FC Bayern continued their Bundesliga run on Matchday 23, hitting two past Wolfsburg on Saturday. - © © gettyimages / Martin Rose/Bongarts
FC Bayern continued their Bundesliga run on Matchday 23, hitting two past Wolfsburg on Saturday. - © © gettyimages / Martin Rose/Bongarts

Matchday 23: live updates

FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund emerged victorious, while there were big wins for 1. FSV Mainz 05, Hannover 96 and Hertha Berlin.

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As ever, bundesliga.com has all the news and reaction from Matchday 23.


Matchday 23 fixtures (kick-off: 15:30CET/14:30GMT unless otherwise stated)

Friday, 26 February

1. FC Köln 0-1 Hertha Berlin

Saturday, 27 February

Hamburger SV 1-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
SV Werder Bremen 2-2 SV Darmstadt 98
VfB Stuttgart 1-2 Hannover 96
VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 FC Bayern München

Sunday, 28 February

FC Augsburg 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
1. FSV Mainz 05 3-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 FC Schalke 04

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Sunday 28 February

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen!

It has once again been a pleasure bringing you all the latest from a thrilling weekend in Germany's top flight. Come back to bundesliga.com for exclusive videos, interviews and all the reaction to Matchday 23 as well as the build-up to Matchday 24. That's right the games are coming thick and fast in the Bundesliga and we've got every base covered to provide the best coverage. Enjoy the day off...but not too much!

Living up to its billing

Tension and drama, thrills and spills - Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim had a little bit of everything including a goal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan at an important time of day...

Malli fires Mainz to victory

Yunus Malli ended a run of eight games without a goal as he stole the show with a first-half brace that helped 1. FSV Mainz 05 leapfrog Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the standings courtesy of a 3-1 win.



Teams are in for Dortmund vs Hoffenheim and Mainz v Leverkusen:

Stay tuned!

Super Sunday is officially underway, so here's a reminder how you can follow today's action:

TV: Find your local television broadcaster here.
Mobile: All the latest news and scores on the free Bundesliga app.
Radio: Listen live on the Bundesliga radio.
Web: In-game stats and more on the live ticker.

We'll be back later with reaction to the day's games.


Here are the line-ups for the first of today's games, Augsburg vs Gladbach.

Preparations underway

Gladbach players emerge for the warm-up at the WWK Arena. Team news coming up shortly...

INJURY NEWS: Naldo ruled out

Bad news for Wolfsburg fans: Brazilian centre-back Naldo has been ruled out for several weeks with a shoulder injury sustained in Saturday's defeat to Bayern.

Read more here.

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Frankfurt vs Schalke

After Thursday's disappointing 3-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League, the Royal Blues have a chance to put things right at struggling Eintracht Frankfurt.

Andre Breitenreiter's side could climb back up to fourth with victory at the Commerzbank Arena - depending on other results - but the Eagles are just as desperate for points to help ease their relegation fears. Head here for the preview.

Augsburg vs Gladbach

FCA's focus shifts from Merseyside to Mönchengladbach today when they host the Foals in the first of today's four fixtures. Markus Weinzierl's side left a lasting impression on the Premier League giants with a spirited performance at Anfield on Thursday, but they still need points on the board to steer themselves away from the dreaded drop zone.

Gladbach, meanwhile, are looking to build on last weekend's Rhineland Derby victory over 1. FC Köln. Click here for the preview.

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Dortmund vs Hoffenheim

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. Having been handed the reins in Sinsheim six months earlier than expected after Huub Stevens' unexpected resignation, the youngest head coach the Bundesliga has ever seen has guided his struggling side to four points from a possible six.

On Sunday, Nagelsmann goes face to face with his former youth coach Thomas Tuchel, as Hoffenheim travel to the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK to play Borussia Dortmund. Can he get one over his former mentor?

'Pizza' saves the day

There was no shortage of drama on Saturday, not least at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where rock-bottom Hannover 96 became the first team to beat VfB Stuttgart in the league since Matchday 16. Elsewhere, a late Claudio Pizarro goal rescued Werder Bremen a point against Darmstadt, while Hamburg were held to a draw at home to Ingolstadt.

Click on the links above to read Saturday's match reports, or head to our WATCH section for exclusive post-match interviews with the players and coaches.


Scared of Chicharito?

Not Mainz 05 by the looks of things. Martin Schmidt's side welcome Javier Hernandez's Bayer 04 Leverkusen to the Coface Arena in one of four thrilling Bundesliga encounters on Sunday. There are several ways to follow all the action (highlighted below), so stay tuned!

Saturday, 27 February

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Grab your snacks, it's almost time...

That's it from us for now, but there are a number of ways you can stay up-to-date with this afternoon's action:

TV: Find your local television broadcaster here.
Mobile: All the latest news and scores on the free Bundesliga app.
Radio: Listen live on the Bundesliga radio.
Web: In-game stats and more on the live ticker.

Don't forget to join us again tomorrow for reaction from around the grounds and more build-up to Super Sunday in the Bundesliga!

The line-ups are in...

Here's how the teams will be starting today:

Wolfsburg vs Bayern

Hamburg vs Ingolstadt

Bremen vs Darmstadt

Stuttgart vs Hannover

Darmstadt arrive

SV Darmstadt 98 have arrived at the Weserstadion. Having won three of their last five away games in the Bundesliga, Dirk Schuster's side will be keen to grab another three points in today's crucial relegation fight with Bremen.

First time for everything

FC Ingolstadt have made the 715 kilometre trip from south to north today as they prepare to face Hamburger SV. It is the first time in history that Ingolstadt will have played in Hamburg's famous Volksparkstadion!

Relegation dogfight

As Bayern and Wolfsburg do battle in the upper echelons, Matchday 23 also has some mouth-watering clashes at the other end of the table. SV Werder Bremen host SV Darmstadt 98, and need a win to haul themselves back out of the bottom three. The omens aren't good however: Bremen have the worst away record in the league so far this season, while Darmstadt are the fourth best away team. Read our full preview here.

Injury concerns for Schalke

As they prepare for tomorrow's clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Schalke 04's injury problems continue to worry coach Andre Breitenreiter. Leon Goretzka remains ruled out, while Younes Belhanda, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Max Meyer are all doubts.

Super Sunday

There’s a first time for everything as they say: never before have four Bundesliga fixtures taken place on a Sunday, but with FC Augsburg, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Schalke 04 all in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday evening, the poor fixture computer had no alternative!

You can preview Matchday 23’s Super Sunday here.

Homesickness? Definitely not!

Pep Guardiola's troops have won eight of their 11 away league matches so far this term - more than any other top flight side. Can they improve on that impressive record at Wolfsburg today? The Wolves are a tough nut to crack at home...

Did he really...?

Who can forget, Philipp...? We're unlikely to see anything like Robert Lewandowski's five-goal blitz at the Volkswagen Arena today, but the latest instalment of one of the biggest fixtures in the Bundesliga calendar promises to be a cracker.

Friday, 26 February

Catch you tomorrow!

That completes our rolling Bundesliga coverage for today, but we'll be back on Saturday morning with all the latest from around Germany's top flight. Bis dann!

Enjoy the ride!

That's it from us for now, but there are a number of ways you can stay up-to-date with tonight's Matchday 23 curtain-raiser between Köln and Hertha.

TV: Find your local television broadcaster here.
Mobile: All the latest news and scores on the free Bundesliga app.
Radio: Listen live on the Bundesliga radio.
Web: In-game stats and more on the live ticker.

Don't forget to join us again later for reaction from the RheinEnergieStadion.

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Confirmed line-ups

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Papadopoulos ruled out

Bayer 04 Leverkusen have just confirmed that defender Kyriakos Papdopoulos will be unable to play against Mainz on Sunday due to a capsular knee injury.

Three hours to go

There are just three hours until 1. FC Köln and Hertha Berlin kick off Matchday 23 in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion. Make sure you check out our match preview here.

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Squad lists

Werder Bremen and Hannover 96 have just announced their squad lists for their respective games against Darmstadt and Stuttgart.

Wolves prepare

VfL Wolfsburg are holding their final training session before they welcome FC Bayern München tomorrow. Make sure you don't miss our VfL Wolfsburg infographic, which gives the full lowdown on the Lower Saxony club.

Gladbach ready for Augsburg

Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Andre Schubert spoke to the media today ahead of his side's clash with FC Augsburg on Sunday. Schubert confirmed that Patrick Herrmann is still not yet fit enough for the starting XI, having just returned from injury. He also came to the defence of Gladbach new boy Jonas Hofmann, saying he needed time to settle in.

Blue sky thinking

Bayern are enjoying lovely conditions in Munich as they prepare for the weekend's headline showdown against Wolfsburg.Read our extended preview here.

Hannover on the way

Hannover 96 players are just boarding the team bus as they set off in the direction of Stuttgart. While VfB Stuttgart's star has been rising of late, Hannover remain stuck in the mire of the automatic relegation spots. Read our full match preview here.

Fritz ruled out

More injury news, as SV Werder Bremen captain Clemens Fritz is confirmed unavailable for his side's key relegation clash against SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday.

Hertha hopeful

Matchday 23 will kick off in Cologne this evening, as 1. FC Köln welcome Hertha BSC (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT). Hertha coach Pal Dardai is hoping that his team can rediscover the scoring form which saw them flying high before Christmas. Watch Dardai's press conference here.

UEFA Europa League draw

There was a potential distraction for Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen today, as they learned which team they would be playing in the next round of the UEFA Europa League. Dortmund were drawn against English side Tottenham Hotspur FC, while Leverkusen will face La Liga's Villareal CF. Read the full report here.

Blow for Bayer

Bayer 04 Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt has told the media that Stefan Kießling and Kyriakos Papadopoulos are unlikely to play in Sunday's clash with 1. FSV Mainz 05. Both players sustained injuries during Leverkusen's UEFA Europa League success against Sporting Clube de Portugal on Thursday.

Super Sunday

Bundesliga quartet Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg have been afforded an extra day's rest in light of their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second legs on Thursday. It is the first time this season that four matches will take place on a Sunday. Lucky us!

Welcome one and all

Let's start proceedings by taking a look at what FC Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola had to say at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's blockbuster in Wolfsburg. The Wolves won last season's corresponding fixture 4-1, but were torn asunder at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 6, with Robert Lewandowski scoring all five of Bayern's goals as a second-half substitute in a memorable 5-1 success. You'd think the Pole would be a nailed-on starter at the Volkswagen Arena, yet with the fixtures piling up and Der Klassiker just around the corner, changes are likely.

#Lewy scored 5 goals off the bench in the first meeting. Will he start tomorrow? #Pep: "We'll see." 😉 #WOBFCB


— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN)

February 26, 2016