Look no further than a maiden Bundesliga hat-trick for Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Mexican ace Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez for the standout story of the weekend.
bundesliga.com had all the build-up, news and reaction from the German top tier throughout Matchday 16 - which you can re-cap below.
Matchday 16 fixtures
Friday, 11 December
1. FSV Mainz 05 0-0 VfB Stuttgart
Saturday, 12 December
FC Bayern München 2-0 FC Ingolstadt
SV Darmstadt 98 0-4 Hertha Berlin
SV Werder Bremen 1-1 1. FC Köln
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-0 Hannover 96
VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Hamburger SV
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 5-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sunday, 13 December
Sunday 13 December
That's all folks!
That brings us to the end of our live Matchday 16 coverage, thanks a lot for joining us. We'll be back later in the week with all the build-up to the final round of Bundesliga action before the winter break. Catch you then.
Big wins for BVB and FCA
Both Dortmund and Augsburg continued their recent good form by posting home wins on Sunday. Dortmund pulled nine points clear of third-place Hertha Berlin with a thumping 4-1 triumph over ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt, while Augsburg moved two points above the relegation zone with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Schalke.
A sneak peak of the gloves and boots Dortmund substitute goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller will don this evening.
Don't forget to head to our watch page for exclusive video interviews with the Bundesliga's biggest stars. This week we spoke to hat-trick hero Chicharito, Robert Lewandowski and Salomon Kalou, among others, for their thoughts on their teams' efforts. Check it out!
Late game line-ups
Dortmund host Frankfurt at home in the final match of the weekend. Here's how the sides will start:
Great impression there from the Schalke changing room!
Augsburg vs Schalke - the confirmed line-ups!
With just under an hour until kick-off, both Europa League participants have just revealed their respective first XI:
The hosts, meanwhile, will be turning up in unfamiliar kits at the WWK ARENA:
Hunter up against favourite opponents
Schalke's frontman has been enjoying some good run indeed against Augsburg. Can he do it again? Kick-off is today at 15:30CET/14:30GMT.
Köln's honorable gentleman
Fair play is alive and well in the Bundesliga. In yesterday's 1-1 draw with SV Werder Bremen, 1. FC Köln forward Yuya Osako admitted that he should not be awarded a corner, leaving the referee with no choice but to reverse his initial decision. Talk about sportsmanship!
Dortmund's global appeal
Borussia Dortmund, much like the Bundesliga as a whole, attract massive interest worldwide. Here is a reminder of when and on what channel you can watch them in action against Frankfurt on Matchday 16.
Thiago glad to be back
FC Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara made a triumphant return to first-team action against Ingolstadt yesterday. The Spain international was introduced as a second-half substitute following almost four weeks out with a knee injury, with the defending champions going on to win 2-0.
A tale of two strikers
Schalke's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and burly Augsburg forward Raul Bobadilla both make the UEFA Europa League Team of the Week after their goal-scoring heroics on Thursday night. Choupo-Moting also found the net in the Bundesliga a fortnight ago in the 1-1 draw with Leverkusen, while Bobadilla decided last weekend's trip to Köln with a postage-stamp free kick. Keep an eye on both men at the WWK Arena this afternoon. The opposition defences will certainly need to.
Bayern top the tree
FC Bayern's 2-0 win over Ingolstadt saw them crowned Herbstmeister (autumn champions) yesterday. It is only a nominal title, but they are the first team to top the mid-season standings five years in a row. Ominously, they have gone on to lift the Meisterschale on 17 of the 20 previous occasions they have finished the calendar year in pole position.
Opposite ends of the spectrum
First up on today's menu, though, is a clash between lowly Augsburg and top-four hopefuls Schalke. Both will be in the hat for tomorrow's UEFA Europa League Round of 32 draw, but will either of them be playing in Europe next season? The form books certainly favour the Royal Blues in that respect - they can go fourth with a win today - but Augsburg have far more pressing issues at the foot of the table, Markus Weinzierl's charges currently residing in the relegation play-off spot.
Eagles in a flap
Winless in their last five, Eintracht Frankfurt are in real need of a pick-me-up this afternoon. Dortmund, however, are unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga this season (W6, D1).
A valiant Ingolstadt performance in defeat to FC Bayern, a Javier Hernandez hat-trick and a rampant display by Hertha Berlin in Darmstadt all contributed to a fantastic afternoon in the Bundesliga yesterday. Expect much more of the same as Matchday 16 reaches its conclusion later this afternoon, with FC Schalke 04 travelling to Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund hosting Eintracht Frankfurt. Stay tuned!
