Borussia Dortmund were held to a draw at SC Paderborn 07 in a game which saw Marco Reus carried off with an ankle injury. Borussia Mönchengladbach were beaten at home by Eintracht Frankfurt, and Bayer 04 Leverkusen recorded an impressive 3-1 win at in-form Hannover 96.
bundesliga.com brings you all the reaction to this weekend's Matchday 12 encounters...
FC Bayern München 4-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
FC Schalke 04 3-2 VfL Wolfsburg
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-2 SC Freiburg
Hannover 96 1-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
SC Paderborn 07 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
1. FC Köln 1-2 Hertha Berlin
Hamburger SV 2-0 SV Werder Bremen
VfB Stuttgart 0-1 FC Augsburg
Monday 24 November
After a weekend of spectacular goals and own goals, joy and despair in equal measure, managerial departures and heartbreaking injuries, it's time to say goodbye. FC Bayern München and FC Schalke 04 both return to action on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League, before Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen follow suit on Wednesday. Germany's UEFA Europa League participants Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg take to the field on Thursday, then it's already time to turn our attention to Matchday 13. This week will fly by, you can be sure of that. Bis Freitag, everyone!
Don't forget to vote for your Matchday 12 Player of the Week right here. This week's candidates are FC Bayern's Arjen Robben, Schalke 04's two-goal hero Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Dortmund's Gabonese speed demon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. You can also choose your Goal of the Week on our FANZONE page, but remember to check out this week's shortlist on our YouTube channel first!
Matchday 12 was full of talking points, new milestones, records and impressive numbers. We at bundesliga.com have gone through all the weekend's action with a toothcomb to bring you the most pertinent information in our list of last weekend's big stories, and for those of you hungry for an even more detailed analysis, our statistical overview is just for you!
Armin Veh explains: "This decision is certainly not an easy one. The club and the team are very close to my heart!"— VfB Stuttgart_int (@VfB_int) November 24, 2014
Victory could hardly have tasted sweeter for Hamburg as the Red Shorts beat arch rivals Werder Bremen to pick up their third win of the season on Sunday. “These points are incredibly important and you could see that in the reaction of the fans,“ admitted skipper Rafael van der Vaart, citing his side's "belief" as crucial to their success. Click here to find out what else the Dutch playmaker and some of the other key players had to say in the wake of the nerve-wracking Nordderby…
Hi everyone, I'll be back again! Thanks for all your lovely and well intentioned messages wishing me to get better soon. Speak soon!— Marco Reus (@woodyinho) November 24, 2014
Following another matchday to forget for Borussia Dortmund, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung assessed the current state of the struggling five-time champions. “BVB suffered another blow with the news that they’ll have to do without Marco Reus in the coming months, as CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted their surge up the table will come anything but easy.” Bild expressed their sympathy with Reus after his fresh injury setback: "He's having a never-ending nightmare."
“Bayern are in a league of their own,” writes Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung referring to the Bundesliga pacesetters. “The Bavarians cruise past Hoffenheim while all their closest competitors suffer defeats.” Frankfurter Rundschau, meanwhile, believe to have witnessed a revived Frankfurt as the Eagles bounced back from five consecutive defeats at Gladbach. “A spectacular and well-deserved victory for Eintracht. They looked very much like the side that qualified for the Europa League two years ago.”
Sunday 23 November
Thanks for joining bundesliga.com on this most exciting of Matchdays. We'll be back first thing tomorrow to keep you updated on the fall-out and reaction from the weekend and build up to the week's UEFA Champions League clashes involving Bayern, Dortmund, Schalke and Leverkusen.
In the meantime, don't forget to vote for your player of Matchday 12!
With so much action taking place around the Bundesliga on Matchday 12, you'd be forgiven for feeling slightly breathless trying to keep up with it all. In order to keep you on top of your German football news, bundesliga.com has rounded up the biggest stories to have emerged from the weekend here. Read on to find out the latest from a struggling Dortmund, a high-flying Bayern, and home-loving Schalke and plenty more...
FC Augsburg emerged victorious in the Mercedes-Benz Arena after a closely-fought Swabian derby against VfB Stuttgart. Die Fuggerstädter came out on top after a second-half penalty from skipper Paul Verhaegh, recording only their second away win of the campaign in front of some fervent travelling support. The hosts' Daniel Schwaab saw red in the first-half and Armin Veh's men are still propping up the table. You can read bundesliga.com's match report here.
They left it late, but Hamburg eventually sealed a 2-0 victory over northern rivals Bremen at the Imtech Arena. Artjoms Rudnevs' second-half strike and a late own goal by Werder keeper Raphael Wolf secured the three points for Josef Zinnbauer's men, who climb above Bremen and out of the relegation zone as a result of Sunday's Nordderby success. Viktor Skripnik's side, however, remain in the bottom three.
Bundesliga 2 leaders FC Ingolstadt's unbeaten run in 2014/15 finally came to an and at 1. FC Nürnberg's Grundig Stadion on Sunday as Rene Weiler's side recorded a 2-1 victory over their fellow Bavarians, despite being reduced to ten men in the second half. Javier Pinola was dismissed for a dangerous tackle after the restart, but der Club held on for all three points. Elsewhere, Karlsruher SC beat FC Erzgebirge Aue 1-0 and RB Leipzig humbled FC St. Pauli 4-1.
Swedish international midfielder Pierre Bengtsson, who currently plies his trade with FC Kobenhavn in the Danish first division, will join 1. FSV Mainz 05 in January. The Nullfünfer are currently coached by former FC Nordsjaelland boss Kasper Hjulmand, who knows Bentsson from his time with the Farum-based club. The 26-year-old, who made 20 appearances for Sweden's Under-21s, won his only cap for the full international side back in 2011.
Dortmund have confirmed that Marco Reus will miss the rest of the calendar year after tearing ligaments in his ankle in Saturday's draw with Paderborn. The midfielder, who went down clutching his right ankle following a heavy challenge by Marvin Bakalorz at the Benteler Arena, has been plagued with ankle problems in recent months, having been forced to miss the 2014 World Cup and a large chunk of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season with similar injuries.
Winter is closing in. Yesterday's starting XI worked on fitness, while the others got their sweat on in a chilly 4°C. pic.twitter.com/OrqSxfnhDr— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 23, 2014
Not only Borussia Dortmund fans are holding their breath this morning, hoping for some good news from the clinic where Marco Reus is being treated - all fans of the Bundesliga will be hoping his apparent ankle injury is not as serious as feared. We will bring you the outcome of a scan and a prognosis on Reus' condition as soon as it is known, so don't go away!
Saturday 22 November
That about wraps it up for bundesliga.com's live updates for today. Tomorrow we've got the northern derby between Hamburger SV and SV Werder Bremen to look forward to, as well as VfB Stuttgart vs. FC Augsburg, but we'll finish by saying get well soon to Marco Reus. Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga and all football fans need a player of his gifts on the pitch and not on the treatment table - hopefully tomorrow brings good news.
Köln's Anthony Ujah must have felt like he'd gone from hero to zero in the Billy Goats home defeat to Hertha this evening. After scoring the equaliser - his fourth goal of the season - he then missed an opportunity to take the lead when he hit the bar and then diverted a free-kick into his own net for the Berliners's winning goal. "That's football," he said dejectedly at full time. "I'm a bit sad right now but we have to look forward and focus on the next game."
There can be no doubting that today was one of the most entertaining in the Bundesliga in many a matchday, but you're almost left with a sour taste in the mouth after that injury to Marco Reus. The Germany international's withdrawal was perhaps the turning point at Paderborn today and Ilkay Gündogan wondered afterwards if a Bundesliga side has ever had a worse second half than BVB today. Read his full comments here.
Komplett gebrauchter Tag... Gute Besserung Marco. Such a bad Day. Get well soon Marco. @woodyinho— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) November 22, 2014
Schalke were also one of the big winners on Matchday 12 after they saw off an in-form Wolfsburg side, and two-goal hero Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting believes the result could be a turning point in their season. "This was an important step for us," said the 25-year-old. "We showed the fans we can play good football and and we played really well today." For more post-game reaction from Gelsenkirchen, head here.
Things couldn't have gone much better for FC Bayern against Hoffenheim this afternoon. Four goals, a clean sheet and a defeat for VfL Wolfsburg took them seven points clear, but the biggest news was the return of their inspirational midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. The 30-year-old made his first competitive appearance since the World Cup final and was "delighted with the reception" he received. Read more post-match reaction from the Allianz Arena here.
Dortmund's 2-2 draw with Paderborn was overshadowed by a serious-looking injury sustained by Marco Reus at the Benteler-Arena. The Germany midfielder was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Marvin Bakalorz during the second half, and immediately went down clutching his ankle. The 25-year-old was forced to miss the 2014 World Cup - and sit out a large chunk of the 2014/15 season - with a similar injury and is likely to be sidelined for another few weeks at the very least.
Auf gehts Borussia!— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) November 22, 2014
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One professional hoping to defend his personal record-breaking streak is Jerome Boateng, who hasn't tasted defeat in any of his last 50 top-flight appearances. Talking to German publication BILD ahead of the clash with 1899 Hoffenheim, the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has suggested he could be on the record titleholders' books for the remainder of his career. "I can see myself ending my career at FC Bayern, but I don't want to make any promises," explained the 26-year-old.
Now we all know we love a good rambunctious fan bursting onto a football pitch in their birthday suit, but don't go getting too excited because bundesliga.com's exclusive infographic is covering things from a different, more flattering, angle. As we enter the Matchday 12 action there are variety of active streaks in play that may or may not make it through the weekend so take a look to see what to keep your eyes open for on Saturday afternoon.
Yes, the wait is nearly at an end. It's been a long two weeks, but the Bundesliga is finally back! There may have been no encounter under the Friday night lights, but we're all the better for it on Saturday with a jam-packed schedule boasting seven fixtures that will undoubtedly have widespread implications at the top of the standings. Stay with us right here on bundesliga.com for all the build-up...
Friday 21 November
That about does it for our live updates for Friday. It's been a quieter day without any top-flight acton this evening on account of the international break, but don't worry, this is just the calm before the storm. We've got seven games in total for you tomorrow, with Bayern, Dortmund, Schalke and Leverkusen all in action, plus Gladbach and Wolfsburg in the mix as well. Remember: miss it, miss out!
With four goals in nine Bundesliga appearances, Hertha Berlin striker Salomon Kalou has made quite an impression since arriving at the capital club from LOSC Lille last summer. Much of the Old Ladies’ hopes will therefore be resting on the Ivorian marksman's shoulders in their upcoming visit to Köln, according coach Jos Luhukay. “We need an in-form Salomon,” the Dutch tactician admitted to football magazine kicker ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
On Sunday, all eyes will be on the Imtech Arena where Hamburger SV entertain northern rivals Werder Bremen, with both sides in dire need of points as they look to climb the table. HSV coach Josef Zinnbauer told bundesliga.com that he too is very much looking forward to the Red Shorts’ clash against the Green-Whites. “It will be the most emotional game of the season,” he said. “With a win we can overtake Werder in the table, so we’ll be giving our all against them.”
FC Bayern’s waylaid David Alaba is aiming for a return to the first team in January next year. "My knee is looking good right now and it feels fine," the injured left-sided specialist, who damaged ligaments in his side's Champions League win against AS Roma on 5 November, told fcb.de today. Click here to find out what else the two-time Austrian Sportsman of the Year had to say about his planned comeback…
With a meagre return of nine points, 14 goals scored and 25 conceded, VfB Stuttgart are struggling badly at the foot of the Bundesliga table. Head coach Armin Veh believes it would have been a totally different story had his side been more clinical in front of goal, though. “We could be ninth had we made better use of our chances,” he told bundesliga.com. Stuttgart are away to Veh's former side Augsburg when the two sides meet for the Swabian derby on Sunday.
After being named in a Bayern matchday squad for the first time this season following almost four months on the sidelines with injury, midfield strategist Bastian Schweinsteiger was understandably happy ahead of the Bundesliga leaders' home clash against Hoffenheim:
Ein von Bastian Schweinsteiger (@bastianschweinsteiger) gepostetes Foto am Nov 11, 2014 at 8:49 PST
Whet your appetite for the weekend yet further by delving into our Watch page. There we have reels of exclusive video content - including the highlights of every single Bundesliga match this season - as well as a preview of the 101st northern derby between Hamburg and Bremen, an in-depth look at the unplayable Thomas Müller and a review of former Hoffenheim keeper Tim Wiese's foray into the world of professional wrestling...
