RB Leipzig cement their place at the top of the Bundesliga, but FC Bayern München are in hot pursuit. Read on for our round-up of a captivating Matchday 12.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 1. FSV Mainz 05
Vedad Ibisevic scored twice to cancel out a debut goal from 1. FSV Mainz 05's Aaron Seydel as Hertha Berlin extended their winning run at the Olympiastadion to a club record six Bundesliga matches. Seydel's opener came against the run of play, with Ibisevic having already spurned a couple of opportunities before restoring parity in the 36th minute. The Bosnia-Herzegovina striker was celebrating again in the second half, his 100th Bundesliga goal coming shortly after Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin's sending off. Ibisevic himself received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, but Hertha held on for a win that takes them back up to third in the standings.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
In dreamland following their Bayern take-down in Der Klassiker last time out, Dortmund’s delirium was dented by Die Adler, now soaring in the standings after a solid second-half display against Die Schwarz-Gelben. Szabolcs Huszti tested visiting goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller’s reflexes before the break. The Hungarian used that saved effort to gauge his accuracy after the restart, finding a way past the custodian following Timothy Chandler’s cut-back. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moved to the top of the Bundesliga goalscoring charts when heading in his 13th of the season, a goal that brought the teams level at the Commerzbank Arena. Parity didn’t last long, however, with Haris Seferovic striking an eye-catching second to send the Eagles provisionally third in the table.
Watch: Match-winner Haris Seferovic on Frankfurt's win over Dortmund:
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Gladbach’s grand record against Hoffenheim still stands after the teams’ shared the spoils at Borussia-Park, but one defeat in nine against the south-western side will not have been the stat to appease the home fans here. Neither, now, will the fact that the Foals have remarkably taken a 1-0 lead in all nine games they have played against Julian Nagelsmann’s outfit, Mahmoud Dahoud’s first of the campaign ensuring that run continued on Matchday 12. Along with Leipzig, Hoffenheim are one of only two top-flight teams yet to lose this term, and their determination to keep that the case saw the visitors push Andre Schubert’s men back far enough for Nadiem Amiri to angle in an equaliser.
FC Ingolstadt 04 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Recently appointed Ingolstadt coach Maik Walpurgis waved goodbye to Wolfsburg wondering how his team didn’t win. That the tactician may envision goalkeeper Diego Benaglio in future bad dreams would provide a telling response. The Swiss shot-stopper saving a first-half Moritz Hartmann penalty was only half the story. Benaglio did have to pick the ball out of his net when Anthony Jung converted Hartmann’s assist, but the experienced keeper thwarted Australian Matthew Leckie what seemed a certain second. Die Schanzer’s dominance was derailed when the Wolves briefly bit back, Daniel Caligiuri’s first goal in 30 games deflecting in for the equaliser. Pascal Groß then had the chance to win it for the hosts, yet, true to form, Benaglio, the man from Ingolstadt’s nightmares, saved his side at the death.