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Football: Nuremberg's Wiesinger picks up first win

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Coach Michael Wiesinger picked up his first win since taking charge of Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg in December as his team enjoyed a 2-1 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.

With Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake in impressive form and new signing Mu Kanazaki on the bench, Nuremberg took an early lead when Belgium midfielder Timmy Simons fired home a fourth-minute penalty.

Striker Tomas Pekhart converted a great pass from Kiyotake with half an hour gone for the second and although 'Gladbach's Patrick Herrmann pulled a goal back for the guests with 30 minutes left, the hosts hung on.

The precious three points lift Nuremberg up to 14th, eight points away from the relegation places for their first win in four games, while Gladbach are seventh in the league after their first defeat in ten matches.

Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen host defending champions Borussia Dortmund, third, on Sunday with Australia's Mitchell Langerak in goal for the guests with captain Roman Weidenfeller ruled out with an infection.

On Saturday, Bayern Munich picked up their 16th win in 20 Bundesliga matches to maintain their stranglehold on the league with Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic netting twice in the 3-0 win at Mainz.

Bayern had lost on two of their last three visits to Mainz, but this time the league leaders made their dominance of possession count at the Coface Arena.

The result means Jupp Heynckes' Bayern could finish the weekend 13 points clear.

Having only quit VfL Wolfsburg last Tuesday, Croatia striker Srdjan Lakic celebrated his debut for Eintracht Frankfurt with both goals in their 2-0 win at Hamburg which kept his team fourth.

Bottom side Greuther Fuerth broke their 17-match winless streak with a shock 2-1 victory at Schalke 04, which left the Royal Blues with just one win in their last eight league games.

Schalke coach Jens Keller, who only took charge in December after Huub Stevens was fired, turned up to training on Sunday with home-made banners from disgruntled fans reading "Keller Out!" around the pitch.

Australia midfielder Robbie Kruse warmed up for Wednesday's friendly against Romania in Malaga, Spain, with two goals in Fortuna Duesseldorf's 3-1 win at home to VfB Stuttgart.

Hoffenheim remain in the bottom three despite picking up their first win since November with a 2-1 victory at home to Freiburg after recovering from the concession of an early goal.

Having signed on loan from Spurs last week, Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was four minutes into his debut when his parried save was drilled home by Freibrug's Max Kruse.

The Brazilian's blushes were spared by a first-half brace from 19-year-old striker Kevin Volland to give Hoffenheim three precious points.

Wolfsburg were held to a 1-1 draw by strugglers Augsburg and on Friday, Bayern's on-loan striker Nils Petersen scored two late goals to give Werder Bremen a 2-0 win at home to Hanover 96.

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