Nurnberg battle back for a point

A review of the weekend's action in the German Bundesliga, as Wolfsburg blew a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 stalemate with Nurnberg.

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Nurnberg battled back well for a share of the spoils

Nurnberg battled back well for a share of the spoils

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking saw his side relinquish a two-goal lead in the 2-2 draw against former club Nurnberg on Sunday.

Diego and Ivica Olic had put the Wolves into a commanding position, but Nurnberg mounted a spirited comeback to take a share of the spoils thanks to goals from Timmy Simons and Per Nilsson in the second half.

The draw maintains Nurnberg's three-point advantage over their hosts with both sides at a safe distance from the Bundesliga relegation zone.

Greuther Furth remained rooted to the foot of the table, staring relegation in the face, after going down 3-2 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The evening started well for the Bavarians when Nikola Djurdjic headed them in front in the second minute, but goals from Takashi Inui, Stefan Aigner and Alexander Meier turned the game around.

Sercan Sararer brought Furth back to within a goal, but despite their efforts, they were unable to find an equaliser and are 14 points away from safety with seven games to go.

On Saturday, Bayern Munich illustrated why they are champions elect as four goals from Claudio Pizarro helped guide them to an awe-inspiring 9-2 demolition of Hamburg.

Bayern are now just one win away from their 22nd Bundesliga title after Saturday's destruction of a shell-shocked Hamburg which, apart from Pizarro's contribution, featured a double strike from Arjen Robben and one apiece for Bastian Schweinsteiger, Xherdan Shaqiri and Frank Ribery.

It could have been even worse for Hamburg with the hosts 7-0 up with 35 minutes remaining, although they managed to get on the scoresheet through Jeffrey Bruma and Heiko Westermann.

Borussia Dortmund ensured Bayern Munich have to wait at least another week before sealing the 2012/13 Bundesliga title as they took the spoils in a dramatic 2-1 win at Stuttgart.

Lukasz Piszczek gave Dortmund the lead in the 29th minute, but Alexandru Maxim's first Bundesliga goal brought the Swabians level before a red card to Georg Niedermeier tipped the scales back in Dortmund's favour.

Just over 10 minutes after being given a one-man advantage, Robert Lewandowski struck to earn Dortmund all three points and keep the title race alive, at least for a further seven days.

Bayer Leverkusen cemented third spot in the Bundesliga with a convincing 4-1 away win at Fortuna Dusseldorf in a Rhine derby at the Dusseldorf Arena.

Two goals apiece for Stefan Kiessling and Andre Schurrle ensured Leverkusen kept pace with second-placed Borussia Dortmund and maintained a six-point cushion over Schalke in fourth to remain on course for a place in the Champions League next season.

An own goal from Daniel Schwaab was all Fortuna had to show for a spirited performance which ended in a crushing defeat and left them still only five points clear of the drop zone.

Schalke reinvigorated their top-four hopes and pushed Hoffenheim a step closer to relegation thanks to a 3-0 win, which produced three goals in the final 20 minutes.

Marco Hoger broke the deadlock in the 71st minute before two substitutes, Raffael and Teemu Pukki, wrapped up the victory.

The win moved the Royal Blues, dumped out of the Champions League by Galatasaray and beaten 3-0 at Nurnberg in their last two games, three points clear of Mainz in fourth.

Hoffenheim, though, look doomed as they slipped to a 17th loss of the Bundesliga season.

Max Kruse scored twice as Freiburg moved ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach win a 2-0 win in the race for Europa League qualification.

Kruse, a summer signing from St Pauli, took his tally for seven in the league this season with a second-half double.

It put his side a point ahead of their opponents, and level with Eintracht Frankfurt and Mainz in the Europe League spots.

Hannover won away from home for only the third time this season thanks to a brace from Konstantin Rausch, a 2-0 win which leaves Augsburg in serious relegation danger.

Rausch struck twice in the second half of a game largely dominated by the home team, who could just not find a goal to round off their almost constant pressure.

It ended a run of 11 away games without a win for the Reds, who move back into contention for a place in Europe next season as a result, while leaving Augsburg's Bundesliga future hanging by a thread.

Aaron Hunt saved Werder Bremen from defeat and made it three draws in a row for Thomas Schaaf's men as they picked up a point from Mainz in a 1-1 draw.

One of the quickest goals in Bundesliga history after just 12 seconds from Adam Szalai gave Mainz a flying start, but Hunt levelled midway through the second half to give Bremen a seven-point cushion over the bottom three.

Mainz edged up to fifth but trail fourth-placed Schalke by three points after failing to build upon their early strike.


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