- Bayern reclaim top spot from Leipzig.
- Aubameyang reaches a century of BVB goals.
- Danny Latza netted a memorable hat-trick vs Mainz.
From a landmark goal for Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to another back-and-forth at the top of the table, there was plenty of drama on Matchday 15.
Leipzig bare teeth
RB Leipzig showed no sign of nerves against Hertha Berlin, drawing a bold-faced line under last weekend's shock defeat to FC Ingolstadt 04. The home side kept their guests pinned back for most of the match and could quite easily have walked off the pitch as winners by a greater margin than 2-0. Again, Timo Werner was more than the opposing defence could handle; he opened the scoring in the match - as he had done three times time this season already. No other player has broken the ice as often as the 20-year-old, who now has nine goals this term. Leipzig now travel to Munich to take on FC Bayern München on Matchday 16 with a chance to take top spot in the Bundesliga. If they succeed, they will be the first promoted side to top the league at the winter break since TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in 2008/09.
Watch: Leipzig's Emil Forsberg reflects on the win over Hertha:
Bayern stay top - just
Bayern will naturally be eager to prevent that happening and matters are finely poised following their hard-fought 1-0 win away to SV Darmstadt 98 on Sunday that came courtesy of a breathtaking strike from Douglas Costa. The top two are now level on 36 points, with Carlo Ancelotti's charges only ahead thanks to their superior goal difference. All of which sets things up nicely for that meeting with Leipzig on Wednesday in an encounter that pits this season's best home side against the best away team.
Ton up for Aubameyang
There is no doubting the identity of the hottest striker in the Bundesliga – and possibly Europe – right now. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser in Friday’s 2-2 draw against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was his 16th league goal in just 14 Bundesliga appearances, moving him four goals clear of his nearest challenger at the top of the scoring charts. Moreover, the strike was his 100th for Borussia in 164 appearances since he joined the club in 2013. With the last 59 of those goals coming in just 70 appearances since the start of last season, the Gabonese is in the most prolific form of his career.
Augsburg prevail in Baum's first game in charge
Despite being in 13th place heading into Matchday 15, FC Augsburg surprised many when they parted ways with coach Dirk Schuster on Tuesday. They installed youth coach Manuel Baum on an interim basis to lead the first team and he promptly got a win in his maiden outing. The 37-year-old saw FCA halt a four-match unbeaten run and should be pleased with his side's fighting qualities and the willingness to grind out a result. Incidentally, the man Baum defeated here, Andre Schubert won his first game in charge of Borussia Mönchengladbach (in September 2015) as an interim coach... against Augsburg.
Latza opens Bundesliga account in style
An unlikely story with an unlikely hero. Hamburger SV entered their match at 1. FSV Mainz 05 on the back of a four-match unbeaten run, while the home side had lost three on the trot. Danny Latza had never scored a Bundesliga goal since making his debut for FC Schalke 04 back in 2009, and had played mostly second division football in Darmstadt and Bochum in the intervening years. And now 17 December 17 2016 may well go down as 'Danny Latza Day' in Mainz as the 27-year-old busted loose with a hat-trick that brought his team back from 1-0 down to 3-1 winners. As a clearly overjoyed Latza remarked after the game: "I would have been happy with one."
Watch: Mainz's Danny Latza on his hat-trick heroics against Hamburg: