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By ESPN Staff

Bundesliga: Nuremberg miss out on top spot

BERLIN, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Nuremberg threw away the chance to move back top of the Bundesliga on Sunday, poor finishing meaning they had to settle for a 1-1 draw away to Energie Cottbus.

Tunisia midfielder Jawhar Mnari fired Nuremberg ahead from 25 metres after 10 minutes and the Bavarians had plenty of chances to make the game safe.

They came to rue those missed opportunities when defender Steffen Baumgart slid in to convert from five metres with seven minutes left on the clock.

The result left Bayern Munich top of the table following their 2-1 win at home to Alemannia Aachen on Saturday.

With five games played, Bayern have 10 points and lead Schalke 04, who won 2-0 at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, on goals scored.

Hertha Berlin, leaders going into the fifth round of matches, are third on nine points after they drew 1-1 at Mainz on Saturday. Nuremberg and Borussia Moenchengladbach trail Hertha on goal difference.

Nuremberg looked in complete control after taking an early lead against Cottbus with Mnari's great effort.

Robert Vittek almost made it 2-0 with a snap shot from the left 10 minutes before the end of the first half and Marek Mintal's shot flashed wide after taking a deflection with an hour gone.

Cottbus did not have a chance in the second half before Baumgart found himself in the right place to turn the ball in following a weak defensive header.