Munich - Bundesliga Matchday 24 provided another weekend of goalfests and rip-roaring action at both ends of the table.

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The key events from Matchday 24:
  • Off the pitch, the weekend's biggest news comes from Stuttgart, where VfB have reacted to a run of nine games without a win by parting company wth Thomas Schneider and hiring Huub Stevens as their new head coach.

    • Borussia Dortmund beat SC Freiburg in Sunday's early game to cement their grip on second place.

      • 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Hertha Berlin shared the spoils in a fiercely-contested Matchday 24 closer, with both sides losing ground in the race for UEFA Europa League places.

        • The final instalment of this weekend comes from the Coface Arena where two European hopefuls in 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Hertha Berlin go head-to-head.

          • On Saturday, FC Bayern München notched a record 16th successive Bundesliga victory after coming from behind to thrash VfL Wolfsburg 6-1 at the Volkswagen Arena.

            • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar helped FC Schalke 04 get back to winning ways as he struck a hat-trick in the Royal Blues' 4-0 home win against 1899 Hoffenheim.

              • Bayer 04 Leverkusen put an end to their three-game losing streak in the Bundesliga courtesy of a

                A strange day in Wolfsburg, Dortmund in the winning groove, while Augsburg are still rising - you can find out more in our big stories, where we have assembled the main talking points from yet another spectacular weekend of Bundesliga action.

                After scoring Borussia Dortmund's decisive goal in the Schwarz-Gelben's hard-fought victory away to SC Freiburg, claimed he knew exactly what he had to do to beat in the SCF goal. Find out more in our post-match quotes.

                It's been a tough few weeks for Thomas Schneider at Stuttgart, but they were ended on Sunday morning when it was revealed by the club that he had been relieved of his duties as head coach. His replacement is a man that Bundesliga - and Schalke - fans will know well: Huub Stevens led the Royal Blues to UEFA Cup success in 1997 and also coached them between 2011 and 2012. The Dutchman joins VfB after their 2-2 draw at home to Braunschweig, their first point in nine games.

                Bayer Leverkusen managed to end a run of four straight defeats in the league after a 1-1 draw at Hannover 96 and a heroic display from keeper Bernd Leno. The 22-year-old saved a penalty for the fifth time this season alone, and admitted his relief to have taken something from the game. Read more post-match reaction from the HDI Arena here.

                Schalke 04 delivered a great response to their recent setbacks in both the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League, overcoming Hoffenheim by four goals, although hat-trick hero Klaas-Jan Huntelaar admitted there was still room for improvement. Find out more in our post-match reaction.

                Arjen Robben admitted that Wolfsburg were a tough nut to crack despite Bayern registering yet another clear victory, while Wolves midfielder Daniel Caligiuri was full of praise for the Wolfsburg supporters. Click here for all the key post-match reaction from the Volkswagen Arena.

                Saturday's late game sees 1. FC Nürnberg host SV Werder Bremen at the Grundig Stadion. They may have lost 3-0 at Borussia Dortmund last weekend, but Gertjan Verbeek's team have been highly impressive since the turn of the year, their only other defeat coming against FC Bayern on Matchday 20. SV Werder Bremen will be high on confidence, however, having beaten Hamburger SV in the 100th northern derby last time out. You can read our preview of this evening's match in Franconia here.

                Don't forget to check out our exclusive round-up preview of today's action at Borussia Park, the Imtech Arena and the Mercedes-Benz Arena. It promises to be quite an afternoon in the Bundesliga. Less than two hours to kick-off now. Excited?

                Another side looking to put an end to their winless run are Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Foals were flying high in third not so long ago, but Lucien Favre's side have been slipping down the table at an alarming rate after failing to win any of their last six league matches. Gladbach face FC Augsburg, who have not lost away from home in the league since a 3-0 defeat to FC Bayern in November. Tricky customers, those Fuggerstädter.

                Bayern fans, you can relax. Your team's match at the Volkswagen Arena is definitely going ahead, despite the earlier power cut which left 50,000 people in Wolfsburg without electricity for a short period of time.

                BREAKING NEWS: FC Bayern München's trip to VfL Wolfsburg is in doubt following a power cut at the Volkswagen Arena. We'll bring you more news on this as soon as we get it.

                Today's match against Eintracht Braunschweig is most definitely a must win game for VfB Stuttgart and their coach Thomas Schneider. Victory at the Mercedes-Benz Arena would put an end to the Swabians' current run of eight straight Bundesliga losses, while defeat to the top-flight's bottom side could plunge VfB even deeper into the relegation mire. In fact, Braunschweig would move level on points with Stuttgart with a win against Schneider's charges.

                With several first team players already ruled out of Hamburger SV's match with Eintracht Frankfurt today, Mirko Slomka will have hoped his skipper would be fit for today's crucial encounter at the Imtech Arena. However, after suffering from a bout of flu for most of the week, Rafael van der Vaart has been ruled out of the match against the Eagles. The Dutchman joins Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Marcell Jansen, and several others on HSV's lengthy injury list.

