There were impressive wins for Mainz, Bayern and Gladbach on Matchday 8, while Dortmund were beaten heavily - © © gettyimages
There were impressive wins for Mainz, Bayern and Gladbach on Matchday 8, while Dortmund were beaten heavily - © © gettyimages

The Essentials: Matchday 8

Cologne - Matchday 8 in the Bundesliga threw up plenty of talking points as ever, and not just in terms of the 93rd edition of Der Klassiker.

As ever, is on hand with the best of them after another dramatic weekend across the division...

1) Bayern take Klassiker spoils

FC Bayern München condemned Thomas Tuchel to his first defeat as Borussia Dortmund head coach in Sunday's Klassiker. The Bundesliga leaders put on a clinical display, with Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski grabbing braces either side of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's tenth Bundesliga goal of the season. Mario Götze rounded out the scoring as Bayern made it a record eight Bundesliga wins to start 2015/16.

2) Lewy trumps Auba

Lewandowski's well-taken double takes the Pole to 12 Bundesliga goals for the season, nine of which have come in his last three matches. The 27-year-old now sits two clear of Aubameyang at the top of the scoring charts, his former Dortmund team-mate having scored for the tenth consecutive Bundesliga game dating back to last season. Never before have two players each found the net at least ten times after eight matches.

3) Malli and Mainz on the march

1. FSV Mainz 05 notched up their fourth win of the campaign in a thrilling 3-2 win against SV Darmstadt 98 on Friday evening. At the centre of their success is in-form midfielder Yunus Malli, whose goal against the Lilies was his sixth this season. The 23-year-old has now scored 12 Bundesliga goals in 2015.

4) No stopping the Gladbach revival

Borussia Mönchengladbach have seen an incredible upturn in form under caretaker coach Andre Schubert. After losing all of their opening five league games, Gladbach have won three in a row since Schubert took the reins, a feat never before achieved by any incoming Foals coach. Borussia have scored nine goals in those three victories, having found the net only twice in the opening five games. A 2-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 8 also healed the wounds of an undeserved UEFA Champions League defeat to Manchester City last Wednesday.

5) First win for Frontzeck

A 1-0 victory over northern rivals SV Werder Bremen saw Hannover 96 finally celebrate their first win of the season. It was also the first time Hannover had kept a clean sheet since December 2014, as goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler found his form to deny Bremen time and again. Michael Frontzeck's men have put points on the board at just the right time.

6) Home comforts at last for Ingolstadt

FC Ingolstadt 04 have made a promising start to their first ever season in the Bundesliga, but they had to wait until Matchday 8 to enjoy a first win in front of their own fans, a 2-0 success against Eintracht Frankfurt. Pascal Groß' fantastic strike to put his side 1-0 up was also the first goal Ingolstadt have scored at home since arriving in the top flight.

7) Strike partnership gives Hertha the edge

Hertha Berlin continued their good start to the season with a 3-0 win over Hamburger SV on Matchday 8, and it came as no surprise that Salomon Kalou and Vedad Ibisevic shared the goals between them. Both strikers are in fine form, having scored seven of Hertha's 11 efforts this term, while Ibisevic's two goals gave him his second brace in three games.

8) Hoffenheim squander a lead - again

Timo Werner salvaged a late point for VfB Stuttgart with his last-minute header in a 2-2 draw at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday. For the hosts, there was an acute sense of deja-vu about the way they twice surrendered a one-goal lead, with Markus Gisdol's men having now lost a total of 13 points after failing to defend a lead this season, more than any other club in the Bundesliga.

9) Schalke's streak over

FC Schalke 04's 3-0 defeat at home to 1. FC Köln not only saw them miss out on a seventh win in 22 days, bit also ensured they fell just short of what would have been a new record of five straight Bundesliga wins. Goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann also conceded his first goal in 642 minutes as Köln celebrated their 1,500th Bundesliga match with three points – for the third time in a row against the Royal Blues.

10) Profligate Bayer 04

Bayer 04 Leverkusen only had themselves to blame after being held to a 1-1 draw by FC Augsburg on Sunday. Die Werkself registered 22 shots on goal compared to die Fuggerstädter's three, while Hakan Calhanoglu missed a second-half penalty. Leverkusen now trail top-of-the-table Bayern by 11 points.