- Mönchengladbach off to a flier against Bremen.
- Borussia Dortmund thrashed 10-man Darmstadt 6-0.
- Bayern came from behind to defeat Ingolstadt
The goals simply flew in during the afternoon fixtures in the Bundesliga. Dortmund noticed six, Leipzig four, Bayern three and Marco Fabian grabbed a vital winner for Eintracht Frankfurt after Chicharito had equalized for Bayer Leverkusen. The scene is set for an intriguing late kick-off…
Stay tuned for comprehensive live coverage of all the build-up, team news and reaction as it happens across Germany's top flight!
Matchday 3 fixtures
(All times given are CEST)
Friday 16 September
1. FC Köln 3-0 SC Freiburg
Saturday 17 September
FC Bayern München 3-1 FC Ingolstadt 04 (15:30)
Borussia Dortmund 6-0 SV Darmstadt 98 (15:30)
Hamburger SV 0-4 RB Leipzig (15:30)
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg (15:30)
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (15:30)
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 SV Werder Bremen (18:30)
21:22 - Until tomorrow!
What a stunning day of Bundesliga action that was! FC Bayern München went back to the top of the pile, and there were 22 goals scored across the land of the FIFA World Champions. Remember to click onto bundesliga.com again on Sunday, with two more games still to come, including high flying Hertha Berlin's clash with struggling FC Schalke 04!
20:56 - Johannsson protests innocence
"I went to his the referee's room , I wanted to explain the situation again," said the USMNT striker. "I would be very disappointed to get banned for something I haven't said."
.@aronjo20: "War in Kabine bei ihm, wollte es nochmal erklären. Sehr enttäuschend gesperrt zu werden für etwas, was ich nicht gesagt habe."— SV Werder Bremen (@werderbremen) September 17, 2016
20:48 - Welcome back!
Nico Schulz on his five-minute run out for Gladbach - his first Bundesliga minutes since September 2015: "I was happy to be back on the pitch in a competitive game again."
Full-time - Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 SV Werder Bremen
Well that was a good day at the office for the Foals! Hazard and Raffael helped themselves to a brace apiece to drown out Gnabry's - admittedly stunning - first goal for Bremen.
81' - Red card for Johannsson
...and he was just clicking into gear as well...
75' - Chance for Gladbach!
Gnabry seems to have prodded the hornet's nest. Hazard surges forward and lets fly, but his stinging effort crashes back off the far post!
72' - GOAL! Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 SV Werder Bremen
What a goal!!! Serge Gnabry has barely had a sniff this evening, but after picking up on Johannsson's chipped ball through he volleys home an unstoppable finish from the edge of the box! A fine first Bremen goal from the former Arsenal FC man.
70' - Bremen chance!
Johannsson picks up on a parry from Yann Sommer but Vestergaard slides in to deny his former teammate at the last!
68' - A first clean sheet of the season on the cards?
60' - Glabach cruising
Borussia have taken their foot off the gas a little. They have completed 333 passes to Bremen's 154 are are happy to spray the ball around and let the visitors chase.
46' - Meanwhile...
46' - Changes wrung
Skripnik brings on Finland captain Niklas Moisander in place of Diagne, who was run ragged by Hazard in the first half. USMNT striker Aron Johannsson replaces Clemens Fritz in an attempt to add some hitherto missing verve to the Bremen attack.
We're underway for the second half between Gladbach and Bremen. Can Viktor Skripnik's men stem the tide?
Half-time - Who are you backing?
Raffael and Hazard are racking up the goals tonight! have you picked them in your Official Fantasy Bundesliga team yet? Click HERE to do so!
Half-time - Hazard a guess how important Thorgan is...
Half-time - Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0 SV Werder Bremen
What a rollicking for Bremen at BORUSSIA-PARK. Thorgan Hazard and Raffael have bagged a brace apiece to leave Gladbach firmly in the ascendancy.
40' GOAL! Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0 SV Werder Bremen
Bremen fail to clear their lines and Raffael is free in the box to volley home on the turn!
36' - Weidwald...
Bremen goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald cuts a pensive figure on the sidelines. Will he be dropped for the visit of 1. FSV Mainz on Wednesday?
20' GOAL! Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 SV Werder Bremen!!!
Insult has already been added to injury for Bremen. Drobny brings down Lars Stindl in the box and Raffael steps up to thump home his first goal of the campaign from the penalty spot. What a start for Andre Schubert's men!
17' GOAL! Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 SV Werder Bremen!
What a start this is from the Foals! Hazard latches onto Jannik Vestergaard's long ball forward and races clear of Diagne before thumping home his third goal in as many Bundesliga games.
11' GOAL! Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 SV Werder Bremen.
There's no denying Hazard this time. Gladbach win the ball back high up the pitch before Raffael selflessly squares the ball to his colleague, who fires home his second goal of the season.
5' - What chance!
Thorgan Hazard slaloms through the visiting defence before rounding Jaroslav Drobny, but Fallou Diagne races back to clear the Belgian's effort off the line!
We're underway at BORUSSIA-PARK.
18:25 - Line-ups
SV Werder Bremen are without Luca Caldirola for the foreseeable after the Italian defender broke his ankle in the 2-1 loss to Augsburg last weekend.
Flying winger Ibrahima Traore comes back into the team for Borussia Mönchengladbach.
18:00 - In need of points
Both Gladbach and Bremen will be desperately keen to secure the three points on Saturday evening. The home side followed defeat in Freiburg last week with another loss in the Champions League on Wednesday. Bremen on the other hand have lost both matches so far in the league…
AFTERNOON FIXTURES - AS THEY HAPPENED
90+2’ - GOAL! Hamburg 0-4 Leipzig
Davie Selke has put the icing on the cake for the visitors at the Volksparkstadion. Lovely finish by the former SV Werder Bremen man.
88' GOAL! Dortmund 6-0 Darmstadt
Pulisic's cross finds Emre Mor, and after superbly bringing the ball down he shoots just inside the post for a sixth Dortmund goal.
88’ - Frankfurt 2-1 Leverkusen
Chicharito has the chance to equalise from the penalty spot after Chandler fells Julian Brandt inside the box, but the Leverkusen forward crashes his effort against the foot of the post!
85’ GOAL! Dortmund 5-0 Darmstadt
Sebastian Rode, on as a substitute, gets in on the act, flicking home a Castro pull-back from the right with a back-heeled instep to wrong-foot Esser for his first goal for Dortmund.
84' GOAL! Bayern 3-1 Ingolstadt
Game, set and match. Rafinha takes a leaf out of Alonso's book to wrap up the points. Bayern needed that!
82’ Hoffenheim 0-0 Wolfsburg
Sandro Wagner has a late chance to snatch a Hoffenheim win against the run of play, but he loses his balance in the box and sends his effort wide of the near post.
78' - GOAL! Dortmund 4-0 Darmstadt
Castro gets his second with a sublime piece of skill, flicking a cross from Pulisic past Esser with the inside of his heel from just inside the six yard box.
79’- GOAL! Frankfurt 2-1 Leverkusen
Fabian scores his first ever Bundesliga goal, tapping in from close range from Ante Rebic’s pass! What a game the Mexico international is having!
77’ - GOAL! Hamburg 0-3 Leipzig
Timo Werner appears to have sealed the points for the visitors with a composed finish. The 20-year-old has been brilliant since coming on at half time and fully deserves his goal.
75’ - Frankfurt 1-1 Leverkusen
Kampl goes close to giving Leverkusen the lead, but his curling effort from just outside the box caresses the crossbar and goes over, with goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky well beaten.
72’ - GOAL! Hamburg 0-2 Leipzig
Emil Forsberg’s free-kick is headed across goal by Willi Orban and although Gideon Jung appears to prod the ball across his own goal-line, Orban is claiming the goal. Leipzig fans won’t mind who got the final touch - their team are heading for a second straight Bundesliga win!
65’ GOAL Hamburg 0-1 Leipzig
Leipzig take a deserved lead from the spot. Former VfB Stuttgart man Timo Werner was brought down in the box by Rene Adler, who was shown a yellow card for his troubles. Up stepped Forsberg, who sent Adler the wrong way to put the visitors 1-0 up at the Volksparkstadion.
FC Bayern München 2-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 SV Darmstadt 98
Hamburger SV 0-0 RB Leipzig
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
60’- GOAL! Frankfurt 1-1 Leverkusen
The visitors equalise through who else but Chicharito?! The Mexican is inexplicably left unmarked at the back post, skips passed onrushing goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky with a lovely shimmy and rifles past two defenders into the net!
57' Dortmund 3-0 Darmstadt
To make matters worse for Darmstadt, they will have to play the last 33 minutes with 10 men, as Peter Niemeyer has been sent off! He collected his second yellow of the match for a clumsy foul on Adrian Ramos.
54' Dortmund 3-0 Darmstadt
Christian Pulisic gets an early 18th birthday present, latching on to a deflected cross to slide the ball into a gaping net and surely tie up the three points for Dortmund.
53' Bayern 2-1 Ingolstadt
You will not see a better save than this all season. Mathew Leckie only has Manuel Neuer to beat from ten yards, but the Germany no.1 throws up a steel-like wrist to push the Ingolstadt forward's venomous strike over the crossbar.
53’- GOAL! Frankfurt 1-0 Leverkusen
Frankfurt have been the better of the sides since the restart and deservedly take the lead. Marco Fabian dinks in a cross from the left, Seferovic flicks on to Alex Meier, who makes no mistake from six yards and rifles it into the roof of the net.
48' Bayern 2-1 Ingolstadt
Costa's involved as Bayern patiently work the ball from right to left. Rafinha's cross has too much on it for Franck Ribery, but it's played back to Xabi Alonso, who arrows an unstoppable effort into the corner of the net from 20 yards. What. A. Hit!
48' Dortmund 2-0 Darmstadt
Raffael Guerreiro's lonmg range shot is well saved by Esser, but the Darmstadt keeper can only parry it into the path of Adrian Ramos, who taps the rebound home from a tight angle
16:32 - Second half underway
The action has resumed around the grounds.
FC Bayern München 1-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
Ingolstadt are holding their own at the Allianz Arena, despite seeing Dario Lezcano's opening goal swiftly wiped out by the prolific Robert Lewandowski. Will we see Bayern's Arjen Robben in the second half?
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 SV Darmstadt 98
Dortmund have dominated the first half, with Darmstadt barely crossing halfway. Castro converted Dembele’s cross in the seventh minute, but fine saves from Esser and a lack of ruthlessness from Dortmund have kept it at 1-0. Four yellow cards from a frustrated Darmstadt side tells its own story.
Hamburger SV 0-0 RB Leipzig
Not an awful lot in the way of goalmouth action at the Volksparkstadion, but there has been no shortage of effort from either team. Leipzig have gone closest to breaking the deadlock through Forsberg, while USMNT international Bobby Wood has cut a frustrated figure at times in the HSV attack.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg
A lot of perspiration but not much inspiration as Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg head into the interval at 0-0. Wolves winger Julian Draxler has come closest to scoring, sending one shot narrowly wide and seeing another tipped onto the bar, but a first goalless draw between the sides remains a distinct possibility given the opening 45 minutes.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Frankfurt and Leverkusen have cancelled each other out at the Commerzbank Arena so far. It’s been a fast-paced, energetic affair punctuated by heavy tackles in a congested midfield. This fixture has never finished goalless in the Bundesliga, so there are surely goals to come in the second half.
44’ - Frankfurt 0-0 Leverkusen
Haris Seferovic goes close to breaking the deadlock! The striker cuts across his marker to meet Timothy Chandler’s near-post cross, but his instinctive flick grazes the side netting.
40’ - Bayern 1-1 Ingolstadt
Bayern not having things entirely their own way as Mathew Leckie makes Manuel Neuer work following a slick counter. Food for thought for Carlo Ancelotti.
41’ - Hamburg 0-0 Leipzig
Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi has just been forced into action for the first time today. Nicolai Müller’s effort from the tightest of angles was food and drink for the Hungarian custodian, who has had a fairly comfortable afternoon between the sticks so far. Leipzig defending resolutely as we approach half time.
36’ Dortmund 1-0 Darmstadt
Darmstadt have hardly made it out of their own half, but to give them credit they have kept Dortmund at bay since Castro's goal. Esser has made decent saves from Guerreiro and Ramos to keep it at only 1-0.
34’ – Frankfurt 0-0 Leverkusen
Marco Fabian gives the home fans a glimpse of his ability. Picking the ball up on the left, he glides past Leverkusen right-back Tin Jedvaj and cuts inside onto his right foot before smashing a rasping effort goalwards. Just over.
25' – Frankfurt 0-0 Leverkusen
The first real chance of the game falls to Leverkusen's Admir Mehmedi. Kevin Kampl surges forward after the visitors recover the ball in midfield, and plays it out to the left. Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez shields the ball from a defender, allowing it to run through to Mehmedi, whose first-time left-footed strike fizzes over the bar.
Robert Lewandowski’s equaliser was his 126th Bundesliga goal, taking him into the league’s top 25 all-time goalscorers.
20’ - Bayern back on top
Lezcano’s opener was the wake-up call Bayern needed. It has been one-way traffic since Lewandowski’s equaliser, with Ingolstadt hemmed deep in their own half.
17’ - deadlock in Hoffenheim
The home side nearly drew first blood when Nadiem Amiri latched onto Lukas Rupp's deflected shot, but Koen Casteels blocked him from point-blank range. At the other end, Mario Gomez saw a shot palmed away by Oliver Baumann before Julian Draxler pulled the rebound wide…
18’ - Leipzig dominating
Leipzig have looked very, very impressive so far at the Volksparkstadion. Emil Forsberg and Bernardo have both gone close to giving the away side the lead, while Yussuf Poulsen is causing the HSV defence all sorts of problems with his speed and strength. It remains goalless, though.
13' - Bayern level
Ingolstadt’s lead lasts barely four minutes. After a strong tackle in midfield by Arturo Vidal, Franck Ribery slips in Robeert Lewandowski, who brings up his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season with a divine chip over the head of the advancing Orjan Nyland. All square at the Allianz Arena!
8' – Frankfurt 0-0 Leverkusen
Frankfurt's Marco Fabian is seemingly determined to make the most of his first start of the Bundesliga season and has been the hosts' liveliest player so far. The Mexican has covered more ground than any of his team-mates (0.85km) and is involved in all their attacks.
8’ Bayern 0-1 Ingolstadt
Just as Bayern pass the ten-hour mark for not conceding, Mathew Leckie squeezes a cute ball into the path of Dario Lezcano, who holds his nerve and pokes through the legs of Manuel Neuer to give Ingolstadt a shock lead.
7’ Dortmund 1-0 Darmstadt
A rapid counter attack from Dortmund started with Burki, swept upfield then a low cross from Dembele was sidefooted home by Castro from near the penalty spot
7' - Goals in Dortmund and Munich
Castro opens the scoring for Dortmund and Ingolstadt have sensationally taken the lead in Munich through Lezcano!
15:34 - last-minute change for Darmstadt
Captain Aytac Sulu had to pull out at the last minute for Darmstadt. He’s replaced by Leon Guwara at the heart of a packed defense facing a long afternoon in Dortmund…
15.30 - And we’re underway
With Bayern at home in the Oktoberfest, Dortmund in front of 80,000 as usual and Frankfurt hosting a „Mexican derby“, the afternoon fixtures promise a great deal of drama!
15.20 - Kick-off minutes away
And alongside the news that Fabian is playing, Dortmund also have a headline-making line-up as Mario Götze will only start on the bench. Will he get a run-out in front of the Yellow Wall on his second coming?
14.50 - Eintracht Frankfurt team news
And the big news is: Marco Fabian will start against his best friend and compatriot Chicharito.
14:45 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen team news
14:33 - Ingolstadt team news
14:28 - Bayern team news
14:22 - Pulisic breaking more records
Christian Pulisic, who turns 18 on Sunday, is already turning heads again this season with some eye-catching performances. Take a look at our analysis of the precocious American.
14:16 - Top 10 Oktoberfest goals
A Bayern home game in Oktoberfest, which starts today, usually heralds a glut of goals. Here are the best 10 to enjoy again!
14:02 - Rain, rain, go away
Soggy conditions on the way into the Allianz Arena.
13:35 - Walk this way
RB Leipzig get into the zone, can they continue their good start to the season this afternoon?
13:18 - Carlo's record-breaking start
Carlo Ancelotti has plenty to smile about after FC Bayern München's fantastic start to the campaign. The record titleholders have won all five of their competitive fixtures thus far, scoring 20 and conceding zero. Read more here.
12:54 - The stage is set
The Commerzbank Arena is looking splendid, as ever. Just over two and a half hours until the action gets underway around the country.
12:45 - Match centres
Don't forget to check out our brand-new match centres. Simply follow this link and select the game of your choice for build-up, team news and much, much more!
12:29 - Mexican stand-off?
Could Javier Hernandez line up against compatriot Marco Fabian at the Commerzbank Arena this afternoon? The latter has yet to feature in the Bundesliga this season... what better time to make his first appearance of 2016/17?
12:09 - 5 things to look out for
There's plenty to look forward to on Matchday 3. We've highlighted five things to keep an eye out for.
11:53 - Smitten-court
Hard to complain when your team is top of the league, Leo...
11:34 - New contract for Frankfurt's Russ
Lovely news: Eintracht Frankfurt defender Marco Russ has signed a new contract with the club until 2019. The 31-year-old is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, but is due to return to action in early 2017.
11:16 - Happy memories
The last time FC Bayern played Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga, they were crowned champions. Remember this, Bayern fans?
11:00 - Good morning
Well, what a start to proceedings as Köln go top of the Bundesliga for the first time in exactly 20 years. It was a case of history repeating itself as the Billy Goats climbed to the summit with a home win over Freiburg on Matchday 3...just as they did against the same opponents, on the same match day exactly 20 years ago...
Yet with the Oktoberfest kicking off, there will be a party atmosphere in Munich and Bayern will be looking to stoke the festivities up even further with victory in the Bavarian derby with Ingolstadt and return top.
Best of the build-up so far...
Are you an Official Fantasy Bundesliga manager fretting over your line-up for the weekend? Click here to make some last-minute transfers! Meanwhile, bundesliga.com has prepared all the team news ahead of tonight's encounter: just click here for those.
A "minor injury" for Goretzka
The Schalke midfielder is hopeful of featuring against Hertha Berlin at the weekend.
Chicha's special message
In case you'd forgotten...
Big weekend in Munich
It also promises to be a big weekend for this man, Joshua Kimmich. Guaranteed to start against Ingolstadt, the youngster has scored four goals in his last three competitive appearances.
More from Tuchel...
"The progress Mario Götze is making is clear to see. The key thing now is to maintain that level of progression."
Augsburg captain on Mainz clash
Augsburg skipper Paul Verhaegh has been speaking to the media ahead of Die Fuggerstädter's clash with Mainz:
Milestone for Martin
Kimmich to keep his place
Good news for Joshua Kimmich fans…
Mixed news for Bayern
Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller and David Alaba have all been ruled out of Saturday’s clash with Ingolstadt with an illness. Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed, though, that Mats Hummels has recovered from the head injury sustained against Rostov in midweek, while Jerome Boateng and Arjen Robben are also included in the Italian's matchday squad following injury.
Wolves duo to miss Hoffenheim trip
Wolfsburg have just confirmed that Daniel Didavi and Luiz Gustavo will miss Saturday's match at Hoffenheim through injury. Didavi has undergone minor surgery on a knee problem, while Gustavo has a groin injury.
Saturday also sees Marco Fabian's Frankfurt and Javier 'Chicharito' hernandez's Leverkusen face off at the Commerzbank Arena. bundesliga.com spoke exclusively to the former earlier this week. Click here for the full interview.
With October fast approaching, Bayern gearing up for the annual festivities in Munich...