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easyCredit Stadion (ATT 42,601) 20th January 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Welz

Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Hamburg Hamburg

Nurnberg 1

T Pekhart (75)

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Hamburg 1

A Rudnevs (70)

Nurnberg deny Hamburg

Last Updated: 20/01/13 4:48pm

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Tomas Pekhart celebrates his equaliser

Tomas Pekhart celebrates his equaliser

Nurnberg denied Hamburg a place in the top six thanks to a Tomas Pekhart equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Frankenstadion.

Hamburg were rewarded for raising their game in the second half when Arjoms Rudnevs' goal gave them the lead, but it was not enough for Thorsten Fink's side to take all three points in Bavaria.

Pekhart's goal earned Michael Wiesinger a point on his debut as Nurnberg coach, and it maintained the eight-point advantage Nurnberg had over 16th-placed Hoffenheim coming into the weekend's fixtures.

Hamburg's hopes received an early blow when Michael Mancienne landed awkwardly on his ankle and had to be replaced by Jeffrey Bruma in the 15th minute.

Bruma came in cold, but was fortunate that Nurnberg only started testing the Hamburg defence towards the end of the first half.

And they had chances to take the lead too. Hanno Balitsch beat Bruma in the air in the 37th minute, but sent his header over the crossbar.

Balitsch then set up Robert Mak two minutes before the interval, but after doing the hard work in racing away from Marcell Jansen, he missed the target with his shot.

Hamburg started the second half better and started to ask a few questions of their own going forward.

Javier Pinola almost headed into his own goal, but the post came to the Nurnberg full-back's rescue in the 66th minute, four minutes before Fink's men took the lead.

Dennis Aogo was the provider with a cross which was headed in by Rudnevs at the far post, beating the pint-sized Pinola in the air.

Nurnberg responded well and levelled five minutes later through Pekhart, who volleyed the ball in from close range as he met Timo Gebhart's pull-back.

The Bavarians then opted to shut up shop and defend a point, which they only just managed with Heung-Min Son hitting the post with the last effort of the game.

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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