Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München and Darmstadt 98 (from l.-r.) all posted impressive results on Matchday 4
Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München and Darmstadt 98 (from l.-r.) all posted impressive results on Matchday 4

Ten things you need to know about Bundesliga Matchday 4

Cologne - Goalscorers and results invariably dominate the headlines on any given Bundesliga matchday, but scratch below the surface a little and there are plenty more fascinating stories to unearth. shines a light on some of the most notable of them on Matchday 4...

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2) Imperious BVB

The fact Bayern are only second in the table, albeit on goal difference, speaks volumes for the performances of league leaders Borussia Dortmund. Die Schwarz-Gelben hit back from a goal down to vanquish Hannover 96 and extend their winning start under Thomas Tuchel to a club-record nine matches in all competitions, as well as achieving the best ever start to a Bundesliga season by any club.

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4) Lilies blooming

On the subject of Darmstadt, Saturday's win represented their first in the Bundesliga since 1982. At the start of the season, the Lilies were seen as most people's pick to be relegated, but unbeaten and with six points on the board from their opening four top-flight games, Dirk Schuster's men are proving no pushovers.

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7) Dream comeback

SV Werder Bremen earned their first away win of the season by scoring two last-gasp goals against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. While that was a noteworthy achievement in itself, the real story was Claudio Pizarro’s return for his third spell as a Bremen player. The Peruvian announced his (re)arrival with a bang, coming off the bench in the 82nd minute to reinvigorate the Green-Whites’ attack and set up Anthony Ujah to put the visitors 2-1 ahead in the 90th minute.

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8) Showing solidarity

The current plight of refugees in Europe has moved people around the world, and Germany football is certainly playing its part to help out. The Bundesliga clubs are leading by example, as could be seen by numerous sides opening their doors to refugees to watch live in the stadiums this weekend, with some refugee children even standing in as mascots. At FC Schalke 04’s Veltins Arena, the entire crowd took to their feet prior to kick-off in support of the club’s #StandUp campaign.

10) Ingolstadt making waves

Speaking of newcomers, debutants FC Ingolstadt 04 continued their impressive start to their maiden top-flight campaign. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men held last season’s runners-up VfL Wolfsburg to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, their first ever Bundesliga point on home soil. Currently in ninth place with seven points from four games, the Bavarians have kept three clean sheets so far – a record unmatched by any other team this season.

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