Guten Morgen! // Good morning // ¡Buenos días! ✌️ pic.twitter.com/VN4lnA8ZhE— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball) December 13, 2015
Saturday, 12 December
Chicharito the talk of social media
What a performance from Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, the Mexican megastar with a 14-minute hat-trick in Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 5-0 demolition of Rhine neighbours Borussia Mönchengladbach. He just cannot stop scoring!
That's 15 goals for Chicharito in his last 12 games. He has 17 in 20 games since joining Bayer Leverkusen.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 12, 2015
@bayer04_en it's a delight to see the team play this way! you guys deserve the result. Also chicharito is out of this world.— alejandra (@amartp19) December 12, 2015
Don't miss a kick!
Leverkusen's clash with Gladbach is about to kick off. Listen in live on Bundesliga radio, watch on your local television broadcaster, follow the action on the live ticker or stay up-to-date with the free Bundesliga app!
The line-ups are in!
Here's how Leverkusen and Gladbach will be starting:
Following their hard-fought 2-0 victory over Ingolstadt, Pep Guardiola's charges have secured the unofficial title of "Herbstmeister" (literally "autumn champions"), meaning they are top of the table over the winter break.
The kick-offs are almost upon us, so our rolling live coverage here will be put on ice for the time being. Have no fear, however, we'll be back after full time to keep you updated with the latest from Germany's top flight. Don't forget, you can stay abreast of the afternoon's action in a number of ways:
TV: Find your local broadcaster here:
Radio: Listen live to Bayern's clash with Ingolstadt.
Web: A blow-by-blow account of the games on the live ticker.
App: Live scores, tables, top scorers - you name it, the app's got it!
Here are all the line-ups for this afternoon's Bundesliga matches:
FC Bayern line-up for #FCBFCI : Neuer - Martinez, Lewandowski, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm (c), Vidal, Müller, Badstuber, Coman, Kimmich— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 12, 2015
VfL-Start11: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Dante, Schäfer - Arnold, Guilavogui - Vieirinha, Draxler, Schürrle - Kruse pic.twitter.com/9Y6840LV0l— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) December 12, 2015
Starting XI for #Werder: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Galvez, Vestergaard, Garcia -Bargfrede, Öztunali, Fritz, Grillitsch, Bartels - Ujah.— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) December 12, 2015
Werder fans on their way in
Die Grün-Weißen play host to Köln at 15:30CET.
Why not enjoy the best goals from last weekend to get you in the mood for another thrilling Saturday?
Johan Djourou will miss this afternoon's clash in Hamburg due to illness and is already back en route to Hamburg, the club have confirmed. Rene Adler will wear the captain's armband in his stead.
Quite a carpet...
"Welcome to our living room, Ingolstadt!" reads Bayern's tweet below.
Kick-off times in your territory
The bulk of the Bundesliga action today starts in just under two hours, but here's a handy guide to when the Rhine Derby kicks off in your territory.
Javier Hernandez is keen to win #Bundesligaidol - he is in the final against Shinji Kagawa and has just called for votes via Twitter:
Por fin llego la gran final! Sigan ayudándome por favor! Gracias! The final is here! Keep helping me please! Thanks! https://t.co/96rvBqfQYE— Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) December 12, 2015
Champing at the bit
Mario Götze is looking forward to Bayern's 'last game of the calendar year at home'. It's only a few hours away now...
Do not forget to play our exciting advent calendar 'goal or no goal' competition here!
Tuchel on Frankfurt clash
"I'm expecting an Eintracht side who have recognised the severity of their situation."
Tuchel: "Ich erwarte eine Eintracht, die den Ernst der Lage erkannt hat.“ #bvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 12, 2015
"We're going to give everything and play right to our best in the next three games."
Thomas Tuchel: "Die nächsten drei Spiele werden wir Vollgas und am obersten Limit spielen.“ #bvbsge— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 12, 2015
Bayern's imposing home looks quite the sight this morning.
Tuchel press conference
The BVB coach will address the media shortly ahead of his side's clash with Frankfurt tomorrow.
Wolfsburg starlet Maximilian Arnold spoke to bundesliga.com ahead of his side's clash with Hamburg this afternoon, describing his side as a "real force at home".
This season's surprise package Hertha are in Darmstadt this afternoon - that one starts at 15:30CET.
And welcome to what should be a thrilling Saturday of Bundesliga action. Stay with bundesliga.com for the build-up, match action and reaction as it happens.