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easyCredit Stadion (ATT 46,157) 18th May 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: G Winkmann

Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Werder Bremen W Bremen

Nurnberg 3

P Nilsson (61)
S Polter (81)
T Pekhart (88)


W Bremen 2

K De Bruyne (37, 89)

Post-Schaaf era begins with loss

Last Updated: 18/05/13 6:38pm

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Robert Mak and Per Nilsson celebrate for Nurnberg

Robert Mak and Per Nilsson celebrate for Nurnberg

Werder Bremen began the post Thomas Schaaf era on a negative note after suffering a 3-2 defeat at Nurnberg.

Bremen parted company with Schaaf after 14 years in midweek following a run of 12 games without a victory, but it got no better on Saturday as they finished their Bundesliga on a familiar note.

Kevin De Bruyne gave them hope with a 37th-minute lead, but Per Nilsson equalised just after the hour mark and Sebastian Polter made it 2-1 for the hosts after 82 minutes.

Tomas Pekhart doubled Nurnberg's advantage two minutes from time before De Bruyne set up a tense finale in the closing stages.

Nurnberg took 10th place in the final table with 44 points.

Bremen had the first chance in the fifth minute but Aleksandar Ignjovski's blast from 19 yards sailed just wide.

The visitors went close again in the 32nd minute but Nils Petersen's header off a Zlatko Junuzovic cross went just over the bar from eight yards out.

Bremen grabbed the lead in the 37th minute with Junuzovic looping a ball into space where De Bruyne struck over Nurnberg keeper Raphael Schafer to make it 1-0.

Nurnberg equalised after 61 minutes, however, as Timm Klose's header off a corner struck the right post but Nilsson pounced on the rebound.

De Bruyne and Joseph Akpala both found only the side netting for Bremen before the hosts took the lead in the 81st minute with Polter heading in a Robert Mak corner kick from the right side.

Nurnberg made it 3-1 in the 88th minute with Mak racing to the goal-line and crossing to Pekhart, who easily hit home the winner.

De Bruyne finished the scoring with a consolation goal in the 89th minute as the Belgian struck a Petersen pass into the far corner.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 35
12 Werder Bremen 30 33
13 Hannover 96 30 32
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25