This weekend kicked off in style as Borussia Dortmund got back to winning ways, and off the bottom of the table, by beating TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Friday, while the action continued apace with VfL Wolfsburg, FC Schalke 04, Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Augsburg and FC Bayern München picking up big wins on Saturday, while Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt were the lucky duo to emerge victorious at the close of play.
As ever, bundesliga.com brought you all the latest from what was another action-packed weekend in Germany's top flight...
Matchday 14 results
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 Hertha Berlin
Hannover 96 1-3 VfL Wolfsburg
VfB Stuttgart 0-4 FC Schalke 04
1. FC Köln 1-2 FC Augsburg
SC Paderborn 07 1-1 SC Freiburg
FC Bayern München 1-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Hamburger SV 2-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 SV Werder Bremen
Monday 8 December
And that concludes our rolling coverage of Bundesliga Matchday 14, thanks very much for joining us. Don't forget to check out our unrivalled video collection of match highlights and exclusive interviews on our Watch page. We'll have more live updates on Friday 12 December as Matchday 15 kicks into gear with a fixture where goals are guaranteed: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim versus Eintracht Frankfurt. Bis dann!
Following Mitchell Langerak's surprise appearance between the Borussia Dortmund sticks in the win against Hoffenheim on Friday, BVB head coach Jürgen Klopp (l.) admitted at a press conference on Monday that he has already made a decision on who will be his first-choice keeper against Anderlecht tomorrow. However, he did not reveal whether it will be Langerak or his rival Roman Weidenfeller.
Matchday 14 belters
Check out the five best goals from Matchday 14 courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel before returning to bundesliga.com's FANZONE page to cast your vote for the top strike. Your opinion will ultimately decide the winner and we're confident you won't be disappointed with the candidates!
There were plenty of talking points to emerge from Matchday 14, but Jürgen Klopp's decision to drop established No.1 Roman Weidenfeller in favour of Mitchell Langerak cuased the biggest stir. Die Welt appear to believe it may be more than a one-game alteration. "BVB goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller accepted his demotion. Will that be the case long-term? He could be on the bench again against RSC Anderlecht. Shining light Mitch Langerak is the future."
SV Werder Bremen's 5-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt had another sting in the tail on Monday, as it was confirmed that centre-back Sebastian Prödl will be sidelined for up to two months after suffering a partial tear of the cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Translation: This picture shows who stands behind us. We know, and you know too, that we can only win together. Thank you!!!
Das Bild zeigt wer hinter uns steht. Wir wissen, ihr wisst es auch, dass wir nur gemeinsam gewinnen können. Danke!!! pic.twitter.com/8aYf14Biif— Neven Subotic (@NSubotic4) December 7, 2014
...and Leipzig team-mates alike.
Unlucky.I don't even know what to say right now! Bad timing, but be strong! And try to stay positive! Have a speedy recovery @TBoyd91— Joe Gyau (@JoeGyau36) December 7, 2014
Translation: Get well soon Terrence Boyd. On the left were a'll doing the Cyclopes goal celebration for our friend at the Christmas party we had last night. Here at bundesliga.com we'd also like to wish Boyd a speedy recovery. Get well soon big man!
Still recovering from this weekend's Bundesliga overload? Not to worry bundesliga.com has a hangover cure much better than the hair-of-the-dog approach and will be bringing you all the reaction to what went down on Matchday 14, as well as a look at what the regional publications have to say. Pep Guardiola and Co. are still sitting pretty at the top of the table, but there were plenty of rumblings further down the standings that caught the eye...
Sunday 7 December
It's past midnight and this reporters' fingers - like many across Bundesliga stadia this weekend - need a break. The on-pitch action may have come and gone but the reaction will spill over well into Monday as we look back over another round of matches and look ahead to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. To keep you busy until then, catch up with all the Matchday 14 interviews and highlights here. We'll see you next time., ciao for now.
Eintracht Frankfurt rounded off Matchday 14 in swashbuckling style by romping to a 5-2 victory over SV Werder Bremen. Alexander Meier struck twice to move top of the Bundesliga goalscoring chart and help lift the Eagles to the lofty heights of seventh in the standings. Click here to read the full match report.
HSV skipper Rafael van der Vaart reserved special praise for Cleber Reis after the Brazilian defender bagged his first Bundesliga goal in Hamburg's 2-1 win over Mainz on Sunday afternoon. Find out what the Dutchman and some of the other players had to say after the match at the Imtech Arena by clicking here.
Official starting line-ups: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. SV Werder Bremen
SGE: Wiedwald - Russ, Oczipka, Anderson, Chandler - Hasebe - Aigner, Stendera, Inui - Seferovic, Meier
SVW: Wolf - Gebre Selassie, Prödl, Lukimya, Garcia - Kroos - Fritz, Aycicek, Junuzovic - Bartels, Selke
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Having followed in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's footsteps by scoring a hat-trick of his own in the 4-0 drubbing of VfB Stuttgart, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's claim that the Royal Blues' "two-pronged attack is working very well at the moment", could be seen as the understatement of the season. bundesliga.com caught up with the Cameroon forward at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena for an exclusive interview that you read by clicking here.
