Oct 27, 2012 at 2.30pm UK at ​Veltins-Arena
SchalkeSchalke 04
Farfan (77')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Pekhart (32'), Horacio Pinola (52'), Gebhart (61')

Result: Schalke close gap on leaders Bayern Munich

Result: Schalke go second
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A Jefferson Farfan strike in the second half sees Schalke defeat Nuremberg 1-0 at home to go second behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Schalke have moved up to second in the Bundesliga table with a 1-0 victory over Nuremberg at Veltins-Arena.

The Royal Blues dominated the game from start to finish and could have won by a bigger margin had they not squandered their chances.

However, it was Nuremberg who made the first attempt on goal, Hiroshi Kiyotake drawing a save from Lars Unnerstall in the very first minute.

Thereafter, though, it was all Schalke for the rest of the first 45 minutes.

Ibrahim Afellay forced Peter Rakovsky into making a good save with a shot from outside the box in the sixth minute, before Jefferson Farfan saw his header saved by the Nuremberg goalkeeper.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar came close to breaking the deadlock on two occasions before the half-time interval, and Farfan too tried his luck again but in vain.

Afellay was denied again by Rakovsky in the early minutes of the second period, and then Huntelaar failed to keep his header from a Farfan delivery on target.

Nuremberg were better in creating chances of their own in the second half, Per Nilsson and Kiyotake testing Unnerstall.

Schalke eventually broke the deadlock in the 77th minute when Farfan shot home Christian Fuchs's cross.

Huntelaar came close to adding to the tally twice in the final minutes, but the hosts had to settle for a 1-0 victory that sees them close the gap on leaders Bayern Munich to four points for until Sunday at least.

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