- Aubameyang joins Modeste atop the scoring charts with four-goal salvo.
- Hoffenheim and Leipzig pose problems for Bayern, now and later...
- Kalou back in business for Hertha.
What a round of games on Matchday 10! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plundered a career-best four goals in one game before calling for the title-race to be blown open; TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig duly obliged with impressive results against FC Bayern München and 1. FSV Mainz 05, while there was an emotional return to form for Salomon Kalou in the capital.
bundesliga.com highlights some of the standout moments from around Germany over the weekend...
Cometh the hour, cometh Aubameyang
Following a run of four Bundesliga games without victory, Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said there was "no alternative but to win" away to Hamburger SV on Matchday 10. His team - and one player in particular - responded in emphatic fashion. The game was just four minutes old when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the visitors in front, and he completed his hat-trick before half an hour had even been played. The 27-year-old then added a fourth after the break - the first time he has ever scored four in a competitive game - to almost single-handedly take HSV apart in a 5-2 thrashing. The charismatic front-man is now joint-top of the league's scoring chart on 11 goals for the season so far.
Watch: Aubameyang on his goalscoring heroics in Hamburg:
Hoffenheim mean business
Aubameyang talked of blowing the title race open in his post-match interviews, and one club doing just that are TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. FC Bayern München welcomed the Sinsheim club to the Allianz Arena sporting kits made of entirely of plastic recovered from the ocean. Julian Nagelsmann’s side were in no mood for charity, though. Kerem Demirbay scored one of the goals of the season, and but for an unfortunate own goal from Steven Zuber Bayern would have suffered their first league defeat since March. Teams are struggling to work out Nagelsmann’s fluid 3-5-2 formation, and a first season of European football could be in the offing.
... so do Leipzig!
Hoffenheim haven’t looked so impressive since their maiden Bundesliga campaign in 2008 when they led the table at the winter break with Ralf Rangnick at the helm. Eight years on and 400 kilometres away, and the 58-year-old is sprinkling that same magic dust on the project at Leipzig. The eastern upstarts roared past 1. FSV Mainz 3-1 on Sunday to pull alongside Bayern on 24 points, with a brace from Timo Werner helping Leipzig become the first promoted club since MSV Duisburg in the 1997/98 season to go undefeated in their first 10 Bundesliga games. Duisburg finished eighth that season. Leipzig figure to finish significantly higher if recent form is anything to go by.
Kalou shines after dark times
It has been a difficult start to the season for Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou. In September the Cote D'Ivoire forward suffered a double personal tragedy when his father and aunt passed away in quick succession. Kalou did not play for two months as he came to terms with his tragic losses and only made his first appearance of the season on Matchday 8. However, the 31-year-old showed his resilience and scored a hat-trick in his third Bundesliga appearance of the season as Hertha beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 on Friday night. They were the first goals since April for the man who led Hertha's scoring with 14 in the league last season.
Watch: Kalou discusses his hat-trick against Gladbach:
Wolves finally bare teeth in the Black Forest
Having signed big name players such as Mario Gomez and Jakub Blaszczykowski over the summer, hopes were high among VfL Wolfsburg fans coming into the new season. Fast-forward 10 matchdays and their growl had been reduced to a whimper, with the club having dropped 21 points - as well as coach Dieter Hecking - ahead of the trip to SC Freiburg. The promoted Black Forest club had won their previous four games at the Schwarzwald-Stadion, but the Wolves were unfazed, with three-time Bundesliga champion Gomez conjuring the form of old to snatch a brace in a 3-0 win, with interim coach Valerien Ismael given the job full-time the next day.
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