- Leaders Leipzig post eighth straight win.
- Bayern hot on their heels in second.
- Reus shines on return in Dortmund goal-fest.
With the festive season fast approaching some defences were in an unusually generous mood on Matchday 13, while a selection of attackers were decidedly more cold-blooded on a goal-filled weekend of action.
bundesliga.com highlights the key talking points from Matchday 13...
Lewy back on target as Bayern pressure Leipzig
Being in second place is not something FC Bayern München are used to, and it is fair to say they do not like it much. Since losing top spot on Matchday 11, the Bavarians have won both subsequent league games as they look to pressure leaders RB Leipzig into a slip-up. To that end, Robert Lewandowski's brace in Friday's win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 was a welcome sight: the Polish striker had not scored in the Bundesliga since Matchday 9. "I'm back," tweeted the 28-year-old ominously after the final whistle. Matters, it seems, are coming to a head for the clash between Carlo Ancelotti's men and Leipzig on Matchday 16.
Watch: Lewandowski on Bayern's win in Mainz:
Rolls Reus purrs through the gears on comeback
Making his first Bundesliga start this season since recovering from injury, Marco Reus reminded Borussia Dortmund fans exactly what they had been missing. The Germany international was as menacing as ever, providing three assists – including one delightful back-heel for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – in BVB's 4-1 thrashing of Borussia Mönchengladbach. Just imagine what he can do when he is back to full match fitness…
Watch: Reus urges BVB to find consistency after win over Gladbach:
Leipzig continue to break records
Unbeaten, with more points than any other newly-promoted side ever this far into a season and on an eight-game winning run currently unmatched by any other Bundesliga club, Leipzig continue to impress. Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl praised his charges' "brilliant start […] and mentality" following their 2-1 victory at home to an in-form FC Schalke 04 outfit that had not lost since Matchday 5. The eastern German side are refusing to get carried away with their success, however, with Hasenhüttl saying the win was no more than "an important step in our development".
Watch: Leipzig forward Emil Forsberg reacts to victory over Schalke:
Hamburg off the mark at last
It was a long time coming but Hamburger SV finally have their first Bundesliga win of the season. It was a hard-fought affair away to SV Darmstadt 98, with both sides thundering into tackles in heavy traffic in midfield, but Michael Gregoritsch's early header set HSV on course for the triumph, which Matthias Ostrzolek sealed late on with his maiden Bundesliga goal. Markus Gisdol's charges are now off the foot of the table for the first time since mid-October and are on a three-game unbeaten run.
Watch: HSV midfielder Lewis Holtby on his side's first win:
Late bloomer Wagner on a roll
Having previously scored just 19 league goals between 2010 and 2015 during spells at SV Werder Bremen, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Hertha Berlin, striker Sandro Wagner is now proving to be the very definition of a late bloomer. He hit 14 in the Bundesliga for Darmstadt last season, prompting TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to secure his services over the summer. The 29-year-old continues to go from strength to strength, with his double in Saturday's 4-0 win over 1. FC Köln lifting him to seven in 2016/17, his best ever Hinrunde tally. Tall, powerful, outstanding in the air and surprisingly nimble with the ball at his feet, Wagner is a real handful and a worthy candidate for this week's #BLMVP vote.