Local pride was at stake in the Volkswagen Arena between Wolfsburg and Hamburg, as both teams were looking to take further steps towards climbing the league
In a rather cagey opening half, it was Thorsten Fink's Hamburg side that struck the first blow, as Maximilian Beister (m.)
Wolfsburg fought back, however, and after seeing a number of chances go begging, finally restored
The latter stages of the game made for enthralling viewing. Wolfsburg struck the post in search of a winner, but Hamburg,
In the early fixture on Sunday, Marko Arnautovic (m.) went home with the plaudits and the match ball after a stunning
Hoffenheim had struggled of late, coming into the game on the back of two home defeats, and a disastrous first-half display left them trailing 0-2 at the break
Things got worse for Markus Babbel's side after the break as, despite Sejad Salihovic pulling a goal back, Arnautovic (l.)
For Hoffenheim, their poor fom only continues and they are now 16th place in the table, having taken just one point from their last five games
FC Bayern's Franck Ribery (r.) was the liveliest player on the pitch early on, causing Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek (l.) no end of trouble
Mario Mandzukic (l.) did his best to find a hole in the visiting defence, but the champions' backline, marshalled by Mats Hummels (r.), stood firm
Bayern centre-back Holger Badstuber's particpation ended early after injuring his knee in an awkward collision
The home side's newest recruit, Javi Martinez (l.), got his first taste of a battle with Dortmund, tussling here with Mario Götze
In the second half, a terrific turn and shot on the edge of the box from Toni Kroos (l.) put the Bavarians ahead
But their lead didn't last long, as Mario Götze (2nd l.) brought the visitors level with a well-taken half volley into the bottom corner
While a 1-1 draw was a fair result in the end, the guests had goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to thank for several top-drawer saves, especially in the closing stages
Second-place Bayer 04 Leverkusen are at home to 1. FC Nuremberg
The visitors start well and and pass up a few half-decent scoring opportunities - here, Timo Gebhart (l.) is shadowed by Bayer's Daniel Carvajal
But when the ball does hit the back of the net, it's at the other end - Stefan Kießling firing Bayer in front in the 37th minute...
...before taking the plaudits from teammate Andre Schürrle - and the Leverkusen frontman's ninth goal of the campaign proves enough to see off a battling Nuremberg side come the final whistle
Cellar-dwellers FC Augsburg play host to another team from the deep south, SC Freiburg...
...and Tobias Werner gives the home crowd something to cheer about in the ninth minute, slipping the ball past guest custodian Oliver Baumann...
...to give the Bavarian Swabians a much-needed lead. 20 minutes later though...
...Jonathan Schmid (r.) gets the visitors back on level terms and with neither side finding the net again after that, the spoils are shared
Nicolai Müller gets 1. FSV Mainz 05 off to a flying start against Steven Cherundulo's (r.) Hannover, netting on the rebound to put the hosts in front in the tenth minute
Mirko Slomka's men battle back though, Mame Diouf missing the target on this occasion...
...but the striker is congratulating Christian Schulz (r.) not long after, for his bundled equaliser
Mainz custodian Christian Wetklo is sent off in the second half for handling the ball outside the area...
...but a dramatic finale goes the way of the ten-man hosts, as Adam Szalai knocks an 89th-minute winner past 96ers keeper Ron-Robert Zieler
Timo Hildebrand is back between the posts for Schalke 04 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, in place of regular no. 1 Lars Unnerstall
This save from Patrick Herrmann is one fo the few times he is called into action however in a first half dominated by the home side
A hard-fought duel unfolds - it's Atsuto Uchida against Juan Arango here - with the better chances falling to the Royal Blues...
...but it's Gladbach who take one of their rare ones, Igor de Camargo (m.) netting with just over an hour on the clock
It's starting to look like one of those days for Schalke full back Christian Fuchs and his colleagues...
...but Julian Draxler picks himself up, dusts himself down and salvages the hosts a well-merited point shortly before the end
VfB Stuttgart's Vedad Ibisevic (m.) sees his penalty saved by Greuther Fürth keeper Wolfgang Hesl shortly before half time...
...but Shinji Okazaki (l., with compatriot Gotoku Sakai) is on hand to head the rebound high into the net and put the men from the South West in front after all
It's a hard-fought duel to say the least, with the most cards flashed in a Bundesliga game since the meeting of Hamburg and Bremen in 2008: ten yellow...
...and a straight red for Serdar Tasci in the 53rd minute (4. r.) for a rash challenge - but Stuttgart hang on for a single-goal success nonetheless
Despite his side's recent poor form, Eintracht Frankfurt's Takashi Inui is in good spirits ahead of Friday's encounter against Fortuna Düsseldorf
And the Japanese international is involved in most of the visitors' forward forays, although goalscoring chances are a rarity in the opening period
However, after Karim Matmour's (2nd l.) sending off in the 34th minute, Frankfurt swiftly unravel and are soon behind...
...as Stefan Reisinger (l.) puts the hosts in front just four minutes later after some fancy footwork on the edge of the box takes him through a stunned Frankfurt backline. Düsseldorf go on to win 4-0