Bayern Munich pulled level with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga standings on Matchday 9 after they secured a vital away win while rivals stuttered yet again.
Bayern beat Hamburger SV 1-0 over the weekend after Dortmund squandered a 2-0 lead to draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
RB Leipzig are just a point behind them after winning against VfB Stuttgart, whilst Bayer Leverkusen produced a stunning 5-1 away win against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
After losing to Leipzig and being held in the UEFA Champions League in midweek by APOEL, Dortmund’s frustrations continued as they saw their lead wither away in Frankfurt.
Bayern took full advantage in their late kick-off, although they were unconvincing against Hamburg. The hosts put in a stubborn defence performance, but the cause was hindered when Gideon Jung was shown a slightly harsh red card for a tackle on Kingsley Coman.
The champions brought on the rested Thomas Müller at the break, and he helped to create the winner for Corentin Tolisso, teeing him up after the superb Coman’s cross was poorly dealt with by the Hamburg defence,
but was taken off again a few minutes later due to injury.
A single goal from Marcel Sabitzer gave Leipzig a 1-0 victory over Stuttgart as they also closed in the top. Sabitzer scored midway through the first half, firing over Ron-Robert Zieler into the roof of the net. Takuma Asano hit the post for Stuttgart, the closest they came to forcing an equaliser.
The most impressive performance of the weekend came from the hitherto underwhelming Leverkusen, winless away from home before their outing.
The other game on Saturday saw Hannover 96 return to winning ways against FC Augsburg.
Michael Gregoritsch had put Augsburg ahead after a deflection caught out Philipp Tschauner, but two goals in the last 15 minutes from substitute Niclas Füllkrug, his first Bundesliga goals for Hannover, gave his side the three points to take back up north.
In Sunday’s game, Felix Uduokhai scored in injury time to earn Wolfsburg a 1-1 draw against visiting Hoffenheim.
A late penalty from Kerem Demirbay looked to be enough for Hoffenheim, but Uduokhai rose above three defenders to head Daniel Didavi's corner in for the equalizer.
It was the fifth consecutive draw for Wolfsburg in Martin Schmidt's fifth game in charge, a feat only previously achieved by Joerg Berger, who started at Cologne with five draws in 1991.
Elsewhere, Salomon Kalou missed a penalty then scored another for Hertha Berlin to salvage a 1-1 draw at Freiburg.
On their part, Cologne and Werder Bremen played out a goalless draw that left both sides still searching for their first win after nine rounds of the Bundesliga on Sunday.