Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (r.) broke the deadlock for Schalke in Hamburg, where Jefferson Farfan and Max Meyer (l. to r.) also found the net for S04
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (r.) broke the deadlock for Schalke in Hamburg, where Jefferson Farfan and Max Meyer (l. to r.) also found the net for S04
Bundesliga

The big stories from Matchday 18

Munich - Matchday 18 proved to be a good weekend for teams from Bavaria, with victories for FC Bayern München, FC Augsburg and 1. FC Nürnberg, while FC Schalke 04 rejoiced in the long-awaited return of a talisman.

bundesliga.com summarises the five most salient points from the first dramatic weekend of Bundesliga action in 2014...

Nürnberg's

4-0 win over Hoffenheim

was a relief in more ways than one for head coach Gertjan Verbeek. Not only was it

der Club

's first win of the season, it also enabled him finally to remove a beard he had pledged to let grow until his side won. "I'm pleased with the result, and of course that my beard has finally gone," said the relieved 51-year-old. It was also only the second time this season that Hoffenheim had failed to score in a Bundesliga game, but with 42 conceded, they now have the leakiest defence in the league.