Cologne - The Bundesliga standings are beginning to take shape and, with international duties put to one side, Matchday 3 served up a healthy helping of edge-of-your-seat action and fairytale storylines that delighted fans and neutrals alike.
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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 don't kill you...
may be set to miss Bayern München’s upcoming matches through after suffering a
against Stuttgart on Saturday, but having recently overcome a lengthy cruciate knee ligament lay-off, the 25-year-old centre-back seemed confident it won’t take him long until we get to see him back in action:
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...
Their unblemished start to the 2014/15 campaign may have come to an end in Matchday 3's
with SV Werder Bremen, but the Bayer 04 Leverkusen squad were all smiles when a special guest came to visit on Monday...
A handy example...
Borussia Mönchengladbach were undoubtedly riding high after their
of UEFA Champions League participants FC Schalke 04, but received some sobering news on Monday after it was revealed that
could face a spell on the sidelines. The defensive talisman is a tough loss for the Foals.
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...
Hannover 96 are certainly leading the pack in the 'surprise package' category so far this season. Following a
of Hamburg, the Reds are now unbeaten in eight Bundesliga encounters dating back to last season and currently sit third in the
. No wonder the players, including defender
, are delighting in the start they've made in the current campaign. The trick now is keeping it up!
Never wanted it to end...:
Following FC Bayern München's
over VfB Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena, Brazilian centre-back Dante obviously prioritised kicking his feet up and had a friendly message for his followers. The one thing the picture is missing - a smile. Cheer up
, FC Bayern are joint-top of the Bundesliga standings!
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 September
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:
Wherever you are, you can find out where to watch today's game at the Commerzbank Arena by clicking here
Bayern have taken to Twitter to wish Badstuber a speedy recovery
Hannover's clash with Hamburg is the third and final match to be broadcast LIVE on Bundesliga radio this weekend
Saturday 13 September
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. FC Schalke 04 line ups:
Well, look who's starting for BVB...
Gladbach could struggle to keep Sidney Sam quiet at the Borussia Park this evening...
You can follow this game LIVE on Bundesliga radio later today!
It'd take a brave man to bet against this man finding the net on his special day...
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...
Despite opening his Bayer 04 Leverkusen account by producing a free-kick right out of the top drawer to level the scores at 2-2, Hakan Calhanoglu couldn't hide his disappointment at falling short on home soil.
The starting line-ups are in for Bayer 04 Leverkusen's clash with SV Werder Bremen under the Friday night lights.
Devilish duo denied:
VfB Stuttgart could be forgiven for having breathed a huge sigh of relief that at least one member of the most feared Bundesliga partnership won't be taking to the pitch on Saturday. It's all smiles for Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in training, but only the Frenchman will take to the field against Armin Veh's charges. He may just be one part of 'Robbery', but he's a handful enough on his own.
Having sweated on their fitness all week, Schalke are understandably delighted to be able to have three key players on board for this weekend's clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Mainz took to Twitter today to try and rouse their supporters ahead of a trip to the capital, where they've struggled of late. "Last win in Berlin: February 2007. It's about time again!"
It may not be the longest trip Stuttgart take this season, but it certainly is one of the most daunting...
FC Schalke 04 head coach Jens Keller has put an end to talk of
making his first-team return from injury against Gladbach tomorrow. Like Joel Matip, there'll be no place for the Japanese international right-back in the Matchday squad. Julian Draxler is unlikely to be risked, but Max Meyer could make the trip after a bout of the flu...
Still no definitive news on when
will return to the fold for FC Bayern München, but the Spanish playmaker, along with fellow countryman
, sure looked like he was having a good time watching his team-mates in action at yesterday's training session...
Medhi made to wait?
Pep Guardiola has indicated that new signing Medhi Benatia's wait to make his Bundesliga debut may last a while longer...
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...
Not sure which of these I'd rather face...
Werder Bremen have arrived in Leverkusen for their game with
tonight. Robin Dutt's charges are going through a light workout ahead of the match at the BayArena...
Raring to go:
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Shinji Kagawa will feature for Borussia Dortmund against VfB Stuttgart this weekend, despite the Japanese international ending training early on Thursday with a groin problem...