FC Bayern München kicked off Matchday 2 with an impressive win at FC Schalke 04 on Friday evening, and it was the super-subs who stole the show on Saturday as Bayer 04 Leverkusen, SC Freiburg, Hertha Berlin, SV Darmstadt 98 and RB Leipzig all picked up victories. Sunday saw SV Werder Bremen defeated at home to FC Augsburg and 1. FSV Mainz 05 and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim play out a memorable 4-4 draw in the late kick-off.
bundesliga.com will keep you bang up to date with all the build-up, action and reaction...
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19:45 - Thanks for joining us!
It's safe to say this weekend will go down as one of the most memorable Matchdays in a long time. On that note, we're going to take a well-deserved breather. Much like you, though, we can't wait for the Bundesliga to be back, and so we'll be with you ahead of Friday's meeting between 1. FC Köln and SC Freiburg. Should be a cracker - see you then!
19:27 - Crazy indeed
19:25 - ...and breathe!
We still don't really know what to say, so here are some stats instead:
- In the last 15 games under Julian Nagelsmann, Mark Uth has scored ten goals.Adam Szalai had gone 40 Bundesliga games without a goal; his last came on 12 December 2014 for Hoffenheim against Eintracht Frankfurt.The last 4-4 draw in the Bundesliga came on 17 December 2014, between Eintracht Frankfurt and Hertha Berlin.
19:11 - What a game! Szalai scores - 4-4!
Well, well, well, we don't quite know what to say so we'll just describe the goal. Kramaric - who has been outstanding in the second half - does brilliantly to hold onto the ball inside the box, despite being surrounded by four men. He stabs his pass through - somehow - to Adam Szalai, who calmly controls the ball and places it under Jonas Lössl from inside the six-yard box. What a game, what a weekend. Can they get another?
19:01 - Uth scores - twice - to make it 4-3!
Remarkable scenes in Mainz, as Hoffenheim are now only a goal behind! Mark Uth scores twice in two minutes, the first a fine header from Andrej Kramaric's lovely cross, before the German sends a powerful, left-footed effort past Jonas Lössl from 25 yards! What a game!
18:50 - Bussmann dismissed!
Mainz were completely in control, but Gaetan Bussmann is dismissed as the last man for bringing down Andrej Kramaric. The resulting free-kick comes to nothing, but can Hoffenheim capitalise on their man advantage in the final half-hour?
18:35 - SECOND-HALF!
We're back under way at the OPEL ARENA, with the hosts looking to build on their stunning first-half display. Here are a few stats that we dug out during the interval:
- For the first time in their Bundesliga history, Mainz scored four goals before half-time.This is the second time in his career that Pablo de Blasis has scored a brace. His last came against Augsburg in April of this year.Whenever de Blasis scores, Mainz win.
18:18 - HALF-TIME!
What a half that was! Mainz lead 4-1 at the break.
18:12 - Öztunali scores for Mainz!
Take a bow, Levin Öztunali. The young attacking midfielder does brilliantly on the right, and the move he started ends when he thumps his right-footed shot past Baumann into the top left-hand corner from ten yards out. Fine goal from the hosts, who now lead 4-1.
18:10 - Hoffenheim pull one back!
This is a fine goal. Andrej Kramaric cuts infield from the left and slides a pass through to Sandro Wagner. The big striker needs only one touch to hammer his shot from the edge of the area low past a helpless Jonas Lössl.
17:57 - Cordoba makes it three!
This is not quite how Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann had imagined his 200th Bundesliga appearance. Powerfully cutting in from the left, Jhon Cordoba gets to the edge of the area, shuffles inside and hits a powerful, right-footed shot at Baumann. The visiting custodian gets his hands to it, but can only parry it into his own net.
17:53 - Mainz double the lead!
Levin Öztunali does brilliantly on the right flank, and his low cross is met by the arriving de Blasis. The Argentinian makes no mistake from around the penalty spot, hammering his shot past Baumann. Doubly painful for Hoffenheim, this, given that Andrej Kramaric had hit the post at the other end with the previous attack.
17:33 - Mainz take the lead!
The smallest man on the field, Pablo de Blasis, stoops lowest in the box and heads high past a helpless Oliver Baumann in the Hoffenheim goal. The visitors had failed to clear a Yunus Malli corner and - after a series of unfortunate deflections - the Argentinian was on hand to head home the fastest Bundesliga goal of the season.
17:30 - Kick-off!
Should be a cracker, this, with plenty of high-octane, high-pressing on show - just how we like it. Don't forget that you can follow the game on Twitter with the hashtag #M05TSG.
17:27 - TEAM NEWS
Here’s how the two sides line up at the OPEL ARENA:
17:25 - Kick-off approaching
With everything wrapped up in Bremen, we’re heading straight over to the Opel Arena as Mainz welcome Hoffenheim.
17:05 - Augsburg certainly happy with that...
17:00 - What a goal!
Augsburg lead! Stafylidis hammers home a spectacular free-kick from the edge of the area to turn the game on its head.
