Rarely tested, but in position and ready when he was needed. The veteran reacted well to deny Schieber at 1-0, and Guendogan late in the game.
Didn't make any howlers, and missed narrowly wide with a header, but was nowhere near his best in defence. The Argentine centre half was far too slow to the ball, and lost all five of his 50-50 challenges. Replaced by Breno at the break.
D. Van Buyten
Within the opening moments of the second half, he managed to show exactly how Louis van Gaal was unwise to withdraw Demichelis. The Belgian was - this is no exaggeration - rooted to the spot as he allowed Frantz past him, and he later allowed Schieber to tackle and win the ball back in the penalty area.
Appeared injured early in the game, but ran off his knock and put on a solid performance. Though less used than Pranjic in attack, the Germany captain was strong in defence, and showed his leadership by executing a picture perfect penalty. Take note, Schweinsteiger and Gomez.
Stung Schaefer's gloves with an early shot, but looked a step behind the pace of the game. His substitution was a bit harsh, but the Turk was lacking at the defensive end, where he was needed at the time of his replacement.
Played like a true box-to-box midfielder. Supported by Ottl and Tymoshchuk, the tireless Schweinsteiger used his pinpoint passing to break apart the Nuernberg defence. Should have had a goal, but missed a clear chance.
Quieter than he has been in recent weeks, but still a sturdy figure in the centre of the park. Skillful in possession, and defensively aware.
More active than Ottl, Tymoshchuk played well in a holding midfield role, and never gave Van Gaal reason to replace him with Mark van Bommel, who would have appreciated some playing time.
His outstanding runs left Gomez with a simple tap-in for the opener, and did all the hard work leading up to the German's second goal. Though he was beaten once, the Croat rarely looked susceptible at the back, and his forward runs tormented the Nuernberg defence.
Played an excellent return ball to Pranjic ahead of the opener, and came close with a shot from distance. Struggled to have a decisive attacking effect, however, as would be expected from a winger. Withdrawn after 70 minutes.
Can't stop scoring. His goals weren't spectacular, but his record speaks for itself. Gomez has scored 12 goals in his last nine competitive matches for club and country. And yet, one still gets the feeling that he is unreliable - after seeing him miss the late penalty, it's hardly avoidable.
Should have done better ahead of the penalty; he could have either played the ball or at least forced Gomez into a tougher shot, but instead conceded a spot kick. Did make two excellent saves from Mueller late in the game, however.
Could have intercepted the through pass to Pranjic ahead of the opener, but misjudged the ball. Good statistically, but woeful in the intangible aspects of defending, such as positioning.
Caught out a couple times late in the game, but while the result was still undecided, he was easily the better of Nuernberg's central defenders.
Very aggressive in both defence and attack, the Argentine won 13 of his 20 challenges, and was always a willing recipient of the ball. Nearly scored a stunner from distance, but just missed the target. Loses points for conceding the late penalty to Mueller.
The midfield anchor could have used a bit more help, but also could have tracked Schweinsteiger better. Never caused many troubles for the German playmaker, who was free to do as he pleased in the centre of the park.
A bit too slow to the ball and not active enough in the crucial central area of the park. Had just 24 touches, and did very little with them. Replaced at the half.
Very strong in the tackle, the right back kept Kroos under wraps, but could have used some help dealing with Pranjic. Ekici made him look poor.
Responsible for not putting enough pressure on Pranjic; too often, he let the Croat maraud forward. Quick to the ball, but rarely in a position to receive it. Struggled, and was eventually replaced.
Brighter than most of his attacking teammates. The highly rated midfielder willingly engaged his opponents and was precise with the ball at his feet. Had a good chance to pull a goal back late, but his effort was saved.
Isolated, even though Pinola was always nearby. Had just 16 touches in 79 minutes, a figure that in itself sums up a very disappointing performance.
Quiet for most of the match, but sprung to life in the second half. Fluffed a chance, but immediately afterward, won the ball off Van Buyten and forced a fine save from Butt. Nuernberg's most dangerous attacker, by a comfortable margin.
- 35 T. Kraft
- D. Alaba
- 26 D. Contento
Still a little behind the pace, the Brazilian defender made a good account for himself in his first match since sustaining a cruciate ligament injury. Given time, he could become a starter.
- 17 M. van Bommel
Took no time to get started in his long-awaited return to action. The French winger did not manage to get on the score sheet, but in 20 minutes, set up more chances (three) than any other player in the full 90 minutes.
The 21-year old was very bright in a substitute's role - he surely has taken Van Gaal's criticism to heart. Mueller had two excellent chances stopped by two even more excellent saves, and later won the penalty that Gomez missed. Not a bad output for 36 minutes' work.
- 30 A. Stephan
- 6 D. Maroh
Four touches in eleven minutes; he didn't have enough time to make a proper account of himself.
- 20 P. Bieler
Replaced Ekici for the final 16 minutes, and was quite active. Still, he came on at a time when Bayern were dominating, so it is difficult to judge his individual performance against an unimpressive backdrop.
Came on at the break to add more to the Nuernberg attack. His effect was minimal.
- 11 M. Mintál