Thomas Kraft's mistake hands Nuernberg a draw against Bayern as the champions stutter in their hunt for a Champions League place...Goalkeeper Thomas Kraft's deadly mistake was enough to hand Nuernberg a share of the points as Bayern Munich slipped up in the race for the final Champions League spot as they were held to a 1-1 draw.
Thomas Mueller gave the Bavarian powerhouse the lead on five minutes with a fine finish before Kraft's tame clearance allowed Christian Eigler to shoot from range into an empty net.
The point sees Bayern slip out of the Champions League places after Hannover defeated Mainz while Nuernberg drop down to seventh.
Bayern made a bright start to the game and found themselves a goal to the good on five minutes. Arjen Robben did well to intercept a Nuernberg free-kick before picking out Mueller in the box and the youngster controlled the ball brilliantly before slamming it past Raphael Schaefer from eight yards out for the opening goal of the game.
It could have been two on 32 minutes when Franck Ribery played a precise through ball to Mario Gomez in the area who looked to take it around the 'keeper before Phillipp Wollscheid made a superb interception to keep his side in the game.
The second-half was a tight affair with Nuernberg battling to get back into the match and on the hour mark were gifted an equaliser by a shocking goalkeeping mistake.
Kraft rushed out of his goal to clear the ball to safety but his clearance was tame, landing at the feet of Eigler, who calmly lifted the ball over the 'keeper's head and into the empty net.
Die Roten came very close to restoring their lead on 68 minutes when Ribery's curling corner found the head of substitute Miroslav Klose, whose flicked header into the corner had the beating of Schaefer. However, Almog Cohen was in the right place at the right time to clear the ball off the line with his head.
Louis van Gaal's men continued to pressurise the Nuernberg goal and on 73 minutes they missed a glorioius opportunity to score. Robben picked out Gomez in the box who found himself one-on-one with the 'keeper but the German international's effort was tame from six yards with Schaefer saving with his feet. The former Stuttgart hotshot then blazed the rebound over the bar.
Nuernberg travel to Kaiserslautern next weekend while Bayern entertain second-placed Leverkusen.