The derby between Dortmund and Schalke may have taken centre stage, but there was thrilling entertainment across the Bundesliga on Matchday 12.
bundesliga.com rounds up the weekend’s biggest talking points…
Dortmund rule the Ruhr
Everything is possible. That was the mantra as Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 went head to head in the 'Mother of all derbies' on Matchday 12. The clash lived up to its billing, with Dortmund securing an exhilarating 3-2 victory at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK to claim bragging rights in one of Germany's most hotly contested derbies. Of the 147 games these teams have played against each other, Dortmund can now boast 51 victories to Schalke's 58. Die Schwarz-Gelben have a better record in the Bundesliga, however, having won 32 times to Schalke's 30.
The Hunter returns
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had not enjoyed the best of records against Dortmund prior to Sunday's derby. In ten appearances against the Royal Blues' arch-rivals, the Dutchman had found the net only twice. His fortunes changed on Matchday 12, however, as he netted a brace, scoring in Dortmund for the first time in the process. While it was not enough to earn his team any points, Schalke will be pleased that their marksman has rediscovered his scoring boots.
Stuttgart pay the price
Pep Guardiola had been in effusive in his praise of VfB Stuttgart ahead of the Swabians' visit to Munich on Saturday, saying that "both sides attack a lot so I think it will be an attractive game". That he was proved right said as much about his ability to assess opponents as Stuttgart's brave but ultimately futile attempt to match the Bavarians by pressing them high up the pitch. When Emiliano Insua was caught in possession in the Bayern half early on, the hosts countered with six men in attack to Stuttgart's one defender, Geoffroy Serey Die, whom Douglas Costa sidestepped with ease before teeing Arjen Robben for the opener. Three further goals followed and the result was sewn up by half-time, with Holger Badstuber's first appearance for 200 days completing the perfect afternoon for the Reds. Stuttgart may welcome the international break after such a heavy loss; Guardiola might wish Bayern’s next game at FC Schalke 04 would come a lot sooner than 21 November.
A star called Dominic
He would have been few people's choice as the match-winner in the Rhineland derby, but Slovenian defender Dominic Maroh proved that derbies do indeed throw up the unlikeliest headlines. During 1. FC Köln’s visit to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday, the 28-year-old scored both goals in a 2-1 win, ensuring he will never have to buy a beer in Cologne again. With the Karneval season set to start officially on Wednesday, he could hardly have timed his heroics any better.
Chicharito's run continues
For his part, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez will be hurting after his first taste of the Rhine derby ended in defeat, although Leverkusen’s Mexican megastar can take comfort in continuing to play some of the best football of a distinguished career. After two goals in his opening eight appearances, he has now scored in his last six games in a row, totalling eight in that time. No wonder he feels he’s settled in quickly.
Stevens' instant impact
Huub Stevens is well known for his penchant for defensive stability, and since pitching up at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last month, he has certainly impressed that desire on his team. After one clean sheet in their first nine games, the Sinsheimers have now recorded two shut-outs in a row. With an international break upon us, Stevens has plenty of time to hone those defensive skills before Matchday 13's trip to his former club Hertha Berlin.
Kalou has the Old Lady singing
When TSG take to the field in the capital, they will have already highlighted Salomon Kalou as the Berliners’ danger man. The Cote d'Ivoire striker's seven goals this term have helped the Old Lady shoot up the table to fourth, with his sublime hat-trick at Hannover the latest evidence of both his quality and his experience.
Schubert and Gladbach stumble
After six league wins in a row, Borussia Mönchengladbach's sensational run of form under interim coach Andre Schubert had to end sooner or later, and that it did so against FC Ingolstadt 04 was not overly surprising. Die Schanzer had kept five clean sheets in their first 11 matches and only conceded nine in total in that time. At the BORUSSIA-PARK, Ralph Hasenhüttl's charges did what they appear to do best, shutting up shop and condemning the in-form Foals to their first stalemate of the season and only their second goalless draw since September 2014.
Mainz back on song
Mainz supporters may have been slightly concerned ahead of the visit of Wolfsburg after losing three straight home games. Aided by the dismissal of Julian Draxler in the first half, however, Martin Schmidt's men returned to winning ways. The 05ers' 2-0 win was wrapped up late on by in form midfielder Yunus Malli, who set a new personal record with his seventh goal of the season.
Pizarro back among the goals
Claudio Pizarro scored his first goal in his third spell at SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 12, giving his team a 1-0 lead on their way to a 2-1 victory over FC Augsburg. It was the Peruvian's first Bundesliga goal since May 2014, but it was worth the wait: the strike lifts him to seventh in the German top-flight's all-time goalscoring rankings, equal with legends Klaus Allofs and Dieter Müller.