FC Bayern München started the year as they mean to go on in Hamburg on Matchday 18. - © © gettyimages
FC Bayern München started the year as they mean to go on in Hamburg on Matchday 18. - © © gettyimages
Bundesliga

The Essentials: Matchday 18

After a month of thumb twiddling, Bundesliga fans were treated to a real spectacle from start to finish on Matchday 18.

bundesliga.com reviews a captivating start to the year in Germany's top flight.

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Bayern set the tone

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Lewy tots up tally

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Dortmund flex muscle

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Mkhi magic

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Leverkusen stumble

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Hertha consolidate third

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Stuttgart rewired

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Surpassing expectations

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Vintage Meier

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No stopping evergreen Pizarro