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MATCHDAY 3 RESULTS:
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-3 SV Werder Bremen
FC Bayern München 2-0 VfB Stuttgart
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 SC Freiburg
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Hertha Berlin 1-3 1. FSV Mainz 05
SC Paderborn 07 0-0 1. FC Köln
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 FC Schalke 04
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 FC Augsburg
Hannover 96 2-0 Hamburger SV
Monday 15 September
That concludes our rolling updates for Matchday 3, but we'll be back next week with a bumper englische Woche: Matchdays 4, 5 and 6 are coming thick and fast, with 27 top-flight matches spread across just ten days - including a mouthwatering derby between Schalke and Dortmund. Stay tuned!
As many as nine sides are still unbeaten in the current campaign, a record unseen before in the Bundesliga. Interestingly enough, though, neither table-toppers Leverkusen nor Bayern, Hannover, Mönchengladbach, Paderborn, Mainz, Hoffenheim, Köln and Werder Bremen have managed to win each one of their three opening games, hinting that the 2014/15 season promises to be as competitive as ever...
was a very happy man indeed after returning to competitive action for the first time since FC Bayern’s DFB Cup final victory against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. “It’s always nice to be back on the pitch,” the 2013 European Footballer of the Year said after scoring the defending champions’ second in their 2-0 home victory. Click here to find out what Pep Guardiola had to say of Ribery's comeback...
Monday's headlines in the German press were almost solely dedicated to Shinji Kagawa following his dream comeback for Borussia Dortmund. “A decisive pass, one goal and goose bumps all round: Shinji Kagawa could’ve hardly enjoyed a better BVB return,” Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung commented. "The Japanese’s individual qualities helped lift Dortmund to another level." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, meanwhile, felt that the 25-year-old was "already bossing BVB's game."
Defending champions FC Bayern may not quite yet have found their very best form in the current campaign, but Munich’s renown paper Süddeutsche Zeitung was full of praise for one man in particular after the Bavarians’ 2-0 win at home to VfB Stuttgart. “Bayern were a lot more structured in midfield than in recent weeks thanks to ’s presence. The Spaniard dictated the game in his second Bundesliga appearance and showed a natural authority unlike any other player on the pitch.”
Still without a win in the 2014/15 campaign, Hamburger SV were the subject of criticism after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat away to northern rivals Hannover 96. “Despite creating the odd chance, Hamburg were lacking creativity and were poor in defence,” wrote local newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost. “Mirko Slomka’s men will need to raise their game in the upcoming home clash against Bayern München.”
A handful of outstanding individual performances stole the show on Matchday 3 in Germany's top flight, but which superstars will take their place in the Bundesliga Team of the Week? That is up to you! Head on over to bundesliga.com official Twitter account - @Bundesliga_EN - and tweet in your full XI!
Blast from the past: After coming off the bench to help his side rescue a point in the 1-1 draw with 1899 Hoffenheim, VfL Wolfsburg striker Nicklas Bendtner was obviously in a reflective mood. Cue an old, black and white photo of the now 26-year-old. So cute...
Very happy with the Derby win! Very good start of the season, but we need to keep working hard to maintain this level pic.twitter.com/NqJjPkZqgi— Marcelo Guedes (@MarceloGuedes02) September 14, 2014
26 goals, the first red card of the season and the decimation of the league's only perfect record were just a few of Matchday 3's highlights. Did work hamper your ability to catch this weekend's Bundesliga action? Or perhaps it was a nagging girlfriend or family engagement? Not to fear, click here to head on over the bundesliga.com's media library for individual highlights of each and every encounter!
Ich hoffe du hattest ein schönes Wochenende! I hope you had a good weekend! pic.twitter.com/bo2Q4MugG7— Dante Bonfim Costa (@dante_bonfim) September 14, 2014
Guten Morgen! The dust has settled on another pulsating weekend of Bundesliga action. Matchday 3 boasted broken records, heroics returns and a host of high-scoring encounters. As ever bundesliga.com is on hand to bring you all the reaction to the nine top-flight encounters...
Sunday 14 SeptemberHolger determined Battling Badstuber: We'll give the final word of the weekend to injury-victim Badstuber, who tweeted this to ensure fans he'll be back on the pitch for FC Bayern stronger than ever:
I will come back AGAIN !!!— Holger Badstuber (@Badstuber) September 14, 2014
There was joy for Hannover 96 in the final game of the weekend as they moved into a share of the lead in the Bundesliga thanks to a 2-0 victory over Hamburger SV, who are rooted to the bottom without having scored a single goal yet this season. Was it a deserved win for the Reds?
Find out by reading our match report here.
