If Premier League clubs were interested in Kai Havertz before the Bundesliga returned, they will be completely infatuated now.
The Manchester United and Liverpool goal scored his second double in as many games, helping Bayer Leverkusen win 3-1 at top flight Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Havertz, 20, delivered a cheeky finish to line up the front visitors on seven minutes, and it was his penalty that restored their lead after Marcus Thuram scored a beating equalizer. Sven Bender’s goal sealed Leverkusen’s victory.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund continued to show no signs of rust after the restart, winning a 2-0 victory over the ten-man team Wolfsburg.
Raphael Guerreiro completed a great team move, scoring his third goal since resuming the Bundesliga last week, before Achraf Hakimi made two.
England star Jadon Sancho came off the bench and made a good impression, musing a defender five seconds after entering the game, then setting the second goal.
The Wolfsburg task was made impossible late when Felix Klaus saw red for an unpleasant challenge after a VAR exam.
The result placed Dortmund one point behind Bayern Munich, but the Bavarians restored their four-point cushion with a 5-2 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt.
It was an entertaining competition at the Allianz Arena with goals from Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller and a shot from Robert Lewandowski at the start of the second half giving the home team a 3-0 lead.
Two quick goals from Martin Hinteregger brought Frankfurt inside, but Hansi Flick’s men further stepped up and scored twice more – first from Alphonso Davies, then Hinteregger turned the ball into its own net.
Meanwhile, there was a crucial victory for Werder Bremen, which claimed a surprise victory over Friborg.
Friday evening, the east clashed in the west in the Berlin derby as the Hertha Berlin locked the horns with its rivals, the Union Berlin.
Last year, a confrontation between the teams fell into chaos, the players having to prevent the ultras from entering the field.
The latter was not too agitated, but Hertha insisted on bragging rights in the capital, scoring four goals in the second half to secure a 4-0 victory.
Hertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin (Friday)
Friborg 0-1 Werder Bremen
Paderborn 1-1 Hoffenheim
Wolfsburg 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
Monchengladbach 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich 5-2 Eintracht Frankfurt