Dortmund drops first points of the season

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Updated: September 21, 2013

Nurnberg, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) – Borussia Dortmund dropped its first
points of the Bundesliga season on Saturday as the club was held to a 1-1 draw
at Nurnberg.

Dortmund entered the weekend with a perfect record of 15 points collected from
its five Bundesliga contests, leaving the club at the summit of the German top
flight.

That record looked like it would be extended when Marcel Schmelzer opened the
scoring for the visitors in the 37th minute.

But Nurnberg regrouped during the halftime interval and produced an equalizer
just six minutes into the second period as Per Nilsson bagged his first goal
of the campaign.

Dortmund pushed in search of another go-ahead goal but failed to find one,
leaving Jurgen Klopp’s side on 16 points for the season.

The result sees Dortmund slip into a tie for first place in the Bundesliga
with Bayern Munich, which picked up a resounding 4-0 victory at Schalke thanks
to goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Mandzukic, Franck Ribery and
Claudio Pizarro.

Bayer Leverkusen managed to close the gap at the top of the league thanks to
an emphatic 4-1 defeat of Mainz, brining the club to 15 points. Robbie Kruse
netted a brace in the victory while goals from Lars Bender and Stefan
Kiessling gave the club a four-goal lead. Mali Yunus pulled one back late on
for Mainz, but it was nothing more than a consolation goal.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Nils Petersen scored twice in Werder
Bremen’s 2-0 defeat of Hamburg, Szabolcs Huszti converted a late penalty to
hand Hannover a 2-1 win over Augsburg and Ivica Olic scored twice in the span
of two minutes to lead Wolfsburg to a 2-1 defeat of Hoffenheim.