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.
Eric Choupo-Moting scored a late winner against Eintracht Frankfurt to push Mainz up to ninth in the German Bundesliga, while Stuttgart later moved up to eighth after seeing off Freiburg.
African champions Zambia lost 2-0 in Sudan, while the team they beat in the continental final, Côte d'Ivoire, defeated Tanzania on a busy Saturday of 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying action.
A 2-1 win for Cameroon over Guinea and a 1-0 defeat of Morocco by Senegal saw the former FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finalists boost their morale ahead of qualifying for Brazil 2014.
FIFA.com caught up with Cameroon coach Denis Lavagne for an exclusive discussion about his plans to improve the Indomitable Lions and his ambition to make them "the Germans of Africa".
Bayern Munich grabbed a vital three points against Nurnberg in their pursuit of leaders Borussia Dortmund, Freiburg claimed a 2-0 win over a lacklustre Bayer Leverkusen, while Mainz moved up to tenth with a 3-0 win at Werder Bremen.