Dortmund held, Bremen wins derby in Bundesliga

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BERLIN (AP) -Defending Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund was held to a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg on Saturday, while Werder Bremen beat Hamburger SV 2-0 to win the league's 97th northern derby.

Aaron Hunt missed a penalty in the first half for Bremen, but scored another early in the second and then set up Nils Petersen's first goal for the side following his loan move from Bayern Munich.

"Three points and a good performance, that always makes a coach happy," Werder coach Thomas Schaaf said. "It was an outstanding game from us. The players never let up."

Elsewhere, Schalke beat Augsburg 3-1, Bayer Leverkusen won 2-0 against Freiburg, and promoted Eintracht Frankfurt won 4-0 at Hoffenheim, which finished the game with nine players.

Promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf drew 0-0 with local rival Borussia Moenchengladbach later on Saturday, in Fortuna's first Bundesliga game at home for 15 years.

Moenchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong came closest to scoring in the first half, when he met Juan Arango's cross with a fierce volley only to be denied by Fortuna `keeper Fabian Giefer.

Robbie Kruse should have scored at the end of a counterattack for Duesseldorf in the second, but the Australian fired wide.

"I think the draw is a fair result," said Duesseldorf defender Tobias Levels.

In Nuremberg, Tomas Pekhart scored for the home side in the 31st minute when he met Hiroshi Kiyotake's corner with a towering header.

The goal spurred the visitors into action and Jakub Blaszczykowski scored off a rebound after Ivan Perisic hit the crossbar in the 40th.

Robert Mak might have secured a late winner for Nuremberg but struck the post from a difficult angle with four minutes to go.

"It was very difficult to play football here today," said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp following his side's 30th Bundesliga game without defeat. "We had too few goal chances for all our possession. Still, I'm happy with the result."

Hamburg's new signing Rafael van der Vaart watched from the stands following his return to the club on Friday, as his new side continued its losing start to the season. Hamburg has lost both league games and been knocked out of the German Cup.

Former Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler saved Hunt's 42nd-minute penalty, but Dennis Aogo gave the Werder midfielder another chance when he fouled Petersen after the break.

Hunt made no mistake at the second attempt, and then helped Petersen to make it 2-0 in the 67th, after Hamburg's new signing Petr Jiracek lost the ball in midfield.

"Too many individual mistakes," said Hamburg's under-pressure coach Thorsten Fink.

Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, United States midfielder Jermaine Jones and Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar all scored for Schalke, before Thorsten Oehrl scored a late consolation for Augsburg.

In Leverkusen, Gonzalo Castro scored early for the home side and then whipped in a corner for Philipp Wollscheid to meet in the 54th.

Frankfurt was provisionally top of the table after a disastrous showing from Hoffenheim.

Marvin Compper's unfortunate deflection took Alexander Meier's shot past the helpless Tim Wiese in the 39th, and it got worse for the goalkeeper four minutes later when Pirmin Schwegler spotted him off his line and let fly from 30 meters.

Sejad Salihovic was sent off four minutes after coming on as a substitute, and Stephan Schroeck followed him off four minutes after that to leave Hoffenheim with nine men for the last 16 minutes.

Meier made it 3-0 from the penalty spot with seven minutes remaining, and Martin Lanig completed the rout in the last minute.

"This result is very bitter for us," said Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel.

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