Sandhausen - Ten-man 1. FC Nürnberg let a one-goal lead slip through their fingers on the road against SV Sandhausen, who clinched all three points courtesy of a 2-1 win on home soil against the promotion hopefuls.

Though the encounter was delayed due to train strikes and traffic, neither side wasted any time settling into proceedings with the visitors breaking the deadlock just past the quarter-hour mark through Niclas Füllkrug’s well-struck, first-time volley. Despite Nürnberg carving out the more clear-cut chances, the hosts managed to muster up an equaliser when Patrick Rakovsky failed to keep out Alexander Bieler’s goalbound effort to send the sides in level at the break.

Nürnberg appeared to be losing their grip after the restart with Daniel Schulz’s header cleared off the line before Ondrej Petrak received his marching orders for bringing down Rene Gartler with a cynical foul as the last man. The sending off only served to fill Sandhausen with a sense of confidence and, with the visitors unable to relieve the pressure being put on them, it was left to Andrew Wooten to score the winner with a powerful chest and finish, moving Sandhausen out of the drop zone.