The first half was a rather quiet affair as neither side managed to create many noteworthy chances.
Bremen seemed to be playing with a weight off their shoulders in their first game since the departure of previous head coach Thomas Schaaf, however, and they went in at the break in front when de Bruyne coolly chipped the keeper for the opening goal.
As Per usual
Nuremberg used the half-time break to regroup and they emerged from the dressing room determined to restore parity to affairs. After a spell of possession in the Bremen half, they duly got themselves back on level terms when defender Per Nilsson lashed in from a corner for his sixth goal of the season and the team’s 20th from set pieces.
In a dramatic finale, Sebastian Polter and Tomas Pekhart struck in quick succession to give der Club a two-goal cushion, before de Bruyne added a late consolation, his 10th goal of the season, for the northerners. Nuremberg finish the season in 10th place with Bremen in 14th, their lowest finish in the Bundesliga since 1980.
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