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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 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Wolfsburg 31 53
5 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25