Nuremberg stuns 'Gladbach 1-0 in Bundesliga

CIARAN FAHEY Associated Press Published:

BERLIN (AP) -- Nuremberg upset Borussia Moenchengladbach with a late goal to claim a 1-0 win and deny the visitors the chance to move second in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Albert Bunjaku scored the winner three minutes from time -- and three minutes after coming on as a substitute -- when Alexander Esswein pulled the ball back for the Swiss striker to crash a shot under the crossbar.

Philipp Wollscheid instigated the move by dispossessing Moenchengladbach midfielder Juan Arango and sending Esswein through on the left.

"When you score the winner in the 87th minute, it's a lucky punch," Nuremberg coach Dieter Hecking said after his side consolidated its midtable position. "There's a bit of relief there now."

Lukas Podolski salvaged a 1-1 draw for Cologne at Hoffenheim in the late game when he scored in the 81st minute to break his side's three-game losing streak.

Hoffenheim defender Marvin Compper had put the home side in front in the 33rd with a powerful header from a corner, 20 minutes after Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic's strike was ruled offside.

Sven Schipplock should have scored for Hoffenheim in the 63rd, when Cologne defender Christian Eichner blocked his shot on the line and Schipplock then crashed the rebound off the crossbar.

"In our situation you're happy with the little things," Eichner said.

Podolski has now scored 16 of Cologne's 31 league goals, with Miso Brecko crossing for the Germany international to send a glancing header inside the far post.

In Nuremberg, Moenchengladbach's attacking threat was largely nullified by the home side's tightly packed defense, with Marco Reus, Mike Hanke and Arango all enduring a frustrating afternoon.

"We're not machines, so you can also lose a game sometimes," Reus said.

Reus drew a save from Raphael Schaefer in the fourth minute, two minutes before Mike Hanke stung the goalkeeper's hands, but chances for both sides proved scarce thereafter.

Havard Nordtveit should have put Moenchengladbach ahead in the 41st when Reus sent him through, but the Norwegian hesitated and lost possession.

Moenchengladbach 'keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied United States defender Timmy Chandler at the near post, and then produced a flying save to keep out Markus Feulner's long range effort. But there was nothing he could do to prevent Bunjaku's first league goal for almost two years after a season and a half marred by injury.

"We lost the ball unnecessarily too many times and we're not playing as well as two weeks ago," Borussia coach Lucien Favre said.

Borussia Dortmund leads the table by seven points from Bayern Munich after its three closest rivals all lost on a good weekend for the defending champion.

Moenchengladbach remains one point behind Bayern, while fourth-placed Schalke is three points further back.