                Bundesliga fans may have had to wait a little longer for Matchday 24 to get underway due to this week's international friendlies, but what a Saturday we have in store for you! There are no fewer than seven German top-flight fixtures today, many of which could prove pivotal in the race for Europe and the battle to beat the drop. Worth the wait? You bet!

                Friday 7 March

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                Thought FC Bayern were good? They might be just about to get better. For the first time this season coach Pep Guardiola has virtually his entire first-team squad available to him, with long-term absentee Holger Badstuber the only absentee. "That's good for me as I now have more options," the Catalan said. To compund matters for the Wolves, and former Bayern player are both suspended for the encounter.

                With Dortmund striker likely to miss his side's trip to Freiburg on Sunday, coach Jürgen Klopp indicated that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could take his place in attack. "One option is to play [Julian] Schieber, the other is Aubameyang," confirmed the Dortmund schemer, before hinting that Marco Reus could also be played as a "false nine".

                FC Augsburg midfielder has played every minute (all 2070 of them) of every Bundesliga game so far this season, but that impressive run looks likely to end this weekend as the 29-year-old is suffering with knee trouble. "I'm 99 per cent certain he'll miss out," said FCA coach Markus Weinzierl in his pre-match press conference.

                Owing to the international fixtures this week, including plus a host of other Bundesliga stars on duty with their respective countries, the customary Friday night fixture has been shelved in the top flight. But fear not - there will be six matches taking place on Saturday.

                You can also read our preview of Bayer 04 Leverkusen's trip to Hannover 96 here. Both sides are struggling for form at present, having both lost their last three matches in the league. Sami Hyypiä's side were overtaken by Borussia Dortmund last weekend, while Hannover 96, currently in 11th, are by no means safe from relegation. Something has to give at the HDI Arena on Saturday.

                After losing heavily to Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern München last week, FC Schalke 04 are hoping to bounce back against 1899 Hoffenheim this weekend. The Sinsheim club won't be short on confidence, however, after beating VfL Wolfsburg 6-2 at the Wirsol-Rhein-Neckar-Arena last time out. Click here for our exclusive preview of Saturday's encounter in Gelsenkirchen.

                Yes, Alexander Meier has signed a new three-year contract with Eintracht Frankfurt. Meier, who has been with the Eagles since 2004 and scored a late winner against VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 23, was delighted to commit his future to the club. Find out what the 31-year-old had to say here.

                Mirko Slomka has a number of injuries to deal with ahead of Hamburger SV's match with fellow strugglers Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend. Marcell Jansen, Slobodan Rajkovic, Pierre-Michel Lasogga (pictured) and Lasse Sobiech have all been ruled out, while Rafael van der Vaart, Hakan Calhanoglu and Milan Badelj may also miss the match at the Imtech Arena through illness and injury. HSV are currently 16th in the Bundesliga table.

                Schalke's Peruvian international winger Jefferson Farfan was forced to miss first-team training on Wednesday after picking up a knee injury, but the 29-year-old returned to training on Friday ahead of the Royal Blues' match against Hoffenheim. It remains to be seen whether Schalke coach Jens Keller is willing to risk including Farfan in the starting XI at the Veltins Arena on Sunday. "We have to wait and see," the Schalke coach told

                Following Thomas Müller's declaration that the Bundesliga title race was already done and dusted, Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer has added his voice to the debate. "I can only speak about what we're doing," said the 46-year-old. "We always try to challenge ourselves and train every day like there was no tomorrow. That's the foundation for our success. Maybe we're a little ahead of our rivals at the moment in terms of quality and our mentality. If, in three or four years' time, we're sitting here having won the lot again, we'll have to ask some serious questions."

                ...are Borussia Dortmund (although Leverkusen could overtake Jürgen Klopp's team temporarily with victory at Hannover on Saturday). BVB travel to struggling SC Freiburg on Sunday and the Black Forest Club won't need reminding of the last time they faced die Schwarz-Gelben in the league: Christian Streich's team succumbed to a 5-0 defeat at Signal Iduna Park in September, with Marco Reus (2), Robert Lewandowski (2) and Jakub Blaszczykowski all finding the net.

                Can anyone stop FC Bayern München? Well, FC Schalke 04 couldn’t last weekend, and if VfL Wolfsburg's 6-2 defeat to 1899 Hoffenheim is anything to go by, Pep Guardiola's team are set to have a field day at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday. The Wolves, however, will be determined to put last week's defeat in Sinsheim behind them with a better showing against the champions. Dieter Hecking's side don't have anything to lose.

                With just nine points separating the bottom eight teams in the Bundesliga, the battle to stay in the division is likely to go right to the wire (as Alexander Meier pointed out following his late winner over VfB Stuttgart last weekend). Whatever happens, will be on hand to bring you all the build-up and reaction to what looks set to be another action-packed Matchday in Germany's top flight. Sit back and enjoy!