Cologne - Faces old and new stepped up to the plate on another thrilling round of fixtures on Bundesliga Matchday 3.
bundesliga.com has collated the weekend's ten major talking points...
1) Muto shines
If fans weren’t familiar with the name Yoshinori Muto prior to 1. FSV Mainz 05's clash with Hannover 96, they most certainly will be now. The 23-year-old forward netted a brace faster than any other Japanese player in Bundesliga history on Saturday afternoon as the 05ers treated the red masses at the Coface Arena to a dominant 3-0 success - their biggest ever win under current head coach Martin Schmidt.
2) Müller magic
"Bayern's a shark tank,” quipped Thomas Müller after grabbing two goals of his own on his 200th Bundesliga appearance in the defending champions’ 3-0 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen. “Sometimes you have to throw some of the others a fish.” What the 25-year-old is actually referring to is his selfless decision to let Arjen Robben take a penalty, despite having just scored from 12 yards himself and being on a hat-trick. Already top of the Bundesliga leading scorers' charts on five goals after three games, he can afford to be generous.
3) Ominous form from the champions
Staying with Bayern, let’s not forgot Pep Guardiola’s men lined up for Saturday’s top-of-the-table encounter without a single recognised centre-back in the matchday squad. Did it make the slightest bit of difference? Not at all! The record German champions' makeshift back line provided a solid foundation for the dismantling of one of the Bundesliga’s most feared attacking ensembles.
4) Ingolstadt on the up
Bayern aren’t the only side in Bavaria making waves right now. Last term’s Bundesliga 2 champions FC Ingolstadt 04 held their own at the home of regional rivals FC Augsburg on Saturday afternoon, chalking up their second win of the season thanks to a fantastic second-half goal from Australia international Mathew Leckie. Having triumphed by the same scoreline in Mainz on Matchday 1, die Schanzer have made history as the first promoted side to win their first two away games of the season.
5) Billy Goats kicking off
1. FC Köln were up there with the very best last season when it came to protecting their own goal, but they left a lot to be desired in front of it at the other end. Now, though, the Billy Goats' apparent foibles in the final third - only Hamburger SV and relegated SC Paderborn 07 scored fewer goals in 2014/15 - appear to be a thing of the past thanks to red-hot trio Simon Zoller, Anthony Modeste and Philipp Hosiner. The latter two were on target in Saturday’s come-from-behind victory over HSV, taking Köln’s tally for the campaign to six goals in three outings and ensuring the North Rhine-Westphalian club remain unbeaten at the RheinEnergieStadion in 2015.
6) Wolves bare teeth
Having scraped a win over Eintracht Frankfurt and drawn with Köln, VfL Wolfsburg finally hit the dizzy heights of 2014/15 at the third time of asking on Friday night. Even without Kevin De Bruyne and Ivan Perisic, the Wolves played some wonderfully flowing football at the Volkswagen Arena, brushing aside FC Schalke 04 in a resounding 3-0 win to extend their unbeaten home run in the Bundesliga to a staggering 24 matches. Seven points from their opening three games also represents their best ever start to a season.
7) Castaignos up and running
In the continued absence of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season’s top scorer Alexander Meier, new Frankfurt striker Luc Castaignos put in a man-of-the-match performance in the Eagles’ 4-1 win against VfB Stuttgart. On his third Bundesliga outing since joining the club from FC Twente in the summer, the mercurial Dutchman was on target twice at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, showing a real poacher’s instinct for both goals.
8) Fortress Böllenfalltor
SV Darmstadt 98 are yet to win since gaining promotion to the Bundesliga, but they haven’t lost either, drawing all three of their to-flight encounters thus far in 2015/16. Two of those fixtures, including Saturday’s battling goalless draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, have been played on home soil at the inimitable Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor, where the Lilies are now unbeaten in 14 matches. What is it they say? Home form can make or break a promoted club’s season…
9) Ujah earns his crust
Bremen striker Anthony Ujah was seemingly tireless in his side’s 2-1 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday, and gave off the impression he was almost determined to win it single-handedly. The Nigerian’s eight shots on goal set a new personal record in a Bundesliga match for the attacker, and left him just one shy of the number of shots the entire Gladbach team had throughout the 90 minutes.
10 ) Draw specialists
Three games into the new season and promoted side Darmstadt 98 remain unbeaten. Their 0-0 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was the third successive time the Lilies have shared the points this term. That is perhaps unsurprising given their form in 2014/15, when they drew 14 matches in the Bundesliga 2. On Saturday defender Luca Caldirola secured them a point with a dramatic goal-line clearance in the last minute.