Cologne - There were no fewer than 38 goals around the grounds on Matchday 21, with FC Bayern München, VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund all recording dramatic victories on an action-packed weekend of Bundesliga football.
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MATCHDAY 21 RESULTS:
Hannover 96 1-2 SC Paderborn 07
Hertha Berlin 0-2 SC Freiburg
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 VfB Stuttgart
FC Bayern München 8-0 Hamburger SV
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 1. FC Köln
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-5 VfL Wolfsburg
SV Werder Bremen 3-2 FC Augsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 FC Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund 4-2 1. FSV Mainz 05
Monday 16 February
Can Bayern win the Champions League again this season? The Bavarians' assault on the latter stages of the competition begins in Lviv on Tuesday when they take on Shakhtar Donetsk in their last 16 first-leg tie. We'll be looking ahead to that encounter, as well as Schalke's much-anticipated clash with Real Madrid (kick-off 20:45 CET on Wednesday) throughout tomorrow, so make sure you join us. Our live updates will resume on Friday ahead of Matchday 22. See you all then!
The Raul connection
One bond between FC Schalke 04 and Real Madrid CF is the name Raul Gonzalez Blanco, a player who left an indelible mark on both clubs who will be lining up in the UEFA Champions League at the Veltins Arena this Wednesday. 28 goals in 66 Bundesliga games, 228 in 550 Spanish top-flight matches. Raul,
Don't try this at home...
...unless you happen to live in Cologne or another Carnival stronghold where, basically, anything goes:
Oh what a night
Eintracht Frankfurt are pretty proud of what they got up to at the weekend...
He may only have joined Twitter on Saturday, but Juan Bernat already seems to be getting into the swing of things. He and his Bayern team mates are currently at 35,000 feet heading for Lviv...
The UEFA Champions League awakens from its winter slumber this week, with
both in action over the next couple of days. They've been gearing up for their respective clashes against FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid CF already...
Something worth shouting about
SV Werder Bremen are clearly, and understandably, delighted with the way things are going for them right now...
Long wait for goalfest
You know it's carnival time when...
The party continues
1. FC Köln may have narrowly lost the Rhineland derby at the weekend but they're still keen to continue the local
celebrations, donning some lively clothing for the occasion:
Sunday 15 February
We will give Bayern's Rafinha the last word tonight, but remember to come back here first thing tomorrow as we continue to bring reaction from Matchday 21.
At long last
Zieler's disappointment is in stark contrast with Elias Kachunga's joy, as he posted on twitter...
Finally three points again. Fantastic!!!
Christian Streich's men take the points in a hard-fought encounter away at Hertha Berlin, Felix Klaus and Maximilian Philipp scoring the goals in
in the capital.
Hertha Berlin interim head coach Pal Dardai hands Africa Cup of Nations winner
his first Bundesliga start since Matchday 11's 2-0 home defeat to Hannover 96. The full line-ups for this afternoon's encounter with SC Freiburg:
Up and at it
FC Bayern are back on the training pitches at Säbener Straße less than 24 hours after thrashing Hamburger SV
at the Allianz Arena. Pep Guardiola's side face Ukrainian champions FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night:
Bayer 04 Leverkusen are sweating on the fitness of midfielder
after the Germany international suffered meniscal contusion in the knee and a bruised shin in Saturday's
to VfL Wolfsburg, according to this post on the club's official Twitter account:
Bernat joins Twitterati
FC Bayern wing-back
has joined the likes of Dante, Rafinha and Pepe Reina on Twitter. The Spanish international posted this snap from the Bayern dressing room following yesterday's
Good news for Bremen
As the only Bundesliga side to have won each of their last five league games Werder Bremen are on an incredible run of form, and they have been handed a further boost with news that skipper
is not as badly injured as first feared after being substituted off at half-time in Saturday's rip-roaring
over FC Augsburg:
SC Freiburg may only have scored 21 times so far this season but they have found the net in spectacular style over the years. Coach Christian Streich could do worse than show his players the following video on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel for inspiration ahead of their game in the capital this afternoon.
Has it sunk in yet?
Half a day has passed since the final whistle in Munich yesterday and it still seems hard to believe....
Saturday 14 February
What a weekend so far in the Bundesliga: seven games, 33 goals and still two more top-flight matches to come tomorrow. It's the league of the world champions for a reason, you know. Join us again at around 11:00 CET tomorrow for all the reaction to today's goal-filled action, as well as the build-up to Hertha's clash with Freiburg and Paderborn's trip to Hannover. Bis dann!
Twitter reaction to the Saturday afternoon action:
He was loved by the Bayern fans for his honest approach and work rate, but now Ivica Olic is plotting the Reds' demise for Hamburg today...
No Alonso for Bayern
The Spaniard was a late withdrawal because of injury...
Son is back
After his Asian Cup travails, the South Korean is back in the starting XI for Bayer 04...
Schürrle returns to Bayer
Andre and Co will be in no mood for gifts when the Germany World Cup winner takes on his former club Leverkusen today...
Arrival at the stadium in Sinsheim...
The sun has certainly been shining on in-form Bremen recently...
...you can read about their revival under Viktor Skripnik
in preparation for the Green-Whites' clash with Augsburg this afternoon.
A quick reminder of what there is to look forward to on Matchday 21:
Hamburger SV coach Joe Zinnbauer would do well not to bring up the following statistics in his pre-match team talk at the Allianz Arena today...
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Game faces on
The teams in action today are making their final preparations for their game. Will they have a Valentine's day to remember, or to forget?
The morning after
Dortmund fans will be smiling rather widely today...
Friday 13 February
The teams are in for tonight's clash and Mats Hummels is notable by his absence - apparently he has a virus.
Seven can be regarded a lucky number, and maybe that will be the case for two Bundesliga stars this weekend:
Saturday evening Schalke
Looking ahead, Schalke will be playing under the floodlights in Frankfurt on Saturday evening, hoping to continue their good start to the new year.
Marcelo feeling the burn
Luckless Marcelo is working hard ahead of the visit of Paderborn this Sunday, when he'll be hoping to erase the memories of his two own goals in a 2-1 lost to Hamburg.
Perhaps why Stöger was rather more serious at today's press conference:
"Our everyday work doesn't change because of Carnival."
Just about anything could happen this evening when Mainz travel to Dortmund...
Bayern breaking a sweat
Even in the Bavarian cold, the Reds are gearing as determinedly as ever for the visit of Hamburg on Saturday. On the plus side, it looks as though the weather's improved down in Munich:
Two clubs on the up
Augsburg have won seven in ten, while Bremen are the only club to boast a 100 per cent record in 2015. They meet at the Weserstadion this weekend:
Kasper Hjulmand's men have won just four games this season, but at least they're not losing many either:
Jürgen Klopp always loves a reunion with Mainz, where he enjoys legendary status having represented the club for 11 years as a player and seven as coach. Here’s more on what he achieved with the 05ers, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel:
North and South
Not just the name of a forgettable boyband from the late 90s, it's also north and south in in focus in the Bundesliga this weekend as Bayern host Hamburg in the Bundesliga's traditional
, where the Reds are aiming for a first home win of 2015.