1. FC Nürnberg kept up the pressure at the top of the Bundesliga 2 table by extending their unbeaten run to 15 consecutive games with a 2-1 victory over 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
Goals: 1-0 Erras (19’), 1-1 Bödvarsson (22’), 2-1 Stieber (88’)
Over 31,000 fans were in attendance at the Grundig Stadion to witness a lively opening, with both teams committing to attack right from the off. After a couple of early half-chances, the hosts took the lead through midfielder Patrick Erras, who slotted home from close-range following Niclas Füllkrug’s pull-back. Yet the visitors hit back almost instantly, with Icelandic striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson equalising with his first goal of the season.
The teams cancelled each other out after the break and the match looked to be heading for a draw until substitute Zoltan Stieber restored Nürnberg’s lead in the 88th minute. The Hungarian was then sent off after receiving a second yellow card for an over-exuberant celebration, and with seven minutes of stoppage time added due to injuries to the hosts’ goalkeeper Raphael Schäfer and his replacement Patrick Rakovsky, a tense finale ensued. However, Nürnberg held on to win and keep their promotion hopes alive.