FC Bayern Munchen opened their FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013 campaign in style after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of Guangzhou Evergrande in Agadir.
Bayern Munich bounced back from their midweek Manchester City defeat with a 3-1 win over Hamburg in the Bundesliga, while Borussia Dortmund had to come from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Hoffenheim.
FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Franck Ribery led Bayern Munich to their record unbeaten Bundesliga run of 40 matches with a 7-0 away rout at Werder Bremen, while Bayer Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund on the road.
Brazil will start the pool as the favourites, while Cameroon, Croatia and Mexico will all be hopeful in what is, on paper, a wide-open fight for a second spot in the knockout phase.
Bayern Munich's injury list continues to grow, and coach Pep Guardiola has voiced his concerns ahead of their Bundesliga encounter with Eintracht Braunschweig.
For the last eight European teams still battling for qualification, it all comes down to this. France and Romania have most to do, but the heat is on for all the sides involved. FIFA.com previews the second legs.