Another Bundesliga Matchday done and dusted...see how the drama unfolded with bundesliga.com
Sunday, 20 March
That's a wrap!
27 games down, seven to go and still all to play for up and down the Bundesliga ladder. There aren't any Bundesliga fixtures next weekend due to the international break, but we'll be back in time for VfL Wolfsburg's trip to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 1 April. Until then, keep abreast of all the latest news from Germany's electrifying top flight on bundesliga.com, the free Bundesliga app and on the Bundesliga's official Twitter channel. Talk about spoilt for choice! Ciao, folks!
Feet on the ground
"We know what we're capable of," explained Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki from the mixed zone at Augsburg's WWK Arena. "That's why we're staying calm."
Tuchel praises team spirit
Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for his side's effort levels in Augsburg: "The team showed an extraordinary mentality and will to win today."
Man's best friend
Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer enjoyed watching BVB's win from the comfort of his own home alongside his pet pooch. "Congratulations boys," reads this tweet. "27 games 64 points."
Champions League calling
Like Bayern, Dortmund are now assured of their place in next season's UEFA Champions League. Even if they were to lose all seven of their remaining fixtures, the defending champions and their nearest pursuers cannot finish lower than third and fourth respectively.
We'll have post-match reaction from Dortmund's win...
Dortmund close on Bayern
Thomas Tuchel's men wrap up a 3-1 win at Augsburg to close the gap at the top to five points once again.
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Borussia score again!
75' Two quick-fire goals from the visitors, as Ramos all but seals three points with less than 15 minutes on the clock, shooting home from ten yards to give BVB a 3-1 lead!
Dortmund take the lead!
69' Adrian Ramos does brilliantly to control Mats Hummels' long ball and then set up Castro who slots in coolly from close range to give Dortmund the lead.
Leitner on for Kagawa
62' Dortmund still the dominant side in Augsburg, but clear-cut chances are proving difficult to by at either end.
57' Adrian Ramos misses a real sitter for Dortmund, failing to convert Mkhitaryan's cross from inside the area.
46' Gonzalo Castro comes on for Marco Reus, who had his 200th competitive appearance for BVB today, while Markus Feulner replaces Daniel Baier in the Augsburg midfield.
46' We're back underway in Augsburg!
45' With the last kick of the half, Mkhitaryan brings Dortmund level...a touch of fortune about the finish, but it was a lovely move, started by the Armenia international himself.
42' Dortmund's best chance by far...the ball broke fortuitously for Reus, but his snapshot flashed wide of the target.
Possession nine-tenths of the law...
40' But though Dortmund have the ball, Augsburg are more threatening...Koo breaks forward and shoots...easy enough for Bürki, but Dortmund would love an opportunity like that.
34' The Dortmund coach is in his technical area and giving instructions to his players...the visitors have been second-best so far.
16' Lovely ball down the left into the run of Caiuby...early first-time cross...low..for Finnbogason! Hummels' hesitation in the middle costly, and the hosts are in front.
3' Caiuby bursts forward and fires a powerful strike that Bürki does well to push over...Augsburg starting strongly.
Kick-off in Augsburg
No time to pause for breath...
Dortmund's trip to Augsburg on it's way very soon..kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT
Leverkusen 2-0 Stuttgart. Die Werkself are made to work, but take all three points to pull into the European places.
Brilliant control and through-ball from Chicharito, but Brandt is again denied by Tyton, this time with a point-blank save.
A long-range shot from Stuttgart's Artem Kravets sails high of Leno's goal.
Leverkusen substitute Robbie Kruse tries his luck from distance but the Australian steers what might have been his first goal for his current employers, against his former club, wide of the goal.
Maxim AGAIN! The Stuttgart forward is denied for a third time, this time seeing his overhead-kick saved on the line.
Again Maxim threatens, this time after a run from deep, but his shot is saved, and held, by Leno.
Stuttgart's best chance of the game falls to Alexandru Maxim after Leno's parry, but the Romanian is unable to convert.
Vladen Yurchenko hits the crossbar for Leverkusen.
Kießling has a gilt-edged chance to make it 3-0, but after springing the offside trap he is denied his fifth goal of the season by the width of the post.
Jonathan Tah headers over the crossbar after a Leverkusen corner.
Brandt goes from taker to maker, capping off a great run with a fine through-ball to Karim Bellarabi, who smashes his fourth goal into the corner to make it 2-0 to Leverkusen.
SECOND HALF KICK-OFF!
Leverkusen get the second half underway against Stuttgart.
Leverkusen are on course to make it 12 games unbeaten against Stuttgart thanks to Brandt's well-taken opener. Can Roger Schmidt's men see the win out?
Leverkusen are 1-0 up thanks to Julian Brandt's first-half strike.
Stuttgart have a chance to draw level, but after getting through on goal Timo Werner sees his shot saved by an in-form Leno - little wonder the goalkeeper made Joachim Löw's Germany squad for the matches against England and Italy.
