Nuremberg ends Bayern's away run in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) -Nuremberg ended Bayern Munich's perfect away record in the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 1-1 draw in the 185th Bavarian derby between the rivals.
Markus Feulner, who came through the youth set-up at Bayern, cancelled out Mario Mandzukic's third-minute strike for the visitors, when he let fly with a swerving effort from long range after the restart.
"If we knew in advance that we'd claim a point against Bayern, we would have signed it straightaway. We deserved the point,'' said Nuremberg coach Dieter Hecking, whose side remains dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Nuremberg had several chances to claim what would have been only its second win from nine games, until Timo Gebhart was sent off in the 76th and the visitors came close to scoring in an exciting finale.
Bayern had previously won all five away games this season, and was bidding to match the Bundesliga record of eight consecutive away victories.
Defending champion Borussia Dortmund capitalized with a 3-1 win at home over Greuther Fuerth.
Elsewhere, Stuttgart won 2-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, as did Freiburg at Hannover, while Eintracht Frankfurt enjoyed a 4-2 win at home over Augsburg, and Son Heung-Min struck for Hamburger SV to beat Mainz 1-0.
Bayer Leverkusen was hosting Schalke later, when a win for the visitors would cut the gap to Bayern to five points.
"Whoever scores more goals over 90 minutes is the favorite,'' Schalke coach Huub Stevens said before kick-off.
Perhaps mindful of Tuesday's Champions League game at Valencia, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes made six changes to the side that beat Frankfurt last weekend, with Mandzukic coming in for Claudio Pizarro, Xherdan Shaqiri replacing Franck Ribery (rib injury) and Thomas Mueller playing for Arjen Robben (torn muscle).
Daniel van Buyten and Rafinha played instead of the injured Jerome Boateng and rested Philipp Lahm at the back, while Anatoliy Tymoshchuk took Javi Martinez' place in midfield.
Bayern showed no ill effects from the changes when Toni Kroos crossed for Mandzukic to score his ninth goal of the season with a simple tap-in.
Rafinha should have made it 2-0 after Shaqiri played him through, only for Raphael Schaefer to block the Brazilian's shot.
Feulner's equalizer fired up the home side, which was only denied another by some last-ditch defending and a great reflex save from Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.
Heynckes brought Lahm on to restore order in his back line, but Nuremberg's challenge effectively petered out when Gebhart was sent off after catching Bastian Schweinsteiger in the mouth with his elbow.
"Nuremberg don't know any differently. They provoked a lot and tried to influence the referee,'' Schweinsteiger said. "We also fouled of course, but the Nurembergers were specifically targeting the body.''
There were early goals in Dortmund, where Mario Goetze set up Robert Lewandowski for a simple finish in the third minute, before Zoltan Stieber equalized with a chip over Roman Weidenfeller in the fifth.
Lewandowski made it 2-1 with Dortmund's first penalty of the season in the 15th, after Bernd Nehrig was adjudged to have fouled Jakub Blaszczykowski, who was making his comeback from an ankle injury.
Fuerth went close again, before Goetze gave Dortmund some breathing space with a fine individual effort in the 42nd, when the 20-year-old Germany international displayed incredible nerve to go around the goalkeeper and let Nehrig go skidding past, before coolly flicking the ball into the empty net.
Juergen Klopp's men were comfortable in the second half, with thoughts turning to Wednesday's Champions League clash against Ajax in Amsterdam.
Roel Brouwers' unfortunate own goal in the 72nd was enough for Stuttgart, which had equalized through Martin Harnik in the eighth, after Martin Stranzl scored against his former side a minute earlier.
Goals from Jonathan Schmid and Jan Rosenthal in each half gave Freiburg a deserved win at Hannover, which had pulled level through Mohammed Abdellaoue's 32nd-minute penalty.
Alexander Meier scored twice, including a penalty, to kill off Augsburg's comeback hopes in Frankfurt, where Augsburg striker Sascha Moelders scored at both ends, Stefan Aigner chipped in with another for the home side, and Koo Ja-Cheol had given the visitors hope with a great strike before the break.