Wolfsburg brought Matchday 12 to a conclusion with a stylish 3-0 win away at 1899 Hoffenheim. The Wolves struck inside the opening few minutes when Japanese international Makoto Hasebe eluded his marker to head in at the back post
Lorenz Günther-Köstner's had a spring in their step all evening and they made it 2-0 in a flash when Bas Dost (l.) punished a mistake to drill in a second
1899 attemped a fightback but the damage had been done, and though they had chances in the second half, they were kept well at arm's length by Diego (2nd r.) & Co.
Brazilian defender Naldo (l.) added a third for the Wolves with a thunderous free-kick, with Eren Derdiyok's strike for Hoffenheim proving a mere consolation in a 3-1 success for the guests
Werder Bremen returned to winning ways by way of a 2-1 victory at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf
The hosts were made to come from behind after Düsseldorf defender Jens Langeneke (2nd l.) converted an early penalty
Former Bayern Munich striker Nils Petersen (c.) levelled the scores early in the second period
However, it looked as though things might take a turn for the worse for Bremen when defender Assani Lukimya (l.) was shown a second yellow card
Thankfully for Werder, Kevin de Bruyne popped up with a late winner to secure the three points
Fifth-place Bayer Leverkusen take on second-place Schalke 04 in the big Saturday evening head-to-head
A tightly-contested first half - it's Schalke's Lewis Holtby in aerial action here as Philipp Wollscheid looks on - seems destined to finish goalless...
...until Andre Schuerrle pulls out a plum to make it advantage Leverkusen just before the break
Definitely one worth celebrating for the young Germany international
Despite their best efforts, Julian Draxler (r., against Gonzalo Castro) and Co. are having an ineffectual day up front...
...while Bayer deliver the goods again, Stefan Kiessling (l.) putting them 2-0 up inside the final half-hour
It's turning into an occasion to forget for the Royal Blues - not least defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos (r.), who gets his marching orders for a second bookable offence near the end
2-0 to Leverkusen it finishes, leaving Tranquillo Barnetta (l.), Roman Neustaedter and the rest of the Royal Blues with plenty to digest
Borussia Dortmund are up against SpVgg Greuther Fuerth for the first time in the Bundesliga
BVB star Marco Reus gets a time-out for this one, but even without him...
...the champs are one-up inside of three minutes, Mario Goetze setting up Robert Lewandowski for a simple finish
But just two minutes on from that, Zoltan Stieber (not pictured) finishes off a breakaway to haul the visitors level in a pulsating opening spell
Lewandowski puts away a penalty on the quarter-hour mark to edge the Yellow-Blacks back in front...
...and a fine solo effot from Goetze (l.) sends Dortmund in 3-1 up at the interval - which is how it will remain through to the finish
1. FC Nuremberg play host to FC Bayern in the 185th all-time meeting of these north- and south Bavarian rivals
...and with three minutes on the clock, Mario Mandzukic pounces following a blunder by Javier Pinola to put the visitors in front
Nuremberg battle their way back into the contest as the first half unfolds...
...and right after the restart, former FC Bayern player Markus Feulner (l.) gets the hosts deservedly back on level terms with a sweetly-struck shot
Nuremberg are reduced to ten men with quarter of an hour to go when Timo Gebhart (l.) picks up his second yellow card - but they withstand the final Bayern offensive to share the spoils
Third-place Eintracht Frankfurt aim to get back to winning ways at home to cellar-dwellers FC Augsburg
And they get off on the right boot as skipper Pirmin Schwegler's (r.) free kick is diverted into his own net by FCA frontman Sascha Moelders
Stefan Aigner puts the hosts 2-0 up with just over half an hour played
Ja Cheol Koo pulls one back for Augsburg shortly before the break, but guest keeper Mohamed Amsif is beaten twice more after the restart...
...on both occasions by Alexander Meier, as Frankfurt eventually run out 4-2 victors
Battle of the Europa League contenders: Oscar Wendt (r.) and his Moenchengladbach colleagues are at home to VfB Stuttgart
Central defender Martin Stranzl (2. l.) thumps the Foals in front, with his second goal in as many games
But Martin Harnik prompty heads the visitors back on level terms, after which...
...an evenly-balanced encounter unfolds - Tony Jantschke (l.) tussling with Cristian Molinaro here
Late on, it's Roel Brouwers who seals Gladbach's Matchday 12 fate, although hardly as he would have wished - swinging an attempted clearance into his own net to gift Stuttgart the win
SC Freiburg are on the road at Hannover 96 - and soon make use of the space afforded them by the home side's diamond midfield formation...
...Jonathan Schmid putting the visitors in front with their first chance of the contest
Mohammed Abdellaoue hauls Hannover somewhat flatteringly level from the penalty spot...
...but head coach Mirko Slomka is not satisfied with how things are going, and brings on the fit-again Sergio da Silva Pinto after the restart
This is to be Freiburg's day, however, Jan Rosenthal nabbing the winner at his former stomping ground...
...leaving Karim Haggui and Co. with a rare empty-handed feeling at the end of a home match
Playmaker Rafael van der Vaart (l.) and his Hamburger SV colleagues are up against FSV Mainz 05
Painful: Marcell Jansen takes a knock that leads to his substitution in the second half
It's indicative of a hard-fought encounter with few chances at either end...
...but certainly no lack of application by either party
One goal decides it in the end, and Heung Min Son scores it for HSV - the South Korean forward's sixth of the season