1.FC Nuremberg 1 – Bayern Munich 1


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With the watchful eye of match referee MANUEL GRAEFE of Berlin keeping careful track of events, 1.FC Nuremberg midfielder MARKUS FEULNER hopes to settle the ball or, perhaps, distribute before Germany international midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER of Bayern Munich (left) can effectively get involved at the venerable Frankenstadion during the staging of the 185th edititon of the always-intense BAVARIAN DERBY.
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11/17/12
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 12

1 – 1.FC NUREMBERG —————— Feulner 46′
1 – BAYERN MUNICH —————— Mandzukic 3′

As the old saying goes, ‘anything can and will happen in a rivalry match’, then — The visitors stormed to a third-minute lead only to have the hosts equalize within sixty seconds of the re-start and then later hold out after being reduced to ten men as record Bundesliga champion BAYERN MUNICH and intra-state, arch-rival 1.FC NUREMBERG drew 1-1 in the 185th installment of the BAYRISCHES DERBY.

Many refer to the match as the FRAENKISCH-BAIRISCHES DERBY, which translates into the “Franconian-Old Bavaria Derby” because the 1.FC Nuremberg supporters do not consider either the football club or themselves to be non-Bavarian.

Whatever the case, it did not take the visitors long to go out in front. This after Bayern Munich’s 34-year-old midfielder ANATOLI TYMOSHCHUK, the national team captain of Ukraine who has earned 123 caps (4 go) in his career, stole a ball in the offensive third of the field and then quickly found Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS wide on the right wing with a precise pass. Lovely service from Kroos allowed Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC to simply tap home from close range at the back post and notch his ninth Bundesliga goal of this season.

The visitors had a glorious chance to grab a second goal ten minutes before the break when Mandzukic presented an outstanding pass for Bayern Munich’s overlapping Brazil international right back RAFINHA in the box. Nowadays a reserve normally, the 27-year-old defender signed by the record German champions from Italian Serie A club FC Genoa for a transfer fee of 5.5 million Euros in the summer of 2011 hit his shot straight at 1.FC Nuremeberg goalkeeper RALPH SCHAEFER. It was, to be sure, a missed opportunity that the visiting side of trainer JUPP HEYNCKES would grow to rue immeasurably.

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Bayern Munich’s Brazilian defender DANTE seeks to settle the ball in spite of the challenge from 1.FC Nuremberg striker SEBASTIAN POLTER (8), the Germany U-21 international on loan from Vfl Wolfsburg this season, during the playing of the 185th Bavarian Derby match witnessed by a capacity crowd of 50,000 enthusiastic football supporters at the fabulous Frankenstadion.
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This because “der Club” immediately fought back in the first minute of the second half after Kroos lost possession in his own third of the field. 1.FC Nuremberg midfielder MARKUS FEULNER then took his chance well with a nasty, swerving blast from a full 25 yards out that Bayern Munich’s befuddled Germany first choice MANUEL NEUER could only get a hand to but not keep out. A memorable goal for the 30-year-old veteran, who began his professional career with Bayern Munich and made 13 Bundesliga appearances in two and a half terms for the record German champions before transferring to 1.FC Koeln during the Winterpause in the middle of the 2003/04 football campaign.

1.FC Nuremberg might have grabbed the lead shortly thereafter, as well, but Bayern Munich’s Brazilian centerback DANTE, the off-season signing from Borussia Moenchengladbach who has been so influential for his new club already this season, was able to make a desperate block from a dangerous half-volley from Germany U-21 international striker SEBASTIAN POLTER. Later, a fine header from the youngster Polter forced a good save from Neuer and Sweden international defender PER NILSSON did not miss by much with his free header for 1.FC Nuremberg. The home side lost whatever momentum they had been building, however, when former Germany U-21 international TIMO GEBHART, the feisty, former TSV 1860 Munich and Vfb Stuttgart midfielder, was sent off for his intentional elbow to the face of Bayern Munich’s Germany international midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER in the 76th minute.

Seeking to capitalize on the man-advantage as a result of Gebhart’s early dismissal, the trainer Heynckes took the goal-scorer Mandzukic off in favor of aging Peru international striker CLAUDIO PIZARRO in an effort to spark the Bayern Munich attack. By this time, though, der Club were content to pack the box while keeping an eye on the point and, it must be said, were very effective at doing so. The visitors, who possessed the ball 65% of the time for the duration of the match, would never break through.

And so the two rivals were left to share the spoils in the 185th installment of the Bayrisches Derby.

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Sweden international defender PER NILSSON of 1.FC Nuremberg pokes the ball right between the legs of from Bayern Munich’s Croatia international striker MARIO MANDZUKIC (right), the off-season signing from Vfl Wolfsburg costing 13.0 million Euros who has scored 12 goals in all competitions for the record German champions this term, at the sold-out Frankenstadion during the 185th installment of the great Bavarian Derby.
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1.FC NUREMBERG : Schaefer – Chandler, Nilsson, Klose, Pinola – Simons – Frantz (Esswein 66′), Kiyotake (Korczowski 80′), Feulner, Gebhart – Polter (Plattenhardt 89′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha (Lahm 62′), Dante, Badstuber, Alaba – Tymoshchuk (Martinez 53′), Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos, Shaqiri – Mandzukic (Pizarro 77′)

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