Scroll down to relive all the build-up and reaction from an exciting Matchday 22 in the Bundesliga.
MATCHDAY 22 RESULTS
Friday 20 February
VfB Stuttgart 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
Saturday 21 February
1. FC Köln 1-1 Hannover 96
SC Paderborn 07 0-6 FC Bayern München
FC Augsburg 2-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1. FSV Mainz 05 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Schalke 04 1-1 SV Werder Bremen
SC Freiburg 1-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Sunday 22 February
Hamburger SV 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Monday 23 February
Thanks and bis bald!
We'll be back with a fresh round of matchday bulletins on Friday as we build up to what promises to be yet another breathtaking set of fixtures in the Bundesliga, with Borussia Dortmund hosting arch rivals Schalke 04 in the Revierderby on Saturday and in-form duo Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg going toe-to-toe at the Weser-Stadion a day later.
Before, though, bundesliga.com will of course be keeping you up to date with everything that's moving and shaking in the German top flight right here.
Borussia Mönchengladbach have completed the permanent signing of Belgian youngster Thorgan Hazard on a contract until 2020. The 21-year-old, who has scored once and provided five assists in all competitions this season, had been on loan at the club from English Premier League leaders Chelsea FC, but put pen to paper on a five-year deal on Monday afternoon.
Click here to find out what the Bundesliga's head coaches made of their teams' respective performances on Matchday 22. SC Paderborn boss Andre Breitenreiter was full of praise for his opposite number Pep Guardiola, despite the East Westphalian minnows' 6-0 defeat at the hands of the record titleholders.
Schalke's injury woes show no sign of abating after defender Joel Matip was ruled out for at least two weeks with a hamstring injury. The Cameroon international is now certain to miss Matchday 23's Revierderby against bitter rivals Dortmund.
It's all kicking off in Bundesliga 2 today: Fortuna Düsseldorf have relieved head coach Oliver Reck of his duties following Sunday's 3-1 defeat to fellow promotion hopefuls 1. FC Nürnberg. The club have won just three of their last ten league matches and are currently six points adrift of the automatic relegation places. Taskin Aksoy has been put in temporary charge of the club.
Indeed it is Nicklas, indeed it is!
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Don't forget to get involved in our usual post-match polls on bundesliga.com! The three Player of the Week candidates this week are Arjen Robben, Marwin Hitz (l.) and Bas Dost, while Augsburg's goalscoring goalkeeper also features in our Goal of the Week ballot. Cast your votes on our Home and Fanzone pages. If you missed any of the action, head over to our Watch for highlights of all the weekend's matches and much, much more!
Bayern skipper Philipp Lahm has been kicking a ball for the first time since breaking his ankle last year. The 31-year-old was seen with a ball at his feet at the record titleholders' Säbener Straße complex this morning. Former Germany captain Lahm recently returned to light training after undergoing surgery on his ankle in November.
Wolfsburg are beginning to establish themselves as die zweite Macht im Deutschen Fußball - the second power in German football - according to die Süddeutsche Zeitung. The Wolves now boast a ten-point gap over third-place Borussia Mönchengladbach, and the article goes on to say that Dieter Hecking's side can already start planning for Champions League football next season. It would take a monumental drop in form for Wolfsburg to miss out now...
"This is what you get for rescuing a draw at the Schalke..." Werder Bremen players took lactate tests at their training ground earlier this morning.
Marco Reus has praised Dortmund for the way they've clawed themselves out of trouble in recent weeks. BVB's 3-2 success at Stuttgart was their third straight league win - the first time they've achieved such a feat this season. "The calmness BVB has exuded, both within the club and outside, shows the strength of the team," Reus, who recently signed a new contract with his boyhood side, told kicker magazine. "Nobody was running around like headless chickens and coming out with silly statements. Borussia Dortmund didn't panic."
More on the news that Greuther Fürth have parted ways with Frank Kramer. The Clover Leaves have appointed former boss Mike Büskens as Kramer's replacement on a contract until the end of the current campaign. "We thank Frank for his exemplary commitment," said Fürth president Helmut Hack.
BREAKING NEWS: Bundesliga 2 outfit Greuther Fürth have parted company with head coach Frank Kramer. We'll bring you more on that as soon as we can.
Branimir Hrgota's (c.) Borussia Mönchengladbach looked to be heading to a 1-0 defeat to lowly Hamburger SV, but the young Swedish striker sent a powerful header beyond Jaroslav Drobny in second-half stoppage time to rescue a point for the Foals at the Imtech Arena. Head over here for the post-match quotes...
The secret behind Dost's recent surge up the scoring charts? "Quality and a bit of luck", according to the man himself, who continued his fine form in Wolfsburg's 2-1 win over the capital club. Find out here what Dost, his Wolves' colleagues and the Hertha players made of Sunday's late game at the Volkswagen Arena.
Bas Dost to win the 2014/15 Torjägerkanone? You'd have got decent odds on that at the beginning of January, but Wolfsburg's very own flying Dutchman now has 11 league goals this season after his latest brace against Hertha Berlin on Sunday evening. Only Frankfurt's Alexander Meier and FC Bayern winger Arjen Robben have more. More importantly for Wolfsburg fans, their side are now 12 points clear of fourth-place Schalke in the race for a Champions League spot.
Sunday 22 February
Three points for Wolfsburg, HSV and Gladbach share spoils
Did you enjoy the latest edition of the Dost show? We certainly did - the Dutchman scored his tenth and eleventh goals of the season in Wolfsburg's 2-1 victory over Hertha Berlin, while Branimir Hrgota's last-minute equaliser salvaged a point for Borussia Mönchengladbach at Hamburger SV. Join us tomorrow for reaction from those games and the other seven Matchday 22 encounters. Bis dann!
Marwin Hitz couldn't hide his delight following his late equaliser against Bayer Leverkusen at the SGL Arena. Speaking to the assembled media after the game, the 27-year-old custodian says he's already thinking about how to celebrate his next goal. One at a time, Marwin, one at a time... Read the full interview here.
Many players would settle for being top of the goalscoring charts at this stage of the season, particularly if that player's club is top of the domestic standings and in the last 16 of the Champions League, but not Arjen Robben. The Dutchman notched his 16th goal of the campaign in Saturday's rout of SC Paderborn, but feels he can play an even more important role in FC Bayern's campaign. Follow the link to find out what else the 31-year-old had to say.
In case you missed it: here's Marwin Hitz's last-minute equaliser for Augsburg against Leverkusen on Saturday...
Bremen's five-game winning streak may have come to an end at the Veltins Arena on Saturday, but a 1-1 draw at Schalke is a respectable result for Viktor Skripnik's in-form side. The point consolidates Werder's position in eighth place, two points ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt (who were beaten 3-1 at Mainz) and level on points with seventh-place Hoffenheim (who were held to a 1-1 draw at Freiburg). Recap the action right here.
Click on the links below to read what the players made of yesterday's games at the Benteler-Arena, the SGL Arena and the RheinEnergieStadion:
Paderborn 0-6 FC Bayern
Augsburg 2-2 Leverkusen
Köln 1-1 Hannover
Hertha Berlin, be very afraid... the capital club face the unenviable task of trying to keep free-scoring Bas Dost (r.) quiet when they travel to the Volkswagen Arena to take on Wolfsburg this evening. Dost, who has scored nine goals in all competitions since the start of the Rückrunde will be confident of continuing his fine run of form against Pal Dardai's struggling side, who sit in the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 22's final encounter.
Hamburger SV welcome third-place Borussia Mönchengladbach to the Imtech Arena in Sunday's first clash. Having lost 8-0 to FC Bayern on Matchday 22, HSV have a lot of making up to do when they take on the Foals this afternoon. Lucien Favre's side, meanwhile, could move four points clear of fourth-place FC Schalke 04 if they beat the Red Shorts today. Head over here for our preview...
Bundesliga fans - and supporters of FC Augsburg in particular - are probably pinching themselves this morning, but yes, goalkeeper Marwin Hitz really did score a stoppage time equaliser against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday afternoon. The 27-year-old becomes only the third custodian in Bundesliga history to score from open play, joining Jens Lehmann and Frank Rost on that exclusive list. What surprises are in store today, I wonder?
Saturday 21 February
Thank you and bis morgen
That brings to an end our live coverage for today, but we'll be back in the morning with all the latest from the 22nd round of 2014/15 Bundesliga action!
"The draw seems a fair result, but we had the better chances to win it," says this tweet by Hoffenheim star Kevin Volland (r.) after his side's 1-1 draw at Baden-Württemberg rivals Freiburg:
Watched my team play a great game today. Now off to Munich. pic.twitter.com/ZPxbeZmKfm— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) February 21, 2015
Don't forget the multitude of methods to follow Saturday afternoon's Matchday 22 action as it happens. You can find your local TV station here, or listen to FC Bayern's trip to Paderborn live on the radio with TuneIn. If that's not enough for you, all the games will be tweeted over at @BL_Live_EN, while there's also the live ticker at the top of your page providing regular updates. There really is no excuse to miss out on your Bundesliga fix!
Aufstellung FCB/Line up: Neuer (K) - Alonso, Ribery, Lewandowski, Robben, Rafinha, Boateng, Bernat, Müller, Alaba, Badstuber | ^M.Hörwick— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) February 21, 2015
More of the same?
Bayer 04 Leverkusen haven't quite been at their scintillating best so far in 2015, but there's nothing wrong with their goal celebrations - as could be seen against VfL Wolfsburg last week. Check out this unusual 'rocket launcher' stunt below, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel. Will we see something similar in Augsburg this afternoon?
Ever wondered how FC Augsburg, a small club from Bavaria, have managed to rub shoulders with the Bundesliga's finest at the top of the league? Ahead of their clash with Leverkusen this afternoon, we spoke exclusively to FCA's Argentinian forward to find out how they do it. Click here for the full interview.
Hamburer SV have been dealt a blow ahead of their match at home to Gladbach tomorrow with the news that midfield hardman Marcelo Diaz will miss the next two months after sustaining an injury in training. Click here for more.
Mainz vs. Frankfurt isn't the only clash between local rivals on Saturday. At the Schwarzwald-Stadion, struggling SC Freiburg host Baden-Württemberg rivals TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in what is set to be an emotional encounter for former Freiburg keeper Oliver Baumann (l.). The 24-year-old joined die Kraichgauer in the summer after spending four years with the Black Forest club.
In a dress rehearsal ahead of the big Rhine-Main derby this afternoon, Mainz keeper Loris Karius goes head-to-head with his opposite number from Frankfurt Kevin Trapp on EA SPORTS' FIFA 15. Click on the video below to find out who came out on top...
There's never a good time to play FC Bayern, but after the Bavarians put eight past Hamburger SV last time out, Paderborn could be forgiven for quaking in their boots ahead of die Münchener's visit to the Benteler-Arena. Interestingly, Paderborn are the only current Bundesliga side Arjen Robben (r.) has never scored against. Could that be about to change this afternoon?
Two more European hopefuls meet at the SGL Arena this afternoon. FC Augsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have not been in the best form of late - die Fuggerstädter have not won since Matchday 19, while Leverkusen have lost their last two in the league - but both sides will be keen to get their European ambitions back on track when they face each other today.
Arguably the pick of today's games comes from Gelsenkirchen, where SV Werder Bremen travel to fourth-place FC Schalke 04. Victory would lift Victor Skripnik's (l.) side, who have won their last five league games, to within two points of the Royal Blues, who themselves have started the 2014/15 Rückrunde in impressive form. Click on the link above for our preview.
Friday 20 FebruaryWe'll leave you with some post-match reaction from the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where Dortmund have continued their recent revival with victory over bottom-of-the-table Stuttgart. Join us tomorrow, when champions FC Bayern face SC Paderborn and Schalke host in-form Werder Bremen. Don't miss out! Bye for now.
Granted, it was the first match of the weekend, but Borussia Dortmund's 3-2 win over VfB Stuttgart has lifted them clear of the Bundesliga's bottom three - for the time being at least. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ilkay Gündogan and Marco Reus (r.) netted for Jürgen Klopp's side, while Florian Klein and Georg Niedermeier grabbed the goals for the struggling hosts.
BVB: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Subotic, Sokratis, Schmelzer – Sahin, Gündogan – Kampl, Kagawa, Reus – Aubameyang #vfbbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 20, 2015
1. FC Köln head coach Peter Stöger knows exactly what's on the line in Saturday's clash with Hannover 96: "It's tight at the bottom [...] A good result will be great for our confidence, but we do not want to overdramatize the situation. We were unlucky to lose against them in Hannover, so we want to get those points back."
Roberto Di Matteo has a couple of injury concerns to contend with ahead of Saturday's game against in-form SV Werder Bremen. Japanese international right-back is nursing knee and thigh complaints, while Jan Kirchhoff is suffering from an Achilles problem.
After agreeing a contract extension with Wolfsburg earlier today, right-sided specialist Vieirinha (r.) explained why he committed his future to the club: "The sporting director [Klaus Allofs] and coach [Dieter Hecking] are very important for me, they have a lot of faith in me. Also Wolfsburg are a very good project." Hecking, equally, was full of praise for the Portugal international: "Vieirinha is not just a good player, but also extremely important to the team and for our team spirit."
Dressed to kill
Here's Hertha Berlin duo John Heitinga (2nd r.) and Tolga Cigerci (r.) posing with some fans. A haircut was evidently necessary for this Sunday's trip to Wolfsburg...
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After netting nine goals in five appearances since the turn of the year, VfL Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost has been talking about the secret behind his stellar form: "I'm lucky to be starting games. You're seeing what I can do when I'm happy. I've always known I can do it [...] I have to keep it up against Hertha [on Sunday]."
VfB Stuttgart's can become the youngest player in history to reach 50 Bundesliga appearances tonight. The 18-year-old took his top-flight bow in Stuttgart colours in a 1-0 home defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 17 August 2013, with his first Bundesliga goal coming just a month later against Eintracht Frankfurt.
As ever, six must-see Bundesliga games will be broadcast live in 207 of the 209 FIFA member states on Matchday 22. As well as BVB's trip to Stuttgart, Paderborn's clash with Bayern and Wolfsburg's curtain closer at home to Hertha, you'll also be able to watch Augsburg vs. Leverkusen and Köln against Hannover 96.
We've got three cracking fixtures coming up on the Bundesliga radio this weekend, starting with revitalised Dortmund's trip to Stuttgart. Then it's over to Paderborn for the visit of league leaders FC Bayern, with coverage coming to a close as Bas Dost-inspired Wolfsburg entertain Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
Liebe Fans in China, Gong xi fa Chai und feiert schön! Happy Chinese New Year. https://t.co/7TxsYgWtas— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) February 20, 2015
Ich freue mich sehr einen 5 Jahres Vertrag unterschrieben zu haben! Auf eine gemeinsame und erfolgreiche Zukunft :) pic.twitter.com/AHi1Nb81u4— Karim Bellarabi (@KimoBellarabi) February 20, 2015
Only by sticking together and working hard for each other with Stuttgart get themselves off the bottom of the table. Huub Stevens' men have lost three of their last five games, scoring just one goal, and have not beaten Dortmund since January 2010.
The momentum would appear to be with Dortmund going into this evening's encounter with Stuttgart. BVB were 4-2 winners against 1. FSV Mainz 05 last week and have talisman Marco Reus back fit and amongst the goals. Reus also shone in this fixture last season, scoring a memorable hat-trick in a 3-2 win.