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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 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23