1. FC Nürnberg stretched their unbeaten run to nine games after clinching a fifth straight win courtesy of a convincing 3-0 success over 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 at the Voith-Arena.
Despite booking their place in the DFB Cup quarter-finals during midweek, there was no sign of fatigue from the hosts in the hard-fought early exchanges. Chances were few and far between, but Nürnberg made the most of their first and only chance during the opening 45 minutes when Guido Burgstaller poked home after Niclas Füllkrug’s free-kick came back off the post.
Heidenheim pushed for an equaliser after the restart, but in doing so left themselves vulnerable at the back, allowing the visitors to catch them cold when Alessandro Schöpf added the finishing touches to a perfectly-executed counter. Australia international Ben Halloran squandered a chance to reduce the arrears just past the hour mark, before the game was put to bed by Hanno Behrens' strike six minutes from time.