A further update on the condition of Antonio Rüdiger, who has suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and will need to undergo an operation, effectively ruling him out until the New Year. "I'm not going to let the diagnosis bring me down," said Rüdiger. "Hopefully I be able to make a speedy comeback."
In Memory of the victims of the Spitak earthquake, December 7th, 1988...God bless Armenia!— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) December 7, 2014
As if a 4-0 loss to FC Schalke 04 wasn't bad enough, Huub Stevens' return to the Veltins Arena came with another hammer blow as German international Antonio Rüdiger was carried from the field at the final whistle. The 22-year-old centre-back will undergo an MRI scan on Sunday in the hopes of being able to provide a clearer diagnosis of what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Did Saturday's Matchday 14 in Germany's top flight leave you wanting more? That's certainly the case here on bundesliga.com, but fortunately there are still two games to go that promise to pack just as much punch. So stay with us for all the build-up, as well as the reaction from yesterday's pulsating encounters...
Saturday 6 December
So that's it for another day of Bundesliga action. We've seen Dortmund, Bayern, Augsburg, Schalke and Gladbach record wins this weekend, but what about a mention for Wolfsburg? The Wolves have bounced back from a defeat two weeks ago and after today’s victory at Hannover have now won eight of their last nine in the league. They also ended a five-game losing run against the 96ers, with Bas Dost scoring his first of the season. Sleep well Mr. Dost, you've earned it! We'll see the rest of you in the morning.
Ostensibly it would appear that Ribery made the difference for Bayern this evening, but you could very well say the same about Sebastian Rode. Introduced for the ineffectual Mario Götze at the break, Rode helped shore up the midfield that had been breached by the visitors' crisp passing in the first half, giving the Reds the platform they needed to go on and win the game. No wonder the 24-year-old was in such high spirits after the game: "Pep hugged me in the dressing room so I must have done something right!"
Another home game, another win for FC Bayern. At times, Bayer Leverkusen looked like they would upset the applecart and the odds in the Allianz Arena this evening, but after failing to make their chances count in the first half, Bayer extended their 100 per cent home league record after Franck Ribery's 100th competitive goal for the club. You can read the match report here, as the Reds went seven points clear again at the top of the league.
Relief may have been the primary emotion among Gladbach's players after their 3-2 win against Hertha. The Foals had lost their last three in the league before today's game and had to endure a tense finish when Hertha scored a late penalty, but in midfielder Granit Xhaka’s view, they were "worthy winners" at the Borussia Park. Read the rest of the post-match reaction here.
Bilder sagen mehr als 1000 Worte! Einmal mehr Danke für Euren einzigartigen Support! pic.twitter.com/tCdgjAUjQo— Benedikt Höwedes (@BeneHoewedes) December 6, 2014
After three defeats on the trot, Borussia Mönchengladbach got back to winning ways this afternoon by beating Hertha Berlin 3-2. It was a "worthy win", according to Granit Xhaka (pictured). Find out what he and his team-mates made of the timely three-pointer by clicking here.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (pictured, r.) was Schalke's hero with a hat-trick earning them victory over Stuttgart , while there were important wins for high-flying Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Augsburg on another dramatic Saturday afternoon in the Bundesliga. Click on the club names in red to read reports of their games.
Matchday vs Hannover! pic.twitter.com/grkdIlz7do— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) December 6, 2014
After the Wolves have had their chance to reduce their deficit on Bayern, the record champions have the chance to extend it. In spite of a chart-topping November, Bayern will still be wary of the challenge that faces them - Leverkusen did win at the Allianz Arena two seasons ago after all. We've put together this video focusing on this evening's headline clash in the Bundesliga (kick-off 17:30 GMT/18:30 CET) to get you in the mood.
Before FC Bayern take to the field against Leverkusen this evening, Wolfsburg have the chance to reduce the arrears at the top of the Bundesliga to just four points when they travel to Hannover in a Lower Saxony derby. The Wolves are roaring at present and we have taken a closer look at their current form. Watch this video to find out more about the recent rise of Dieter Hecking's men.
Hello! Today FCK host Aue on the Betzenberg as they look to build on their win in Hamburg last weekend. Line ups to come...— FCK in English (@FCK_en) December 6, 2014
Mönchengladbach’s visit to Hertha will be anything but an everyday experience for Foals forward Raffael (r.), the Brazilian locking horns with both his former side and brother Ronny at 14:30 GMT/15:30 CET. "It’s going to be a real highlight for me,“ Raffael admitted to bundesliga.com, adding that after three consecutive league defeats, Gladbach are in dire need to get back to winning ways. "We desperately have to beat Hertha. The teams behind us have caught up with us in recent weeks.“
Jürgen Klopp was a happy man indeed after his Dortmund charges notched only their fourth victory of the current campaign against Hoffenheim in a nerve-wracking Matchday 14 opener. “I’m both drained and relieved,” he said in the wake of the Signal Iduna Park meeting. “The game was incredibly intense, and we deserved to win it. We have to keep working hard, but we gained maximum points tonight which is a step in the right direction.”
