On Sunday, meanwhile, in-form SV Werder Bremen landed a surprise victory against Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt drew 2-2 in the weekend's final game.
bundesliga.com was on hand to keep you apprised of all the build-up and reaction to Matchday 20's games...
MATCHDAY 20 RESULTS
FC Schalke 04 1-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hamburger SV 2-1 Hannover 96
1. FSV Mainz 05 0-2 Hertha Berlin
VfB Stuttgart 0-2 FC Bayern München
SC Freiburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
1. FC Köln 0-0 SC Paderborn
VfL Wolfsburg 3-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
SV Werder Bremen 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
FC Augsburg 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Monday 9 February
Thanks and goodbye
That brings an end to our live coverage from Matchday 20. To relive the best of the action from the weekend, please visit our Watch page for all the highlights as well as exclusive video interviews. The Matchday Bulletins will return on Friday morning as we build up to round 21 of the current season, but in the meantime we'll be keeping you up to date with all the latest from the German top flight right here.
Have your say
You've seen the weekend's action (if not, then head here) and now we want to hear from you. Who do you think was worthy of the Matchday 20 Player of the Week title? Check out three contenders below, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel, and then head here to cast your vote. The results will be announced on Tuesday.
FC Augsburg skipper Paul Verhaegh is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a calf injury in die Fuggerstädter's 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday evening. The Dutch international will undergo further tests on Tuesday, but is certain to miss several weeks of action. Click here for more.
Find out what some of the Bundesliga head coaches made of their teams' endeavours on Matchday 20 by clicking here. There was relief for Jürgen Klopp and Josef Zinnbauer, while Freiburg head honcho Christian Streich described the Black Forest club's display against die Schwarz-Gelben as 'terrible'. A little harsh perhaps? Possibly.
If you're a numbers person, then our statistical review of Matchday 20 might just tickle your fancy. As ever, it's packed with intriguing facts and figures pertaining to the weekend's action - find out which unwanted record Stuttgart managed to break on Saturday, which club is nervously looking over their shoulders after eight defeats in eleven, and why Roman Weidenfeller is already doing better in the Rückrunde than in the first half of the campaign...
A quick reminder of the candidates in our Matchday 20 Goal of the Week vote. Let us know which strike YOU think is the best by casting your vote on our Fanzone page!
Sunday's other game also produced a bit of a shock result, with Werder Bremen holding on to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at the Weser-Stadion. Bearing in mind the Green-Whites' current form, perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised by that result - Viktor Skripnik's men have now won four league games on the bounce and have climbed to eighth in the table, having propped up the standings after Matchday 18. Head over here for the players' post-match reaction...
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend came at the SGL Arena, where Augsburg drew - yes, DREW - with Eintracht Frankfurt. It was the Fuggerstädter's first stalemate of the campaign and ultimately prevented Markus Weinzierl's charges from climbing above Schalke and into third place. To make matters worse, the Bavarians managed to surrender a 2-0 lead against the Eagles, with Stefan Aigner and Alexander Meier rescuing a share of the spoils for Eintracht.
Click here for the players' reaction to the draw in Augsburg...
A number of papers are focusing on Andre Schürrle's debut performance for Wolfsburg against Hoffenheim on Saturday. The winter deadline day signing from Chelsea FC played a part in all three of the Wolves' goals against Markus Gisdol's side, while Kevin De Bruyne - who joined the Lower Saxony club last January - is also firing on all cylinders at the moment. The Frankfurter Rundschau claims both players are better suited to the Bundesliga than the English Premier League. Weighing up the evidence, they may have a point...
...it certainly is according to Bild newspaper, who claim that even eighth-place Hoffenheim, who started the Rückrunde within touching distance of the European places, could be dragged into the dogfight at the foot of the table. Indeed, the Sinsheim club are now only six points above 16th-place Dortmund, who recorded only their fifth win of the season at Freiburg on Saturday. One thing's for sure, there'll be plenty of twists and turns at the bottom before the end of the season.
If you missed any of the action you can check out our Matchday 20 highlights video on our Watch page, where you will also find highlights of all nine of the weekend's Bundesliga encounters. If you've watched the videos, but don't know what to make of what you've just seen, our round-up of Matchday 20's main talking points should be right up your alley!
Welcome back to bundesliga.com's live bulletins. As ever, we'll be bringing you reaction to another barnstorming weekend in the league of the world champions - but you can have your say, too! Head over to our 'home' page to vote for your Player of the Week, and don't forget to pick your favourite goal of Matchday 20 on our Fanzone page. Good luck picking a winner from those five corkers!
Sunday 8 February
Having coasted past Freiburg on Saturday, BVB are eager to continue their upward trend when they welcome 1. FSV Mainz 05 to the Signal Iduna Park on Friday. "We have to keep believing it can go forward after three or four months in which it didn't happen for us," said Klopp after the match. "On Friday we have to prove ourselves again, but today was a step in the right direction."
FC Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has been named Poland's Player of the Year for a fourth successive time. Lewandowski first won the award back in 2011 and has since gone on to become one of the best strikers in world football, having scored 81 goals in 149 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund and FCB.
Pep Guardiola knows his FC Bayern side still have work to do if they want to rediscover their pre-Winterpause form in the coming weeks, although the Catalan tactician did praise his charges' work rate after the 2-0 win at Stuttgart. "They ran and fought a lot today and they deserve credit for that," he said. "We're not perfect, I know that, but we clearly still have to improve and get back to our former level."
The same can no doubt be said for Dortmund, who climbed off the foot of the table and out of the automatic relegation places courtesy of a 3-0 win at Freiburg. Saturday's clash at the Schwarzwald-Stadion was the first time in months that BVB had looked anything like the side that had been giving Bayern a run of their money at the Bundesliga summit last season, but Jürgen Klopp's boys aren't quite out of the relegation woods yet. Click here to find out what the players had to say...
It was high time FC Bayern won again - that's according to Arjen Robben, whose spectacular volley gave Pep Guardiola's side the lead at Stuttgart before David Alaba put the icing on the proverbial cake in the second half with an exquisite free-kick. The victory at the Mercedes-Benz Arena was Bayern's first since the turn of the year and keeps them eight points ahead of second-place Wolfsburg. As Robben and Co. pointed out afterwards, the win does FCB's confidence no end of good...
Pal Dardai also enjoyed a perfect start to life in the Hertha Berlin dugout, guiding the struggling capital club to an impressive 2-0 success at 1. FSV Mainz 05. The win lifts Hertha out of the relegation zone, but Dardai and Co. will be aiming to put more breathing space between themselves and the bottom three next weekend, when second-bottom SC Freiburg visit the Olympiastadion.
It proved to be a debut to remember for VfL Wolfsburg new boy Andre Schürrle on Saturday. The deadline day signing from English Premier League leaders Chelsea FC had a hand in all three of the Wolves' goals against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, helping Dieter Hecking's side stay in touch with pacesetters FC Bayern München at the top of the Bundesliga table. Head over here to find out what the 24-year-old Germany international made of his first appearance in a Wolfsburg shirt.
He may not yet have found the target in 2015 but Eintracht Frankfurt forward is still the Bundesliga's leading scorer this term, and he'll be aiming to add to his 13-goal tally in Augsburg this evening. Check out his five best league goals in the video below, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
The last time Bremen and Leverkusen met they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in a match in which the lead changed hands three times. A similarly entertaining encounter is in store today, with in-form Bremen hosting high-flying Leverkusen at the Weser-Stadion. Click here for our match preview, and here to find your local broadcaster for this game.
Saturday 7 FebruaryGoodbye and until tomorrow!
We'll be keeping you up to date with everything that's Matchday 20 right here again on Sunday so you don't miss any of the key reaction as well as the build-up to SV Werder Bremen's home game against Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt's visit to FC Augsburg. Bis morgen!
Great win!! Thanks for this nice welcome today!! Wichtiger Sieg!! Vielen Dank für diesen schönen Empfang in Stadion!! @VfL_Wolfsburg— André Schürrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) February 7, 2015
Great game from the team, welcome Andre ;) pic.twitter.com/gsPL5MyK54— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) February 7, 2015
Endlich der so wichtige sieg. Heutiges Bild beim Autogramme geben. Important win! Today a pic with the fans pic.twitter.com/JpSzZFjx4y— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) February 7, 2015
Aufstellung FCB/Line up: Neuer - Alonso, Dante, Benatia, Lewandowski, Robben, Bernat, Götze, Alaba, Weiser, Schweinsteiger. ^M.Hörwick— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) February 7, 2015
BVB: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, Sahin - Kampl, Kagawa, Reus - Aubameyang #scfbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 7, 2015
#WOBTSG Line-up: Benaglio - Vieirinha, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Arnold, Gustavo - Caligiuri, De Bruyne, Schürrle - Dost.— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) February 7, 2015
Starting XI: Baumann, Beck, Strobl, Bicakcic, Kim, Schwegler, Polanski, Volland, Firmino, Elyounoussi, Amiri. #VFLTSG— Hoffenheim EN (@Hoffenheim_EN) February 7, 2015
Die Aufstellung! Kruse - Brückner, Rafa, Hünemeier, Heinloth - Bakalorz, Rupp - Stoppelkamp, Meha, Koc - Kachunga #KOESCP— SC Paderborn 07 (@SCPaderborn07) February 7, 2015
Hopefully you will now know how you are going to catch the Bundesliga action this weekend. If not, then this is a warning of the kind of thing that can happen if you have to fumble around for the remote control at kick-off time:
So do you think you are set for this afternoon's action? We certainly hope so, but if not, you can find who your local broadcaster is by clicking here. If you cannot catch the game you want live on television, you could also follow the action on Bundesliga radio. Alternatively, the Bundesliga's live Twitter account will keep you abreast of all the action.
Let's reflect more on Friday night's opening Matchday 20 fixture which saw FC Schalke come out on top in their battle for third place with Borussia Mönchengladbach. The star of the show was Tranquillo Barnetta (l.), who netted the only goal of the game at the Veltins Arena. Afterwards, he gave bundesliga.com this exclusive interview.
Who is the form team in Bavaria right now? The obvious answer would be FC Bayern, but it would be wrong. FC Augsburg are currently Bavaria's finest after hitting the ground running in 2015 and they could move into third place this Sunday with an eighth win from ten home games. Their guests are Eintracht Frankfurt, who held VfL Wolfsburg in midweek and will look to upset another high-flyer. Read our match preview to find out more.
A look at the Bundesliga form guide for the past ten matches would see Werder Bremen currently in a qualifying position for the UEFA Europa League next season. Thanks also to the return of Franco Di Santo (l.) from injury, Viktor Skripnik's men are firing on all cylinders going into their Weserstadion clash with Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Want to know more? Then our in-depth match preview has everything you need.
The Royal Blues managed to leapfrog fellow Champions League contenders Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday evening after beating the Foals 1-0 at the Borussia Park. After the match, skipper Benedikt Höwedes paid tribute to head coach Robert Di Matteo, who has taken Schalke from 11th to third since his appointment. Find out exactly what Höwedes and his team-mates had to say after the final whistle by clicking here.
To help get you in the mood for this afternoon's Mercedes-Benz-Arena encounter, bundesliga.com talked to FC Bayern's Arjen Robben. You can read that exclusive interview here.
For further information on what is set to be an intriguing Südklassiker with both teams in need of the points, here is our full match preview.
Friday 6 February
Well, an entertaining evening of Bundesliga football between Schalke and Gladbach ended 1-0 to the hosts, and we've got the reaction right over here. That's only an appetiser for the veritable feast of action to come in the next couple of days, and there's an exclusive chat with Arjen Robben prior to Bayern's clash with Stuttgart over here. bundesliga.com also has an exclusive preview of BVB's relegation clash in Freiburg, and the skinny on a potential Wolfsburg debut for Andre Schürrle.
All eyes will be on new VfL Wolfsburg signing Andre Schürrle at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday afternoon, with the World Cup winner widely expected to slot straight into the Wolves starting XI against faltering TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Elsewhere, precious points are on the line for four teams fighting to keep their heads above water, including promoted duo Paderborn and Köln. Find out more courtesy of our nifty round-up preview.
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On the way to cologne!— Elias Kachunga (@ekachunga15) February 6, 2015
All systems goAfter what has been, by their impeccable standards, an under-par start to the Rückrunde, FC Bayern have been going through the final paces (in the snow!) ahead of travelling to Stuttgart to face VfB at 15.30 tomorrow afternoon.
Eintracht Frankfurt have been preparing for their visit to Augsburg in 'sunny and windy' conditions:
Taking it to the rack!
It's well documented that certain members of FC Bayern's star-studded squad are basketball fans. Bastian Schweinsteiger is a regular at FC Bayern Basketball's Audi Dome, while the likes of David Alaba seized on the chance to take in an NBA encounter during the Bavarians' summer tour of the USA. Their interest has now stretched to shooting some hoops of their own as a novel way of preparing for their upcoming fixture with VfB Stuttgart. Though take a moment to sympathize with Javi Martinez, who looked like he was itching to join in the fun.
Andre Schürrle became the Bundesliga's marquee winter signing when he made the deadline day move from Chelsea FC to VfL Wolfsburg. A versatile forward, the 24-year-old will add to the quality Dieter Hecking has at his disposal in midfield, but just where will he be deployed? bundesliga.com provides an in-depth analysis where the World Cup winner could fit into the Wolves' starting line-up ahead of his second Bundesliga bow on Saturday.
Back of the onion bag
From Ruud van Nistelrooy to Kevin De Bruyne, there have been plenty of winter signings that have found the back of the net in Germany's top flight. Andre Schürrle will be hoping to add to the list, but for now here are the top 10 goals scored by players that have moved clubs in January courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Since taking over from Jens Keller as FC Schalke 04 head coach on 7 October 2014, Roberto Di Matteo has left an inedible mark on the Gelsenkirchen outfit both on and off the pitch. It wasn't always smooth sailing, but it appears that the Royal Blues are now once again on the up and up under the 44-year-old. Accordingly, bundesliga.com have taken a look back at his first 100 days in charge. Click here to read bundesliga.com to watch the video...
What better way to kick-off Matchday 20 than a clash between two sides, unbeaten in 2015 and currently vying to secure UEFA Champions League qualification? In the 14 years they've spent together in the Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04 have always finished above Borussia Mönchengladbach in the standings, but it's the Foals who boast a two-point lead coming in the Veltins Arena showdown. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive preview.
Good morning Bundesliga fans! Let's be honest you can never get enough of the Bundesliga, as proven by the whirlwind start to the Rückrunde which has had experts, pundits and fans of Germany's top flight glued to their televisions, laptops, tablets and mobile devices! With two Matchdays already in the bag, there's no let up and, if Matchday 20 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, you better be ready for another roller coaster weekend of highs and lows mixed in with the spectacular!