However it was the home side who opened the scoring through Milivoje Novakovic (r.) just before the quarter hour mark
Lukas Piszczek (2nd from l.) glanced a near post header in to draw Dortmund level...
...before setting up Shinji Kagawa to put BVB 2-1 early in the second half. From that point on the reigning
Robert Lewandowski (l.) led the charge and netted Dortmund's third goal and his 17th of the season
1. FC Nuremberg travelled to Stuttgart aiming to return to winning ways against VfB after back-to-back defeats.
Daniel Didavi (r.), playing against the side he's on loan from, was a standout performer for the Franconian
However Cacau was on hand to punish Dieter Hecking's side for their profligacy in front of goal with a well-taken finish in the 78th minute
The striker's fifth goal of the season clinched the win for VfB which moves them within a point of both Werder Bremen
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (m.) single-handedly headed Schalke 04 to a deserved win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday evening
Bayer head coach Robin Dutt (l.) and his Schalke counterpart Huub Stevens exchanged a few friendly words ahead of kick-off
Renato Augusto (r., against Jermaine Jones) and
Stefan Reinartz (l.) had a tough time taking the ball off the Dutch frontman, as Simon Rolfes (r.) watches on from a distance
Superstar Marco Reus put the hosts in front when he finished from Patrick Herrmann's pass after a terrific team move just before the break
A weakened Werder Bremen had to fight tooth and nail with the ever-resilient FC Augsburg
However the visitors had the last laugh as Paul Verhaegh (l.) struck in the third minute of extra-time to clinch a point for the relegation threatened side
Hannover faced a tough task as they travelled to Munich to take on the in-form FC Bayern.
Toni Kroos (r.) grabbed his fourth goal of the season to put FCB in front and was promptly congratulated by Arjen Robben (l.)
Philipp Lahm (l.) and Konstantin Rausch clashed throughout much of the match as both teams looked to build down the wings
Mainz scrapped away in the match, but squandered a host of chances especially in the first half.
As ever, Hertha captain Levan Kobiashvili (m.) gave his all in the match and was constant source
Despite the tense nature of the six-pointer between SC Freiburg and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, it was
However on the pitch it was the home side who got out of the blocks fastest. Daniel Caligiuri (l.) sliding in on Christian Tiffert
Karim Guede (l.) gave the Breisgau outfit an incredibly important lead after just eight minutes
Freiburg captain Cedrick Makiadi (l., against Konstantinos Fortounis) added to the scoreline in
The Wolves dominated the first half, with striker Patrick Helmes (m., against Michael Mancienne (l.)
HSV coach Thorsten Fink was an animated figure throughout the first half, as he attempted to lift his players' spirits