More dropped points for FC Bayern München and another win for promoted RB Leipzig garnered plenty of column inches, but it was another story that stole the headlines on Bundesliga Matchday 7.
No less than ten penalties were awarded over the course of the weekend, yet only five found their mark. Although it is not the first time Bundesliga referees have collectively hit double-figures in the penalty kicks department on a single match day - Matchday 12 of the 1971/72 campaign witnessed a record-high concession of twelve - never before have so many failed to hit the back of the net.
Watch: Fluffed lines from the penalty spot on Matchday 7:
First on the list was Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who saw his tame effort saved by Hertha Berlin custodian Rune Jarstein, before redeeming himself somewhat with the equalising goal. That thwarted attempt nevertheless set the tone for things to come - not that many would have anticipated so much high drama from 12 yards.
Watch: Highlights of Dortmund's absorbing draw with Hertha:
You could not have written the script at BORUSSIA-PARK, where Borussia Mönchengladbach somehow failed to find a way past ten-man Hamburger SV. Visiting goalkeeper Rene Adler assumed immovable object duties, saving Andre Hahn's first-half spot-kick and winning the mind games with Gladbach captain Lars Stindl, who thwacked a penalty of his own against the crossbar in the second half.
Watch: HSV had Rene Adler to thank for a point in Gladbach:
In the form of his life, meanwhile, 1. FC Köln goal-getter Anthony Modeste had no such problems beating FC Ingolstadt 04 stopper Orjan Nyland from the spot. The current Bundesliga campaign's leading marksman has now scored 75 per cent of his Bundesliga penalties - a statistic he shares with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric, who held his nerve to seal a 2-1 win over SC Freiburg on Saturday afternoon.
Watch: Anthony Modeste scored both goals for Köln on Matchday 7:
Watch: Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric made no mistake from 12 yards on Matchday 7:
Of all the penalty takers on Matchday 7, however, only Ingolstadt's Lukas Hinterseer and 1. FSV Mainz 05 midfielder Yunus Malli boast a 100 per cent record from 12 yards. Malli grabbed the 05ers' second of the afternoon in the Rhein-Main-Derby against SV Darmstadt 98, but not before Mainz No.1 Jonas Lössl had denied Antonio Mirko Colak from 12 yards. The Lilies did register late on, though, thanks to Jerome Gondorf's maiden penalty in the Bundesliga.
Watch: Yunus Malli orchestrated Mainz's first Bundesliga home win of the season:
It was the first time since 22 February 2014 that three penalties had been awarded in a single Bundesliga match (1. FC Nürnberg 2-1 Eintracht Braunschweig), but the edge-of-the-seat excitement did not stop there. Fortunately for Leipzig, Emil Forsberg's dragged penalty attempt at VfL Wolfsburg's Volkswagen Arena did not come back to haunt him.
Watch: Leipzig extended their unbeaten start to the season to seven matches with victory in Wolfsburg:
Bundesliga penalty trivia
- Since the Bundesliga's inaugural season, 4,520 penalty kicks have been awarded, with 3,374 scored.Michael Nushör is the only player in Bundesliga history to score three penalties in a single game (VfB Stuttgart 7-0 Hannover 96, 8 February 1986).Nuri Sahin, Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Marco Pantelic and Bruno Labbadia are the only players to have missed four Bundesliga penalties in a row.Dortmund missed a Bundesliga-high seven penalties in a row between November 1963 - January 1965.VfL Bochum 1848 coverted a Bundesliga record 24 successive penalties between January 1978 - October 1982.Hans-Jörg Butt has scored more penalties in a row than any player in Bundesliga history. The retired goalkeeper netted 17 on the bounce (April 1999- February 2001) whilst playing for Hamburg.