Matchday 9 of the German Bundesliga began this past Friday, with Schalke 04 taking on Mainz 05 at home.
The Royal Blue hosts took advantage their first goal scoring chance, by Leon Goretzka early on. They went on to control the rest of the first half, without being very active in front of goal again before the break.
In the second half, Mainz began as the better team, but it never really seemed as though they would turn the game around.
Instead, Schalke doubled its lead through Guido Burgstaller with around fifteen minutes to go. While the visitors had a chance or two later to cut the deficit in half, the 2-0 score went final.
On Saturday afternoon RB Leipzig defeated VfB Stuttgart 1-0 through a goal by Marcel Sabitzer, midway through the first half.Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen turned a 1-0 halftime deficit to Borussia Mönchengladbach, into a memorable 5-1 away victory.
Eintracht Frankfurt turned a 2-0 deficit vs Bundesliga league leaders Borussia Dortmund into a 2-2 draw.
FC Augsburg lost 2-1 to Hannover 96 because of two late goals by Niclas Füllkrug.
In the Saturday evening match, Bayern Munich edged out Hamburger SV by a score of 1-0, but they made hard work of it and paid a heavy prize. In the first half Hamburg made a game of it, but lost Gideon Jung to a red card just before halftime.
The Bavarians brought in Thomas Müller for the second half, despite meaning to rest him for the upcoming top games against Leipzig and Dortmund. He set up the winning goal for Corentin Tolisso, but injured himself in the process and will miss several weeks of action as a result.
On Sunday, the game between the winless bottom dwellers 1.FC Cologne and Werder Bremen ended scoreless, while SC Freiburg vs. Hertha BSC Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg vs. TSG Hoffenheim both finished 1-1.
These results mean that the title race of the Bundesliga for now is as tight as it has not been for years.