From Borussia Dortmund suggesting their poor form is a thing of the past to last-minute goalscoring heroics coming from the most unlikely of sources, there were plenty of talking points to emerge from the weekend action and bundesliga.com is on hand to round them all up so you don’t have to…
Unless you’re a penalty taker like ex-Hamburger SV, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Bayern No1 Hans-Jörg Butt, scoring goals as a keeper is a once-in-a-career moment, if that. For FC Augsburg’s shot-stopper Marwin Hitz (2nd l.), his headline-grabbing, last-gasp equaliser couldn’t have come at a better time as his right-footed finish on the turn in the 94th minute rescued the Fuggerstädter a vital share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Leverkusen. Even sweeper keeper Manuel Neuer must be jealous!
On Matchday 21 it was Bas Dost who broke Bayer 04 hearts, scoring four in Wolfsburg's 5-4 win. This weekend it was the aforementioned Hitz who rubbed salt in the open wound, as the Werkself dropped points courtesy of conceding a goal in injury time for the second week in a row. Five points from five in the Rückrunde does not represent the form of a top-four hopeful and another knock of confidence will have done Roger Schmidt’s men no favours ahead of hosting Club Atletico de Madrid.
Borussia Dortmund’s goalscoring issues have been well and truly put to bed. BVB had only broken the three-goal mark twice in 2014/15 coming into Matchday 20, but have since scored at least three in three consecutive victories - a season first - thanks in large part to the blistering form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese striker has notched four goals in his last three outings, most recently against VfB Stuttgart, and is now Jürgen Klopp’s undisputed first-choice striker.
After stuttering into the second half of the season, Bayern München appear to be back to their unbeatable and uncompromising best, as Hamburger SV, and now SC Paderborn 07, can attest to. The league rookies were on the receiving end of a 6-0 drubbing on Matchday 22 as Robert Lewandowski scored in successive league games for the first time since joining Bayern in the summer. The league leaders have now struck more goals in their last three games (16) than HSV have all season (15).
Eight goals in eight days, including in the UEFA Europa League, nine goals in five Bundesliga Rückrunde matches, and ten in his last six Bundesliga matches all said - to say Dost is on fire would be an understatement. Wolfsburg's Dutch destroyer has opened the scoring inside ten minutes in four out of five matches for Wolfsburg since the winter break, helping them pick up 13 out of a possible 15 points in 2015, including three against Hertha Berlin on Matchday 22.
Football experts often muse about the impact changing head coaches can have on a side, contrasting stability and continuity against fresh ideas and perspectives in the search for success. However, a curious trend gripping Germany’s top flight seems to suggest the latter is true with all six newly-introduced head coaches this season picking up positive results (5W 1D), including 1. FSV Mainz 05’s Martin Schmidt who guided his side to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on the weekend.