By Noah TanFollow @@Noah_Tan
It was a fine weekend of results for the current league leaders, as their nearest challengers, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund dropped points with 3-2 losses to Hannover and Wolfsburg respectively.
Meanwhile, new Hoffenheim manager Frank Kramer's debut was ruined after Hamburg beat them 2-0, Stuttgart had Vedad Ibisevic to thank as they ran out 3-1 winners over out-of-form Schalke, and Borussia Monchengladbach effectively saw off Mainz 2-0 at the Stadion im Borussia-Park.
Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt thrased Werder Bremen 4-1, Freiburg eked out a slender 1-0 win over struggling Greuther Furth, and Nuremberg easily saw off Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0.
Here, ESPNSTAR.com selects the best players from the Bundesliga this week. The formation chosen is 3-5-2.
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Gladbach moved up the table following their win over Mainz, but they could not have done it without the heroics of Ter Stegen, who literally single-handedly kept Die Nullfünfer at bay.
With Mainz looking dangerous in the early stages of the game, it was no surprise that the 20-year-old was the busier of the goalkeepers. Ter Stegen was first called into action in the 12th minute, blocking Andreas Ivanschitz powerful shot bravely with his body. He then made an even better save in the 35th minute to deny Shawn Parker in a one-on-one situation.
CB: Bastian Oczipka (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Oczipka was a rock for his side in defence; he was dominant in the air, tough in the tackle, showed great bravery to put his body on the line to block several goal-bound shots and effectively nullified the Bremen attack with his no-nonsense tackling and physicality.
The 23-year-old drove his side forward from the back and his adventurous spirit saw him in an advanced position on the left flank in the 47th minute, where he sent a delightful cross into the box where Alexander Meier was on hand to head home.
CB: Timothy Chandler (Nuremberg)
While Feulner earned all the plaudits for his match-winning performance against Dusseldorf, it was Chandler who provided the foundation for Nuremberg's win with a commanding display in the heart of defence.
The 22-year-old was unbeatable one-on-one and the fact the Dusseldorf barely managed to threaten the Nuremberg goal was largely down to Chandler's defensive performance. He was showed excellent defensive awareness to block a Dani Schahin header off the line to deny Dusseldorf an equaliser at a vital point of the game.
CB: Dante (Bayern Munich)
The Bayern centre-back is defying his critics with each passing week and at just €4.7 million, the 29-year-old is increasingly looking like one of the best bargain buys of the season.
Dante was once again fantastic at the back for Bayern, cutting out numerous dangerous looking Augsburg attacks and made more than a few crucial interceptions for his side. The Brazil defender was assured in possession at the back and launched several dangerous counter-attacks from defence with his fantastic distribution.
CM: Markus Feulner (Nuremberg)
Feulner was only included in Nuremberg's starting XI because Hiroshi Kiyotake was down with illness, but manager Dieter Hecking will undoubtedly be tempted to start the former Bayern Munich player for future games after he turned in a man-of-the-match display to lead his side to a win over Dusseldorf.
The 30-year-old dominated the middle of the pitch with ease and utilised possession effectively, creating numerous chances for his team-mates and eventually setting up Sebastian Polter to score the opening goal, a simple tap-in, after finding him with an accurate low cross. Fuelner, who only scored one goal for Die Legende last season, then got onto the scoresheet himself, firing a powerful shot from just outside the box right into the bottom of the net to double his side's advantage late into injury time.
CM: Diego (Wolfsburg)
Once again, Diego finds himself in the German Bundesliga Team of the Week after yet another strong showing in midfield for Wolfsburg against last season's Bundesliga champions. The 27-year-old was the catalyst in attack for Die Wolfe, orchestrating play from the middle of the pitch and cleverly used possession to break open the Dortmund defence.
Diego got himself on the scoresheet in the 35th minute, stepping up confidently to dispatch a penalty after Marcel Schmelzer was penalised for handling the ball in the box. The Brazilian then capped off his fine display by threading a sublime ball to set Bas Dost through, and the 23-year-old striker made sure Diego would get himself an assist with a clinical finish. As it turned out, the goal would ensure Wolfsburg claimed all three points, but the fact that Dost celebrated with Diego tells you all you need to know about Diego's contribution to the team.
AM: Juan Arango (Borussia Monchengladbach)
With Gladbach under the cosh for majority of their game against Mainz, it was a surprise when Die Fohlen took the lead in the 58th minute, albeit against the run of play. However, Mainz were still looking threatening and Die Fohlen's one goal lead appeared precarious. That was until Arango scored to double his side's advantage, and what a beautiful goal it was.
Mainz custodian Heinz Muller ran out of his area to clear the ball at the edge of the penalty box, but his rushed clearance could only find Arango, who, from a tight angle and 45 yards out, lobbed the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net.
RW: Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Ribery's performances for Bayern have been nothing short of sensational in recent times. At 29 years of age, the French international is at the peak of his prowess, and he was once again the tormentor-in-chief for Bayern on Sunday, teasing and tricking the hapless Augsburg defenders with his quick feet throughout the game.
And it was no surprise that Ribery was the architect in Bayern's second goal; the former Marseille player did well to escape the attentions of his marker and displayed great awareness to find Gomez in the box, who clinically finished the chance which Ribery had put on a plate for him.
LW: Szabolcs Huszti (Hannover)
Not many expected Hannover to beat Leverksuen on Sunday given how dominant the Werkself were in recent times. But then again, not many counted on Hustzi producing one of his best displays in a Hannover shirt since he joined the club from Zenit St Petersburg during the summer.
The 29-year-old looked lively on the left flank and used his speed and agility to get past the Leverkusen defence on numerous occasions. Probably frustrated at having been humiliated by the Hungarian one too many times, Leverkusen centre-back Manuel Friedrich hauled down the Hungarian illegally in the box, and Huszti duly stepped up to convert the resulting penalty.
With the scores delicately tied at 2-2, Huszti scored a deserved winning goal for his side after he scored yet another penalty which he won in the 69th minute.
ST: Artjoms Rudnevs (Hamburg)
Hoffenheim probably thought that Hamburg would struggle without the creative impetus of the injured Rafael van der Vaart, but they failed to take into account the danger which Rudnevs posed, and the 24-year-old punished them accordingly with two well taken goals.
Rudnevs got his first goal in the 27th minute when he rose highest to head home from eight yards out Dennis Diekmeier's cross from the right, then doubled his goal tally with a predatory effort 15 minutes from time following some shoddy Hoffenheim defending.
ST: Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart)
We finally come to the "star" of this week's Bundesliga Team of the Week, hat-trick hero Ibisevic. Prior to the game, Stuttgart manager Bruno Labbadia bemoaned the lack of resting time for his players, with Die Schwaben involved in the Europa League against Molde barely 48 hours before their game against Schalke, but Ibisevic obviously forgot to read the memo as he put in a performance of sheer class and quality for his side.
The 28-year-old opened the scoring after just two minutes; Ibisevic completed a devastating Stuttgart counter-attack perfectly by sweeping the ball home past Schalke custodian Timo Hildebrand. Ibisevic's second goal, eight minutes after the break, was relatively simpler, with the former Hoffenheim player unerring from the spot following Christian Fuchs' foul on Christian Gentner in the box.
Ibisevic then completed his hat-trick in the 61st minute after he found himself in the right place at the right time to put the ball into an empty net after Hildebrand parried Raphael Holzhauser shot straight into the Bosnian international's path.