Things tightened up at the top and the bottom of the Bundesliga on Matchday 11, with FC Bayern München dropping their first points of the season and Borussia Dortmund taking full advantage.
Allow bundesliga.com to keep you up to date with all the latest Bundesliga news after another defining weekend of Bundesliga action.
Matchday 11 results
Friday 30 October
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 FC Bayern München
Saturday 31 October
FC Schalke 04 1-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
FC Augsburg 3-3 1. FSV Mainz 05
SV Werder Bremen 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
1. FC Köln 0-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Hertha Berlin 1-4 Borussia Mönchengladbach
VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Sunday 1 November
VfB Stuttgart 2-0 SV Darmstadt 98
Hamburger SV 2-1 Hannover 96
Monday 2 November
That's all from us from Matchday 11. Be sure to join us again as we build up to Matchday 12 which features the mouthwatering, bone-juddering derbies on the Rhine and the Ruhr.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK Who is your choice for the standout star of Matchday 11 and why? pic.twitter.com/tdAuRWLnxS— Bundesliga (@Bundesliga_EN) November 2, 2015
Traore loving life under Schubert
As well as discussing the Juventus game, Gladbach winger Ibrahima Traore has been busy singing Schubert's praises...
Schubert oozing positivity
Gladbach caretaker head coach Andre Schubert sees no reason why the Foals cannot get the job done against Juventus in tomorrow's must-win encounter in UEFA Champions League Group D...
Schubert on injuries:
Foals gearing up
In-form Borussia Mönchengladbach are preparing for tomorrow's Champions League clash with Juventus.
Bayern 'will be ready' for Arsenal clash
Bayern München stars Philipp Lahm and Robert Lewandowski, meanwhile, went face to face with the assembled media at the club's Säbener Straße training compound ahead of the Bundesliga leaders' group game at home to Arsenal FC in the Champions League on Wednesday:
The Wolves have landed...
...in Eindhoven ahead of their Champions League clash with PSV on Tuesday.
It is the week leading up to the Revierderby and Schalke appear to be drumming up support for Sunday's trip to Dortmund.
Gone but not forgotten
Lucien Favre guided Borussia Mönchengladbach to third in the Bundesliga and a place in the Champions League last season, and he will not be forgotten by the Foals, especially not on his birthday!
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Wolves ready for take-off
More from the Wolfsburg party travelling to Eindhoven...
Preparing for Arsenal
Champions League football also for Bayern this week, with Arsenal paying the Allianz Arena a visit. It's not misty in Munich today, as the Bavarians look to bounce straight back from dropping their first points in the Bundesliga this season.
Good news for VfB Stuttgart the day after their morale-boosting win over SV Darmstadt 08 - Mitchell Langerak is back in training, continuing his recovery from a knee injury.
Autumn in Bremen
SV Werder Bremen are wishing their fans a nice start to the week, posting this picture of a very autumnal Weser Stadion.
It is another week of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League action, with VfL Wolfsburg the first on their travels, albeit for a relatively short trip to Eindhoven. They are heading to Holland already to prepare for Tuesday night's clash with PSV.
On the way to Eindhoven!! #ChampionsLeague— André Schürrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) November 2, 2015
That Monday feeling
Darmstadt not only have a 2-0 defeat to Stuttgart tempering their mood, they also have to try to lift their spirits despite some grey and foggy weather in Germany this morning.
There is little surprise in what the biggest story of the weekend was, with Bayern being denied an 11th straight Bundesliga victory by Eintracht Frankfurt. That in turn allowed Borussia Dortmund to narrow the gap at the top of the table to five points, and suggest that the title race may not be as one-sided as feared by many. "There are now only five points between them," said the Süddeutsche Zeitung, with the title chase starting to look that little bit more interesting.
At the other end of the table, Sunday proved to be a happy day for both VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96, who knew what was needed to take them out of the bottom three and obliged in the form of crucial victories which, according to Kicker magazine, has earned them both "a bit of air to breathe" at the bottom, With all of this weekend's results, the battle at the bottom has also intensified with even more clubs now dragged into the danger area.
Bayern may have dropped their first points of the season on Friday night, but they are still sitting pretty at the top of two tables,
DFB Cup draw
On Sunday afternoon, the draw for the last 16 of the DFB Cup took place, with three all-Bundesliga ties coming out of the hat. Click on the Tweet below to be directed to our overview of the German domestic cup competition.
Sunday, 1 November
See you tomorrow!
