Volland fires up Hoffenheim
Germany Under-21 captain Kevin Volland hit his fourth goal in as many Bundesliga games with the winner in Hoffenheim's 2-1 home victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.
Having scored in each of his last four league matches, Volland's strike lifted his team to seventh in front of Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick at Hoffenheim's Rhein-Neckar Arena.
Striker Anthony Modeste gave Hoffenheim the lead just before the break, then provided a deadly through ball for Volland to pounce on, turn the defence and hit the bottom right-hand corner.
"It was a great pass from Anthony, things are going well for me, I worked hard in pre-season which gave me confidence," said the Germany Under-21 skipper.
"I just want to have a good season with Hoffenheim and anything else would just be a bonus," he added when asked about a possible call up to Joachim Loew's senior Germany side.
Gladbach pulled a goal back when Swedish striker Branimir Hrgota powered through the Hoffenheim defence fifteen minutes from time, but the defeat left Lucien Favre's side in mid-table.
On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund picked up their fifth victory to maintain their 100 percent record with a 6-2 romp at home to Hamburg to stay top of the league.
After Pep Guardiola's Bayern had briefly claimed top spot with a 2-0 win over Hanover 96, Dortmund replied by routing Torsten Fink's Hamburg in emphatic style.
New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice, as did Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, as Champions League runners-up Dortmund pulled away after Hamburg had levelled at 2-2.
New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Germany winger Marco Reus also scored as Dortmund took control after Hamburg's defenders Zhi-Gin Lam and Heiko Westermann had put their side level.
All four Bundesliga teams -- Dortmund, Bayern, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke -- warmed-up for their first Champions League matches in mid-week with comfortable wins over the weekend.
Bayer Leverkusen prepared for their Old Trafford trip to face Manchester United on Tuesday with a convincing 3-1 win over 10-man VfL Wolfsburg to stay third.
Germany winger Sidney Sam put the hosts ahead before Wolfsburg's Croatia striker Ivica Olic levelled just before the break.
Stefan Kiessling netted twice to give Leverkusen their fourth win from their opening five games, heading home on 65 minutes before slamming in his second in added time.
Wolfsburg were reduced to 10 men when ex-Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo was sent off in the final 10 minutes, for the second time this season.
The Brazilian had only just returned from suspension after being dismissed in the 2-0 defeat at Mainz at the end of August.
Schalke 04, who host Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday, continued their revival by picking up their second victory with a 1-0 win over Mainz.
New signing Kevin-Prince Boateng hit the first-half winner in only his second league match since arriving from AC Milan.
The victory lifts the Royal Blues up to ninth, while Mainz remain fifth.
Werder Bremen crashed to their third straight defeat when they went down 3-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt after new signing Franco di Santo was sent off for kicking an opponent in the face.
Czech Republic striker Vaclav Kadlec scored two first-half goals before Austria defender Sebastian Proedl added a late own-goal to complete Bremen's misery.
Augsburg needed a 90th-minute winner from midfielder Tobias Werner to seal a 2-1 win at home to Freiburg.
On Friday VfB Stuttgart earned a 1-0 win in the capital against Hertha Berlin to pick up their second win under caretaker coach Thomas Schneider.