Nuremberg ends Bayern's away run in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich extended its lead in the Bundesliga despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Nuremberg in the 185th Bavarian derby on Saturday, as Schalke lost 2-0 at Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern's perfect away record was ended when Markus Feulner, who came through the youth set-up at Bayern, cancelled out Mario Mandzukic's third-minute strike for the visitors 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.
"It's not a broken leg," Jupp Heynckes said after his side dropped points for just the second time this season. "You can't simply win all your games. We can live with the draw."
Bayern is eight points clear after hapless Schalke failed to take advantage later.
"You could call it that," said Schalke coach Huub Stevens after being asked if it was his side's worst performance of the season.
Leverkusen forward Andre Schuerrle scored before the break, when he received the ball on the halfway line, ran at the visiting defense and unleashed an unstoppable 30-meter (yard) shot inside the top left corner.
"It gave us confidence for the second half," Schuerrle said. "That was the can-opener."
Stefan Kiessling showed great footwork to elude Kyriakos Papadopoulos before scoring in the 67th, rewarding Leverkusen for a period of dominance in which Lars Bender struck the post.
Kiessling could even afford the luxury of missing a penalty, before Papadopoulos received his second yellow for a block on Schuerrle.
"The fact is that we were incredibly bad today. We knew that Leverkusen are strong on the counterattack and did nothing to stop it. We completely deserved to lose," said Schalke captain Benedikt Hoewedes, whose side hosts Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Defending champion Borussia Dortmund capitalized on its rivals' slip-ups 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.
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