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Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Schalke Schalke

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Wait goes on for Nurnberg

Last Updated: 21/12/13 7:56pm

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Per Nilsson and Adam Szalai challenge for the ball

Per Nilsson and Adam Szalai challenge for the ball

Nurnberg ended 2013 still waiting for their first win of the season after being held to a goalless draw by Schalke on Saturday evening.

The Bavarian club's 11th draw of the season left them in a share of bottom spot in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Braunschweig with only goal difference keeping Gertjan Verbeek's off the foot of the table.

Nurnberg created nearly all of the chances, had a goal disallowed and hit the woodwork for the 16th time this season, but failed to do the most important thing - score a goal.

Hiroshi Kiyotake led Nurnberg's early assault on goal, although Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann kept them at bay.

Josip Drmic thought he had broken the deadlock when he tucked the ball past the Schalke goalkeeper, but the linesman's flag brought a swift end to his celebrations.

Kiyotake only found the side-netting with his next shot before Jermaine Jones sent Schalke's first shot across the face of goal.

At the end of the first half, Roman Neustadter went even closer for the visitors, his shot just clearing the angle of post and crossbar by inches.

Nurnberg continued to attack in the second half, but the closest they came to scoring was when Per Nilsson turned Kiyotake's free-kick onto the underside of the crossbar.

It was already the 16th time this season that Nurnberg have been denied by the woodwork.

It was clearly not going to be Nurnberg's night, but Schalke never looked like punishing them.

Jefferson Farfan had two half chances to steal the points, but that would have been too cruel on a Nurnberg side who end 2013 in 17th and without a single win this season to celebrate.

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1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19