It's been a gripping season so far, and as we approach the 'business end' of the campaign, things will only become tenser. Follow all the reaction to another exciting weekend of action right here on bundesliga.com...
Matchday 26 results
Click on the fixture for the respective game’s report
Friday, 11 March
Hertha Berlin 2-0 FC Schalke 04
Saturday, 12 March
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg
FC Ingolstadt 04 3-3 VfB Stuttgart
SV Darmstadt 98 2-2 FC Augsburg
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Hannover 96 0-2 1. FC Köln
FC Bayern München 5-0 SV Werder Bremen
Sunday, 13 March
You'll never walk alone
A Borussia Dortmund fan suffered a fatal heart attack during the club's 2-0 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the tragedy. That about wraps up our coverage of the weekend's events. Catch us again on Thursday for all the build-up to Matchday 27! Until then, auf Wiedersehen!
Dortmund narrow gap
Borussia Dortmund kept up the pressure on Bayern at the top of the standings with a 2-0 win over Mainz in Sunday's final game of the weekend. Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa supplied the goals as Thomas Tuchel got one over his former club at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Leverkusen back to winning ways
An own-goal helped Bayer 04 Leverkusen get back to winning ways and resuscitate their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season. Albin Ekdal scored the only goal of the game as the Werkself beat Hamburg 1-0 at the BayArena.
Leverkusen vs Hamburg: The confirmed line-ups:
Unsere Start11 gegen die Werkself!— Hamburger SV (@HSV) March 13, 2016
Auf der Bank:
Drobny, Diekmeier, Bahoui, Drmic, Lasogga, Jung und Kacar. pic.twitter.com/zjiDWSUq1w
HSV entering the arena
Hamburg have arrived at the BayArena, where the Red Shorts will be taking on Bayer Leverkusen today. Kick-off is at 15:30CET/14:30GMT.
Nordtveit to leave Foals
Havard Nordtveit is set to leave Borussia Mönchengladbach at the end of the season after it was confirmed today that the Norwegian defensive specialist will not be renewing his contact at the Rhineland club. Nordtveit joined Gladbach from Arsenal FC in 2011.
Guardiola on guard
Despite beating Bremen 5-0 on Saturday, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has warned that his side still have a long way to go before being able to celebrate winning the title. Find out what he and a selection of Bayern stars had to say in the post-match reaction below.
Do not forget to tune in to Bundesliga radio, if you cannot find a local broadcaster screening today's match between Leverkusen and Hamburg. Just click on the link below to tune in to the action from the BayArena.
David Alaba has is pleased with his side's win over Bremen, and the return to action of Mario Götze on Saturday. Did you know when the German attacking midfielder last played? Read the match report below to find out.
Many happy returns!
It is also Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt's birthday today, but will he be celebrating it with three Bundesliga points?
Back in action
Both Bayern and Bremen are back on the training field after their clash on Saturday evening.
It may not be a day of rest for everybody, but enjoy your Sunday wherever you are, and whatever you are doing!
Of course Sunday's are much more fun after your team has won...
Can you name the two players in the Mainz tweet below?
Bayern have already put in a good shift this weekend, but they have plenty of work to come, starting with this Wednesday. Robert Lewandowski, who netted his 24th goal of the season in the league on Saturday, sounds pretty confident about that Champions League tie, even going as far as to call it a certain victory!
Injury blow for Stuttgart
Kevin Großkreutz has been ruled out for between six and eight weeks with a muscular injury he picked up against Ingolstadt. We hope to see him again before the end of the season!
There were three excellent goals in Borussia Mönchengladbach's 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, and the Foals want to know which was the best.
Good morning and welcome back to our ongoing updates over the Matchday 26 weekend. Coming up today, we have the final two fixtures of the weekend and plenty of reaction to what has already happened. So do not go away, what ever you do!
Saturday, 12 March
That's it from us today, but join us tomorrow for more reaction to the weekend's seven matches so far and the small matters of Hamburg-Leverkusen and Dortmund-Mainz. Miss it, miss out!
Guardiola: 'BVB can win nine in a row'
After watching his side beat Bremen 5-0, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was quick to remind people that thought the Reds are now eight points clear of Dortmund in second, they can take nothing for granted. "BVB can win nine in a row, so we have to win our games," said the Catalan tactician.
Dahoud on 'deserved win'
Mahmoud Dahoud felt Gladbach were more than good value for their 3-0 success against Frankfurt in the Eagles' first game under new coach Niko Kovac. "We dominated from the start and, for me, thoroughly deserved to win," said the 20-year-old. For more reaction to that game, click here.
