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Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Hertha Berlin Hertha

Nurnberg 2

J Drmic (40)
H Kiyotake (89)

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Hertha 2

S Allagui (61)
Ronny (pen 78)

Kiyotake nabs point for Nurnberg

Last Updated: 18/08/13 5:46pm

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Hiroshi Kiyotake strikes to earn his team a draw

Hiroshi Kiyotake strikes to earn his team a draw

A late free-kick from Hiroshi Kiyotake earned Nurnberg a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin.

Josip Drmic gave Nurnberg the lead five minutes before the interval before Hertha drew level when Sami Allagui's shot took a huge deflection off Berkay Dabanli, before a disputed penalty converted by Ronny put Jos Luhukay's side in front.

Nurnberg responded well and an unstoppable free-kick from Kiyotake earned them a second draw of the season at the death.

Hertha made the brighter start with Anis Ben-Hatira causing the Nurnberg defence a whole host of problems.

However, it was the home side who went closest to breaking the deadlock when Daniel Ginczek's header hit the outside of the post.

That effort gave Nurnberg confidence and led to them taking the lead in the 40th minute through Drmic, who timed his run to perfection to nudge the ball low past the onrushing Thomas Kraft.

Ben-Hatira had a few good chances to bring Hertha level before Allagui stepped forward and got lucky.

He made a poor connection with his shot clipping his standing foot and sending the ball wide of the left-hand post. Dabanli got in the way and inadvertently changed the ball's direction, leaving his goalkeeper Raphael Schafer no chance.

The defender seemed to be still rankling with the goal when he got caught out of position with Allagui teeing up Alexander Baumjohann, whose shot was saved by Schafer's foot.

Baumjohann was put through on goal again soon after and, although Javier Pinola appeared to play the ball, the referee adjudged he had also got the player and pointed to the spot.

Ronny, who had not been on the field all that long, sent Schafer the wrong way to put Hertha ahead.

There was a sting in the tail of the game, though, and that was provided by Kiyotake.

His free-kicks had caused problems in the first half and he decided to take the direct route with a shot which left Kraft no chance to earn Nurnberg a point.

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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 31 35
12 Hannover 96 31 35
13 Werder Bremen 30 33
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25

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