RB Leipzig ascended to clinch a joint-lead at the head of the Bundesliga on Sunday after a 3-1 victory over Mainz saw the top-flight newcomers maintain their unbeaten start to the 2016-17 campaign.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's side drew level on 24 points, alongside former outright leaders Bayern Munich, who came within reach after drawing 1-1 at home to Hoffenheim on Saturday. Leipzig forward Timo Werner's brace moved him into the Bundesliga's current top-10 scorers with his fourth and fifth goals of the season.
Elsewhere, Schalke 04 continued their much-improved run of form and climbed to 12th in the table after defeating relegation-threatened Werder Bremen 3-1 at the Veltins-Arena.
Summer arrival Nabil Bentaleb kept up his scoring streak and notched in the win over Werder, while Alessandro Schopf's brace also pushed the Miners to their sixth win in eight matches, having now avoided defeat since September.
Read on for a breakdown of Sunday's Bundesliga results and a recap of the day's action, complete with a look at the updated top-flight standings and the top scorers.
|2016-17 Bundesliga: Sunday's Week 10 Results|
|Schalke 04||3-1||Werder Bremen|
|2016-17 Bundesliga Standings|
|2016-17 Bundesliga Top Scorers|
|1||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Borussia Dortmund||11|
|3||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||7|
|4||Vedad Ibisevic||Hertha Berlin||6|
|5||Javier Hernandez||Bayer Leverkusen||5|
|8||Timo Werner||RB Leipzig||5|
|9||Joel Pohjanpalo||Bayer Leverkusen||4|
|10||Joshua Kimmich||Bayern Munich||4|
Leaping Leipzig On the Rise
Few might have envisioned a newcomer to the Bundesliga could enjoy such a successful run in their first top-flight steps, but Leipzig's dream season continued with a convincing triumph over Mainz on Sunday.
Hasenhuttl's men look to have taken influence from Premier League champions Leicester City in their rise to 2016 success, and Eurosport UK illustrated just how surprising their trajectory is, given the youth of the club:
Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK
RB Leipzig beat Mainz 3-1 and join Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga 👏 https://t.co/LXYJu31lG62016-11-6 16:31:17
Werner and Emil Forsberg were the only players directly involved in front of goal for Leipzig, with the former scoring two while his Swedish team-mate settled for one.
Speaking to the club's official Twitter account after the result, two-goal talisman Werner was unselfish in congratulating Forsberg for his fine work operating in a No. 10 role:
RB Leipzig English @RBLeipzig_EN
Timo #Werner: "@EmilForsberg1 provided great assists for the goals. Despite our 3-0 lead at half-time, it was a difficult match!" #RBLM05 https://t.co/1XpBw3doUD2016-11-6 16:52:37
Stefan Bell contributed a consolatory strike for Mainz in the 74th minute, but the damage was done as far as the travelling side were concerned, leaving them in 10th place after 10 matches this season.
Leipzig, on the other hand, are in dreamland for the time being, although a trip to Bayer Leverkusen in just under a fortnight's time threatens to bring about their first defeat of 2016-17.
Schalke 04 Shuffle Skyward
Schalke manager Markus Weinzierl underwent a nightmarish start to this season, but the Miners are enjoying their best run in recent memory after extending their unbeaten run to eight matches on Sunday.
Werder Bremen slipped to a third successive defeat in Gelsenkirchen, and Stefan Bienkowski of German outlet DW Sports praised the progress of Schalke's chief, who is now displaying the potential of his side:
Stefan Bienkowski @SBienkowski
Schalke slowly but surely going from basket case to solid side under Markus Weinzierl. Form in last 10 games including tonight: WWDWWWDWWL2016-11-6 17:56:32
Schalke's official Twitter account made sure to congratulate two-goal hero Schopf, who scored either side of Bentaleb's 38th-minute interjection to put the hosts into an unassailable lead:
FC Schalke 04 @s04_en
From one wing-back to the other! Great work from @seadk6 down the left, and #Schöpf was on hand to put his cross into the net! 💪 #S04SVW 3-1 https://t.co/e832hW7bFl2016-11-6 17:58:40
Former Arsenal misfit Serge Gnabry scored his third goal in five Bundesliga appearances to give the visitors a lifeline at 2-1 just before the break, but Schopf's second of the match proved a decisive difference-maker.
The Miners are now approaching the upper half of the table for the first time this season, but Werder manager Alexander Nouri is sure to feel nervous following his side's seventh defeat in 10 games this term.