Filip Daem’s penalty was enough to give Borussia Monchengladbach a 1-0 victory over Nurnberg in the Bundesliga.
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Daems converted from the spot in the 76th minute as in-form Gladbach collected their third straight 1-0 victory to reach 16 points from seven games. Nurnberg remain on 10 points in mid-table.
Gladbach did not have to wait long for their first chance but Igor de Camargo’s header went just over the crossbar after 40 seconds.
The hosts remained the dominant team with De Camargo feeding a charging Marco Reus, who shot just wide left in the 17th minute.
Reus had another chance 17 minutes later but sent his attempt just wide to the right of goal.
Nurnberg goalkeeper Alexander Stephan needed to produce a great save to deny Roman Neustadter nine minutes after the break to keep the score level.
Stephan made another superb save in the 73rd minute, getting his hand on Raul Bobadilla’s looping shot.
Gladbach were awarded a penalty with 14 minutes to play when Reus was taken down by Javier Pinola. Captain Daems blasted his left-footed shot into the top right corner for what proved to be the winner.
The hosts went closer to doubling the advantage than Nurnberg came to equalising. De Camargo struck a volley just past the goalframe in the 78th minute and Reus was just inches off
target a minute later.
Stephan made yet another stop, this time from Reus, batting the ball over his crossbar in the late stages.