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MATCHDAY 7 RESULTS
Hertha Berlin 3-2 VfB Stuttgart
FC Bayern München 4-0 Hannover 96
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Hamburger SV
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-2 SC Paderborn 07
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 FC Schalke 04
SV Werder Bremen 1-1 SC Freiburg
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 1. FC Köln
VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 FC Augsburg
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Monday 6 October
Until next time!
That draws to a close our rolling updates for Matchday 7. With a large amount of the Bundesliga's stars jetting off around the world to represent their countries, we'll be back in two weeks with all the action from round 8 in the German top flight.
Bundesliga 2 side FC Ingolstadt 04's American defender Alfredo Morales is on his way to meet up with his international team-mates. The USA, managed by former Bayern and Germany boss Jürgen Klinsmann, will be hosting friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador during the international break.
Bayern midfielder has said he is ready to fight for his place in the champions' team. Speaking to Sport1, the Swiss international said, "For as long as I am here, I will give everything I've got. I'm always delighted when I can start games, and I show that too. I think everybody could see how hungry I am to play football." Shaqiri made his third Bundesliga start of the season on Saturday in Bayern's 4-0 win over Hannover.
Goal of the week
The ballots are open for Matchday 7's goal of the week. Check out the top five strikes on the video below (courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel) and then click here to place your vote.
Zum Beine lockern nach dem Augsburg-Sieg steht für die Wölfe heute eine kleine Fahrradtour auf dem Programm. pic.twitter.com/3gsB4IFZxh— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) October 6, 2014
Die Welt opted to lead with the headline "Don't you want to catch Bayern?" above a picture of sorrowful-looking Dortmund, Leverkusen and Schalke players. Elsewhere, die Berliner Zeitung went with " is a man without a pulse", alluding to his clinical finishing to help defeat Stuttgart 3-2. "Normally so quiet and reserved off the pitch, once on it Kalou is bold and confident," the article read.
The daily Tz meanwhile told of Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol looking out for a young fan who got hit in the head with the ball during his side's match against Schalke. "It looked really bad," said the 45-year-old, himself a father of two. "It was a shock but his dad says he's ok." The youngster was even invited into the Hoffenheim changing room afterwards to meet the players. "We'll make sure we take good care of him," Gisdol concluded.
Respected German broadsheet die Süddeutsche Zeitung ran with the headline "Bayern have the last laugh" in the wake of their closest pursuers in the standings all dropping points on Matchday 7, while stating that "Dortmund are in a deep crisis". Meanwhile, the paper also pointed out that Leverkusen's is the club's "only German international" following his recent call-up into Joachim Löw's squad for the international break.
Have your Bundesliga fill!
As if marvelling at the best of the weekend's goals were not enough, why not check out what we've got in store on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel? Savour 's attempted lob from inside his own half against Hannover, being attacked by a rogue football boot, and plenty more besides...
FC Ingolstadt 04's American defender Alfredo Morales is on the way to meet up with his international team-mates. The USA, managed of course by former Bayern and Germany boss Jürgen Klinsmann, host friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador.
Keen to see the best of the Matchday 7 goals? Then check out our highlights package right here. We've also get extended round-ups of each individual game, plus video interviews with the likes of Lewis Holtby, Salomon Kalou, Jos Luhukay and Per Skjelbred. Take a look for yourself here. Top that lot off with a glance at some of the best pictures from around the grounds.
Bad start in the league is a fact now. Not the first time we experience that. We'll show a reaction. We always did when having a rough time.— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) October 6, 2014
Sunday 5 October
Enjoying the Oktoberfest with the Bayern family! Prost! pic.twitter.com/ccBC3t2pZg— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) October 5, 2014
Jürgen Klopp gave a frank account of Borussia Dortmund's somewhat underwhelming start to the 2014/15 league season after their loss to rock-bottom Hamburger SV on Saturday afternoon. Despite touching on die Schwarz-Gelben's injury problems, the charismatic head coach accepted that the Ruhr district club simply must do better. Click here to find out what else Klopp had to say.
There are three more second-tier matches to look forward to this afternoon. FC Ingolstadt can return to the top of the league with victory over Eintracht Braunschweig, SV Darmstadt 98 host Fortuna Düsseldorf, and SV Sandhausen take on rock-bottom FSV Frankfurt 1899. As ever, you can follow all the action live on our ticker.
