- Dortmund held by Schalke in goalless Revierderby.
- Bayern remain top of the pile after win at Augsburg.
- Top scorer Modeste bags first Bundesliga hat-trick for Köln against Hamburg.
An enthralling Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 ended all square at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, while FC Bayern München and RB Leipzig maintained their unbeaten records. It was a dramatic Matchday 9, and bundesliga.com is on hand to wrap up all the action...
Anthony Modeste made up for his first-half penalty miss with a clinically-taken maiden Bundesliga hat-trick as Köln put struggling Hamburg to the sword on Sunday. The Frenchman already had five braces to his name in the German top flight, and he now leads the scoring charts with 11, four clear of his next-closest challengers, Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Billy Goats are up to fourth, with HSV rock bottom.
Hoffenheim remain unbeaten this season after edging out Hertha on Sunday thanks to Niklas Süle's bullet header. The hosts had the majority of the chances, with Süle going close early and Pavel Kaderabek hitting the post, while Oliver Baumann denied Allan with a fine save to frustrate Hertha. The result moves Hoffenheim into third place, but leaders Bayern lie in wait next time out on Matchday 10!
An enthralling Revierderby finished all square at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on Saturday night. Schalke had the better of the first half, but the hosts dominated the second period and could have won it when Ousmane Dembele hit the bar. As it was it ended goalless, but there was no shortage of drama or incident.
Robert Lewandowski ended a run of five Bundesliga games without a goal by scoring a brace in the champions' comfortable win at the WWK ARENA. The Pole was on target after only 19 minutes against Bayern's regional rivals, before teeing up Arjen Robben two minutes later. Lewandowski doubled his tally shortly after half-time as Carlo Ancelotti's men remained on top of the league, despite Ja-Cheol Koo's consolation effort.
Leverkusen came from a goal down to claim all three points in a dramatic encounter at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday afternoon. Maximilian Arnold put the Wolves ahead shortly before the interval, but the visitors were much improved in the second period and deservedly levelled when Admir Mehmedi scored in the 79th minute. Five minutes later the turnaround was complete when Tin Jedvaj found the net to give Die Werkself a much-needed win, piling more misery on Wolfsburg in the process.
Promoted Leipzig continued their remarkable start to life in the Bundesliga by inflicting a first home defeat of the season on Darmstadt. The visitors toiled in the first half, but second-half substitute Marcel Sabitzer scored twice to lift the Easterners up into second place.
Freiburg picked up a first away win of the season by beating struggling Bremen at the Weser Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Maximilian Philipp and Vincenzo Grifo put the hosts ahead early, and although Santiago Garcia cut the deficit in the 67th minute, Amir Abrashi secured three points for Freiburg 15 minutes from time.
Yunus Malli and Levin Öztunali were on target for the hosts in a comfortable win at the OPEL ARENA on Saturday afternoon. Ingolstadt's Lukas Hinterseer hit the bar early on, but thereafter it was one-way traffic as Mainz picked up a fourth win of the season.
It was a bittersweet evening for Gladbach in the Matchday 9 curtain-raiser on Friday. On the one hand the Foals failed to find the net for a fourth consecutive league game, but on the other they extended their unbeaten home record this season to a fifth straight Bundesliga outing. The draw was another sign of Frankfurt's remarkable improvement in 2016/17, with Niko Kovac's charges putting in a battling display which means they have lost just once in their last six games.