Hoffenheim's matchwinner Andrej Kramaric could barely hide his elation after his goal was enough to see off Wolfsburg. "The goal was a perfect moment. The ball from Kevin [Volland] was perfect. I controlled the ball well and hit it beautifully." For more reaction to that game, head here.
The Reds were far too good for Bremen in Saturday's evening fixture. Thiago (2), Thomas Müller (2) and Robert Lewandowski scored the goals as the Bavarians went eight points clear again at the top
Do not forget to tune in to Bundesliga radio, if you cannot find a local broadcaster screening tonight's match. Just click on the link below to tune in to the action from the Allianz Arena.
Claudio Pizarro gets the red-carpet treatment on his return to the Allianz Arena. The Werder striker is a spectator this evening, though, due to injury.
Bayern - Bremen team news
Line-up for #fcbsvw: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Galvez, Vestergaard, Djilobodji, S.Garcia, Grillitsch, Veljkovic, Yatabare, Öztunali, Ujah— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) March 12, 2016
#TSGWOB: Hoffenheim lay down marker
#FCIVFB: Kramny praises Stuttgart spirit
Translation: "It was a really intense game right from the off today. The team gave it everything until the last."
#D98FCA: Sulu pragmatic
Translation: "We deserved to win, but a point's a point."
#BMGSGE: Gladbach feeling chipper
#H96KOE: Billy Goats delight in victory
Hannover 96's confirmed starting line-up against 1. FC Köln.
Hannover: Zieler - Sakai, Milosevic, Schulz, Sorg - Schmiedebach, S. Sané - Karaman, Kiyotake, Fossum - Szalai #effzeh— 1. FC Köln LIVE (@fckoeln_live) March 12, 2016
An impressive travelling support have made the two-hour journey west to Mönchengladbach.
Borussia Mönchengladbach are still without defenders Alvaro Dominguez, Tony Jantschke and Oscar Wendt for the reception of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Augsburg will honour Darmstadt's inspirational fan Jonny Heimes, who sadly lost his 12-year battle with cancer, by wearing black armbands on Saturday afternoon.
Someone in the Bremen camp will have a legendary pair of boots to fill at Bayern's Allianz Arena later this evening. With Pizarro out, who will Viktor Skripnik put his faith in against the defending champions?
Here's a look at where you can watch some of the afternoon's Bundesliga action live on television:
A long way up
These are desperate times for Hannover. The Reds are currently seven points adrift of the relegation play-off spot and a further two behind 15th-placed SV Darmstadt 98 and 14th-in-the-table FC Augsburg, who meet today. Even if Hannover beat 1. FC Köln later this afternoon, they will remain bottom at the close of play.
Wolves on song
It's been a good week for VfL Wolfsburg. Following back-to-back Bundesliga wins over Hannover 96 and Gladbach, the Wolves qualified for the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history with a comfortable 4-2 aggregate victory over KAA Gent. Dieter Hecking's side could move to within a point of fourth-placed FC Schalke 04 later today, but they'll have to overcome a TSG 1899 Hoffenheim side fighting for their Bundesliga lives first.
Eagles with point to prove
Nico Kovac takes charge of Eintracht Frankfurt for the first time this afternoon when the lowly Hesse club travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Eagles are winless in seven, but Gladbach defender Nico Elvedi does not believe that makes his side's task any easier. "Every single Frankfurt player will want to show the new coach what they're capable of," the 19-year-old told club website borussia.de. "It could well be that the change in coach makes our life a bit harder. We'll have to defend as a team and take our chances, if we want to win."
Hold on tight!
It's a pivotal weekend up and down the Bundesliga, and the start of a crucial week for FC Bayern München. The Bundesliga leaders host a Werder Bremen side deprived of the services of injured top scorer Claudio Pizarro this evening, before tackling Juventus in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg on Wednesday night.
Friday, 11 March
Hertha march on
The capital club never looked like relinquishing their grip on third place this evening as they eased to a comfortable win over the Royal Blues. Vedad Ibisevic and Niklas Stark scored the goals as Pal Dardai's side recorded their win over Schalke since September 2006.
"Home win! 2-0 vs Schalke, 45 points - brilliant!"
Here are the teams for the first game of Matchday 26:
The guide: Matchday 26
What should you be watching out for this weekend? What are the big stories? We have put the five biggest talking points for Matchday 26 together in our guide to the weekend's action.
Here are a few of the Schalke lads taking to the Olympiastadion surface ahead of kick-off this evening...
