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easyCredit Stadion (ATT 50,000) 21st April 2013 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: M Grafe

Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Greuther Furth Greuther Furth

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Greuther keep survival hopes alive

Last Updated: 21/04/13 7:15pm

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Johannes Geis struck Greuther Furth's winner

Johannes Geis struck Greuther Furth's winner

Greuther Furth kept their slim survival hopes alive with victory in a fiercely contested 1-0 Bavarian derby win at Nurnberg.

Johannes Geis' first professional goal in the 26th minute was enough for Furth to win for only the third time this season and edge to within nine points of the relegation play-off with four games of the season remaining.

Nurnberg hit the woodwork three times but came away with nothing to show for their efforts.

It was the 256th Franconian derby and one which lived up to the reputation of previous meetings between the two clubs, with nobody shirking the challenge.

It was surprising that it took the referee 13 minutes to show the first yellow card to Furth's Felix Klaus.

The next surprise came in the 26th minute when Geis scored his first goal of his career to put Furth ahead.

From almost 30 yards, the Furth midfielder took aim and found the top corner, leaving Raphael Schafer no chance in the Nurnberg goal.

Seven minutes later, Geis went close with another long-range effort, this time a curling free-kick which just missed the target.

Nevertheless, his goal was enough to give Furth the lead at the interval for the first time this season, although Hanno Balitsch almost prevented that when he hit the outside of the post.

Balitsch had the woodwork rattling again, twice, in the 62nd minute as the ball simply did not want to go in for Nurnberg.

Furth built the barricades successfully to hold on to only their third win of the season and one which means they live to fight another day.

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2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15