Sebastian Kehl's (r.) inspirational qualities came to the fore on Friday night as his pep talk inspired Dortmund to a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Hoffenheim, according to Mats Hummels and Kevin Großkreutz. Find out what else they, Mitch Langerak and matchwinner Ilkay Gündogan had to say after the match at the Signal Iduna Park.
Friday 5 December
So after a dramatic and especially emotional night for Borussia Dortmund, we say auf Wiedersehen until Saturday morning!
After almost a month without a win in the Bundesliga, Dortmund finally tasted that winning feeling and hauled themselves off bottom of the table thanks to a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim in Friday's Matchday 14 opener. The goal came from Ilkay Gündogan, his first in the league since March 2013, a stopping header from a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyng cross to take Dortmund, temporarily at least, up to 14th place in the table. Here's our match report.
BVB: Langerak - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Kehl - Aubameyang, Bender, Gündogan, Mkhitaryan - Ramos #bvbhof— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 5, 2014
Hoffenheim vs. Dortmund this evening pits 7th against 18th in the table, but two seasons ago the roles were reversed. Hoffenheim travelled to BVB on the final day of the 2012/13 season needing to win to have any chance of staying up. They went 1-0 down but converted two penalties in the second half to secure a sensational 2-1 win, eventually surviving via the play-off. What a game that was at Signal Iduna Park, and you can relive it right here on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.
Thomas Schaaf spent a total of 31 years as player and coach of Werder Bremen before leaving in 2013. This weekend he faces his former club with new team Frankfurt but he insists sentiment will be put to one side. "I spent a long time at Bremen but now I have an Eagle on my shirt and I think it looks good," he told bundesliga.com.
I am laughing so much my heart might pop out..!— Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtnerb52) December 5, 2014
VfB Stuttgart take on FC Schalke 04 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Swabians have collected fewer points in front of their own fans than any other Bundesliga side this season, while Schalke have picked up the fewest points on their travels. Huub Stevens will be confident of making it two wins out of two against his former club, however, after guiding VfB to a 4-1 victory over SC Freiburg last weekend.
FC Bayern defender Jerome Boateng has been speaking to bundesliga.com ahead of the Bavarians' clash with Leverkusen this weekend. In an exclusive interview, the 26-year-old defender talks about his own impressive form, FC Bayern tactician Pep Guardiola and the record champions' aims for the rest of the calendar year.
Click here for our exclusive preview on Bayer 04 Leverkusen's trip to the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening. Die Werkself have collected six points and scored eight goals in their last two league games, but face an FC Bayern side that have only conceded three times in the league this season. Head coach Roger Schmidt is under no illusions as to the size of the task at hand...
As ever, bundesliga.com has compiled the most intriguing facts and figures ahead of the weekend's action in one handy graphic. Find out how many games Bastian Schweinsteiger has lost against Leverkusen, how many times Wolfsburg defenders have found the net this season, and much, much more besides.
There are three cracking fixtures being broadcast on Bundesliga radio this weekend, with FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund appearing on your airwaves over the next few days. Click here for the full Matchday 14 radio schedule.
Following an action-packed November in the Bundesliga, we've decided to put together our top 10 moments from the last month. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this video from our official YouTube channel:
Endlich wieder im Kader. Ich hoffe ich kann helfen...! Finally back with the team. I hope i can help...!— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) December 4, 2014
For Borussia Mönchengladbach star Raffael, matches against Hertha Berlin are particularly special. Not only did the Brazilian forward used to ply his trade at the capital club, he also goes head-to-head with his younger brother Ronny. In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the Gladbach star reveals who he thinks is the better player, and discusses life under Lucien Favre and the Foals' aims for this season.
Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim get the Matchday 14 ball rolling on at the Signal Iduna Park on Friday evening. Jürgen Klopp's charges are desperate for three points to help lift them off the foot of the table and out of trouble while Hoffenheim, who ended a run of three straight league defeats with victory over Hannover last weekend, are hoping to restore a measure of consistency after shipping 14 goals in their last four league encounters.
The big news coming out of Germany's top flight on Thursday afternoon was the DFL's decision to introduce goal-line technology in the Bundesliga from the 2015/16 season. Fifteen of the 18 clubs voted for the proposal, thus resulting in a two-thirds majority in support of implementation of the system. Hawk-Eye has been awarded a contract to install and operate the system over the coming years.