Stalemate leaves Bayern Munich within striking distance

Bayern Munich is just three points behind Borussia Dortmund after Lucien Favre's side stumbled to a goalless draw against lowly Nurnberg.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel looks on during his team's match against Nurnberg.   -  Bongarts

Borussia Dortmund sits just three points ahead of Bayern Munich at the Bundesliga summit after a disappointing 0-0 draw against bottom club Nurnberg on Monday.

Bayern's 3-2 win over Augsburg on Friday cranked up the pressure on Lucien Favre's side and it was unable to respond, labouring to just a solitary point against a team that has won only twice in the league this season.

Dortmund came up against a goalkeeper in inspired form, Christian Mathenia producing a string of fine saves to frustrate the visiting team's attackers, most notably Mario Gotze.

The result means that Dortmund has now gone five games in all competitions without a win, while Nurnberg is five points away from safety.

Any thoughts that Dortmund would sweep aside its lowly opponents were dispelled in the early stages with Nurnberg looking significantly more robust than it did during September's 7-0 thumping at Signal Iduna Park.

Its positive start was almost rewarded before the half-hour mark, Hanno Behrens twice going close with headers. His first effort was pawed over by Roman Burki and the unmarked Nurnberg captain powered over from eight yards from the resulting corner.

An out-of-sorts Dortmund belatedly woke from its slumber in the closing stages of the first half, carving out a number of clear opportunities to take the lead.

Gotze was twice denied by excellent stops from Mathenia, while Axel Witsel saw a close-range effort deflect into the side netting.

Mathenia got down sharply to again deny Gotze shortly after the break, while the Germany international flashed wide from a promising position soon after.

Substitute Jacob Bruun Larsen had a late strike rightly ruled out for offside, but all three points would have flattered Favre's stuttering side, which could be level on points with Bayern by the time it hosts Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

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