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is available after suspension and Stefan Kießling is in full training after recent injuries, though Die Werkself remain depleted...
Hertha BSC - FC Schalke 04
Sami Allagui remains sidelined with a knee injury for Hertha. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar should lead Schalke out once again with usual captain Benedikt Höwedes injured.
Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Stark, Brooks, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Lustenberger (c) - Weiser, Darida, Kalou - Ibisevic
Schalke: Fährmann - Junior Caicara, J. Matip, Neustädter, Aogo - Geis, Höjbjerg - Schöpf, M. Meyer, Belhanda - Huntelaar (c)
Bayern in fine fettle ahead of Bremen clash
Arturo Vidal and Franck Ribery are all smiles ahead of the Werder Bremen game.
Sebastian Rode insists Bayern's "total focus is on tomorrow's game against Werder".
Glad to be back against Frankfurt
Gladbach are looking forward to welcoming Niko Kovac for his first game in charge of the Eagles:
Allow us to refresh your memory:
It is not such a long trip for Köln, who are getting the bus to Hanover.
Even more injury news, this time from Bayer Leverkusen, who have announced that Sebastian Boenisch will miss the rest of the season after tearing a tendon in his thigh. Get well soon, Sebastian!
In addition, Christoph Kramer will miss Sunday's clash with Leverkusen due to whiplash.
Bitter: Sebastian #Boenisch zog sich einen Teilriss der Rektussehne des linken Oberschenkels zu und fällt für den Rest der Saison aus.— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball) March 11, 2016
Auch Christoph #Kramer fehlt gegen Hamburg: Der Mittelfeldspieler zog sich im Spiel gegen Villarreal ein Schleudertrauma zu.— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball) March 11, 2016
Bad news for Bremen fans - Claudio Pizarro is not going to make Saturday's trip to Munich due to a groin injury! He and Fin Bartels have both been left out of the squad.
As usual, we will be broadcasting a selection of Bundesliga matches this weekend on Bundesliga radio. Follow the link below to find out which games will be broadcast live on Matchday 26, and to listen in.
Guardiola gearing up for Bremen
It's going to be a crucial few days for Bayern, who host Werder Bremen before welcoming Juventus to the Allianz Arena in midweek.
Here are some of his thoughts...
What a week for Wolfsburg
It has been an historic week for Wolfsburg, who got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga on Matchday 25 with a 2-1 victory over Gladbach, and then booked their place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history by beating Gent on Tuesday. Next up are Hoffenheim, and the Wolves will look to crown their week with another three points.
Here are coach Dieter Hecking's thoughts:
Dieter #Hecking: "Third place hasn't gotten away from us yet, but we are just thinking from game-to-game and we must first beat Hoffenheim."— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) March 11, 2016
After beating Bayern a fortnight ago, Mainz coach Martin Schmidt has now revealed the secret to his side's success, just as they prepare to face Borussia Dortmund this weekend.
Weinzierl press conference
There is an important fixture for Augsburg this weekend, as they travel to Darmstadt. Their coach Markus Weinzierl has talked us through this relegation battle...
Arjen Robben has picked out one particular Werder Bremen striker for special attention this Saturday. Who could he be talking about? Find out who the "intelligent player" is by clicking on the link below.
Hertha almost at full strength
With centre-back Sebastian Langkamp the only key player missing, Berlin head coach Pal Dardai has this squad to choose from against Schalke:
Here's how skipper Philipp Lahm and his Bayern team-mates warm up for Saturday's clash with Bremen in chilly Munich this morning.
Mornings seem so much better after a quick tea or coffee! 😉 https://t.co/FSJ9lL1uS7— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 11, 2016
New Eintracht Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac (tweet below, r.) seemed in positive spirits as he spoke at the Eagles' pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's visit to Mönchengladbach.
"The team worked very well in training. They can't wait for the game to kick off," the former Croatia head coach said, adding: "Gladbach are very strong at home, but we want to get a result there."
Click here to find out more about Niko and Robert Kovac, the brothers now in charge at Frankfurt.
Schalke on song
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s first-minute penalty set FC Schalke 04 on their way to a frenetic 3-1 win at 1. FC Köln on Saturday that moved them into the top four as Andre Breitenreiter's men registered a fourth win in a seven-game run in which they have lost just once.
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And for starters...
While FC Bayern München joust with Borussia Dortmund for the title, Hertha Berlin lead the chase for third place, but FC Schalke 04 are coming up fast on the rails, and those two meet in the capital this evening to kick off the Matchday.