Philipp Lahm scored his first league brace in 321 appearances the Bavarians thumped SV Werder Bremen, while 1. FC Köln heaped more misery on Borussia Dortmund and Roberto Di Matteo celebrated his first game as FC Schalke 04 head coach with victory over Hertha Berlin.
On Sunday, meanwhile, Hamburger SV and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim played out an entertaining draw at the Imtech Arena, and surprise package SC Paderborn 07's stunning season continued against Eintracht Frankfurt. bundesliga.com brings you the latest reaction to round eight of the 2014/15 campaign.
MATCHDAY 8 Results
SC Paderborn 07 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hamburger SV 1-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
FC Bayern München 6-0 SV Werder Bremen
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-1 FC Augsburg
SC Freiburg 1-2 VfL Wolfsburg
Hannover 96 0-3 Borussia Mönchengladbach
VfB Stuttgart 3-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1. FC Köln 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
FC Schalke 04 2-0 Hertha Berlin
Monday 20 October
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We said it was difficult whittling the goals of the week into a top five, so you can imagine how much deliberation went into choosing three players to contest the Player of the Week vote. In the end we've gone for three men that bagged a brace at the weekend: Bayern's Philipp Lahm, Gladbach's Max Kruse and Leverkusen's Heung-Min Son. Once you've watched the video, don't forget to vote here!
How about an ode to one of the barmiest games of the season so far? Leverkusen, as they have done so often under Roger Schmidt, stormed out of the blocks against Stuttgart and went 3-0 up before half-time, only to wither in the second period, concede three goals from set-pieces and end up drawing 3-3. They've now dropped points against three of the league's bottom four clubs.
As you can tell from this tweet from Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Foals are one club for whom the present is very much rosy. Unbeaten in eight games to start the season - the last time they did that they were champions - they are now Bayern's closest challengers after a brilliant 3-0 win away Hannover 96. On Matchday 9, they welcome the champions to the Borussia Park, second against first, for a contest resembling their mammoth clashes of days gone by.
We at bundesliga.com were racking our brains trying to condense the multitude of cracking strikes from Matchday 8 into a top five for our goal of the week poll. Max Kruse, Granit Xhaka, Florian Klein and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, among others, all had to make do with just honourable mentions, with this worthy quintet forming the body of candidates. Don't forget to vote!
It's Monday morning. Another week of matches has been and gone for us to analyse, ruminate over and reflect upon, and the best place to start is probably league table the table. Bayern are still top of the pile - some things never change - but Hamburg are climbing steadily under Josef Zinnbauer, Dortmund are still shipping goals and points and Paderborn continue to make a mockery of their status as the league's smallest club on the smallest budget, proving that his division can still throw up stories like no other.
Sunday 19 October
Late goals from Marvin Ducksch, Uwe Hünemeier (r.) and Stefan Kutschke helped a plucky Paderborn to an unlikely comeback against Eintracht Frankfurt in the concluding encounter of Matchday 8. The newly-promoted side's 3-1 victory, their third in the current campaign, saw Andre Breitenreiter's charges move above Frankfurt and into seventh in the Bundesliga standings.
One might have expected more than two goals from Hamburg vs. Hoffenheim - their two games last term produced nine - but even though this one ended 1-1, it was by no means without incident. Hamburg fought bravely to come back from a goal down and twice struck the woodwork in the second period, finding Hoffenheim's Oliver Baumann in top form to preserve his team's unbeaten run. Here's our match report.
Hamburg are in a marginally better off position that their neighbours Bremen, but defeat to high-flying Hoffenheim will put them back under pressure after a famous win against Dortmund last time out. Hoffenheim, for their part, can go joint-second with a win. Whatever happens, there should be goals: those two sides served up nine in two games last season. Here's our match preview...
Few teams take something from the Allianz Arena, but even fewer have lain over as meekly as Werder against Bayern of late,They have now lost 6-0, 5-2, 7-0 and 6-1 in their last four meetings against the Bavarians, the latest of which leaves them bottom of the table. Franco Di Santo admitted Saturday had been a terrible day for him and team, but he doesn't intend to lose hope of climbing the league. "We have to try and stay positive," he said in an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com.
Saturday might just have been the perfect day for Bayern. They scored six, conceded none, Xabi Alonso is off the mark and Franck Ribery made his comeback from injury. Not only that, captain and FIFA World Cup winner Philipp Lahm bagged his first brace in his 321st Bundesliga appearance. "I haven't done that since I was a kid!" he beamed at full-time. Here's the rest of the post-match reaction from the Allianz Arena.
Saturday's 2-1 win against Augsburg brought joy and disappointment in equal measure for Mainz. The Carnival club are now eight games unbeaten at the start of the season - a club record - but that streak may be under threat after a serious injury to Jonas Hofmann. The Germany U-21 international scored the opener yesterday but then suffered suspected knee ligament damage, with the length of his lay-off as yet unknown. "The record is great, but my thoughts right now are with Jonas," said coach Kasper Hjulmand.
Let's get some reaction from the Veltins Arena, where Schalke got off to the perfect start in their first game under new coach Roberto Di Matteo, beating Hertha 2-0. The star of the show was Julian Draxler, who scored one in the first half and made another in the second, commenting after the game that Schalke's "quality made the difference" against a Hertha side that enjoyed long spells of possession.
Good morning one and all. Two more games are on the agenda today - Hamburg at Hoffenheim and Paderborn vs. Frankfurt - but the dust is still settling on yesterday's results, particularly Dortmund's 2-1 defeat at Köln. That's now five losses in eight league games for BVB, and veteran Roman Weidenfeller is under no illusion about the severity of the situation. "Lots of players here have only been here for the good times. It's up to the more experienced players to provide a bit of calm."
Friday 19 October
That about wraps it up for Saturday's action. Once again it's been a very good day indeed for leaders FC Bayern: Xabi Alonso scored his first goal for the club, Franck Ribery returned from injury and they bagged six without reply against Bremen, while both Dortmund and Leverkusen dropped more points in the race at the top of the table. Who'll take up the flag and challenge the Bavarians now? Over to you - for the time being - Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Hamburger SV appear to be finding their feet under the guidance of new head coach Josef Zinnbauer. The Red Shorts welcome unbeaten Hoffenheim to the Imtech Arena in the first of two Bundesliga matches on Sunday. In tomorrow's late game, SC Paderborn, who are without a win in their last three matches, host in-form Eintracht Frankfurt at the Benteler Arena.
Don't forget that TWO of Saturday's top flight encounters are being broadcast live on Bundesliga radio: FC Bayern's clash with Werder Bremen and Hertha's trip to Roberto di Matteo's Schalke 04. Make sure you tune in later on! In the meantime, you can follow today's Bundesliga 2 action live via our ticker...
1. FSV Mainz 05 will be without South Korean international for this afternoon's assignment at home to FC Augsburg. The 05ers are unbeaten after seven league matches this term, with fellow unbowed outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach also in action away to Hannover 96. VfL Wolfsburg, meanwhile, have won four from four at home, but travel to SC Freiburg having picked up just one point on the road all season. bundesliga.compreviews the action.
Roberto Di Matteo is the man charged with steering FC Schalke 04 back on course following an unpredictable start to 2014/15. The Royal Blues could find themselves seven points off the top-four pace come kick-off in this evening's clash with Hertha Berlin, not that the easy-going Italian is concerned: "I'm optimistic we'll put in a good performance […] We've got great potential going forward. We just need to work on our organisation."
Friday, 17 October
That's it from bundesliga.com's live updates for this evening. Coming up tomorrow, in lieu of the rescheduled Friday game due to the international break, we have not six but seven matches on the menu for you, including Bayern-Bremen, Stuttgart-Leverkusen and Schalke-Hertha. Save your appetite is our advice. We'll see you then!
Neven Subotic was one of Dortmund's injury victims last season, but he is back to fitness and looking to build on his four appearances and force his way back into the side. The 25-year-old took time to speak exclusively to bundesliga.com this week, and despite their poor start to the season, he is adamant BVB won't press the panic button yet.
It's sometimes forgotten how many clubs Kevin-Prince Boateng has represented: Tottenham and Portsmouth in England and AC Milan in Italy, as well as Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and now Schalke. This weekend he faces the team that gave him his breakthrough in German football - Hertha - where he is still held in high regard. Indeed, he was part of the last Berlin side to win away at Schalke.
Relive Boateng's performance in that win for Hertha all those years ago (September 2006) here:
One of four unbeaten clubs, Mainz could set a club record on Saturday. Avoiding defeat against Augsburg will make it eight games unbeaten to start the season, bettering the seven they managed in 2010/11, all of which they won incidentally. Gladbach, also unbeaten, are in action at Hannover 96, while Freiburg host Wolfsburg. Here's our Saturday round-up.
Ausburg is our next rival and we are going to give our best effort for the victory— Junior Díaz (@JuniorDiazCR) October 17, 2014
After a sobering pair of internationals for Germany - beaten in Poland and held to a draw by the Republic of Ireland - one player able to hold his head up high was Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi. The 24-year-old started both games and was one of his country's better performers, and now he'll be hoping to add to his three league goals and four assists this season when the Werkself travel to Stuttgart.
This weekend's action comes to a close at the Benteler-Arena, where Eintracht Frankfurt are the visitors to Paderborn. The hosts have already demonstrated they fear nobody in the top flight, but one man they'll have to keep tabs on is Alexander Meier. The 31-year-old veteran has struck up an excellent partnership with Haris Seferovic and, from starting the season on the bench, has now bagged four goals.
When and if he steps out on to the pitch for Borussia Dortmund against 1. FC Köln at the RheinEnergieStadion on Saturday, what an emotional moment it will be for Ilkay Gündogan. The 23-year-old has missed the last 14 months of action with a back injury and last tasted any form of first-team football in a friendly for Germany against Paraguay in August 2013. Germany have managed pretty well without him, but BVB have missed him dearly. In any case, it will be a privilege to see him back in action.
D'r Bus kütt! // Off to Cologne! #bvb #dortmund #borussiadortmund #koebvb #gündogan
Trip down memory lane
Enjoy some of the best moments from classic Bayern vs. Bremen encounters down the years, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:
Here's an interesting stat for you: FC Bayern München vs. SV Werder Bremen is traditionally one of German football's great match-ups, with Bremen having challenged the Bavarians' dominance at various periods by winning five Bundesliga titles, most recently in 2004. However, their meeting this weekend will be the first in which they line up as top vs. bottom. How Werder could do with goal machine Claudio Pizarro in their side on Saturday, as apposed to in the opposition ranks.
One club looking that might have enjoyed the international break more than most is Hamburger SV. The Red Shorts, in action this Sunday against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, signed off on Matchday 7 with a brilliant 1-0 win away in Dortmund and now seem to be turning a corner under new boss Josef Zinnbauer.
A beautiful rainbow shining over Säbener Straße this afternoon. A good omen for tomorrow, perhaps? ;-) pic.twitter.com/MrGo1Nd18K— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 17, 2014
To sidestep the Bundesliga momentarily, there was a some good news for Germany coach Joachim Löw on Friday. The team may have disappointed in recent UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and the Republic of Ireland, but his achievement of leading the team to a fourth World Cup continues to be appreciated, nowhere more so than in his very home town:
Roberto di Matteo hopes to guide Schalke into the Champions League again this year, despite the Royal Blues disappointing start to the campaign. Nonetheless, the Italian admits there is plenty to work on at the Veltins Arena. "Our defence has been having a few problems. We have to work on our defensive structure," he said at his unveiling. "But it's important we get off to a good start against Hertha. We'll take one game at a time after that."
It's in the game... Nuri Sahin, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gündogan remain focused on regaining full fitness, but the trio, along with Australian youngster Mustafa Amini, found time to take each other on at FIFA 15 this week. Find out what happened by clicking on the video below...
Could Ilkay Gündogan be the solution to Borussia Dortmund's troubles? We could find out this weekend, with Jürgen Klopp set to name the Germany international in his squad for the first time in over a year. Gündogan also expects to be involved against 1. FC Köln at the RheinEnergieStadion, but the 23-year-old faces stiff competition for places in BVB's midfield, with Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also on the verge of making their comebacks.