- Leipzig top after comeback stuns Leverkusen.
- Dortmund inflict Bayern's first defeat of season.
- Köln snatch Rheinderby with last-gasp winner.
RB Leipzig go to the top of the Bundesliga while Borussia Dortmund inflict FC Bayern München's first defeat of the season, all in our round-up of a thrilling Matchday 11.
bundesliga.com wraps up the action from a gripping Matchday 11...
Two inspired substitutions helped Frankfurt turn the tables on lowly Bremen in Matchday 11's closing fixture. After Florian Grillitsch had given the Green-Whites a first-half lead, Alexander Meier stepped off the bench to level matters with only his second touch of the ball 11 minutes into the second period. Returning Bremen striker Claudio Pizarro forced a stunning save from Lukas Hradecky, before 18-year-old Bundesliga debutant Aymane Barkok curled home a dramatic winner in the final minute of normal time to send the Eagles home with the points.
Hamburg snapped a three-match losing streak thanks to a much-improved showing away to unbeaten Hoffenheim. After withstanding an early Hoffenheim storm, HSV struck against the run of play through Filip Kostic, but a goal from Steven Zuber late in the half sent the two sides in level at the break. Parity was short-lived as Sandro Wagner fired Hoffenheim ahead early in the second half, only for Nicolai Müller to equalise and rescue the rock-bottom Red Shorts a morale-boosting point.
An exceptional Dortmund display that oozed pizzazz and pluck in equal measure contributed to another spellbinding edition of Der Klassiker at the sold-out SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decided matters as early as the 11th minute for BVB as defending champions Bayern suffered their first Bundesliga defeat of the Carlo Ancelotti era.
Bragging rights on the Rhine reside with the Billy Goats after Marcel Risse’s brilliant free kick brought a pulsating derby to a dramatic conclusion. Gladbach were ahead before the break through Lars Stindl, but saves from Thomas Kessler to deny Thorgan Hazard, Mahmoud Dahoud and Ibrahima Traore would prove vital come the final whistle. Anthony Modeste was in the right place at the right time after the break, the ball cannoning in off the French striker following Jannik Vestergaard's headed clearance before Risse’s last-gasp winner clinched the three points for the visitors.
The Royal Blues’ resurgence continued with a late goal from Leon Goretzka dashing the Wolves' hopes of a first home win since Valerian Ismael was put in full-time charge at the Volkswagen Arena. It had been nip-and-tuck until, with only eight minutes left on the clock, Sead Kolasinac burst down the left flank to feed Goretzka, who lashed the ball home into the top corner. Schalke are now unbeaten in six games and will have designs on moving even further up the table.
Mainz saw off Freiburg in an entertaining clash at the OPEL Arena. The home side looked to be cruising through early goals from Niko Bungert and Yunus Malli, but Vincenzo Grifo gave Freiburg hope with a clever lob midway through the second half. Stefan Bell restored the two-goal advantage, but after Freiburg had fought back again through Nils Petersen, Karim Onisiwo sealed the deal for the Zero-Fivers deep into stoppage time.
Defences held sway in a tight encounter, with Hertha’s USMNT defender John Brooks in imperious form. He denied Dong-Won Ji with a last-gasp interception in the opening minutes and marshaled a defence that earned a fifth clean sheet of the campaign. Augsburg were on the back foot for much of the second half, but held on for a precious points.
Maik Walpurgis’s first game in charge of Ingolstadt saw Die Schanzer snatch their first win of the season, thanks to a stunning volley from striker Moritz Hartmann. The home side could have been ahead before Ingolstadt struck, but Anis Ben-Hatira struck the bar with a free kick in the first half and missed a glorious chance from close range after the break. Hartmann’s glorious dipping shot put the visitors ahead, and a frantic closing spell saw Darmstadt goalkeeper Michael Esser going up for a corner and going close to grabbing an unlikely equaliser, but Ingolstadt held on for a much-needed win.
Leipzig’s amazing debut season in the Bundesliga went from strength to strength with a win at Leverkusen that moved them to the top of the table. They were never ahead until the closing stages, conceding an early goal through Kevin Kampl but levelling quickly after an own goal from the unlucky Julian Baumgartingler. Leverkusen retook the lead when Julian Brandt squeezed the ball home from a tight angle just before the break, and they should have gone further ahead afterwards but Hakan Calhanoglu missed his penalty kick. Emil Forsberg restored parity with a long-range strike, and Willy Orban popped up at a corner with eight minutes left to put Leipzig on top of the pile.