Goals, records and memorable debuts, the Bundesliga was once again chock full of talking points on Matchday 19.
bundesliga.com rounds up all the must-have information from the latest round of top-flight action...
Chicharito's best year in Europe
His nickname may mean 'little pea' but on Matchday 19 Javier Hernandez proved once again that he is a giant out on the pitch. The Mexican scored twice in Leverkusen's 3-0 win over Hannover 96, taking his Bundesliga tally to 13 in 16 outings and 21 in 24 competitive games for the club. The 27-year-old has therefore established a new single-season personal best since moving to Europe, beating his 20-goal haul with Manchester United in 2010/11.
Aubameyang on Gerd Müller's trail
After failing to score on Matchday 18, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was back on target at the weekend. The 2015 African Player of the Year struck a late brace in the 2-0 triumph over FC Ingolstadt 04, meaning he now has 20 Bundesliga goals this term. The last time a player achieved that at this stage of a season was FC Bayern München legend Gerd Müller back in 1976/77. Müller's single-season record of 40, set in 1971/72, is still a long way off, but Aubameyang nevertheless has it at the back of his mind: "That means I need to score another 20," he said after the Ingolstadt game. "That's a lot, but in football you never know. We shall see!"
Lewandowski on fire
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is not far behind his former Dortmund team-mate in the scoring stakes after netting another two goals in the Bavarians' 2-0 victory at home to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The Pole now has 19 this season, two more than he achieved in the entirety of the 2014/15 campaign. Indeed, the only other time two players have had 19 goals or more after 19 Matchdays was back in 1967/68. Furthermore, Lewandowski set a new league record this season by firing off 12 shots against Hoffenheim.
Gladbach's Friday night curse?
Having bounced back in style from a dreadful start to the season, Borussia Mönchengladbach are in danger of undoing their good work after losing a second straight match in 2016. The Foals missed a number of chances away to 1. FSV Mainz 05 and eventually lost 1-0. The result means they have suffered defeats in five of their last six league fixtures played on a Friday night, drawing the other. The bad news is Gladbach face SV Werder Bremen on the Matchday 20 - this coming Friday...
Pulisic makes his mark
With the score tied at 0-0 at home to Ingolstadt, Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel brought on midfielder Christian Pulisic in the 68th minute. The American was just 17 years 134 days at the time, making him the Bundesliga's eighth-youngest debutant ever. BVB went on to win 2-0, making it an afternoon to remember for the teenager. "It was great," said Pulisic afterwards. "The fans are fantastic and it was a wonderful experience. It was a special moment."
Schalke's youngsters to the fore
FC Schalke 04 may have played away to Darmstadt 98 on Saturday but their 2-0 win was very much made in Gelsenkirchen. The promoted side are notoriously difficult to break down, but homegrown talents Leroy Sane and Max Meyer, both just 20, combined for both goals, each scoring one to lift the Royal Blues up to fifth in the standings.
Evergreen Pizarro still going strong
Bremen frontman Claudio Pizarro is only just older than the combined age of the aforementioned Schalke duo, but the veteran Peruvian showed he has still got what it takes to shine in the Bundesliga. The 37-year-old scored two goals in as many minutes against Hertha Berlin to seal an unlikely comeback for the hosts in a 3-3 draw. He now has five goals this season and a total of 181 in Germany's top flight. Pizarro needs just one more to move level with Ulf Kirsten in fifth place in the Bundesliga's all-time scorers' chart.
Stuttgart on a roll
VfB Stuttgart's current league position does not show it, but the Swabians are one of the most in-form teams in the Bundesliga at present. Wayward finishing aside, Jürgen Kramny's charges were hugely impressive in their 2-1 victory over Hamburger SV on Saturday evening, recording their third win in a row and fifth successive game unbeaten. Only Bayern, Dortmund and Hertha have picked up more points in their last five games, giving Stuttgart cause for optimism in the relegation battle.
While some players tend to thrive in front of their team's home fans, Hertha forward Salomon Kalou appears to feed off playing away from the club's Olympiastadion. The 30-year-old scored in Hertha's 3-3 draw at SV Werder Bremen, meaning eight of his ten Bundesliga goals this term have come on the road. No other top-flight striker has hit the target as often on their travels.
Mainz are perhaps not the first club that spring to mind when it comes to establishing new Bundesliga records, but the Karnevalsverein nevertheless set a new best-mark against Gladbach on Friday by covering 125.2 kilometres collectively. Midfielder Danny Latza even ran 13.8 kilometres by himself. "We want to be the hardest-running team in the league," said head coach Martin Schmidt. He has certainly managed that already.