Cologne - It may have been the Rhineland that was gripped by Carnival fever on Saturday, but as the batch of five mid-afternoon kick-offs drew to a close, the lid was let loose on an almost nationwide explosion of sheer barminess in the Bundesliga.

In Sinsheim, Mönchengladbach and, above all, Leverkusen, fans were put through the emotional mill as two local derbies and a clash between two top-four rivals were decided by dramatic last-minute goals, all of them coming within 142 seconds of each other. That's not to mention an 8-0 result in Munich and a five-goal thriller in Bremen. Spare a thought for reporters, commentators and editors everywhere...

bundesliga.com attempts to recap how a crazy 142-second spell panned out...

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 1. FC Köln

Gladbach were up against not just the side with the second-best away record in the league but also their local rivals in a derby that is one of the biggest in Bundesliga history. After an end-to-end game against Köln, Granit Xhaka popped up just past the 90-minute mark to head in the winning goal, but more drama was to follow...

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 VfB Stuttgart

All of 20 seconds later in another clash between two neighbours, Hoffenheim's Sebastian Rudy finished calmly past Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich to send the home fans - and coach Markus Gisdol - wild with jubilation. It was the home side's first win of 2015 and the scenes at full time were predictably manic.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4-5 VfL Wolfsburg

Saving the best for last, Germany's top flight then offered the most dramatic end to the afternoon's action. Bas Dost put the seal on a match for the ages by scoring his fourth (!) goal with literally the last kick of the game to help VfL Wolfsburg edge out Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5-4 (FIVE GOALS to FOUR).