- USMNT starlet Pulisic continues to shine.
- Bayern get back to winning ways.
- Unlikely trio chase pace-setting Bavarians.
Champions FC Bayern München got back to winning ways after a three-game lull, a trio of unlikely contenders stayed hot on their their heels at the top, while players from Paraguay and the USA had reason to be cheerful on Matchday 8.
Lezcano and Pulisic shine in goal feast
Visitors to the Audi Sportpark on Saturday certainly got their money's worth as they witnessed six goals, half of which came from across the Atlantic. While the overriding emotion at the end was one of disappointment - FC Ingolstadt 04 for throwing away a two-goal lead twice and Borussia Dortmund for leaving Bavaria with just a point - there were two rather happy folk from across the pond after the final whistle. Paraguay international Dario Lezcano supplied two of his side's three goals, while it was the USMNT international Christian Pulisic who had the final say in stoppage time, after setting up the Westphalians' second.
Watch: Pulisic says Dortmund showed heart in Ingolstadt draw:
Bayern bounce back to winning ways
Bayern had questions to answer coming into their Matchday 8 clash with bogey team Borussia Mönchengladbach, and they delivered them unequivocally with "perhaps their best first half of the season" in the words of their coach Carlo Ancelotti. The record champions had gone two games without a win, but needed just one half at the Allianz Arena to get their hands on the three points. "Everybody was in the right space and in the right positions - it's what you associate with us," said midfielder Xabi Alonso of 45 minutes of football which showed why Bayern remain the team to beat in German if not European football, and which sufficed to shut the Foals in their paddock, nine points in their wake.
Watch: Alonso delighted with Bayern win:
Dardai's Hertha Berlin in pursuit of Bayern
After ending 1. FC Köln's unbeaten record at the weekend, Hertha Berlin have confirmed the progress they continue to make under Pal Dardai means they must be taken seriously as Bayern-chasers. Just three points separate them from the league's summit after eight games played, with Hertha in their highest ever position at this stage of a Bundesliga campaign. Fans are flocking to the Olympiastadion, where Hertha have won their first four fixtures of a season for the first time, and what they are witnessing is a team who are proving last season's progress was no fluke. Indeed, they can draw on that experience to do even better this time around. "We're aware we're in a good position and anything's possible in the Bundesliga," said Marvin Plattenhardt. "Let's just see where this journey takes us."
Watch: Goalscorer Ibisevic praises Hertha teammates after Köln victory:
Leipzig run continues
RB Leipzig's fairytale first season in the Bundesliga continued on Sunday when they extended the best start by a promoted side in over 20 years. 1. FC Kaiserslautern's seven-game unbeaten streak at the start of the 1997/98 season was ended by a 3-1 defeat at home to SV Werder Bremen, but Leipzig reversed that result against the very same opponents to move to within two points of Bayern at the top of the table. It is worth remembering that Kaiserslautern ended that season as surprise champions, two points ahead of Bayern, and perhaps this will give the league's newcomers reason to believe their maiden top-flight campaign could end in unprecedented glory.
Nagelsmann has Hoffenheim hoping
The Bundesliga has long since forged a reputation for being a production line of high-quality talented players, but it is not only on the field of play where bright young things are shining. On the touchline in Sinsheim, a man still young enough to be in his playing prime is breathing new life into TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest ever Bundesliga coach when he took Hoffenheim's reins in February, aged 28, and now he is proving it was wise move by the club. A man who learned the ropes from Thomas Tuchel almost a decade ago, studying opponents rather than for a university degree, Nagelsmann has an enviable record of 11 wins, six draws and just five defeats from his 22 Bundesliga games, and not one of those defeats has come this year with his side still unbeaten after their 3-0 win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 8.