Cologne - It was a weekend of firsts, surprises and slip-ups in the Bundesliga on Matchday 10, as the league of the world champions served up another gripping round of fixtures.
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When netted his fourth goal of the season to get the better of Dortmund, it continued the 30-year-old’s remarkable goalscoring streak against BVB. The Dutchman has now found the net in each of his last seven appearances against Jürgen Klopp’s troops and has scored six of Bayern’s last ten goals against them too. “It’s always nice to score a goal just four minutes before full time,” he said afterwards, having now converted nine of the ten Bundesliga penalties he has taken.
There were premieres aplenty on Matchday 10, although not all of them will have been welcome. Werder Bremen and SC Freiburg finally got off the mark by winning their first games of the season, beating Mainz and Köln respectively, while Hamburger SV recorded their long-awaited first home victory of 2014/15 with a surprise 1-0 triumph over Leverkusen. Furthermore, Hoffenheim tasted a maiden defeat this term after being outplayed by Gladbach in a 3-1 reverse.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you: a side blessed with the dazzling talents of and , among others, really is second bottom of the table, having earned just seven points from a possible 30 this season. The last time Dortmund were so far down the standings this deep into a season was in 2006/07, when they were 17th after Matchday 27. Coach Thomas Doll, BVB’s third coach in that campaign after Bert van Marwijk and Jürgen Röber, eventually hauled them up to ninth.
The sense that VfL Wolfsburg are becoming a major player in the Bundesliga once more is growing with each passing week. The Wolves were scintillating away to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday and fully deserved their 4-0 victory, meaning they have won five consecutive league games, and seven in all competitions. Not even the mighty FC Bayern can compete with a run of form like that at the moment.
Robert Lewandowski, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Stefan Kießling: over the last three years the Bundesliga’s top scorer has come from one of the league’s leading clubs, but the top scorers' chart has a taken on a different complexion this time. Four players are out in front on six goals, three of them from clubs in the lower half of the table: Bremen’s , Mainz’s and Frankfurt’s . The quartet is completed by Bayern’s , who has never been so prolific.