Bayern Munich hit Augsburg for six on another absorbing weekend of Bundesliga action on Matchday 26. - © © gettyimages / Adam Pretty
Bayern Munich hit Augsburg for six on another absorbing weekend of Bundesliga action on Matchday 26. - © © gettyimages / Adam Pretty

Goalmania, Revierderby gold, Delaney delirium and other Matchday 26 talking points

GOALMANIA gripped the Bundesliga on Matchday 26, with a grand total of 35 strikes rippling the back of the onion bag over the course of the weekend.

Legendowski strikes again

Defending champions Bayern Munich set the pace in their 6-0 rout of Augsburg, a game in which Robert Lewandowski weighed in with his third hat-trick of the campaign to move level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the top of the scoring charts on 24 goals. The league leaders now boast a 13-point lead at the summit, having won their last five Bundesliga matches on the spin - to the aggregate tune of 21-0.

Watch: Robert Lewandowski on Bayern's rampant scoring spree

Hoffenheim on course for Europe

Bayern are already assured of a top-four finish, but there could be at least one new face joining them in the UEFA Champions League next term after Hoffenheim moved back up to third with victory over Hertha Berlin. The Sinsheim outfit have gone from strength to strength in Julian Nagelsmann's first full season in charge - they were fighting relegation when he was appointed head coach 14 months ago - and have momentum on their side as they look to join the continental cast for the first time in their history.

Dortmund's lonely heart

It was all going to according to plan for Borussia Dortmund in their pursuit of an automatic qualifying berth for next season's Champions League group stage, when Schalke defender Thilo Kehrer blew the roof off the VELTINS Arena with the equalising goal in Saturday's Revierderby. One Dortmund fan certainly won't forget the moment, swimming as she was in a sea of royal blue for the duration of the match. If you think you recognise the die-hard BVB follower in question, get in touch with Marc Bartra. Dortmund's Spanish centre-back has got something that might interest her...

Delaney's WikiTweaks

For Lewandowski and Mario Gomez, scoring a hat-trick is a familiar feeling, but not for Thomas Delaney. The Denmark midfielder - a winter signing from Copenhagen - scored three goals in a single game for the first time in his career as Bremen clinched a crushing 5-2 win over Freiburg, but was apparently so preoccupied as to the status of his Wikipedia page that he forgot to take the match-ball home. "I didn't take it with me," he said. "First I need to check if my Wikipedia page is up-to-date." Thomas, you'll be glad to know it is!

Watch: Thomas Delaney on his first career hat-trick:

No room to manoeuvre in mid-table

As it stands after this weekend there are just eight - yes EIGHT! - points separating Cologne in 6th and Augsburg in 16th. That's half as many points as separated those two positions at this time last season. That theoretically means that a three-game swing could be the difference between staring relegation in the face or gearing up for a stint in Europe. Hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen, the business end of the 2016/17 campaign is one you are not going to want to miss.

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