Borussia Dortmund send Borussia Mönchengladbach packing, while SV Werder Bremen celebrate a huge three points down at the bottom. Read on for a captivating Matchday 13 round-up...
RB Leipzig 2-1 FC Schalke 04
Another matchday, another win and another game unbeaten for newcomers RB Leipzig. The east German club, still undefeated in the top flight, have now won an astonishing eight games in a row and, more importantly, . Leipzig were second on goal difference heading into this game, but as has so often been the case, an early goal put them on the road to victory. Timo Werner dispatched the second-minute penalty and though Sead Kolasinac equalised for FC Schalke 04, the Bosnia-Herzegovina international then put through his own net straight after the restart. Led by the indefatigable Naby Keita – a strong contender for player of the season so far – Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men showed tremendous resilience to see out the win and once again move three points clear at the summit.
1. FSV Mainz 05 1-3 FC Bayern München
The champions were under some pressure going into the weekend’s opening match. Newcomers Leipzig were top of the standings when the Reds kicked off against 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Carlo Ancelotti was a picture of concern when Jhon Cordoba fired the 05ers into an early lead. The Bavarians responded immediately, however, with Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben – making his 150th Bundesliga appearance – scoring to turn the tables by half-time. Lewandowski then curled in a delightful third to secure an impressive win, and sensationally make it a brace on each of his last four league appearances away at Mainz. Ultimately, however, they finish the weekend in second after Leipzig's victory over Schalke.
Watch: Lewandowski credits Bayern's "courage":
VfL Wolfsburg 2-3 Hertha Berlin
VfL Wolfsburg coach Valerien Ismael made a big call in leaving Julian Draxler, Luiz Gustavo and Daniel Didavi on the bench for this one, and his gamble appeared to pay off when Spanish striker Borja Mayoral netted on his first Bundesliga start. Hertha Berlin's Marvin Plattenhardt restored parity shortly afterwards, but Paul Seguin’s goal had the home fans in buoyant mood at the break. The Berliners had only lost twice all season, however, and Alexander Esswein put them back in it at 2-2, before Seguin was sent off for a second bookable offence. The numerical disadvantage then counted against the home side, as a foul on Plattenhardt allowed Salomon Kalou to convert from the penalty spot and Hertha to take all three points back to the capital.
Watch: Hertha's Kalou pays tribute to Colombian plane crash victims:
SV Darmstadt 98 0-2 Hamburger SV
We’re yet to reach the halfway stage of the season but this was still a relegation six-pointer between SV Darmstadt 98 in 16th place and bottom side Hamburger SV. Both sides knew they could not lose this one and it showed in their nervous build-up play with few chances in the opening stages. The breakthrough, however, came after half an hour when Michael Gregoritsch converted a Filip Kostic cross. Darmstadt continued to try their luck going forward and grab an equaliser, but to no avail. The game was eventually decided in the 90th minute when Matthias Ostrzolek’s first goal in 132 Bundesliga games secured HSV’s first win of the season to move them off the bottom.