Matchday 21 rounded out on Sunday with the meeting of SC Freiburg - still in search of a win in 2013 - and improving Fortuna Düsseldorf
The game got off to a lively start, with hosts Freiburg having the better of a scoreless first half - Max Kruse (l., against Robert Tesche) teeing up Jonathan Schmid for a shot that hit the post
Fortuna gradually got up to working temperature after the interval, but chances remained in short supply for Robbie Kruse and Co., and to make matters worse..
...Pavel Krmas then headed home from an 87th-minute corner to secure Freiburg their first-ever Bundesliga victory over Düsseldorf
In Sunday's early kick-off, FC Augsburg hosted Mainz 05 at the SGL Arena. Going into the game, Sascha Mölders' (r.) Augsburg were the only side apart from leaders Bayern who were still unbeaten in the second half of the season
The hosts began the game strongly, but it was Mainz that struck first blood through their go-to man when it comes to scoring goals, striker Adam Szalai (m.). He notched his 12th of the season, which is now a record total for Hungarian players in the Bundesliga
Moments later, though, Augsburg were given a route back into the game when Shawn Parker (r.) was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge on the stroke of half time
It gave the hosts a huge boost and Mölders (l.) continued his excellent run of scoring when he headed in unchallenged for his seventh goal in eleven Bundesliga appearances this season
There still remained time for a winner, and Augsburg looked the side to grab it. They had seventeen shots in the second half alone, but Mainz dug in deep and managed to take a well-earned point home with them from Bavaria
Saturday's action wound down in the Allianz Arena where FC Bayern took on Schalke, looking to extend
One highly interesting individual duel took place in midfield, where Schalke's engine room Jermaine Jones (l.) came up against the Reds' Javi Martinez (r.)
After a solid, if slightly timid start, Schalke fell behind when David Alaba (r.) scored a penalty after Franck Ribery had been fouled in the area
And not long afterwards it was 2-0 from another set-piece, as Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger (l.) netted a superb free-kick
Schalke, with Finnish international Teemu Pukki (r.) leading the attack, attempted a fightback but a Bayern defence led by Dante (l.) was simply too strong for them
Soon after the restart it was 3-0 as Alaba (3. l.) tapped home from a Mario Gomez cutback, before Gomez himself then crowned his appearance with the fourth goal
The Reds might have added to their tally still, but they rather took their foot off the gas in the latter stages. Nevertheless,
Hamburger SV completed a league double over Borussia Dortmund for the first time since the 2007/08 season with a resounding 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon
Polish international Robert Lewandowski capitalised on a defensive error to open the scoring just
...but though the home fans weren't happy when Heung Min Son put Hamburg in front following Artjom Rudnevs' equaliser...
...things went from bad to worse as the Pole picked up a straight red for a rash challenge and with it an early bath as the game turned well and truly in Hamburg's favour
The visitors refused to take their foot of the pedal though, as they pushed forward in search of more goals with first Rudnevs...
...and then Son bagging their braces to take advantage of a depleted Dortmund side despite Jeffrey Bruma also being sent off before the final whistle
Rafael van der Vaart and Co. were all smiles at the final whistle as they celebrated collecting their ninth win of the season
The Rhineland derby between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen served up a six-goal thriller, but no winner on Matchday 21
Despite Leverkusen's dominance in proceedings, Austrian international Martin Stranzl (l.) put the hosts ahead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time...
...but Leverkusen responded soon after the restart as Sidney Sam, making his first start in over three months, curled home an equaliser
Luuk de Jong put the Foals back in front, but his effort was cancelled out within seconds as Stefan Kießling (l.) netted the 100th goal of his Bundesliga career
Bayer 04 were on the front foot and took the lead for the first time in the match when Andre Schürrle slotted home just past the hour mark...
...yet there was a late sting in the tail for the team in third place as Patrick Herrmann (2. l.) headed
VfB Stuttgart's rotten run of form continued as they remain the only team yet to win in 2013,
Mehmet Ekici (l.) broke the deadlock with his first goal since September 2011, before Aaron Hunt (r.) restored the visitors lead...
...after Ibrahima Traore had pulled his side level with an unstoppable back-post volley that had Sebastian Mielitz beaten all ends up
However, Bremen never looked like losing as Ekici (r.) bagged his brace, while Kevin de Bruyne wrapped
Takashi Usami and 1899 Hoffenheim travelled to Hannover hoping to build on their solid performance against Baden rivals SC Freiburg from the previous Matchday...
...but got off to a terrible start when Mame Biram Diouf (c.) beat Heurelho Gomes (r.) in the air to head the Reds into the lead
It was the Senegalese striker's ninth goal of the season and his sixth in the last eight matches, but the first he's scored with his head in the current campaign
Hoffenheim fought back and engineered more chances than their hosts throughout the 90 minutes,
The Bundesliga's Japanese contingent was on show as Hiroshi Kiyotake (c.) and Mu Kanazaki (r.)
Kiyotake was at the centre of Nuremberg's most promising moves as his creative streak posed the greatest threat in front of Frankfurt's goal
Takashi Inui wasn't to be outdone by his compatriot and carved out chances of his own, but in the end neither side was able to break the deadlock
It was the first clean sheet Frankfurt had kept on home soil and the first time they had been unable to score in front of their own fans this season
It was no holds barred in the opening exchanges of Greuther Fürth's encounter with VfL Wolfsburg with
However, it was the Diego and Bas Dost (both c.) show, with a brief cameo from Vierinha (r.), that put the Wolves in the drivers seat
Fürth had their chances, but failed to convert as Dieter Hecking's side moved ten points clear of the relegation