From personal bests to club records and remarkable comebacks, there was something for everyone on Bundesliga Matchday 27.
bundesliga.com analyses the biggest talking points from another rip-roaring weekend in Germany's top flight...
'Legendowski' trumps 'Tonigol'
League leaders FC Bayern München only had one Robert Lewandowski goal to show for their victorious efforts away to 1. FC Köln, but they do say winning when you are not at your best is the mark of champions. The statisticians among you will be delighted to learn that it was the Poland international’s 25th of the campaign - incidentally a personal best - and one which took him past former Bayern striker Luca Toni as the club’s first non-German national to register at least 25 Bundesliga goals in a single season.
Tuchel tinkers to down Augsburg
A tactical masterstroke from Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel kept the title race alive at the WWK Arena on Sunday. The visitors were struggling to break down FC Augsburg's unorthodox 3-4-3 formation until the coach brought Gonzalo Castro (r.) on for Marco Reus at half-time. The former Bayer 04 Leverkusen man gave BVB the lead for the first time 20 minutes later, and Dortmund ended the game with over 75 per cent of possession to close out a 3-1 win that leaves leaders Bayern only five points ahead with 21 left to play for.
VfL Wolfsburg's passage into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals confirmed their status as one of the top eight teams in Europe, but they are only just managing to stay as one of the best eight in the Bundesliga. The Wolves' 1-1 draw at home to SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday means they have taken just 12 points from a possible 30 in the second half of the season. A late spurt in the 2015/16 home stretch will be required to secure European football again next term.
Red-hot Brandt fuels Leverkusen’s top-four hopes
Julian Brandt was on fire as a makeshift Bayer 04 Leverkusen side turned the heat up on VfB Stuttgart on Sunday. The six-time Germany Under-21 international scored one and laid on another in a scorching individual display that underlined exactly why the 19-year-old is regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s hottest prospects. For Leverkusen, the result was the perfect response to their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 exit at the hands of Villarreal CF and could yet prove the spark to reignite their push for a place in the top four.
Pizarro equals Bremen club record
SV Werder Bremen do not look like contenders for relegation when they play like this. 1. FSV Mainz are one of only two teams to have beaten Bayern this season, but they were repeatedly shut down by Viktor Skripnik's side here. Fit-again Claudio Pizarro was once again excellent up front and, at 37 years and five months old, shows no sign of slowing down. The Peruvian's penalty was his 12th league goal this campaign and drew him level with Marco Bode on a club-record 101 Bundesliga goals.
Cancer survivor Köhler returns
There was a special moment in the Bundesliga 2 fixture between 1. FC Union Berlin and Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday. In the 77th minute, midfielder Benjamin Köhler was brought on for the hosts, making his first competitive appearance since recovering from cancer. "I had goosebumps," said the 35-year-old after his side's 3-1 victory. "I was over the moon that I was able to play and I could see what I'd been missing over the last few months. Maybe I didn't show it, but it did affect me deeply. It's difficult to describe."