There was drama, excitement and intrigue aplenty on Matchday 16 in the year's final round of Bundesliga games.
Bayern show Leipzig who's boss
Heading into Wednesday's clash at the Allianz Arena, there was more than a little doubt that FC Bayern München, Bundesliga champions for the past four seasons, would come out on top against Leipzig. The teams were level on 36 points, with Leipzig recently enjoying an eight-match winning streak, and the watching world was prepared to see them put their relentless pressing game into practice again and give Carlo Ancelotti's men the fright of their lives. The Bavarians' response to the challenge was emphatic, however, as they raced into a three-goal lead and consolidated top spot by half-time, thanks in large part to an inspirational performance from Thiago Alcantara. Enjoying regular football after a bit-part role under Pep Guardiola, the Spaniard scored one, made another and enjoyed more than twice as many touches as any Leipzig player. Their supremacy restored, the winter break will be all that more rewarding for Bayern. For ambitious Leipzig, meanwhile, the process of reflection on a sobering defeat will have already begun.