From RB Leipzig's unexpected title tilt to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's pace-setting pursuit of the Torjägerkanone, the first half of the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign has produced thrills and spills by the bucketload.
Not a single round of fixtures went by without something worthy of the highlight reel, which made our mid-season task of selecting the standout encounter from Matchdays 1 through 16 all the more difficult - but we got there in the end!
FC Schalke 04 drew a line under their five-match losing start to the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign courtesy of an emphatic 4-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 6. The Royal Blues unloaded with three goals in the space of just six second-half minutes, before summer signing and man of the match Breel Embolo completed the rout with his second goal of the afternoon.
Watch: Highlights of Schalke's first Bundesliga win of the Markus Weinzierl era: