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easyCredit Stadion (ATT 45,572) 3rd February 2012 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: F Meyer

Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Borussia Dortmund B Dortmund

Nurnberg 0


B Dortmund 2

S Kehl (48)
L Barrios (82)

Dortmund pull clear at top

Kehl and Barrios seal 2-0 victory over Nurnberg

Last Updated: 03/02/12 9:51pm

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Barrios: Struck for Dortmund

Barrios: Struck for Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund produced an impressive performance to beat Nurnberg 2-0 away from home in the Bundesliga on Friday night and open up a three-point lead in the title race.

Sebastian Kehl and Lucas Barrios scored the goals for the defending champions, who put the ball back in Bayern Munich's court as they are now forced to play catch-up against Hamburg on Saturday.

Schalke are also now three points adrift of their Westphalian rivals while Nurnberg risk dropping into the bottom three if results elsewhere go against them this weekend.

Dortmund had to weather an early storm at the Frankenstadion with Nurnberg teasing them with a succession of dangerous corners.

The first threat came when Marcel Schmelzer appeared to catch the heel of Tomas Pekhart inside the penalty area, but referee Florian Meyer waved play on.

In the 10th minute, Dominic Maroh's shot was blocked as Dortmund continued to struggle to cope with the home team's set-pieces.

A minute later, Shinji Kagawa headed Timmy Simons' header off the goal-line from the next corner.

And in the 19th minute, Pekhart shot over the crossbar from just three yards with the ball brushing the woodwork as it missed the target.

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Dortmund suddenly emerged from what seemed like an eternity camped inside their own half with Robert Lewandowski put through on goal by Kehl, but Raphael Schafer denied him.

Schafer made a fine one-handed save to push Lewandowski's 34th-minute effort over the crossbar before replicating with another good save to deny Kagawa on the goal-line.

Dortmund were now in top gear and they took the lead in the 48th minute with Lukasz Piszczek put through on goal and he unselfishly pulled the ball back for Kehl to sidefoot it in from seven yards out.

Lewandowski diverted Kehl's 63rd-minute shot into the goal, but from a marginally offside position as the defending champions looked to put the game beyond Nurnberg.

Barrios then sealed the win in the 82nd minute, pouncing on the loose ball after Kagawa's shot was saved and nudging it in past Schafer.

It was the Paraguayan's first goal of the season, coming just days after he was removed from the transfer list after failing to find a suitable taker for his services this winter.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 79
2 Wolfsburg 34 69
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 FC Augsburg 34 49
6 Schalke 34 48
7 Borussia Dortmund 34 46
8 Hoffenheim 34 44
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 43
10 Werder Bremen 34 43
11 Mainz 34 40
12 Cologne 34 40
13 Hannover 96 34 37
14 Stuttgart 34 36
15 Hertha Berlin 34 35
16 Hamburg 34 35
17 SC Freiburg 34 34
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 31