That's it for today! Hannover 96 wrapped up the weekend with a 2-1 victory away to Hamburger SV. We'll be back tomorrow with all the reaction from Matchday 11. Make sure you tune in!
And here are the teams for today's late game between northern rivals Hamburg and Hannover.
And we're off!
Hats off to Stuttgart's skipper, who is making his 300th appearance this afternoon. Don't forget to follow the action live on Bundesliga radio!
The line-ups are in for Stuttgart vs Darmstadt. Serey Die and Christian Gentner return for the Swabians at the Mercedes-Benz Arena this afternoon.
Future FCB star?
Might this little chap be walking out to a packed Allianz Arena in a few years time? Certainly, if Medhi Benatia has anything to do with it...
Off the mark
It was not the prettiest of games, but new Hoffenheim head coach Huub Stevens will have been happy to leave Cologne with a share of the spoils on Saturday afternoon. The point lifts the Sinsheimers above Baden-Württemberg rivals Stuttgart, but they will drop back into the bottom two if the Swabians avoid defeat against Darmstadt.
Darmstadt are in the building
Not long now until the first of today's two Bundesliga matches gets underway in Stuttgart...
Bring on Juventus
After Gladbach's sixth straight Bundesliga win at the Olympiastadion on Saturday, Foals skipper Granit Xhaka has spoken about his newfound self-confidence and Tuesday's Champions League clash with the Italian champions. Click here for the interview!
Sane strikes again
Schalke starlet Leroy Sane netted his fourth league goal of the season to earn the Royal Blues a share of the spoils against Ingolstadt. We'll be bringing you an interview with the German U19 international later today, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
At the races
FC Bayern München's midfield warrior Arturo Vidal has been making the most of his day off today...
Muto saves Mainz
Everything you need to know about yesterday's game at the WWK Arena really... Want to find out what hat-trick hero Yoshinori Muto made of it all? Click here!
MUUTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 3-3 LAST KICK OF THE GAME!! #FCAM05 3-3— 1. FSV Mainz 05 (@Mainz05en) October 31, 2015
See you Tuesday!
Borussia Dortmund have been given the day off on the back of their 3-1 victory over Bremen on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel's players will be back on Tuesday, though, to prepare for their upcoming UEFA Europa League tie against Qäbälä.
In Saturday's blockbuster encounter between Wolfsburg and Leverkusen, Nicklas Bendtner netted his first goal since the 2015 Supercup to give Dieter Hecking's side a first-half lead. Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez equalised for Die Werkself, but substitute Julian Draxler scored late on to lift the Wolves up to third in the table. Unsurprisingly, we didn't have to wait long for Bendtner to take to social media after the match. Patience is a virtue, Nicklas...
Vital points at stake
After key impressive wins for Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, our attention turns to the other end of the Bundesliga table on Sunday. Struggling Stuttgart and Hannover - both desperate for points - take on Darmstadt and Hamburg respectively this afternoon. Who will emerge triumphant? Stay tuned to find out...
Saturday, 31 October
That's all folks - for now!
The action may be over for Saturday but there is plenty more in store on Sunday afternoon. Both Stuttgart and Hannover are in need of victories to help them pull away from the drop zone, but they face resilient opponents in Darmstadt and Hamburg respectively. Drama and goals are guaranteed, so make sure you check back with us tomorrow. Until then, gute Nacht!
Wolves go third
A goal from supersub Julian Draxler earned Wolfsburg a 2-1 win at home to Leverkusen, with the victory taking them above Schalke in the table. Nicklas Bendtner had opened the scoring at the Volkswagen Arena, before Javier Hernandez equalised with a well-taken header. Click here for our full report and here to see our XXL Matchday 11 picture gallery.
On the radio
Wolfsburg - Leverkusen team news
Our starting XI: Leno - Donati, Tah, Papadopoulos, Wendell - Kampl, Kramer - Bellarabi, Calhanoglu, Mehmedi - Chicharito. #WOBB04— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball) October 31, 2015
And breathe! To recap the afternoon's action, Borussia Mönchengladbach moved into the top four for the first time this season following an emphatic 4-1 win at Hertha Berlin. Borussia Dortmund also picked up three points on the road, downing SV Werder Bremen 3-1. The other big story of the day so far, meanwhile, comes from the WWK Arena, where Yoshinori Muto scored a sensational hat-trick to rescue 1. FSV Mainz 05 a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with FC Augsburg. Elsewhere, FC Ingolstadt held FC Schalke 04 to a 1-1 draw and Huub Stevens' debut in the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim hot seat ended goalless at 1. FC Köln.
