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AOL-Arena (ATT 50,123) 25th August 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: M Fritz

Hamburg Hamburg vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg


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H Balitsch (68)

Nurnberg secure famous victory

Last Updated: 25/08/12 8:02pm

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Jacopo Sala competes with Javier Pinola

Jacopo Sala competes with Javier Pinola

Hanno Balitsch scored the only goal as Nurnberg kicked off their 2012/13 Bundesliga campaign by securing a 1-0 win over Hamburg, their first win against them in 20 years.

Balitsch netted the game's only goal in the 68th minute, lashing home from close range after Per Nilsson's header had hit the bar.

Nurnberg had the first chance of the game in the 12th minute but Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler made a fine save from Timothy Chandler's attempt.

Hamburg threatened 12 minutes later but Nurnberg keeper Raphael Schafer was in the right place to keep out Heiko Westermann's header from six yards.

The visitors had two opportunities in first-half stoppage time but Adler fended away Timm Klose's header and then responded in time to stop Alexander Esswein's effort from the rebound.

They nearly took the lead two minutes after the break but Mike Frantz could not beat Adler from seven yards out.

The visitors went close again on the hour mark as Esswein's shot fell to Balitsch, but he headed wide of the empty goal from six yards out.

The breakthrough did arrive midway through the second half, though, as Nilsson's header from a corner landed at the feet of Balitsch, who drilled the ball home.

Hamburg missed a golden chance to equalise four minutes later when Westermann had plenty of space for a header, but Schafer deflected it onto the post and Klose cleared the danger.

HSV almost grabbed a point in stoppage time but Marcell Jansen's header struck the bar.

Robert Mak had the final chance at the other end but his 20-yard shot flew just wide.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 29 73
2 Wolfsburg 29 61
3 Bayer Leverkusen 29 54
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 Schalke 29 42
6 FC Augsburg 29 42
7 Werder Bremen 29 38
8 Hoffenheim 29 37
9 Borussia Dortmund 29 36
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 36
11 Mainz 29 34
12 Cologne 29 34
13 Hertha Berlin 29 34
14 SC Freiburg 29 29
15 Hannover 96 29 29
16 SC Paderborn 07 29 27
17 Stuttgart 29 26
18 Hamburg 29 25