Berlin: Front runners Bayern Munich, maintaining their winning ways, clinched a Bavarian derby while Dortmund sealed their second straight victory with a goal festival over Bremen in Bundesliga.
Bayern, with a 2-0 win, extended their unbeaten record to 45 games as resilient Nuremberg failed to get more out of their bright start Saturday, reports Xinhua.
The hosts caught a lively start when Daniel Ginczek tested Bayern custodian Manuel Neuer before Hiroshi Kiyotake's sideways scissors kick rattled the bar. The German giants seemed impressed as Josip Drmic nearly broke the deadlock but it was again Neuer who denied the opener.
However, instead of celebrating an opener against the league leaders, Nuremberg were punished as Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring against the run of the game at the 18th minute. The Croatian international made use of David Alaba's cross to volley home from seven metres into the top left corner.
Bayern established their rhythm as Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller rattled the woodwork as everything pointed to another goal for the visitors. Nuremberg hoped to grab at least one point but all their hopes were destroyed by Philipp Lahm, who exploited Mandzukic's assist to score his first goal since December 2010.
Consequently, Bayern restored their 13-point lead atop the standings with 56 points while Nuremberg slumped into the relegation battle with 16th position and only 17 points.