Borussia Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer has been ruled out for four weeks with a broken hand. The defender picked up the injury in Dortmund's defeat to Hamburg on Saturday, and is expected to be sidelined for around a month after undergoing an operation on Saturday evening. Schmelzer had only recently returned from a groin injury sustained in BVB's Supercup success over FC Bayern back in August.
With Dortmund, Leverkusen and Schalke all dropping points on Saturday, the real winners of Matchday 7 have undoubtedly been FC Bayern, who now boast a four-point lead at the top of the table ahead of today's matches. There was no shortage of drama on Saturday afternoon though: head over here for a round-up of yesterday’s action involving die Werkself, the Royal Blues and strugglers SV Werder Bremen.
Today's late game between Raffael's (pictured) Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FSV Mainz 05 will be broadcast live on Bundesliga radio from 17:30 CET. Don't forget to find out where you can watch the match on television by perusing our list of broadcasters. You can also enjoy a virtual showdown of the clash at the Borussia-Park, courtesy of EA Sports and FIFA 15.
Lewy: "We're happy with 4 goals. Now I'm interested to see what Oktoberfest is like - I think it'll be a good day!" pic.twitter.com/QYtxlV6F0F— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 5, 2014
Off we go to Oktoberfest! They've deserved it after their performances in recent weeks! pic.twitter.com/Ws5Peo3tjt— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 5, 2014
Click on the links below for post-match reaction from the Allianz Arena, the Signal Iduna Park and the Commerzbank Arena:
FC Bayern München 4-0 Hannover 96
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Hamburger SV
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 1. FC Köln
Saturday 4 OctoberHere are the line-ups for Eintracht Frankfurt's clash with 1. FC Köln at the Commerzbank Arena:
Bayer 04 Leverkusen - SC Paderborn 07
Die Startelf! Kruse - Brückner, Hünemeier, Strohdiek, Wemmer - Ziegler - Stoppelkamp, Rupp, Bakalorz, Koc - Kachunga #B04SCP— SC Paderborn 07 (@SCPaderborn07) October 4, 2014
SV Werder Bremen - SC Freiburg
Startelf / line-up: Weidenfeller - Durm, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Kehl - Aubameyang, Großkreutz, Kagawa - Ramos #bvbhsv— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) October 4, 2014
Salomon Kalou says he already feels 'part of the Berlin family' after his brace against VfB Stuttgart earned the Old Lady a priceless three points on Friday evening. The Ivorian international spoke to bundesliga.com after the match at the Olympic Stadium. Click here to find out what else he had to say...
A reminder that Borussia Dortmund's clash with Hamburger SV is being broadcast live on Bundesliga radio from 15:30 CET this afternoon. Mats Hummels and Co. are desperate for the three points after stumbling out of the starting blocks this season. Then again, so are HSV...
There are also two games going on in the second tier today, with south-west rivals 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Karlsruher SC facing off at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion, and FC St. Pauli hosting fellow strugglers 1. FC Union Berlin in Hamburg. Follow the action live via our ticker...
With just four points separating third-place Mainz and 13th-place Borussia Dortmund, a lot could happen in the Bundesliga table between now and around 17:30 CET. Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to keep pace with FC Bayern at the top of the standings with victory over SC Paderborn 07, and FC Schalke 04 could make it three league wins out of three if they beat Hoffenheim at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Meanwhile, strugglers Werder Bremen and Freiburg face off at the Weserstadion.
Having been held to 1-1 draws in the UEFA Europa league this week. VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach return to domestic action on Sunday afternoon. Kevin De Bruyne (pictured) and Co. are up against FC Augsburg at the Volkswagen Arena, while second-place Gladbach welcome in-form 1. FSV Mainz 05 to the Borussia Park. Click on the above links for our previews of Sunday's games.
Swiss international striker Valentin Stocker was a very happy man after Hertha's victory over VfB Stuttgart on Friday evening. The former FC Basel 1893 striker has endured a mixed start to his Berlin career since joining the club in the summer, but made his first start for the Old Lady against VfB at the Olympiastadion, describing the 3-2 win as an 'outstanding result'. Get yourself over here for more immediate post-match reaction from the capital.
