Cologne – Early and late goals were the order of Matchday 2 with a sting in the tail of several games, decided in the dying moments.
bundesliga.com has rounded up the ten biggest stories from the second round of action in the 2015/16 Bundesliga season.
1) Record-equalling Volland
August is a good month for quick goals, as Kevin Volland proved in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 2-1 defeat to FC Bayern München. His lightning strike clocked in at just nine seconds, taking him level with Karim Bellarabi with one of the quickest goals in Bundesliga history. Incidentally, Bellarabi's nine-second strike, previously the lone record holder, came 364 days ago.
2) Leaving it late
Volland's goal was not enough to earn Hoffenheim any points on Saturday, though, as Robert Lewandowski's last-minute winner saw Bayern take the spoils. His was not the only late goal that proved decisive either: Hamburg got two in the last six minutes to rescue a 3-2 win over VfB Stuttgart, while Eintracht Frankfurt smashed FC Augsburg's dreams with an 86th-minute equaliser in their 1-1 draw. And finally, VfL Wolfsburg would have been beaten if games lasted only 83 minutes, but since they do not, they snatched a 1-1 draw at 1. FC Köln.
3) Introducing Simon Zoller
Simon Zoller returned to Köln this summer after 18 months on loan at 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Bundesliga 2, and he has come back with a bang. He followed up his goal against Stuttgart on Matchday 1 by scoring with his first shot on goal on Matchday 2, adding to his DFB Cup strike to make it three in three competitive matches this season. "I never really went away," he told bundesliga.com.
4) Free-kick king Calhanoglu
Just down the road from Cologne in Leverkusen, the most important game of Bayer 04's season so far comes this Wednesday when they host S.S. Lazio in the return leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off. They warmed up for that game with a 1-0 win at Hannover 96, thanks to another set-piece special from Hakan Calhanoglu, his 11th successful direct free-kick in the Bundesliga.
5) Ginczek's goal-den touch
No player has scored more goals in the Bundesliga since mid-March to Matchday 2 than Stuttgart's Daniel Ginczek, whose brace against Hamburg took him to nine in his last 11 games. Unfortunately for him and Stuttgart, they were not enough to avoid defeat and a place at the foot of the table.
6) Not so modest Modeste
1. FC Köln may feel that they have hit the jackpot in signing Anthony Modeste this summer, with his assist for Zoller's goal already his third major intervention since arriving from Hoffenheim. A week ago, he scored and set up a goal in Stuttgart with Köln already getting a good return on their investment.
7) Stocker finding form
Since Pal Dardai took charge of Hertha Berlin, Swiss international Valentin Stocker just can't stop scoring. His goal in the 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen which kicked off the weekend action was Stocker's fourth goal under the Hungarian's charge.
8) Borussia back on top
Borussia Dortmund have won six games out of six since Thomas Tuchel took charge (including DFB Cup and UEFA Europa League), and their reward is a place at the top of the Bundesliga for the first time since Matchday 7 in the 2013/14 season, so September 2013. Tuchel could become the first Dortmund head coach to win six games straight after assuming the role.
9) Dortmund hit form
What a way to start the season! Clinching a second successive 4-0 win in Ingolstadt on Matchday 2, Thomas Tuchel has made a dream start to his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Two wins, eight goals scored and the only side yet to concede in Germany's top flight. No other BVB head coach has made as strong a start at the helm.
10) First for Mainz
1. FSV Mainz travelled to Mönchengladbach for the 10th time in their Bundesliga history and for the very first time scored the opening goal, which culminated in them picking up their first win of the season against the UEFA Champions League participants.