YELLOW CARDS 32'
Leverkusen's Andre Ramalho and Stuttgart's Georg Niedermeier exchange yellow cards.
Leverkusen have won 55 percent of their challenges so far.
Leverkusen come close through Chicharito and Kießling, but the Mexican's cutback is headed wide by the former Germany forward.
Brandt nearly doubles his tally but Tyton parries the 19-year-old's shot away
Excitement in the penalty area: Stuttgart's Daniel Schwaab heads straight into the hands of Bernd Leno.
Julian Brandt makes it 1-0 with his fourth goal of the season.
Karim Bellarabi takes a long-range shot, but home goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton saves.
Long-range shot from Stuttgart's Florian Klein - no threat to Bernd Leno's goal.
VfB Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen are underway at the Commerzank Arena.
Stuttgart line-up confirmed
World Cup-winner Kevin Großkreutz misses out with a thigh injury picked up in the 3-3 draw with Ingolstadt.
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and Stefan Kießling are back in tandem at the point of Bayer Levekusen's attack.
Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker and Piotr Trochowski lead a host of injury absentees for the hosts. Dortmund are close to full-strength, though they are without defensive midfielder-cum-centre-back Sven Bender. Captain Mats Hummels is expected to be restored to the starting line-up.
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh (c), Gouweleeuw, Klavan, Max - Baier - Kohr - Esswein, Koo, Caiuby - Finnbogason
Dortmund: Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels (c), Durm - Weigl - Gündogan, Kagawa - Mkhitaryan, Reus - Aubameyang
Stuttgart remain without the attacking talents of injured duo Martin Harnik and Daniel Ginczek, so 20-year-old Timo Werner could lead the line. Leverkusen are still ravaged by injuries, with first-teamers Lars Bender, Ömer Toprak, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Tin Jedvaj sidelined.
Stuttgart: Tyton - Klein, Schwaab, Niedermeier, Insua - Serey Dié - Rupp, Gentner (c), Didavi, Kostic - Werner
Leverkusen: Leno - Henrichs, Tah, Ramalho, Wendell - Kramer, Calhanoglu - Bellarabi, Brandt - Kießling (c), Chicharito
Bayer Leverkusen are enjoying a fine run of form against VfB Stuttgart ahead of their Matchday 27 clash at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged a hat-trick when Dortmund beat Augsburg 5-1 in October. The African Player of the Year is now on 22 Bundesliga goals for the season.
Dortmund boast the highest average attendances in world football. Over 3,000 Schwarzgelben fans have made the 500 kilometre journey south to Augsburg's WWK ARENA.
Remember you can catch all the Matchday 27 action LIVE by clicking here.
Robert Lewandowski is up to 25 goals after firing Bayern past Köln. Here is what the free-scoring Pole had to say post-match:
FC Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund (17:30CET/16:30GMT)
Dortmund will look to round off Matchday 27 with a win at Augsburg. Can BVB keep up their 100 percent record over the Bavarians and reduce the gap on Bayern back to five points?
Watch point-saver Andre Schürrle's reaction to Wolfsburg's draw with Darmstadt.
Leverkusen staged a memorable comeback in the reverse fixture, beating Stuttgart 4-3 in a thriller at the BayArena.
VfB Stuttgart vs. Bayer 04 Leverkusen (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT)
Your first high-quality serving of top-class Bundesliga football comes from Stuttgart where a real cracker is in store. Stuttgart will be looking to pull further clear of the relegation battle when they play host to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who need points in their chase for a European place.
Sunday, 20 March
Hi everyone! So much happened on Saturday, and yet you're still going to be spoiled with two more games coming up today.
Saturday, 19 March
Frankfurt beat Hannover
Eintracht Frankfurt have beaten relegation rivals Hannover 96 1-0. Änis Ben-Hatira's first half goal was enough to give Frankfurt an invaluable three points, and exacerbate Hannover's misery. The Lower Saxony outfit are now ten points adrift at the bottom of the table.
FC Bayern München were relieved to leave Cologne with all three points in the bag on Saturday. Read all the post-match reaction here.
Frankfurt vs Hannover: Live!
Tune in to Bundesliga radio for live coverage of the crucial relegation clash between Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover 96.
Line-ups - Bremen vs Mainz
The line-ups for today's game at the Weserstadion are in.
Line-ups - Hertha Berlin vs Ingolstadt
Here are the teams for today's clash at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Line-ups - Wolfsburg vs Darmstadt
VfL Wolfsburg and SV Darmstadt 98 will line-up as follows this afternoon.
Start-XI: Casteels - Vieirinha, Knoche, Dante, Schäfer, Luiz Gustavo, Guilavogui, Caligiuri, Arnold, Schürrle, Kruse pic.twitter.com/u3K3uZNWYZ— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) March 19, 2016
Line-ups - Hamburg vs Hoffenhim
The line-ups are in for today's clash between Hamburger SV and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Line-ups - FC Bayern München
Bayern have arrived at the Rhein-Energie-Stadion and both teams have confirmed their starting eleven for today's game against 1. FC Köln. Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller begin on the bench for Bayern, while Rafinha and Sebastian Rode are given a chance to start.
