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Bundesliga Matchday 14: Top five talking points

From heroes in yellow to villians in black, Matchday 14 packed a punch. With the winter break approaching, the chances to finish on a high are running out.

1. Revelation Reus

"Marco Reus is irreplaceable for us," Thomas Tuchel said after the draw in Cologne. He is, although if we're quoting Beyonce, it was more a case of "to the right, to the right" for Reus when he tucked away his late equalizer. Since returning from injury, Reus has been nothing short of sensational for Borussia Dortmund. In his five appearances, he has four goals and six assists. His last two goals have been late equalizers that sealed top spot in their Champions League group and saved a point against Cologne. He has been at the heart of every surging attack, piece of lingering hope and returning confidence surrounding the club's season. After Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gündogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all left, Marco Reus is one of the last men standing. Reus doesn't need the armband, but at the moment he looks like he's playing with one.

2. Referees are having a bad run

Since Bastian Dankert awarded Leipzig a penalty last weekend, the refereeing in the Bundesliga has suffered. On Friday night, Christian Dingert missed David Abraham's flying elbow as Frankfurt and Hoffenheim drew a blank in an unruly match. On Saturday, Leipzig (of all teams) were not awarded a penalty when it looked clear they should have been. Markus Schmidt didn't see the foul when Almog Cohen clattered both Marcel Sabitzer and his own goalkeeper Martin Hansen, who had to be brought off. Ingolstadt escaped, and ended up winning the game too. In Cologne, there was a clear handball from Mergim Mavraj in the box, but nothing was given by Felix Zwayer. Dortmund might have made more of it had Reus not saved them late on.

3. Happy Hamburg

Two weeks and two wins for Hamburg - at least 2016 is ending well for someone. Markus Gisdol's side turned a corner against Darmstadt in a rather drab game that ended in a pivotal victory. This weekend, they huffed and puffed, had a man sent off and still got all three points. Filip Kostic proved a match-winner - the reason they signed him in the first place - leaving Hamburg looking forward instead of over their shoulder. Now, in their favorite relegation playoff spot, there is genuine hope returning. A trip to Mainz and a home game against Schalke will see out their year and if they can take four more points there then they might be out of the relegation spots completely.

4. Super Streich

Not many Bundesliga head coaches would have spent the week before their game talking about the rising tension in Germany towards refugees. "I'm scared for my children," Streich said. Last week, he was talking about social media management. The man is one of the great characters in the league. He says what he wants, when he wants and it's really worth listening to. On Saturday, he guided his team to win number six of the season. Freiburg are now in the top ten and are providing the city with some positive news to counteract the local headlines.

5. Müller not magic, just Müller

Thomas Müller's response to social media calling his goal magic tells you exactly how he feels about ending his Bundesliga drought. In a romping 5-0 win against Wolfsburg - a familiar scoreline for the Wolves against Bayern - Müller finally broke his duck in the league after 999 minutes without a goal. While Bayern don't need to dial for help when it comes to goals, the relief was still tangible for both the man and the club now that Müller has finally shaken off his Bundesliga issue. Apparently, before the game Karl-Heinz Rummenigge bet Müller he would score on Saturday, to which Müller replied, I bet I don't. Afterwards, Müller said the win and the subsequent return to the Bundesliga summit was perfectly timed for the club's Christmas party. Talk about a perfect week for Bayern's number 25.

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