Make your way over here to read our preview on Schalke's clash with in-form Wolfsburg. Roberto Di Matteo is still without a handful of first-team regulars for Saturday's game at the Veltins Arena, while his opposite number Dieter Hecking is likely to field the same XI that beat Hamburger SV last time out.
FC Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in the league leaders' squad for Saturday's clash with Hoffenheim. Schweinsteiger, who hasn't kicked a ball since aggravating a knee injury in the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star game on 6 August, has been included in Guardiola's selection for the Matchday 12 encounter and could make his first Bundesliga appearance since the final game of last season.
Head over here for all the pre-match info on Borussia Dortmund's trip to the Benteler-Arena to face SC Paderborn. Jürgen Klopp is expecting Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lukasz Piszczek to be fit for the clash with Andre Breitenreiter's charges, which will be the 858th different Bundesliga fixture.
The Nordderby between Hamburger SV and SV Werder Bremen has seen plenty of drama, controversy and sadness over the years – check out what we think are the top 10 northern derby moments by clicking on the video below...
New Werder Bremen head coach Viktor Skripnik has breathed fresh life into die Grün-Weißen since his appointment at the end of October. Werder are currently on a three-game winning streak, having beaten Chemnitzer FC in the DFB Cup, and 1. FSV Mainz 05 and VfB Stuttgart in the league. On Sunday, they travel to northern rivals Hamburger SV for the 101st Nordderby. With both currently in the bottom three, neither side can afford to lose this one.
Schalke 04 will play Dutch champions Ajax in a friendly in Doha on 10 January 2015. Die Knappen, who spent last season's winter break in Doha, will return to the Qatari capital on 6 January for a ten-day mid-season trip. The game against the reigning Eredivisie champions - and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's former club - will take place at 17:30 local time.
Getting ready for battle http://t.co/zLPHTtuHHi— Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtnerb52) November 21, 2014
BVB's bitter rivals Schalke have endured a mixed start to life under head coach Roberto Di Matteo. The Royal Blues are down in eleventh having won two and lost two of their four league matches since the Italian took over from Jens Keller. Both of Schalke's victories came on home soil, but Di Matteo's charges will do well to maintain that winning home run against in-form VfL Wolfsburg, who have a certain Belgian international in their ranks.
After a run of five straight league defeats, Dortmund finally got back to winning ways against Gladbach on Matchday 11. This weekend, Jürgen Klopp's charges visit a Paderborn side currently five points ahead of die Schwarz-Gelben, but BVB are determined to build on their victory against the Foals by recording another three points against Andre Breitenreiter's men. For everyone connected with Dortmund, their season starts now.
Click here for our exclusive preview of the record titleholders' clash with fifth-placed 1899 Hoffenheim, who have lost their last two games in the league. The two sides shared the points in a six-goal thriller the last time they met, and this weekend's encounter looks set to be another corker...
Former Hannover 96 star Szabolcs Huszti was a hero of a special kind in a five-goal thriller between Hannover 96 and Bayer Leverkusen in the 2012/13 season. Find out what happened by clicking on the video below...
Bayern's opponents on Matchday 12, Hoffenheim, have struck a deal to provide support for football promotion among kids in India. The Sinsheim club will assist Indian company UniLazer Ventures in putting structures in place to ensure the continued development of the game in the subcontinent by unearthing and coaching players with a view to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which takes place in India in 2017. Hoffenheim visited India last summer as official ambassadors of the DFL.
It's been a busy week in the Bundesliga, despite the two week-international hiatus: Philipp Lahm has been sidelined for three months, FC Bayern have paid off their Allianz Arena debts and the league's joint-top scorer Franco Di Santo has been ruled out of Sunday's Nordderby with HSV through injury. There's no Friday night game this weekend, but there's plenty to look forward to on Saturday and Sunday. It'll be worth the wait, promise.