Live radio commentary
Don't miss our live coverage of today's action on Bundesliga radio. You can tune in to live commentary of Bayern's clash with Köln and this evening's relegation scrap between Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover 96.
Thomas Tuchel has been speaking to the media ahead of Borussia Dortmund's clash with FC Augsburg tomorrow.
"We are looking forward to the international break, but for the moment, we are entirely focused on tomorrow's game."
Thomas Tuchel: "Wir freuen uns sehr auf die Länderspielpause, aber jetzt liegt der Fokus noch komplett auf dem Spiel morgen!“ #fcabvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 19, 2016
Borussia Mönchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka was left almost speechless after his side's defeat to FC Schalke 04 last night.
1. FC Köln's Milos Jojic turns 24 years old today. His birthday present is a gruelling fixture against league leaders FC Bayern München. Can Köln put a spanner in the works of Bayern's title charge? Read our match preview here.
The state of play
This is how things stand ahead of Saturday's 15:30CET/14:30GMT kick-offs...
Schalke to the 04
FC Schalke 04 took a huge step towards a top-four finish with a 2-1 victory at home to European rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday evening.
Morning, and a great day's football in prospect in the top flight. As usual, you'll be able to follow it all right here on bundesliga.com
Friday, 18 March
Here's how Schalke and Gladbach will be starting in the Matchday 27 opener this evening...
Hertha Berlin playmaker Alexander Baumjohann has signed a contract extension, keeping him at the club until June 2017. Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz announced the news via his personal Twitter account earlier today.
Bayern in fine voice
The Bundesliga leaders held a chorus of 'Happy Birthday' for back-up goalkeeper Tom Starke during training on Friday. The veteran custodian turns 35 today. Many happy returns!
Get to grips with football terminology in German with the help of an array of Bundesliga stars. Every week we'll be teaching you new words - so far we've had 'Fallrückzieher' and 'Freistossschütze'. Click here to discover what they mean.
Hamburg will be without captain Johan Djourou for their home match against Hoffenheim on Saturday. The club announced the news on Twitter after their final training session ahead of the game, saying he has a "viral infection".
Eintracht Frankfurt take on Hannover 96 in what is set to be a gripping relegation battle on Saturday. There will be added spice too, with new Frankfurt signing Szabolcs Huszti facing his old club for the first time. Check out his best Bundesliga goals below - his left boot is a bit special!
Tough task for Köln
Playing against Bayern is never easy at the best of times, but especially so when your team is out of form. The Billy Goats have taken just four points from their last five games, scoring only four times in the process. No wonder they're resorting to desperate measures...
Gladbach and Schalke have engaged in some light-hearted pre-match jousting on Twitter ahead of tonight's encounter...
Alaba inks extension
FC Bayern München full-back David Alaba has extended his contract with the record Bundesliga champions until 2021.
Jürgen Klopp said he would have to be "foolish" to want to meet his former club, Borussia Dortmund, but he will face BVB with Liverpool FC in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final. Very tasty indeed. Follow all the reaction to the draw RIGHT HERE!
Bundesliga pair learn UCL fate
Bayern have drawn Portuguese giants SL Benfica in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with VfL Wolfsburg facing the mighty Real Madrid CF. The two Bundesliga clubs will play their first legs at home on 5/6 April, before heading to the Iberian Peninsula a week later on 12/13 April.
Follow all the reaction to the draw RIGHT HERE! And don't forget, there's the UEFA Europa League draw featuring Borussia Dortmund at 13:00CET!
Robben ruled out of Dutch duty
FC Bayern München's Arjen Robben has been ruled out of representing the Netherlands in two friendly internationals next week due to an injury which will also see the winger miss his side's trip to 1. FC Köln this weekend.
We're all looking forward to Matchday 27, but there is another major event today - the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League quarter-final draws - follow all the build-up, the draws and the post-draw reaction RIGHT HERE NOW!
Augsburg ready for Dortmund
Kick-off at the WWK Arena is Sunday, 17:30CET/16:30GMT
Hear the Bundesliga LIVE!
Schalke v Gladbach is the first of five live commentaries on Bundesliga radio...find out which games will be broadcast on Matchday 27.
The Guide: MD27
With just eight Matchdays of the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign remaining, every game is crucial at both the top and bottom of the table. As ever, bundesliga.com is on hand to run you through everything you need to know ahead of the latest round of fixtures...
Maybe they should be...their heaviest Bundesliga loss ever came against a Gladbach side featuring Jupp Heynckes and Günter Netzer, who won 11-0.
The business end...
This is what everyone has their eyes on right now...the Bundesliga table...check it out for yourselves.
FC Schalke and Borussia Mönchengladbach will both have dreams of a top-four finish and a place in next season's UEFA Champions League when they face off at the VELTINS Arena on Friday (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT).