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Bayern go eight clear despite Nuremberg draw

BERLIN (AFP) –

Bayern Munich's midfielder Javi Martinez (R) and Nuremberg's striker Sebastian Polter challenge for the ball

Bayern Munich’s midfielder Javi Martinez (R) and Nuremberg’s striker Sebastian Polter challenge for the ball during their German first division Bundesliga match in Nuremberg, southern Germany. Bayern Munich extended their lead to eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga as their make-shift side drew 1-1 at ten-man Nuremberg on Saturday in the 185th Bavarian derby.

Bayern Munich extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to eight points on Saturday as their make-shift side drew 1-1 at ten-man Nuremberg while second-placed Schalke 04 lost 2-0 at Leverkusen.

Bayern shared the points at Nuremberg despite taking the lead after only three minutes through Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, but ex-Munich midfielder Markus Feulner levelled for the hosts just after the break with a dipping shot.

With Bayern facing a crucial Champions League clash at Valencia on Tuesday, Heynckes accepted the draw.

“We can live with 1-1, I think it’s not the end of the world,” he said.

“We started well and dominated, but failed to get the second or third goal.

Leverkusen's striker Stefan Kiessling (L) scores past Schalke's goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall

Leverkusen’s striker Stefan Kiessling (L) scores past Schalke’s goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall during their German first division Bundesliga football match in the German city of Leverkusen. Schalke 04 lost 2-0 at Leverkusen.

“In the second-half we experienced a very different Nuremberg, one which was committed to playing forward more.

“Because of the second-half, we have to accept only taking a point.”

The point was enough to extend Bayern’s lead as ten-man Schalke suffered a 2-0 defeat at Leverkusen later Saturday evening with Germany midfielder Andre Schuerrle and striker Stefan Kiessling scoring either side of half-time.

Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender also hit the post with a second-half shot, while Kiessling had an 81st-minute penalty saved.

Schalke were reduced to ten men as Greece defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos was shown a second yellow card late on.

“We have made things incredibly bad for ourselves,” said Schalke captain Benedikt Hoewedes.

Frankfurt's Alexander Meier scores by penalty

Frankfurt’s Alexander Meier scores by penalty during their German first division Bundesliga football match against FC Augsburg in Frankfurt. Eintracht Frankfurt stayed up with the league leaders in third by claiming a 4-2 win at bottom side Augsburg.

“We made a lot of mistakes in our build-up play and we were punished mercilessly.

“We did get a grip on the game over the 90 minutes.”

The Royal Blues’ defeat means only two points now separate Schalke in second and fifth-placed Leverkusen.

Eintracht Frankfurt stayed up with the league leaders in third by claiming a 4-2 win at home to bottom side Augsburg having taken an early 2-0 lead.

“Augsburg never gave up. Their moral is intact. Overall, it was a good football match and we ultimately deserved to win,” said Eintracht coach Armin Veh.”

There were three goals in the first 15 minutes at Dortmund as the defending champions ran out 3-1 wins over second-from-bottom Greuther Fuerth.

After Borussia’s Poland striker Robert Lewandowski netted slotted home after just three minutes, Fuerth’s Zoltan Stieber levelled just two minutes later before Lewandowski converted a 15th-minute penalty.

Germany midfielder Mario Goetze made it 3-1 at half-time with a sublime goal on 42 minutes when he drew Fuerth goalkeeper Max Gruen to keep the defending champions fourth.

Dortmund's defender Mats Hummels (L) and Fuerth's Kosovan forward Ilir Azemi jump for the ball

Dortmund’s defender Mats Hummels (L) and Fuerth’s Kosovan forward Ilir Azemi jump for the ball during their German first division Bundesliga football match in Dortmund, western Germany. Borussia ran out 3-1 wins over second-from-bottom Greuther Fuerth.

“We knew they’d be strong if we let them move the ball around at their feet, but we took control of the game in the second-half,” said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

A second-half own goal by Dutch defender Roel Brouwers handed VfB Stuttgart a 2-1 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Hamburg enjoyed a 1-0 win at home to Mainz as South Korea striker Son Heung-Min scored the contentious winner in the 63 minutes after being set up by a pass from midfielder Maximilian Beister.

Wolfsburg, 16th and amongst the relegation places, are at Hoffenheim on Sunday with ex-Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs having been installed as sports director after 13 years at Werder.

Caretaker coach Lorenz-Guenther Koestner is set to stay on as coach and Allofs has been tasked with keeping the 2009 champions up, while Werder Bremen host Fortuna Duesseldorf.

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