bundesliga.com rounds up the biggest talking points from the latest round of fixtures in Germany’s top division...
He may have failed to find the back of the net at the HDI Arena, but Bayern’s leading scorer Arjen Robben was nonetheless able to set a new top-flight record on Saturday. Die Münchner’s 3-1 victory over Hannover 96 was the Dutchman’s 100th win in 126 Bundesliga appearances for the record titleholders. No other player from Germany’s top flight has reached that target in such a short space of time.
VfL Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking said before his side’s trip to FC Augsburg on Saturday that it was only "a matter of time" before someone brought the Wolves’ eleven-game unbeaten league run to an end. As it happened, die Fuggerstädter did become the first side since November to get the better of the Lower Saxony club in the Bundesliga, holding out for a 1-0 win that further dents Wolfsburg’s title challenge and keeps alive the Bavarians’ surprise push for Europe.
Last weekend’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund will live long in the memory of Schalke fans for all the wrong reasons, but Roberto Di Matteo’s side responded in the best possible manner with victory over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday. Indeed, the Royal Blues could have won by a far greater scoreline at the Veltins Arena, but goals from Christian Fuchs and Max Meyer (2) helped seal a 3-1 win which means they are now just a point behind fourth-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Much like Schalke, SV Werder Bremen bounced back from a highly disappointing result last time out with three points on Matchday 24. Die Werderaner suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to third-division outfit DSC Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Cup on Wednesday, but Viktor Skripnik’s side continued their fine league form with a 1-0 win at SC Freiburg. Bremen remain five points off a European berth, but are now level on points with seventh-place Hoffenheim in the standings.
Köln fans haven’t had an awful lot to shout about at the RheinEnergieStadion recently. Prior to the clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, the Billy Goats had scored just six times in front of their own fans this season. Their 4-2 win over the Eagles on Sunday must therefore have come as a very pleasant surprise to the home faithful, who were treated to fine strikes by Deyverson, Marcel Risse, Yuya Osako and Anthony Ujah. More importantly, though, the win lifts Köln six points clear of 16th-place SC Paderborn.
"I’ve said before that Arjen Robben will finish as the Bundesliga’s top scorer and I stick by that," said Frankfurt marksman Alexander Meier after the Eagles’ 2-1 win over Hamburger SV last weekend. With ten games of the 2014/15 campaign remaining, however, the 32-year-old marksman has once again leapfrogged the Dutchman at the top of the scoring charts after netting his 17th and 18th goals of the campaign in the defeat at Köln. This particular battle seems set to go right to the wire.