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.
Reigning CAF African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure has once again been nominated for the award, with four Nigerians also among the shortlist.
Bayern Munich were propelled to a 2-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig by Arjen Robben's brace, Borussia Dortmund beat ten-man Mainz 3-1 and Werder Bremen battled Hoffenheim to a thrilling 4-4 draw.
Arsenal are on the brink of the last 16 in the UEFA Champions League after Jack Wilshere led the Gunners to a 2-0 win over Marseille, while Chelsea advanced despite a 1-0 loss at Basel and ten-man Ajax stunned Barcelona 2-1.
Stuttgart's impressive seven league-game unbeaten run came to a grinding halt Friday when Borussia Dortmund fired for six after Stuttgart took an early lead, reaching the summit of the Bundesliga with their 6-1 win.
Borussia Dortmund edged Schalke 3-2 in the Ruhr derby as Bayern Munich beat Hertha Berlin to stay top of the Bundesliga table.