Kick-off is upon us in this afternoon's early games, so our rolling bulletins here we'll be on ice until after the final whistle. Never fear, however, as you can stay up-to-date with all the latest from around the grounds on our live ticker and on the free Bundesliga app. Enjoy!
The line-ups are in for today's early kick-offs. See who's starting for your side below:
We're getting closer
Less than an hour and a half to go until today's 15:30CET/14:30GMT kick-offs get underway!
Stevens steps in
Huub Stevens takes charge of Hoffenheim for the first time at the RheinEnergieStadion this afternoon. Like Augsburg, the Sinsheimers are in deep trouble at the foot of the table and could do with a morale-boosting victory.
Three points a must
Bottom-of-the-table Augsburg are desperate for a win at home to Mainz today. They won't be able to blame the weather by the looks of things...
Where in the world...?
Remember to tune in to Werder Bremen vs Borussia Dortmund live on Bundesliga radio today (wherever you are!).
Stage is set
Hertha's Olympiastadion looking resplendent ahead of the Old Lady's meeting with Gladbach.
Die Werkself are preparing for today's blockbuster clash against the Wolves with a relaxing walk around Wolfsburg. Victory for Roger Schmidt's side would see them leapfrog Dieter Hecking's side in the table...
Ruhr district rivalry resumes
Which do you prefer?
Brandt sings Chicharito praises
For more of bundesliga.com's exclusive Julian Brandt interview ahead of today's game between Wolfsburg and Leverkusen, click here!
Expect plenty more of these as the day progresses...
Cameroonian brothers Joel and Marvin Matip face each other for the first time in there careers at the Veltins-Arena this afternoon.
Salomon Kalou's Hertha Berlin face the unenviable task of taking on Borussia Mönchengladbach this afternoon. The Foals have won their last five in the league and travel to the Olympiastadion in fine fettle, but Pal Dardai's Berliners go into the game in fifth place in the table having picked up ten points from their last five matches. This one's almost too close to call...
Lukas Hradecky and Co became the first team to take points of FC Bayern München in the league on Friday night, as Eintracht Frankfurt held the runaway leaders to a goalless draw at the Commerzbank Arena. Head over here to find out what the players and coaches made of the stalemate.
Friday, 30 October
More to come tomorrow
That concludes our rolling live coverage for the day, thanks very much for joining us. Be sure to check back in again on Saturday, as we'll have all the latest news, build-up and reaction from across Germany's top flight. Until then, good night!
Pep Guardiola's men were unable to extend their ten-game winning run away to Frankfurt, who put in a valiant display to take a point from a 0-0 draw. Read our full match report here, and check out the best XXL snaps of the action right here.
...and it's live!
Bayern vs Frankfurt line-ups
Don't forget to read our match preview here.
The champions have arrived in Frankfurt. Line-ups to follow shortly...
Bayer Leverkusen are on Twitter in Spanish
Matchday 11 overview
There are some outstanding fixtures this weekend.
...for Darmstadt's Luca Caldirola.
Schalke working hard
Bremen limbering up...
...although it's a tough task tomorrow when Dortmund come calling.
While Tuchel talks, his star striker and Bundesliga joint-leading scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has been taking light-hearted shots at his own team mates.
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who will pit his wits against Breitenreiter's in the Revierderby on Matchday 12, has also been in press conference action ahead of his team's MD11 encounter at SV Werder Bremen (kick-off Saturday 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
FC Schalke 04 boss Andre Breitenreiter has been speaking to the media...here's what he had to say ahead of Saturday's meeting with FC Ingolstadt 04 (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
#Breitenreiter: "We have nothing to worry about with our attack. We're creating numerous chances, it's obvious that we need to do better."— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) October 30, 2015
The Guide: MD11
No need to look to the heavens for a one-stop guide to Matchday 11, Gonzalo. We've got it covered! There's everything you need to know about what promises to be a thrilling weekend of action in the German top flight.
With Halloween bang in the middle of Matchday 11, bundesliga.com takes a look at some of the scariest moments in Bundesliga history.
Frankenstein goes to Ingolstadt
Frankenstein went to university in Ingolstadt before creating his monster...given their trip to FC Schalke 04 occurs on Halloween, the Royal Blues had better watch out.