16:40 - Augsburg equalise
The visitors are back on level terms! Dutch defender Jeffrey Gouweleeuw prodded home from a corner t register his first-ever goal in the Bundesliga.
16.35 - We're off again
The second half is underway with Bremen looking confident in the opening stages.
16:17 - Half-time
Augsburg had the better chances, but Bremen came into the game more and more as time went on, taking the lead on the stroke of half-time. Serge Gnabry is already showing how much of an asset he is going to be.
16:16 - And Johannsson makes it 1-0!
No mistake by the US star, as he sens Hitz the wrong way.
16:15 - Penalty to Bremen!
Hinteregger upends Junuzovic in full flight and after a period of contemplation, the referee points to the spot...
16:10 - Chances coming thick and fast
After Augsburg threatened, Bremen are starting to find their range as well, with Serge Gnabry at the heart of things. He had a long-range effort that just flew over and then brilliantly set up Fin Bartels, who couldn't keep his shot down.
16:00 - Game of attrition so far
Augsburg had the first chance of the game after just two minute as Alfred Finnbogason singed the plans of Felix Wiedwald from distance. And the Icelandic star went narrowly wide on 26 minutes. Played at high tempo, it’s a decent game to watch even though scoring opportunities have been few and far between, due in part to the fact that Bremen defenders Gebre Selassie and Robert Braun have won 100% of their challenges
15:30 - We're underway!
The match has kicked off in Bremen and we'll keep you abreast of proceedings with regular updates.
15:14 - Omens
Bremen lost the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season, but won 2-1 in Augsburg meaning there has never once been a goalless draw in competitive matches between these two sides.
14:44 - Augsburg starting line-up
Martin Hinteregger goes straight into the Augsburg team to face Bremen, following his deadline day move from FC Salzburg. The 24-year-old Austria international replaces Christoph Janker at centre-back.
14:37 - Bremen starting line-up
Bremen head coach Viktor Skripnik hands Serge Gnabry his Bundesliga debut. USMNT striker Aron Johanssson also starts for the second game running:
14:33 - Sea of green and white
The Weser Stadium and its environs are beginning to swell with Bremen fans. Can they inspire the Green-Whites to a first win of the season?
14:12 - Baumann older and wiser
Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann is all set to make his 200th Bundesliga appearance this afternoon. "It's a small milestone in my career," the former SC Freiburg stopper told club website www.achtzehn99.de. "I worked really hard to get where I am. I've learnt a lot and I've also become more relaxed on and off the pitch. You learn a thing or two from having experienced so many games."
Watch: Baumann drops a rare clanger in his Freiburg days:
13:47 - Schmidt asks for more of the same
Despite losing 2-1 to Dortmund on the opening weekend, Mainz head coach Martin Schmidt took plenty of positives from the game at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. "The match against Dortmund proved that a strong showing in a friendly doesn't come close to playing in the Bundesliga," he said ahead of today's trip to Hoffenheim. "Every week is completely different technically and tactically. Against Dortmund we put in a convincing display. We have to maintain this attitude against Hoffenheim and play exactly like we would at home."
Watch: Highlights of Mainz's Matchday 1 defeat to Dortmund:
13:32 - Match centre
Don't forget to make use of our brand spanking new match centre for more on Augsburg's trip to Bremen - now, during and after the game.
13:17 - Kohr targets three points in Bremen
Augsburg midfielder Dominik Kohr is confident his side can hold their own against Serge Gnabry and Co. this afternoon: "Gnabry has a lot of quality, but so do we and we'll hopefully be able to keep him quiet. We're going there to win!"
12:58 - Bellarabi blow
Leverkusen's 3-1 win over Hamburg came at a price on Saturday. Karim Bellarabi lasted just 17 seconds of the game at the BayArena, with tests later revealing a torn muscle bundle in his right adductor. It is not yet know how long the Germany winger will be out for, but he will definitely miss next week's games against CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Champions League and the Matchday 3 trip to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Watch: Match reaction to Leverkusen's Joel Pohjanpalo-inspired win against HSV:
12:17 - Bremen look to new-boy Gnabry
After defeat on the opening day in Munich and in the first round of the DFB Cup, SV Werder Bremen are looking to kickstart their campaign when FC Augsburg come to town. And they could have additional firepower to call upon as Olympic Games Rio 2016 top scorer Serge Gnabry is in in line for his debut.
12:00 - The venue
Now completely modernized with a solar-panel facade, Bremen's venerable Weserstadion has experienced plenty of drama down the years. Fans of the four-time Bundesliga champions are renowned for getting the 42,000-capacity stadium to really rock...
11:43 - Goals guaranteed in Mainz?
With Mainz losing in Dortmund on the opening day and Hoffenheim being held to a draw by RB Leipzig, both sides are seeking their first win of the news season in the late kick-off at the Opel Arena. Six of the last seven meetings between the two in Mainz have averaged three goals and there is every reason to expect more of the same on Sunday evening.
11:30 - Good morning one and all!
Well, what a way to return! After an international break, the Bundesliga once again did what it does best on Super Saturday and made us fall in love with it all over again! Late drama in Leverkusen and what about that for a finish in Leipzig...