bundesliga.com rounds up the biggest stories to emerge from Matchday 8...
Perhaps the best evidence of the Bundesliga being the most exciting in Europe is the remarkable statistic that, eight rounds of matches into the new season, there is yet to be a game that’s finished goalless. To be more precise, at least one goal has been scored - and 238 in total - in every one of the 72 games so far, at an average of 3.3 per game. Talk about value for money.
The game of the weekend was undoubtedly reigning champions FC Bayern München’s trip to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Bayern produced some of their best football of the season so far but spurned a host of chances and could only manage a 1-1 draw. Though they would have wished for three points, one was enough to take them above Borussia Dortmund, as they top the table for the first time this season after stretching their unbeaten run in the league to 33 games.
After spending the first seven weeks at the top of the table, Dortmund were finally dethroned from the summit after their 2-0 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach. BVB created 27 goalscoring chances and by half time led the shot count 17-1, only to be hit by two late sucker-punches, with Max Kruse and Raffael giving the Foals their fourth straight home win of the season.
It’s taken just over 28 years and four months, as well as eight weeks of the new season, but Eintracht Braunschweig can finally celebrate a victory in the Bundesliga. A mammoth 10,353 days passed since a 2-1 win at Bayer 05 Uerdingen in June 1985 and the final whistle blowing at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday that signalled the Lions’ 2-0 win at VfL Wolfsburg, courtesy of goals from Karim Bellarabi and Domi Kumbela. “I’m already thinking about how we can beat Schalke now!” said coach Torsten Lieberknecht.
An impressive 40 (or 16 per cent) of the 238 goals scored so far this season have come in games involving 1899 Hoffenheim, more than any other side, which makes the Sinsheim club the best for entertainment. Markus Gisdol's side are a delight to watch going forward and it's no wonder they've scored 20 goals already. Their defence is also rather leaky though, having conceded the same number. One thing is certain, however: goals are guaranteed when Hoffenheim take to the pitch.