Top game: MD 11
See how VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen match up on and off the pitch ahead of their mouthwatering encounter at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT).
Halloween in Hamburg
It seems Johan Djourou's house has some unexpected guests ahead of Halloween...the question is whether the HSV defender will be able to sleep or will he be haunted by the ghosts of 90 minutes' past following Sunday's derby with Hannover 96?
Given they were pushed to extra-time in their midweek DFB Cup win at FSV Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin's players needed a healthy dose of post-match pasta to boost their energy levels ahead of Saturday's demanding test at home to on-song Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Good morning! The excitement is building as FC Bayern München ready themselves to kick off Matchday 11 at Eintracht Frankfurt this evening (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT). We'll take you all the way to kick-off here on bundesliga.com
Thursday 29 October
With that ladies and gentleman will will bid you farewell for today. Be sure to check back in tomorrow for all the pre-match build-up ahead of FC Bayern München's trip to Eintracht Frankfurt and the eight other fixtures taking place around the grounds in Germany!
Getting the Z's in!
You'd imagine that Werder Bremen's Alejandro Galvez will be dreaming of defeating Dortmund tonight. Whether that will turn into a reality will be determined on Saturday.
Perfect pre-match meal?
Dortmund travel to Bremen on Saturday, but considering his midweek exploits Shinji Kagawa has deserved to treat himself.
Tako-yaki party with my friends!! pic.twitter.com/iecNxMyZIz— SHINJI KAGAWA / 香川真司 (@S_Kagawa0317) 29. Oktober 2015
Holger's heart of gold
He may be on the road to recovery, but Holger Badstuber always find times to send well wishes to his fans.
Schmelzer looking sharp
Borussia Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer and his significant other were dressed to the nines on Thursday afternoon.
Pep on point
Life can hard sometimes when you the head coach of one of the most successful and in-form clubs in world football. "The hardest thing for me is convincing my players that we haven’t won the DFB Cup yet, we haven’t won the Bundesliga yet and we haven’t won the Champions League yet," claimed FC Bayern boss Pep Guardiola. "I'm very pleased with our performances, but we still have to improve the minor, minor details. Perfection doesn't exist."
Eyes on the prize
There's always time for a pose in the midst of pre-match preparations.
A little rest before we're off to Bremen tomorrow! 😉 I wish you all a relaxing evening! 😊 👍 pic.twitter.com/5S9NnhJ51p— Ilkay Gündogan (@Guendogan8) October 29, 2015
Training ground bust-up?
It's unlikely that there will be as much ambiguity when it comes to FC Bayern's goalscoring exploits against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Cause for concern
Question marks remain regarding the fitness of several first-team regulars at Wolfsburg.
Training without Luiz Gustavo, Sebastian Jung, Julian Draxler, Ricardo Rodriguez & Josuha Guilavogui. pic.twitter.com/zXEgiYyXeY— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) October 29, 2015
Here is the company Lewandowski is in when doing what he does best - scoring goals.
Easier to score...
...than to remain balanced on just one leg. Just ask Robert Lewandowski (with a cheeky nudge from Arturo Vidal)
There has not been too much joy for FC Augsburg this season, but maybe a convincing DFB Cup win on Wednesday night could get their season back on track.
It's the Halloween weekend, and here's a (not really) scary picture of David Alaba - six years ago. Hasn't changed a bit, has he?
Bundesliga lab presents Aubameyang
Ever wondered what makes a goalscoring superstar? The Bundesliga lab has had a closer look and analysed Borussia Dortmund's star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. You can see the results of our investigation here.
Friday night fever in Frankfurt
The first game of the weekend comes in Frankfurt, where Armin Veh's Eintracht will be keen to show all their strength at home against a seemingly unstoppable Bayern, who are looking for an 11th straight league win this season. You can read our match preview here.
Pepped up and ready for Frankfurt
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has held his pre-match press conference, and given his team the evening off - the record champions will travel to Frankfurt on Friday. Here are some excepts from his press conference:
Of course this weekend is Halloween, and we have got plenty to put the frights up you!
Stevens up first
Huub Stevens was wasting no time settling into his new job as head coach of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, holding his pre-match press conference early on this morning. Here's what he had to say to the early-risers:
Hello, good afternoon and welcome back to our Bundesliga updates ahead of the next round of matches in the German top flight. We'll be bringing you all of the latest news as and when it happens over the course of the Halloween weekend of action in which the Bundesliga is bound to cast a spell on you!