Dortmund held, Bremen wins derby in Bundesliga

Associated Press Modified: September 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm •  Published: September 1, 2012
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BERLIN (AP) — Defending Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund was held to a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg on Saturday, while Werder Bremen beat Hamburger SV 2-0 to win the league's 97th northern derby.

Aaron Hunt missed a penalty in the first half for Bremen, but scored another early in the second and then set up Nils Petersen's first goal for the side following his loan move from Bayern Munich.

"Three points and a good performance, that always makes a coach happy," Werder coach Thomas Schaaf said. "It was an outstanding game from us. The players never let up."

Elsewhere, Schalke beat Augsburg 3-1, Bayer Leverkusen won 2-0 against Freiburg, and promoted Eintracht Frankfurt won 4-0 at Hoffenheim, which finished the game with nine players.

Promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf drew 0-0 with local rival Borussia Moenchengladbach later on Saturday, in Fortuna's first Bundesliga game at home for 15 years.

Moenchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong came closest to scoring in the first half, when he met Juan Arango's cross with a fierce volley only to be denied by Fortuna 'keeper Fabian Giefer.

Robbie Kruse should have scored at the end of a counterattack for Duesseldorf in the second, but the Australian fired wide.

"I think the draw is a fair result," said Duesseldorf defender Tobias Levels.

In Nuremberg, Tomas Pekhart scored for the home side in the 31st minute when he met Hiroshi Kiyotake's corner with a towering header.

The goal spurred the visitors into action and Jakub Blaszczykowski scored off a rebound after Ivan Perisic hit the crossbar in the 40th.

Robert Mak might have secured a late winner for Nuremberg but struck the post from a difficult angle with four minutes to go.

"It was very difficult to play football here today," said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp following his side's 30th Bundesliga game without defeat. "We had too few goal chances for all our possession. Still, I'm happy with the result."

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