Julian Nagelsmann recorded his first Bundesliga victory as TSG 1899 Hoffenheim coach, but Thomas Müller's acrobatics grabbed the headlines on Matchday 22.
bundesliga.com has everything you need to know after a thrilling weekend of action.
Nagelsmann off the mark
While TSG 1899 Hoffenheim remain in trouble in 17th place, but there is a newfound air of optimism in Sinsheim following the club's come-from-behind 3-2 victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05. Not only did victory end a five-game winless streak, it also marked a first-ever Bundesliga triumph for 28-year-old head coach Julian Nagelsmann. "I must have looked at my watch 7,000 times towards the end," he said afterwards. "I was very happy when the final whistle blew." More of the same from his team in the coming weeks could help TSG pull off a remarkable escape act and avoid relegation.
Watching Thomas Müller make the extraordinary look ordinary has become such a frequent sight at FC Bayern München that the club have stopped using superlatives and instead now go with a personalised verb on social media: to Müller, while teams on the receiving end of his abilities are said to have been Müllered. The Germany international was at his spectacular best again on Saturday, scoring twice – including a breathtaking overhead kick – to inspire Pep Guardiola’s men to a 3-1 victory over SV Darmstadt 98. Robert Lewandowski netted Bayern’s third, meaning the duo have scored a combined 39 goals so far this term – more than any other strike partnership in Bundesliga history at this stage of a season.
Auba keeps firing
After being sidelined against Hannover 96 the week before, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to action in style on Matchday 22. The Borussia Dortmund striker scored the only goal of the game in his side's narrow 1-0 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Sunday, keeping him hot on the heels of Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga scoring charts. The Gabon international now has 21 goals in as many games in the top-flight this season, and has scored four in all competitions in 2016 so far. The 26-year-old is just one goal behind his former team-mate Lewandowski in the race to become the Bundesliga's top scorer, and will undoubtedly be looking to add to that tally when Dortmund welcome Hoffenheim next weekend.
Germans are famed for being efficient, but FC Ingolstadt 04 are taking that reputation to new extremes. Following a 2-0 victory over SV Werder Bremen on Saturday, their haul of 16 goals this season is the lowest in the Bundesliga by a considerable margin, yet the Bavarians are comfortably sitting in mid-table, nine points clear of the relegation zone. That is down to both the club's ruthlessness in front of goal and a stingy backline, with each of Ingolstadt's goals worth approximately 1.81 points. By way of contrast each of Bayern's 56 goals is worth just over one point. If Ralph Hasenhüttl's men continue in the same vein, they look set to retain their top-flight status with plenty to spare.
Darmstadt hold their own
Müller was not the only one to make an impression at the Allianz Arena on Saturday. Visitors Darmstadt put in a remarkable display away to the champions, playing with discipline to keep Bayern at arm's length as well as with enough bravado to attack and even take the lead through Munich-born Sandro Wagner, who struck his fifth league goal in the last six games. Indeed, Bayern needed Müller's sublime strike to get the better of the Lilies, a fact coach Pep Guardiola acknowledged afterwards: "We've noticed that you need to score amazing goals in order to beat them." The fact that Dirk Schuster's side performed so well without five suspended first-team regulars tells its own story – and offers plenty of hope for the remainder of the campaign.
Wolves stumble again
VfL Wolfsburg are well placed to progress to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in the club's history after last week's victory at KAA Gent, but their hopes of qualifying for the competition again next season took another hit after drawing 1-1 away to Hertha Berlin. Marcel Schäfer scored his first goal since December 2013 to put the Wolves ahead, but they were pegged back moments later by Salomon Kalou's 11th strike of the season. The result leaves Dieter Hecking's men eighth, four points behind fourth-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Derby spoils to Gladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach have stumbled out of the blocks in 2016, losing three of their first four league outings. However, the Foals chose the perfect time to rediscover that winning feeling by defeating Rhineland neighbours 1. FC Köln 1-0 on Saturday. The three points were vital to the club's pursuit of a UEFA Champions League place, but arguably more important was earning the bragging rights over their fierce rivals – especially as the Billy Goats had triumphed in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. The result continued coach Andre Schubert's excellent record at Gladbach: he has now won 11 of his 17 league games in charge of the club and a first clean sheet since Matchday 12 provided the icing on the cake.
Hope amid defeat for Bayer
The 1-0 defeat to Dortmund put an end to an impressive run for Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Prior to Matchday 22, Roger Schmidt's side were unbeaten in six Bundesliga games, and had only lost once in all competitions since the beginning of December. With the likes of FC Barcelona and Bayern among the teams who have failed to overcome Leverkusen of late, Schmidt will be delighted with his side's resilience, despite the minor setback against Dortmund. With four games in the next 13 days, there is plenty of cause for optimism at the BayArena - doubly so after Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez returned from injury against BVB.
Belhanda proving his worth at Schalke
Despite only picking up a point against VfB Stuttgart, FC Schalke 04 will be very pleased indeed at how well new signing Younes Belhanda is settling in to life in the Bundesliga. The Morocco international, who joined the Royal Blues from FC Dynamo Kyiv on a six-month loan deal last month, has burst into life in his last two games, netting against 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Matchday 21 and VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 22.
Augsburg well set for Anfield
After holding Liverpool FC to an impressive 0-0 draw last Thursday, FC Augsburg may well have been feeling the strain ahead of a crunch fixture with fellow relegation candidates Hannover 96 on Matchday 22. Markus Weinzierl's side rose to the challenge, however, with South Korean midfielder Ja-Cheol Koo giving them a narrow but invaluable victory on Sunday. The three points give Augsburg some breathing space in the battle at the bottom, and stand Die Fuggerstädter in good stead for their trip to Anfield this week. With two good results behind them, Augsburg need a victory or a score-draw to pull off an historic triumph over the Merseysiders on Thursday and reach the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League.