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!
Leipzig's astonishing start to life in the Bundesliga set up a tantilising encounter away to FC Bayern München to round off 2016, with the fixture pitting the top two against each other. However, the top-flight newcomers were unable to assert themselves on the game and before half-time they were already down to ten men and trailing 3-0 following efforts from Thiago, Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski. Ominously, Bayern have won four of the last five seasons in which they topped the table at Christmas - a sign of what's to come in 2017?
Watch: Relive Bayern's win over title rivals Leipzig: