Cedric Makiadi put the hosts in front in the first half and late strikes from Daniel Caligiuri and Marco Terrazzino completed the scoring as Freiburg took the spoils.
Post, then in
Nuremberg began brightly, eager to put an end to their slump in form and had the first chance of the game, only for Hiroshi Kiyotake to send his shot wide of the post in the second minute. Freiburg gradually began to settle into the game, forcing their guests on to the back foot.
After several near-misses, Freiburg channelled their frustration into an even more aggressive assault on the opening goal. Erik Jendrisek came close in the 21st minute, but his header was deflected onto the post., but shortly before half time, the hosts took a deserved lead through Makiadi. Jonathan Schmid's cross was met at the far post by Jendrisek, who, having drawn the Nuremberg defence towards him, headed the ball square to Makiadi, who simply had to nod it into the empty goal from a yard out.
Wrapped up late
In an effort to inspire a second half change, Nuremberg coach Dieter Hecking replaced Robert Mak with Alexander Esswein, although the most notable difference was their attitude, as the visitors came out fighting. Their newfound belief was nearly rewarded in the 56th minute when Sebastian Polter lobbed Oliver Baumann, who was grateful that Mensur Mujdza was covering to clear off the line.
Freiburg had thrown away a one-goal lead in each of their last two games to lose 2-1 and they were clearly determined not to make it a hat-trick here. After being felled inside the penalty area in stoppage time, Caligiuri stepped up to place the resultant spot-kick into the top right-hand corner. Terrazzino put the icing on the cake with in an unstoppable volley shortly before the final whistle to seal a comprehensive home win.
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