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The relentless FC Bayern München machine did what it does best and chugged on to another victory. Pep Guardiola's men were never comfortable, but ground out a 2-1 win over 1899 Hoffenheim thanks to Thomas Müller's late strike to make it 36 games unbeaten in the Bundesliga and equal Hamburger SV's record set in the early 1980s. Bayern can go a step better by making it 37 games without defeat at home to FC Augsburg on Matchday 12.
For almost 24 hours, Borussia Dortmund topped the Bundesliga table. Despite being pushed back down to second after Bayern's win, the Schwarz-Gelbe's 6-1 triumph over VfB Stuttgart, underlined their title credentials. Robert Lewandowski hit a 'lupenreiner' hat-trick and Marco Reus was in scintillating form as Jürgen Klopp's men warmed up for an important week, with Arsenal FC at home in the UEFA Champions League and VfL Wolfsburg away, in perfect style.
Stuttgart's 6-1 reverse was the first suffered by new coach Thomas Schneider. Since taking the reins ahead of Matchday 4, the 40-year-old had cajoled impressive performances and results from his troops, but Dortmund proved too hot to handle. New Hamburger SV supremo Bert van Marwijk had similarly effected a positive change since his appointment prior to Matchday 7, but he also had to endure a first defeat as Borussia Mönchengladbach won 2-0 at the Imtech Arena.
A draw was not likely to be on the cards when the only two sides without a win - 1. FC Nürnberg and SC Freiburg -faced off, knowing three points would help them move out of the relegation mire. Despite being down to ten men and dominated for long periods, Freiburg managed a smash-and-grab 3-0 victory that made an impressive statement of intent and left Nürnberg with more questions than answers after their first loss under new coach Gertjan Verbeek.
Szabolcs Huszti may just be the coolest man in the Bundesliga from twelve yards: The Hungarian has played his part in helping Hannover score an enviable 18 consecutive penalties. Since his return to the Reds in summer 2012, the schemer hasn't missed any of his six efforts, and by hitting the net in the 3-2 loss to SV Werder Bremen, he extended Hannover's series of successful 'Elfmeter', marking the third-longest run Bundesliga in history, behind just Dortmund (20) and VfL Bochum (24).
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