Friday 3 OctoberGood night Here's a quick look at what's still to come on Matchday 7 before we sign off. Hopefully you'll join us for the rest of the weekend action - after tonight, you'd be mad not to!
So the first game of nine this weekend has come and gone, and if the rest of Matchday 9 is anything like Hertha vs. Stuttgart, we're in for a treat indeed on the anniversary weekend of German reunification. The Berliners, inspired by Salomon Kalou, who grabbed his second and their of the season, came from behind to beat Stuttgart 3-2 and ensure a fortnight of that weekend feeling during next week's international break.
Head over here for an exclusive in-depth interview with 1. FSV Mainz 05 ace Shinji Okazaki. The 28-year-old, who became the top Japanese scorer in Bundesliga history earlier this season, talks about life in Germany, his prolific scoring form for Kasper Hjulmand's charges, and much, much more. Definitely worth a read.
Hamburger SV travel to the Signal Iduna Park this weekend still searching for their first win in the league. They will have to do so without their first-choice goalkeeper Rene Adler, however, after the 29-year-old was ruled out for several weeks with a knee injury. For more team news, views and much more, have a read of our preview.
SC Paderborn 07's Moritz Stoppelkamp has won the September Goal of the Month vote following his record-breaking 82-metre strike against Hannover 96 on Matchday 4. The 27-year-old received 32 of the poll, with Eintracht Frankfurt's Lucas Piazon and FC Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski running Stoppelkamp close in second and third respectively.
FC Bayern defender Juan Bernat has been called up to the La Furia Roja squad for their forthcoming UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg. The 21-year-old, who joined the record titleholders from Valencia CF in the summer, has featured in all six of Bayern's league games so far this season. Head coach Pep Guardiola was quick to offer the youngster his congratulations...
Schalke may have to do without star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and midfield prodigy Max Meyer for their trip to Hoffenheim this weekend. Huntelaar, who has one league goal so far this season, is suffering with a stomach muscle injury, while Meyer is also rated as doubtful with a back problem. The Royal Blues travel to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena looking to climb the league table, having collected just eight points from their opening six matches.
FIFA 15 predicts... Find out what happened when Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FSV Mainz faced off in the latest edition of EA Sports' football simulation video game on our official YouTube channel:
Mario Götze has started the campaign in fine form, scoring four goals in six matches to help reigning champions FC Bayern to the Bundesliga summit. Pep Guardiola's charges are up against Hannover 96 this weekend, who have faltered in recent weeks after collecting seven points from their first three encounters. Click here for our exclusive preview of Saturday's match at the Allianz Arena.
As ever, three top-flight encounters will be broadcast live on Bundesliga radio on Matchday 7. Here's what's on offer this weekend:
Hertha Berlin - VfB Stuttgart
Borussia Dortmund - Hamburger SV
Borussia Mönchengladbach - 1. FSV Mainz 05
If Saturday's encounter between Dortmund and Hamburg is half as entertaining as last season's corresponding fixture, we'll have quite a game on our hands. Find out what happened when BVB welcomed HSV to the Signal Iduna Park last term, courtesy of our official YouTube channel:
Hertha and Stuttgart find themselves level on points - and in need of another victory - going into tonight's clash. After recording their first win of the season against VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 5, Hertha lost 1-0 to FC Augsburg last weekend. Stuttgart meanwhile are slowly finding their feet under Armin Veh, holding BVB to a 2-2 draw before beating Hannover last Saturday for their first three points of the campaign. Head over here for our exclusive preview of the Matchday 7 opener.
VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach were both in action in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, but neither side was able to register their first victory of the competition this season. Wolfsburg were held to a draw by French side LOSC Lille, while Borussia Mönchengladbach had to settle for a share of the spoils at FC Zürich. Click on the links above for the match reports.
Borussia Dortmund Mats Hummels insinuated this week that he could stay at the club for the rest of his career. This week, however, the World Cup winner will be focusing more on the short-term objective of improving BVB's league form: Jürgen Klopp's charges have lost three of their six league matches so far this campaign and lie in twelfth place in the Bundesliga table. Can Hummels and Co. turn their league form around? They welcome rock-bottom HSV to the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday...