bundesliga.com wraps up the big stories from the latest round of action, as one of the most astonishing goals in Bundesliga history was scored, going hand-in-hand with a quite incredible fairytale: newly promoted SC Paderborn are the unbeaten league leaders in their maiden campaign in the top flight...
SC Paderborn midfielder etched his name into the Bundesliga record books against Hannover 96 on Saturday by scoring from 82 metres out - nine metres further than the previous holder Giorgos Tzavellas. Chesting the ball down just outside his own area in the 93rd minute, the 28-year-old then smashed it goalwards after 96ers keeper Ron-Robert Zieler had gone up for a corner. It has to be seen to be believed.
Over the last couple of years there has been a sense of inevitibility whenever Bayern take to the pitch, a nagging feeling deep down that they would, come what may, score and most probably win. In fact, Bayern had found the net at least once in each of their 74 Bundesliga matches prior to their trip to Hamburger SV, only for that remarkable run to be brought to an end with a 0-0 draw against a dogged home team. Can league leaders Paderborn shut them out on Tuesday too?
There seems to be no stopping 1. FSV Mainz 05's right now. The 28-year-old netted the all-important opener in his side's 2-0 win over Dortmund on Saturday evening in what was his 100th Bundesliga appearance. That strike took the Japan forward's goal tally to four in as many games this season and 29 overall - extending his lead over his compatriots as the finest Japanese finisher ever to have graced Germany's top flight.
FC Schalke 04 attacker had quite a day on Saturday: not only did the Germany international turn 21, he marked the occasion by scoring the Royal Blues' second goal with a fine header in an impressive fightback from 2-0 down at home to Eintracht Frankfurt to help seal a 2-2 draw. However, just 21 minutes later - oh the irony - he was sent off for unprofessional conduct during an altercation with the Eagles' Carlos Zambrano.
Playing in the UEFA Champions League can have its down side - fatigue. All four of the Bundesliga's participants in Europe's elite club competition were unable to pick up three points on Matchday 4, with plenty of squad rotation undertaken. FC Bayern and FC Schalke 04 each got away with a point, but Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund suffered real European hangovers. It's tiring being so succesful.