bundesliga.com summarises the biggest talking points from Matchday 29...
FC Bayern München went 53 games unbeaten after losing to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in October 2012, until Matchday 29, when they finally came unstuck at Bavarian rivals FC Augsburg. A 1-0 defeat brought an end to their unparalleled run, proving that Pep Guardiola's men do indeed roam on this same planet as their league rivals. It was also the first time Bayern's Catalan strategist had tasted defeat in the Bundesliga.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 2-1 defeat to Hamburger SV on Friday evening was their sixth in the last nine games, in which they have picked up just five points. That run was not without consequences as Sami Hyypiä was relieved of his duties on Saturday, with Sascha Lewandowski assuming dugout duties until the end of the season. His remit will be to turn things around in the last five games of the season and take die Werkself into the UEFA Champions League next season.
Aside from the points, pride is one of the most important prizes in a local derby, and on Matchday 29 there were no fewer than three such match-ups. In each derby, the majority of the fans inside the respective arenas went home happy with FC Augsburg, VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Frankfurt and Eintracht Braunschweig all giving their home faithful two reasons to celebrate: three points and bragging rights until the next time they lock horns with their regional foes.
With Leverkusen's slump continuing, Borussia Mönchengladbach appear to have put theirs well and truly behind them, and with five games of the season to go, it is they who lead the chase for a place in the UEFA Champions League play-off next season. Lucien Favre's side needed eight bites of the cherry to register their first win of 2014, but that cherry is starting to taste particularly sweet with four wins from five games taking them back up to fourth, with their European destiny now in their own hands.
At the age of 17 years, 11 months and two days, Bayer 04 Leverkusen's became the fifth-youngest goalscorer in the Bundesliga. While he may have all of his career to look forward to, there was a debut on Matchday 29 for one man regarded to be approaching the twilight of his own career, Alexander Stolz. The 30-year-old goalkeeper took his Bundesliga bow in 1899 Hoffenheim's 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin after Koen Casteels was carried off injured.
Borussia Dortmund seem to be getting the hang of juggling their domestic and European commitments. They won for the third time in a row after a midweek Champions League appointment by beating Wolfsburg. By comparison, they lost two and drew one of their games which followed their first four European games. "It's something of a Champions League legend that you struggle to find your rhythm in the first half after a midweek game," said coach Jürgen Klopp.
Find out which Wolfsburg player hit the woodwork twice in quick succession on Saturday, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: