Cologne - Borussia Mönchengladbach became the first team to beat FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena this season as Raffael's double gave the Foals a shock victory in Matchday 26's curtain-closer.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund continued their recent revival, bottom-of-the-table VfB Stuttgart recorded their first win since Matchday 16 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen saw off fellow Champions League aspirants FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen.

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MATCHDAY 26 FIXTURES

Friday 20 March
Hamburger SV 0-1 Hertha Berlin

Saturday 21 March
Hannover 96 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
VfB Stuttgart 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
SC Freiburg 2-0 FC Augsburg
SC Paderborn 07 0-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1. FC Köln 1-1 SV Werder Bremen
FC Schalke 04 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Sunday 22 March
1. FSV Mainz 05 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
FC Bayern München 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Monday 23 March

Click on the following link to find out what the Bundesliga head coaches made of their teams' respective displays on Matchday 26. Lucien Favre in particular had a lot to say after the Foals' astonishing display at the Allianz Arena on Sunday afternoon...

Bad news on the injury front for FC Augsburg, as centre-back Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker (r.) has been ruled out for several weeks with an ankle injury sustained against SC Freiburg on Saturday. "It's a bitter blow, but I'm looking forward and hoping to recover as quickly as possible," Callsen-Bracker told the club's official website on Monday.

If you're a fan of facts and figures, our statistical review will be right up your alley. Find out how which personal milestone Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set in Hanover, how many minutes Paderborn have gone without finding the back of the net, and much, much more besides!

The Süddeutsche Zeitung focuses on HSV's current plight, claiming Zinnbauer 'failed to get his message across' to his players during his ill-fated tenure at the Imtech Arena.

Bild, meanwhile, claims that Manuel Neuer is 'cursed' against Gladbach, highlighting previous errors by the 28-year-old against the Foals during his time as a Schalke player.

Interim Hamburger SV head coach Peter Knäbel is facing the media for the first time since being appointed as Joe Zinnbauer's replacement on Sunday. "It's been a difficult few days leading up to the decision, but I would like to thank the board for the faith they've shown in me," said the sporting director. "We're going to train hard over the coming days and use the international break to get some of our injured players back up to speed."

Gladbach's win in Munich may have grabbed all the headlines on Sunday, but Mainz's 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg earlier in the day could prove significant at both ends of the domestic spectrum. The draw not only eases the carnival club's relegation fears, but also cuts Bayern's lead over the second-placed Wolves to 'just' ten points. Clutching at straws? That lead could be reduced to seven points on Matchday 27, when Wolfsburg host Stuttgart and Bayern travel to Dortmund. Check out the players' post-match thoughts here.

The international break could hardly have come at a better time for Bayern, with Arjen Robben set for a spell on the sidelines after straining an abdominal muscle at the Allianz Arena on Sunday evening. The Dutchman joins fellow winger Franck Ribery on the Bavarians' injury list - which could spell danger for Pep Guardiola's side going into the final stretch of the campaign.

For extended post-match interviews and highlights of all the weekend's matches, make sure you head over to our WATCH page post-haste.

News of yet another two-year contract extension, this time at 1. FC Köln, where Polish defender Pawel Olkowski has signed a new deal until 2019. Olkowski has played a key role in re-establishing the Billy Goats as a top-flight side this season, making 25 appearances and chipping in with two goals.

SC Paderborn attacker Süleyman Koc has committed his future to the East Westphalian club by signing a new two-year extension to his current contract, which was duo to expire in 2016. The Berlin native has made 22 appearances for the Bundesliga strugglers this season, scoring his only goal of the campaign against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 7.

Gladbach full-back Oscar Wendt spoke exclusively to bundesliga.com after the Foals' victory in Munich yesterday. "We knew that this would be a game where we wouldn’t see as much of the ball as we’re used to," said the Sweden international. "But we accepted that, took the challenge on in defence and we knew that when we got the ball we had the quality and speed to create something." Click here for the full interview.

If you happened to miss any of the weekend's action, head over here for a round-up of the weekend's big stories. Apart from Gladbach's surprise win at Bayern, Leverkusen gained three valuable points in the race for the Champions League, while Hamburger SV are searching for a new head coach once again.

Sunday 22 March

We'll leave you with some post-match reaction to get your teeth into. Click on the following links to hear the players' views from today's matches in Mainz and Munich. We'll be back on Monday with more reaction to a rollercoaster weekend in Germany's top flight. Bis dann!

There aren't many teams that leave the Allianz Arena all three points in the bag, but Borussia Mönchengladbach became the latest side to achieve that particular feat on Sunday afternoon. Lucien Favre's Foals beat FC Bayern 2-0 in Munich and could even have won by a greater margin, had Manuel Neuer not spared his side's blushes with saves from Andre Hahn and Max Kruse. Gladbach's victory consolidates their position in third and cuts Bayern's lead over Wolfsburg to ten points.

An entertaining, end-to-end affair at the Coface Arena between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and VfL Wolfsburg ended with the spoils shared. Niko Bungert gave the rampant hosts an early lead, but Luiz Gustavo scored a second-half equaliser. bundesliga.com's match report is here.

Elsewhere, don't forget that you can listen to Bayern's clash with Gladbach right now on Bundesliga radio - just follow this link!

Saturday 21 March

Time to bid you all a fond farewell. Don't fret, though, as we'll be back early on Sunday with all the build-up to 1. FSV Mainz 05 vs. VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern München's much-anticipated clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Gute Nacht to you all!

Click on the links below to read the players' views on Saturday's matches from the HDI Arena, the Mercedes-Benz Arena and the Veltins Arena.

Hannover 96 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
VfB Stuttgart 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Schalke 04 0-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Can't get yourself in front of television? Struggling to find a reliable stream? Well fear not, bundesliga.com has got you covered as FC Schalke 04 vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be broadcast LIVE on Bundesliga radio! So tune in to follow the action by clicking here. Alternatively @BL_Live_EN will be keeping the Twittersphere abreast of proceedings.

For fans of FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen trying to tune in to see their sides' showdown in Saturday's evening top game, find out which of your local television broadcasters will be beaming the match onto your tele boxes by clicking here.

MATCHDAY!

Enjoy the action and join us again post-match for all the reaction to the afternoon action and the team news ahead of Saturday's top game between FC Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen!

To stay bang up-to-date with all the action there are three options. Either follow the minute-by-minute coverage on our LIVE Twitter account, @BL_Live_EN, or alternatively on bundesliga.com's LIVE ticker! The choice is up to you, but make sure to tweet in your opinions to @Bundesliga_EN as well!

Watching the Bundesliga from abroad? Not sure which channel is covering the most-exciting league in the world in your country? Well have no fear, bundesliga.com has got you covered! Discover your local television broadcaster by clicking here.

With his side facing off against Stuttgart later this afternoon, Eintracht Frankfurt's Alexander Meier, the current Bundesliga top scorer, spoke exclusively to bundesliga.com about the race for the Torjägerkanone, his side's away form and his favoured position under coach Thomas Schaaf. You can read the interview here.

Butt caught out

If you've never seen this golden moment from a Schalke-Leverkusen clash in the 2003/04 season, then you're in for a treat...

Nine-goal thriller

Remember what happened when Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart faced off on Matchday 9 of the current campaign?

Hertha Berlin's Sebastian Langkamp was absolutely delighted to get off the mark in Friday's last-gasp win over fellow strugglers Hamburger SV. Check out our post-match quotes page for more reaction from both camps.

is in line to make his ninth appearance in an FC Augsburg shirt away to SC Freiburg later today. The FC Bayern München loanee says he's been overwhelmed by the support he's received at the SGL Arena and admits the whole club are "champing at the bit" to play in Europe next season.

Friday 20 March

Dramatic start to the weekend

That's all folks...for tonight at least. We've kicked off Matchday 26 with a last-gasp one-goal victory, but there are sure to be more Bundesliga balls hitting the back of the net this weekend. Don't forget you can read all the relevant previews by clicking on the fixtures above. For now though, we bid you good night.

Sebastian Langkamp's first ever goal for Hertha Berlin made all the difference on Friday night as the centre-back's 83rd-minute header saw the capital city side snatch a 1-0 win over ten-man Hamburger SV. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive match report and here for the best pictures.

To stay bang up-to-date with all the action there are three options. Either follow the minute-by-minute coverage on our LIVE Twitter account, @BL_Live_EN, or alternatively on either bundesliga.com's LIVE ticker or the TuneIn radio stream! The choice is up to you, but make sure to tweet in your opinions to @Bundesliga_EN as well!

Watching the Bundesliga from abroad? Not sure which channel is covering the most-exciting league in the world in your country? Well have no fear, bundesliga.com has got you covered! Discover your local television broadcaster by clicking here.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Co. were left frustrated at the end of a 1-0 loss to the Werkself on Matchday 9 earlier this season and will be keen to right the wrongs as they look to draw level on points with their top four rivals when they face off on Saturday evening. Click here to read bundesliga.com's exclusive preview.

While Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart vs. Eintracht Frankfurt will be beamed around the world, the three remaining games on Saturday afternoon should not be overlooked with plenty to play for at the top and bottom of the standings. Click here to get the pre-match lowdown...

Or if video previews are more your thing then bundesliga.com has all the bases covered. Click here for a unique look ahead to the five clashes that could prove pivotal in determining the fates of the sides involved..

Find out what FC Schalke 04 head coach Roberto Di Matteo had to say in the pre-match press conference held ahead of his side's clash with fellow UEFA Champions League aspirants Bayer 04 Leverkusen by clicking here.

Set to host high-flying VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday, 1. FSV Mainz 05 head coach Martin Schmidt, who will be without Jonas Hofmann, Jairo Sampeiro and Todor Nedelev, has outlined what he expected to see from his side against the Wolves: "Our passion must ensure that it's no fun at all to play against us."

There is more than a measure of urgency in VfB Stuttgart's quest for points, which continues when they face Eintracht Frankfurt this Saturday. Click here to read our match preview for a potentially pivotal game for the struggling Swabians and also their guests, who still harbour ambitions of a different kind.

Click here for our preview of Dortmund's trip to Hannover on Saturday. Die Schwarz-Gelben will be hoping to get back on track at the HDI Arena after a three-game winless run, while Tayfun Korkut's (l.) side are looking to register their first win in the league since December.

Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has also been talking to the media after the Wolves drew SSC Napoli in the last eight of the Europa League:

"Napoli are fourth in Italy and therefore in better form than Inter Milan. Benitez is very experienced and the atmosphere will be great in Napoli [for the return leg]. Playing at home first is an advantage."

...and Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gündogan (l.) returns for the first time since August 2013. A long-term injury meant the BVB star missed the FIFA World Cup, much like FC Bayern's Holger Badstuber, who will join him in facing Australia and Georgia at the end of the month. The full squad announcement can be found .

"We need to focus on improving our weaknesses, but mustn't forget about our strengths.

"Despite what everyone's been saying about our shortcomings, we're actually in a better position than many predicted at the start of the campaign."

Thomas Schaaf, speaking ahead of Frankfurt's trip to Stuttgart on Saturday: "We have trained well and are well prepared. [Carlos] Zambrano and [Stefan] Aigner will both be involved.

"We need stick to our gameplan in Stuttgart, from the first minute to the last."

Saturday's late game comes from the Veltins Arena (let's hope the fog has lifted by then), where Schalke 04 host fellow European hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen. Just three points separate die Werkself in fourth and Roberto Di Matteo's Royal Blues in fifth, but with third-place Gladbach travelling to Bayern on Sunday, this could be a good opportunity to make up ground on the automatic Champions League places. Bayer could even leapfrog the Foals if results go their way.

It's been a disappointing few days for Schalke's bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund, who were knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus FC on Wednesday. Jürgen Klopp's (r.) charges go into Saturday's clash with Hannover having failed to score in either of their last two league games. If BVB still harbour any hopes of getting into Europe this season, this is surely a must-win game.

Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Thomas Schaaf is holding his pre-match press conference at 12:00 CET today. The Eagles travel to beleaguered VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, who currently prop up the Bundesliga standings and have only won once at home all season. We'll be bringing you all the team news and views from that presser later on.

First up, though, we'd like to point you in the direction of today's Matchday 26 opener between Hamburger SV and Hertha Berlin, which kicks off at 20:30 CET. Both teams are in desperate need of points as they look to clamber away from the drop zone, but who will emerge triumphant tonight? Tune in to Bundesliga radio or your local broadcaster to find out!

What a day we have in store for you, folks! Plenty more pre-match press conferences to look forward to, as well as the draw for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League quarter finals! Stay tuned.

Thursday 19 March

Bis morgen!

That concludes our live coverage for the day, but fear not: we'll be back bright and early on Friday morning to continue bringing you all the latest news, build-up, pictures and information ahead of the Matchday 26 kick-off. Good night!

Keen for the full Bundesliga experience but can't make it to the stadium? The next best thing is to watch it live on television and six games will be broadcast around the world this weekend. Find out which ones, and where you can watch them, by clicking here.

In addition to getting all your Bundesliga matchday info right here, you can tune in to games live on the Bundesliga radio too. Hamburg versus Hertha, Schalke versus Leverkusen and Bayern versus Gladbach are the matches being transmitted this weekend. Click here for more information.

One of the more intriguing sub-plots to the Matchday 26 schedule is the number of fixtures involving teams in the lower half of the table hosting sides from the upper half. There are five such encounters over the course of the weekend, and we've put together this handy infographic to give you an idea of what to expect.

FC Bayern teaser

In fine form at present and set to feature in the UEFA Europa League tonight before taking on 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday, VfL Wolfsburg's versatile winger Vieirinha has been given a boost of confidence after being named in Fernando Santos' Portugal squad for the upcoming EURO 2018 qualifier with Serbia.

Having netted just 16 times in 25 outings so far this season, the potential return of the club's top scorer from the previous campaign this weekend couldn't come at a better time. "The chances of Pierre-Michel Lasogga featuring against Hertha are good," claimed head coach Josef Zinnbauer.

Josef Zinnbauer on Hamburg's Friday night clash with Hertha Berlin:

Despite having to cope with several injury problems, we're been solid at the back. The fans have honored that. We trust the fans and they trust us. Hertha keep things compact and like to break on the counter. It will be a hard game and anything but a cakewalk. We'll give everything to take three points."

It's fair to say that time is running out for Huub Stevens and his VfB Stuttgart troops. The Swabians, who were beaten 4-0 by Bayer Leverkusen last time out, trail 16th-place SC Paderborn by three points going into Saturday's home clash with Frankfurt. The Eagles have failed to win away from home since Matchday 12, however.

VfB Stuttgart head coach Huub Stevens, speaking ahead of the Swabians' match with Eintracht Frankfurt:

"The support from our fans has been great. It's important for the players as well. Every match is important - we want to get three points from every game we play. We need to get points on the board as quickly as possible."

Japan head coach Vahid Halilhodzic has called up for the Samurai Blue's upcoming friendlies against Tunisia and Uzbekistan. Find out which German top-flight stars have made the grade by clicking on the link above! And yes, Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki (l.) has been selected.

Marcel Schmelzer has been ruled out until after the upcoming international break after picking up a knee injury in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 defeat to Juventus on Wednesday evening. The full back is hoping to be back in time for the Matchday 27 clash between BVB and FC Bayern München in the latest instalment of der Klassiker. Schmelzer has made 14 league appearances for Jürgen Klopp's side this season.

"Matija Nastasic has trained well today - he'll be fine for Saturday. Choupo-Moting is doubtful and the Leverkusen game comes too soon for Ralf Fährmann."

Goalkeeper Fährmann has been out of action since picking up a cruciate knee ligament strain in January.

Roberto Di Matteo, speaking ahead of Schalke's clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday evening:

"I think you can describe this game as a 'six-pointer'. We're playing at home and are confident of getting a good result.

"Wellenreuther will keep his place in goal. I made a decision [to play him in recent matches] and I'm sticking by that decision."

Dortmund's visit to Hannover in the 2013/14 campaign produced one of the goals of the season from Robert Lewandowski, as well as standout performances from several other BVB players...

"Artur Sobiech is definitely out, he's still having a few problems with his medial ligament. Christian Pander is also still missing, and Kenan Karaman is out due to illness. The return of [club captain] Lars Stindl will help us against Dortmund, though."

Klopp: "The players who played well against Schalke need to do so on a more regular basis!"

Klopp's Dortmund beat bitter rivals Schalke 3-0 in the Revierderby on Matchday 23, but have failed to win any of their last four games in all competitions.

"We haven't yet ruled out Marcel Schmelzer, but there's no chance of Nuri Sahin making an appearance.

"We've been making wrong decisions at the wrong times. We have to make sure that when spaces become available, we behave in the right way."

Jürgen Klopp, speaking after Dortmund's loss to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday:

"Our main priority is the league now, although that doesn't mean that we don't want to progress in the DFB Cup."

To get you in the mood for Sunday's mouthwatering clash between league leaders FC Bayern and third-place Mönchengladbach, bundesliga.com has compiled a handy infographic with some of the most intriguing facts and figures pertaining to the encounter in Munich. Click on the link above to take a look!

Hertha coach Pal Dardai is confident of getting a positive result at the Imtech Arena on Friday, despite the capital club's dismal away record this season. "It's been a short week, but we're mentally and physically prepared for the game on Friday evening, that's the most important thing," said the Hungarian at his pre-match press conference. "Getting the three points is what counts, everything else doesn't interest me."