Cologne - The concluding Bundesliga weekend of 2014 was not one to forget in a hurry, as the league of the world champions once again provided no end of entertainment for fans to chew over during the festive break.

Along those lines, allow bundesliga.com to present you with five of the biggest stories from Matchday 17...

Such has been FC Bayern München's dominance this season that they have hardly needed late winners. Before Arjen Robben's 90th-minute strike made it 2-1 against 1. FSV Mainz 05 in Matchday 17's curtain-raiser, only one Bayern game had been settled by a goal after the 85th minute. While the Bavarians dominated that 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, they struggled in the face of Mainz's high-intensity style, and perhaps their final match of 2014 offered a blueprint in how to (almost) stop the champions.

On the final Matchday of 2014, a torrid season reached a nadir for Borussia Dortmund with a 2-1 defeat away to SV Werder Bremen. The result means die Schwarz-Gelben will spend the winter break in the relegation zone for the first time in 30 years. Their problems are manifest, but one win in nine away from home tells its own story, as Mats Hummels highlighted at full time. Jürgen Klopp hasn't ruled out new signings in the January transfer window, and to avoid disaster - even relegation - something needs to change.

Prior to their 0-0 draw with Hamburger SV, FC Schalke 04 gleefully announced a contract extension with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. If the timing was intended to inspire the Dutchman to improve on his impressive record against HSV (ten goals in eight games), then it failed. The 31-year-old hit the bar, one of several missed chances, but wasn't the only culprit as Roberto Di Matteo's side looked unusually sluggish. Had HSV not been equally wasteful, the pre-match delight would have vanished quickly indeed.

If back-to-back draws had left some questioning VfL Wolfsburg's permanence in the European spots, then a confident 2-1 win over 1. FC Köln provided a resounding answer. After going behind early, the Wolves bit back to win their tenth game of the season and go six points clear of third. Naldo, meanwhile, now has five goals this season, as many as striker Ivica Olic. The two of them are now the Wolves’ joint top scorers, and while the forwards may be falling slightly short, Dieter Hecking will be delighted that his defenders have scored ten goals between them.

One of the most eye-catching results of the weekend came in the capital as TSG 1899 Hoffenheim ran out 5-0 victors over Hertha Berlin. For the hosts, it was a game to forget, but the win highlighted the visitors' new-found defensive strength alongside their traditional attacking prowess. A fifth clean sheet of the season suggested they will certainly improve on last term’s 70 goals conceded, and this may just be the campaign when Hoffenheim don't fall foul to mid-table mediocrity.