Struggling FC Augsburg flew out of the blocks at Fortuna Düsseldorf's ESPRIT Arena,
... who let in goal-poacher Sacha Mölders for his fifth Bundesliga
It was 2-0 before the first half was up, as Ja-Cheol Koo profitted from some uncertain defending
After Mölders struck again, Fortuna's Stefan Reisinger struck twice to set up a nervy finale, and even had a goal ruled
Hamburg fans breathed a collective sigh of relief to see star man Rafael van der Vaart (c.) back in action against Nuremberg on Sunday afternoon
But the side's injury curse continued, with Michael Mancienne (c.) forced off the pitch early in the first half after falling awkwardly
In the second period, Artjoms Rudnevs (front, challenged by Timothy Chandler) gave Hamburg the lead with a back-post header...
...before Czech Republic international Tomas Pekhart (l.) equalised in a frenetic closing period, as the match finished 1-1
Champions Borussia Dortmund hit the ground running away at Werder Bremen as Marco Reus (r.)
It was the young star's third goal to be scored from a direct free kick this season,
Mario Götze got in on the scoring act before the first half was up, smashing in an unstoppable effort with the help of the crossbar...
...but there was more to come as a masked Felipe Santana got his head on Reus'
Robert Lewandowski (m.) also got on the scoresheet with a late tap-in, his 11th league strike of the campaign
And there was a late cameo appearance from Nuri Sahin, who made his first Bundesliga appearance for
French winger Franck Ribery (r.) was at his wing-shredding best for Bayern Munich,
Without a goal in six competitive outings, Mario Mandzukic (r.) fired the Bundesliga leaders ahead
It was no more than the hosts deserved after running the struggling Clover Leaves ragged in a
Mandzukic was celebrating again after the break as Bayern moved further ahead, courtesy of their clinical No9 who
The Bayern players were delighted for their brace-bagging team-mate, who looked back to his best in front of
Bayern's closest competitors at the top, Bayer Leverkusen, resumed their excellent pre-winter form with a
New signing Sebastian Boenisch (l.) put the
Stefan Kießling doubled Bayer's tally to take his haul for the season to 13 at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts...
...before Andre Schürrle finished in spectacular style to virtually secure the spoils for the UEFA Europa League contestants
Frankfurt did pull one back through Alexander Meier, but Leverkusen never looked in danger of throwing away a welcome first win of 2013
Diego was the star of the show for Wolfsburg, who dispatched a sluggish-looking VfB Stuttgart. The Brazilian netted a fine individual goal to open the scoring...
...before providing a pinpoint delivery for Alexander Madlung (r.) to head in number two and secure the points in Dieter Hecking's first Bundesliga match in charge
No goals, but plenty of gusto in Sinsheim, where Gladbach and Hoffenheim fought out a goalless draw -
Hoffenhim striker Eren Derdiyok (l.) comes under aerial pressure from Gladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez (r.)
Hoffenheim will have been delighted to have kept a first clean sheet since Matchday 6 under
It was a similar story in Mainz, where in spite of Thomas Tuchel's best efforts to think of a way through the Freiburg bulwark, the scores remained 0-0
Marco Caligiuri (l.) of Mainz does his best to hold off the challenge of Freiburg's Johannes Flum (r.)
The 05ers had to hold on with ten men for the final minute as youngster Shawn Parker (r.) was dismissed for a second bookable offence
Mame Diouf's prayers were not answered as his stunning goal may have put the cherry on top of a dramatic nine-goal thriller between
For Hannover defender Johan Djourou, it was not the best of debuts as a poorly-organised Hannover back line was punished ruthlessly by the Royal Blues
Schalke's substitutes were struggling to keep themselves warm on the bench during the first half, but they like the rest of the Veltins Arena
Jefferson Farfan scored Schalke's first just before half time, and he fittingly set up Lewis Holtby's goal which completed the scoring from a Schalke perspective
But the game was always tight, even when Schalke led by two goals on three occasions. Hannover refused to lie down and almost came away with a point.
Ciprian Marica (r.) starting place of the suspended Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was one of five different scorers for the Royal Blues...
...but it was Tottenham-bound Lewis Holtby (front) who stole the show, providing two assists in a single game for
The result meant Schalke coach Jens Keller was able to celebrate a winning start to 2013 as the Royal Blues