in a corner on 90 minutes, but Haaland would have the last laugh less than 60 seconds later when he lashed home Borussia’s third of the night in added time.

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