Cologne - We're five games into the new season and FC Bayern München are already back where they think they belong - at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Matchday 5 results
Bayer 04 Leverkusen, meanwhile, returned to winning ways against FC Augsburg, but Borussia Dortmund were forced to settle for a draw at home to struggling VfB Stuttgart. bundesliga.com has all the reaction to the midweek madness...
Wednesday 24 September
Borussia Dortmund 2-2 VfB Stuttgart
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 FC Augsburg
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 Hamburger SV
Hannover 96 1-0 1. FC Köln
Hertha Berlin 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Tuesday 23 September
FC Bayern München 4-0 SC Paderborn 07
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3-3 SC Freiburg
SV Werder Bremen 0-3 FC Schalke 04
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 1. FSV Mainz 05
Thursday 25 September
Bis morgen! Right, that's all from us today, but you won't have to wait too long for the next edition of our live updates: 1. FSV Mainz 05 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim get the Matchday 6 ball rolling at the Coface Arena tomorrow, so we'll be back first thing on Friday with all the build-up to this weekend's Bundesliga encounters. See you all then.
Excited? You should be!
LIVE NOW! Don't forget there's one Bundesliga 2 match taking place tonight, with VfB Bochum hosting Fortuna Düsseldorf at the Rewirpowerstadion. You can follow the game live via our ticker...
Right priorities: Bayer 04 Leverkusen's baby-faced assassin Tin Jedvaj came off a little worse for wear in the Werkself's 1-0 win at home to FC Augsburg. However, the Czech right back doesn't appear to be overly concerned with his injuries!
Road to recovery:
FC Schalke 04 left back
is looking on the bright side of life as he continues recover from tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. If he was in Munich, a trip to the
could have proven the perfect therapy!
In light of the injury to Kevin Trapp (see below), Eintracht Frankfurt have moved quickly to provide cover for their No1 by signing former Germany international and one-time Bundesliga champion Timo Hildebrand. The 35-year-old was released by FC Schalke 04 during the summer, but brings with him a wealth of experience that should greatly benefit the Eagles.
Frankfurt coach Thomas Schaaf would have been in good spirits after the Eagles recovered a 2-0 deficit to
from their game with Mainz on Tuesday, but he will be less happy about the news that no. 1 keeper
will be out up to three months with an ankle ligament injury.
Matchday 5 was a successful one for Hannover and more specifically their Spanish striker
, who bagged the winner against 1. FC Köln in the HDI Arena. The Spaniard tweeted this in celebration: "Three more points! All the hard work paid off!"
Thusday 25 September
Unbeaten in three and with the wind in their sails following the 4-1 thumping of early pace-setters Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Kevin De Bruyne and VfL Wolfsburg are hoping to maintain their recent upswing in form on Wednesday evening against Hertha Berlin. For the Belgian international, a first goal of the season certainly wouldn't go a miss.
Javi on the mend:
FC Bayern München midfield maestro Javi Martinez still has a long road to travel as he looks to recover from torn knee ligaments, but for the fully-focused Spaniard, at present it's all about putting his nose to the grind whilst preserving his mental fortitude. Keep calm and cycle on Javi, we commend you!
It's been a long time coming, but Japanese right-back Atsuto Uchida finally returned from a length spell on the sidelines to star in FC Schalke 04's
win over SV Werder Bremen. Perhaps the 26-year-old was the missing piece all along...
With the fixtures coming thick and fast, FC Bayern appear to have adopted a more laid-back approach to training today.
Boasting one of five remaining unbeaten records in the Bundesliga this season, Borussia Mönchengladbach are heading north with the clear target of picking up three points against an injury-hit Hamburg side.
Off and running:
The Royal Blues' Tranquillo Barnetta couldn't hide his delight after scoring his first goal of the season in Schalke's maiden win of the campaign
Tuesday 23 September
With just over 24 hours still to tick over before their Matchday 5 clash
, bottom-of-the-table VfB Stuttgart have suffered a minor setback with news that Romanian playmaker Alexandru Maxim will be unavailable for selection. "Alexandru Maxim is ill and has dropped out of the away game in Dortmund. Get well soon Alex!!"
Regarded as one of, if not the best goalkeepers in the world, FC Bayern München and Germany No1
will be hoping to celebrate reaching an illustrious Bundesliga milestone with victory
Making a name: In celebration of Neuer being on the verge of breaking into triple digits in the Bundesliga appearances column for the record titleholders, take a look at the 28-year-old's moment of calculated madness in the 0-0 draw with Hamburger SV, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel. Seeing the 'Sweeper Keeper' sensation haring off his line is starting to become commonplace, but being a trend-setter comes with the territory when you condsider Neuer's standing in world football.
One in, one out
With no apparent end in sight to Borussia Dortmund's injury misery, it had been rumoured in the past 48 hours that Ilkay Gündogan might make a surprise return for Wednesday night's clash with Stuttgart. Not true! Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp on Tuesday said it is too soon for him to return, although Dong-Won Ji is in the frame, as is Mats Hummels.
After seeing red in Hertha Berlin's
away to SC Freiburg, Germany Under-21 international Nico Schulz has been handed a two-game ban, meaning he will miss the upcoming encounters with VfL Wolfsburg and FC Augsburg.