Cologne - Matchday 6 may not have boasted the high-scoring encounters Bundesliga fans are used to, but it made up in kind with plenty of edge-of-your-seat action as FC Schalke 04 took the spoils in the 145th Revierderby, beating fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Veltins Arena in the pick of the fixtures.
MATCHDAY 6 RESULTS:
Elsewhere, FC Bayern München consolidated their position at the top of the table on the back of Xabi Alonso's record-breaking performance, Borussia Mönchengladbach climbed to second in an encounter which Stefan Kutschke played a starring role, while Lucas Piazon scored a contender for goal of the season.
bundesliga.com will bring you all the reaction to this weekend's encounters...
1. FSV Mainz 05 0-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1. FC Köln 0-2 FC Bayern München
FC Schalke 04 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
SC Freiburg 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Hannover 96
SC Paderborn 07 1-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 SV Werder Bremen
Augsburg 1-0 Hertha Berlin
Hamburger SV 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Monday 29 September
Ciao for now!
And with all this talk of the Champions League, that's our cue to bid you a fond farewell. Don't forget to check out bundesliga.com for all the breaking news from Germany's top flight as well as coverage of the FC Bayern, FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach in Europe. As ever, we'll be back on Friday to bring you all the build-up to Matchday 7 in the League of the World Champions. Bis dann!
From Russia with love
You’d be forgiven for thinking this tweet from FC Bayern München was a bit misleading considering the lengthy injury list the German record titleholders are currently combating, but at least those that made the trip to Moscow are fighting fit for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League encounter.
There was, however, some positive news to come out of the SV Werder Bremen camp today as the club announced that right-back Gebre Selassie has returned to training. Whether he’ll slot straight back into first-team affairs remains up in the air though, especially considering the performance 19-year-old Bundesliga debutant
put in on the weekend.
Bayern focus on CSKA
The Bundesliga leaders are getting into gear for Tuesday's Champions League match against CSKA:
Click on the video below provided by our official YouTube channel to relive Kutschke's great moment of sportsmanship:
Popular in Moscow
Meanwhile, Bayern München have been given a warm welcome by Russian supporters outside their Moscow hotel ahead of tomorrow's Champions League tie at CSKA Moskva...
Kick back and enjoy Piazon's wonder strike courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Following their sensational
victory, Schalke 04 legend Jiri Nemec paid his ex-club a visit at their training ground on Monday morning. The 84-time Czech Republic international (l.) also enjoyed a reunion with former team-mate Gerald Asamoah.
Bayern's 'night out'
The Bundesliga leaders arrived in Moscow yesterday where they are due to face PFC CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow, but Pep Guardiola and Co. were given a rude awakening in the Russian capital last night when their hotel had to be evacuated due to a fire alarm.
...says this Eintracht Frankfurt tweet showing a sun-drenched Commerzbank Arena following last night's
away to Hamburg.
Sunday 28 September
Well, that's that for another weekend, but we'll be bringing you more reaction to Matchday 6 throughout Monday, so make sure you join us then. Don't forget to check out highlights from this weekend's matches on our WATCH page. Lucas Piazon's free-kick is definitely worth a look if you haven't seen it already (or worth another, if you have). Bye for now!
Twitter reaction to Sunday's games:
A close encounter, but a deserved victory in the end. Three more points, we're delighted!
Whet your appetite...
...ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt's trip to Hamburger SV this afternoon with a look at the Eagles' Top 10 Bundesliga goals. There are some corkers on there - it's well worth a gander!
Full steam ahead
The Bayern stars have been training in Cologne today following yesterday's
at 1. FC Köln, already looking ahead to their next assignment against CSKA in the Champions League...
What a day it was to be a fan of FC Schalke 04. The Royal Blues couldn't buy a win at the start of the season, but now they have two on the bounce, with their latest coming against local rivals Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's
Saturday 27 September
So, FC Schalke 04 record their first win over Borussia Dortmund since March 2013, FC Bayern München extend their lead at the top of the table and VfB Stuttgart earn their first victory of the season. It's been another eventful day in Germany's top flight, but tomorrow promises to be just as exciting with two more matches to look forward to. Remember to listen to Hamburger SV's clash with Eintracht Frankfurt on Bundesliga radio from 17:30 CET. We'll be back on Sunday with more reaction to this weekend's matches. Bye for now!
Best in the world
Today's not a bad day for BVB coach Jürgen Klopp to be able to start all of his world champions:
Too close to call?
He's the world's best for a reason...
What must these fans be feeling as they make their way to Schalke's Veltins Arena? Trepidation? Euphoria? Ecstasy? All of the above?
Fans out in force
Bayern are away at 1. FC Köln this afternoon, but wherever the champions go, they're never short of support:
Dante and Mario Götze have their game faces on:
Schalke slipper Benedikt Höwedes misses the derby with injury today, but he'll be kicking every ball from the sidelines:
Friendship on hold
Atsuto Uchida and Shinji Kagawa will be two of the central figures when Schalke host Dortmund this afternoon. "When Shinji was at Man Utd, I always hoped he would come back to Germany," admitted Uchida. The two Japanese stars will put their friendship on hold this afternoon, however, as only a victory counts on derby day. Find out more about their thoughts on the derby below, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Bayern's Rafinha could make his third appearance of the season against Köln this afternoon:
Goals seem to be on the agenda when FC Bayern travel to newly-promoted 1. FC Köln this afternoon, but it might be an all different story today, the home side's defence only having conceded one goal so far in the current campaign:
When Saturday comes
So here we are then. Saturday on Matchday 6 is upon us and there's just a matter of hours until the game on everyone's lips gets underway...
Saturday 27 September
Ciao for now! Saturday's Revierderby between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund is inching ever closer. Don't forget you can follow the match live on Bundesliga radio from 15:30 CET tomorrow. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, check out your local broadcaster for the match at the Veltins Arena, and indeed all other Matchday 6 encounters, right here. You'll regret if if you don't.
Thanks for the mentions, Rafa and Dante!
The Brazilians are primed for Köln challenge
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Just in case you hadn't realised yet...
As stats go, this one's pretty impressive...
Hannover 96, currently flying high in third, face struggling VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday
No rest for the wicked eh, Pep?
Mother of all derbies: New to the Revierderby? Not quite sure where the heated history stems from? Don't worry, bundesliga.com has got you covered with this handy summary of how one of Germany's greatest rivalries was forged. Once you've read that come back here to witness the 10 greatest Revierderby moments courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Gnash on that!:
Derby fever is gripping the Ruhr district! So much so that it turns out members of the animal kingdom also appear to live and die by the
result. In this case, there's no doubting that Rex is a Royal Blue fan!
Land of the rising stars:
Of course, Atsuto Uchida and Shinji Kagawa are just two of the 12 Japanese players currently plying their trade in the German top flight. Fans fly from all corners of the globe to come as proven in the tweet below. Accordingly,
has set-up a site dedicated to keeping you bang up-to-date with all the goings on concerning stars from the land of the rising sun. Click
to check it out!
Up and running
A fine Friday-before-the-Revierderby morning to you all! As you may have guessed, one game above all has got tongues wagging ahead of Matchday 6.
: the Revierderby, where loyalties are put to one side, as Germany World Cup winners Benedikt Höwedes and Mats Hummels illustrate. "United for Germany, separated by club colours, against violence", reads this tweet from Höwedes.