So after Sunday's concluding Matchday 3 action, FC Augsburg finally had something to smile about. They notched their first points of the season at Eintracht Frankfurt, who in turn lost their first game under Thomas Schaaf.
You can read the match report by clicking here.
Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Oscar Wendt has described Raffael as 'one of the best players in the Bundesliga' after the Brazilian forward scored his first goal of the campaign in the Foals' comprehensive 4-1 victory over UEFA Champions League aspirants FC Schalke 04 on Saturday evening. Both players spoke exclusively to bundesliga.com after the match...
Shinji Kagawa has described Borussia Dortmund's style of play as 'refreshing' after the Japan international marked his BVB return with a goal against SC Freiburg. Jürgen Klopp's side recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory against the Black Forest club at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. Find out exactly what Kagawa, who rejoined Dortmund from English Premier League side Manchester United FC at the end of the summer transfer window, had to say right here.
FC Bayern have confirmed that defender Holger Badstuber suffered a partial tear of a ligament in his left thigh against Stuttgart on Saturday. The 25-year-old is likely to be out for several weeks and will undergo an operation to repair the damage in the coming days. "Of course I'm incredibly disappointed at the moment," Badstuber told fcbayern.de. "But I've learned how to cope with this type of situation."
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Bosnian defender Ermin Bicakcic is likely to be out for several weeks after suffering a thigh muscle injury in the Sinsheim Club's 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. Coach Markus Gisdol confirmed the severity of the injury after the match, saying: "I fear it's more than just a pulled muscle." Sejad Salihovic and Sebastian Rudy were also taken off with minor knocks during the draw with the Wolves, but neither injury is believed to be too serious.
You can check out the players' immediate post-match reaction by clicking on the respective links below:
FC Bayern München 2-0 VfB Stuttgart
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 SC Freiburg
Mönchengladbach 4-1 FC Schalke 04
FC Bayern München were far from their best against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon, but Mario Götze feels the champions can be satisfied with their display in the 2-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena. "For now the important thing is that we picked up all three points," he said. "That was our priority and so we can be satisfied. Of course we have a few injured players but every club has the same situation. The players we have available are fit and we’ve got a very good side.”
Sonntag 14.09.2014 Hannover96 - Hamburger SV 17.30 Uhr. pic.twitter.com/JZQiQq2r0M— Joselu Mato (@JoseluMato9) September 14, 2014
More good news for Borussia Dortmund fans this Sunday morning: World Cup winning defender Mats Hummels is set to return to full training this coming Wednesday. The 25-year-old, who has been nursing a knee injury, has yet to make an appearance for BVB this season, but seems to be on the brink of a return to first-team action. "This week I made a big step forward," he told bvb.de. "Now I need to catch up and get fully fit. My plan is to train with the team on Wednesday."
Saturday 13 SeptemberBorussia Mönchengladbach vs. FC Schalke 04 line ups:
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Leverkusen defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos has been ruled out for several weeks with a shoulder strain. The Greek international suffered the injury in training and joins Julian Brandt and captain Simon Rolfes on the Werkself treatment table. Papadopoulos joined Leverkusen on loan from FC Schalke 04 this summer and has made two Bundesliga appearances for Roger Schmidt's charges so far this season.
Bremen striker Franco di Santo has now bagged two goals in his last three Bundesliga encounters after finding the net at the BayArena. Werder's goal led a charmed life at times on Friday evening, but di Santo still feels the Green-Whites could have returned to Bremen with all three points in the bag. Like Calhanoglu, di Santo spoke exclusively with bundesliga.com after the game. Head over here for the 25-year-old Argentinian's post-match thoughts...
Hakan Calhanoglu, meanwhile, preferred to focus on the positives after match. The Turkey international curled a sublime free-kick into the corner just three minutes after Franco di Santo had given the visitors a shock lead. Despite Sebastian Prödl's late equaliser following Heung-Min Son's strike, the 20-year-old feels the draw is 'a good result'. Find out what Calhanoglu had to say in this exclusive interview with bundesliga.com after the match.
Stefan Kießling cut a frustrated figure following Leverkusen's draw with Bremen on Friday. Die Werkself were guilty of missing several opportunities at the BayArena and could conceivably have been several goals up at the break. "Bremen didn't know what they were doing," said an exasperated Kießling after the final whistle. "If we'd scored three goals in the first half, we'd have won the game 6-0." If only it were that simple, Stefan...
So, can we have more of the same today then, please? After yesterday's astonishing 3-3 draw between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen we have six more thrilling fixtures lined up this afternoon. FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund both kick off at 15:30 CET against VfB Stuttgart and SC Freiburg respectively, while FC Schalke 04 travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach in today's late game. Elsewhere, Bundesliga newboys SC Paderborn and 1. FC Köln are both in action, while Mainz's Sami Allagui faces his former club Hertha.
Friday 12 September
Guten Abend: If Matchday 3 intends to go on as it began then we're going to be in for a real treat this weekend. Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SV Werder Bremen kicked off us off in style so fingers crossed that Germany's top flight will produce similar goalscoring feats tomorrow. For now though that brings us to an end of today's Bundesliga coverage. Join us again tomorrow...
Hakan Calhanoglu: "We all produced a great performance today so of course it's disappointing not to take all three points." #B04BRE— Bundesliga Live (@BL_Live_EN) September 12, 2014
League leaders coming into Matchday 3, Bayer 04 Leverkusen were left to rue missed chances as they dropped points for the first time in the 2014/15 campaign having twice let a one-goal lead slip in a 3-3 draw with SV Werder Bremen. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive match report.
As was the case on Matchday 1 and Matchday 2, Bundesliga radio will broadcast three top flight matches LIVE over the course of the weekend, starting with Bayer Leverkusen's clash with Werder Bremen this evening. Saturday's late game between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Schalke, as well as Sunday's northern derby between Hannover 96 and Hamburger SV will also be broadcast.
Borussia Mönchengladbach did the double over FC Schalke 04 last campaign, winning 2-1 at the Borussia Park in December last year and recording a 1-0 victory at the Veltins Arena towards the tail end of the season. Moreover, the Royal Blues have lost five of their last six visits to Mönchengladbach. Can Jens Keller's side turn their fortunes around on Matchday 3 or will Lucien Favre's Foals get their first three points of the campaign? Click here for our preview...
Unhappy hunting ground: VfB Stuttgart didn't enjoy the best of times on their last visit to the Allianz Arena, when Bruno Labbadia's team were comprehensively swept aside by Jupp Heynckes' charges. Take a look at the highlights from that match by clicking on the video below...
With players focusing their attentions to the Bundesliga once more following last week's international break, the Twittersphere was abuzz with talk of everything from Shinji Kagawa's impending comeback for Borussia Dortmund to Franz Beckenbauer's birthday. To save you the hassle, bundesliga.com has rounded up the best 140-character bulletins from the past seven days. Take a look here.
Don't forget to check out our weekly statistical preview graphic over on our STATS page. Find out which Matchday 3 fixture is most likely to end goalless, which three sides are odds-on to record home victories this weekend and how promoted duo SC Paderborn and 1. FC Köln have set a new top-flight record after just two matches!
Gameday !!! #focus#38#blackpanther http://t.co/MOxyNFZtCK— Karim Bellarabi (@KimoBellarabi) September 12, 2014
Hamburger SV captain Rafael van der Vaart is set to miss at least two weeks of action after picking up a calf injury in training on Thursday. The Dutch international has been suffering with muscular problems for some time and was forced to miss the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a similar problem. Mirko Slomka will also have to do without the services of Marcell Jansen against the 47-year-old's former club. The full-back suffered a groin injury in training on Tuesday and will miss HSV's next two games.
Dortmund fans momentarily held their breath yesterday when news broke that Shinji Kagawa was forced to finish training early on Thursday with a groin problem. BVB coach Jürgen Klopp was quick to allay fears over the Japanese international's condition, however, confirming that the former Manchester United FC player will play some part at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. Head here for our preview of die Schwarz-Gelben's clash with SC Freiburg.
Cameroon international Joel Matip, meanwhile, is certain to miss FC Schalke 04's trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening. The defender suffered a groin injury in training on Thursday and is likely to be out for at least a fortnight. The Royal Blues haven't had the best of starts this season, having picked up only one point from their opening two Bundesliga games so far. They've also lost five of the last six matches at the Borussia Park...
One player set to make his comeback to the FC Bayern fold on Saturday is French winger Franck Ribery. The 31-year-old has declared himself fit for the record titleholders' encounter with VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena, which will no doubt have come as a huge relief to Pep Guardiola, who has several of his first-choice eleven unavailable to him for the visit of the Swabians. Head over here to read our exclusive preview of tomorrow's clash in Munich...
Domestic Bundesliga action returns this weekend, and what a game we have in store for you to kick things off on Matchday 3: league leaders Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be looking to make it three wins out of three when they host SV Werder Bremen at the BayArena this evening. There are also plenty of well-known faces hoping to make their Bundesliga debuts in the next 48 hours or so, including FC Bayern München defender Medhi Benatia (pictured). The Moroccan international isn’t the only one, however...