Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Thorgan Hazard set the style standard on a weekend in which Mexican Independence Day celebrations took centre stage and FC Bayern München were forced to dig deep.
bundesliga.com rounds up the five main talking points to emerge from a compelling Matchday 3...
Deadly Dortmund find their rhythm
SV Darmstadt 98 were the latest team to feel the wrath of Dortmund, who inflicted the same 6-0 humbling on Norbert Meier's side that befell Legia Warszawa days earlier. "We controlled the game in every phase," coach Thomas Tuchel said after his side's second Bundesliga triumph of the campaign. "We had 22 shots and many attacks," the 43-year-old enthused, delighting in Die Schwarzgelben's return to attacking form. During Dortmund's demolition of Darmstadt, Gonzalo Castro - who scored twice - and Sebastian Rode netted superb flicks while Christian Pulisic starred and Emre Mor registered on his Bundesliga debut.
Watch: Christian Pulisic on scoring on the eve of his 18th Birthday:
"He's not just one of my friends, but rather my best friend …. in fact, Chicharito is like a brother to me," Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marco Fabian told bundesliga.com recently. The Mexican internationals were brothers in arms during Saturday's sumptuous spectacle at the Commerzbank Arena, but it was Fabian who outshone Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, setting up a goal and then scoring the winner as the Eagles soared to a 2-1 victory. "I think we've done Mexico proud," the former Chivas Guadalajara schemer said the day after his country's Independence Day celebrations. With Chicharito netting an equaliser and missing a late penalty, the exciting pair – on opposing sides for the first time - kept fans enthralled throughout with plenty of drama.
Watch: Marco Fabian on scoring his first ever Bundesliga goal:
Ingolstadt test battling Bayern
FC Ingolstadt 04 proved they were in no mood for Oktoberfest celebrations with Bavarian neighbours Bayern, whose rampaging start to the season was momentarily checked by Die by Die Schanzer. Despite witnessing his side concede their first goal of the season, Carlo Ancelotti oversaw a reversal of fortunes for Die Roten, whose 3-1 win extended the Italian tactician's record start at the Bayern helm. Goals from Xabi Alonso and Rafinha came after Robert Lewandowski registered in his fifth consecutive game for Bayern, a first for the Pole. "Sometimes you really have to fight for the win in football, and that's exactly what we had to do in this game," Lewy explained following a match in which goalkeeper Manuel Neuer needed to be at his best for a Bayern side beset by illness and injuries.
Watch: Robert Lewandowski admits Ingolstadt made life hard for Bayern:
Leipzig signal dangerous intent
Leipzig's blistering start to their debut Bundesliga campaign continues, with Ralph Hasenhüttl's side looking every bit title contenders in the competition's early stages. Last weekend's notable 1-0 win against Dortmund was followed by this week's 4-0 dismantling of their hosts Hamburger SV, with Timo Werner’s introduction making the telling difference after the break. A foul on the Germany Under-21 international resulted in Leipzig taking a 66th-minute lead from the penalty spot before the former VfB Stuttgart attacker netted the second double of his career to put the eastern team out of sight. Wednesday’s mouthwatering Matchday 4 encounter against Borussia Monchengladbach next awaits the Bundesliga's newest side.