Munich - Matchday 16's nine games produced 31 goals - and the only thing more abundant were the talking points. Whittling them down to five was perhaps a bigger challenge than 1899 Hoffenheim's quest for a clean sheet., however, managed to round up the biggest stories from the weekend's action...

Herbstmeisterschaft clinched. The two new boys in scintillating form and a potential fifth trophy of 2013 on the horizon - things are certainly going well for FC Bayern München. Hamburger SV probably feared the worst when Bayern went down at home to Manchester City FC - and so it proved as the Bavarians clinched the Autumn Championship in some style. Thiago Alcantara ran amok, Mario Götze scored a wonderful volley and Pep Guardiola now has eyes on what the club have dubbed 'Mission 5' - the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

The points were shared in Sinsheim after an exciting 2-2 draw between 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund - but perhaps only neutrals were pleased with the latest course of Hoffenheim's goal feasts. The hosts, who took a 2-0 lead, threw it away through their own mistakes. The visitors meanwhile could ill afford to drop points as Bayern picked up another victory - leaving Jürgen Klopp's men in third place on 32 points - level with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

A place and three points behind Gladbach and Dortmund are VfL Wolfsburg - who made it eight games unbeaten since their dispiriting Matchday 8 home defeat by Eintracht Braunschweig. Indeed, their 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart was inspired by excellent defensive displays from Ricardo Rodriguez and Robin Knoche. The former's goal highlighted his danger going forward from full-back, the latter's outstandingly mature display at only 21 years of age another indication of his talent. Meanwhile the playmaking duo also shone, as Diego chipped in a goal, while the heir to his throne, Maximilian Arnold, provided a constant threat.

When FC Augsburg and 1. FC Nürnberg went into half-time at 3-0, their players could be forgiven for thinking the game was nearly done and dusted. For Augsburg, who prevailed 4-1 over Eintracht Braunschweig, Torsten Oehrl's goal was a mere interruption to an otherwise perfect home display inspired by Andre Hahn's brace. For Nürnberg, the nightmare was only just beginning. With a first win of the season within their grasp, Gertjan Verbeek's charges imploded - conceding two late Mame Diouf goals to draw 3-3 with Hannover 96. A display of how to protect a lead - and how not to protect a lead.

Meanwhile, some good news all round. Sunday's early game witnessed a happy moment for all concerned as after 383 days out injured since November 2012, FC Schalke 04's centre-half Kyriakos Papdopoulos made his return in a 2-0 win over SC Freiburg. The Greek replaced Jefferson Farfan in the 88th minute and was roundly applauded by all in the Veltins-Arena. He'll be hoping that a good Rückrunde can help him force his way into his country's FIFA World Cup squad and inspire the Royal-Blues to UEFA Champions League qualification.