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!
Defending champions FC Bayern München set the tone for things to come with an emphatic 6-0 rout of SV Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 1. Carlo Ancelotti's side were already 2-0 up inside 20 minutes and went on to chalk up the highest opening-day victory in Bundesliga history, thanks in no small part to a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick.
Watch: Highlights of Bayern's crushing 6-0 win over Bremen on Matchday 1: