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Kuranyi scores two as Schalke triumphs

SCHALKE 04 striker Kevin Kuranyi struck either side of halftime to secure a 2-1 victory over promoted Nuremberg in their German Bundesliga opener on Saturday.

The win also marked a successful debut for coach Felix Magath, who last season steered VfL Wolfsburg to the title. Kuranyi, who has had a troubled few years at Schalke and was rumored to be on his way out last season, struck from close range in the 36th minute after picking up a Jefferson Farfan pass.

The striker, eager to regain his place in the Germany team, added a second goal five minutes after the restart by firing in a cross from Georgian Levan Kenia.

Nuremberg managed to pull one back two minutes from time but Slovak striker Marek Mintal's strike came too late.

"I am glad to have won this match but I am not particularly happy," said Magath. "Our game was not good. After the 1-0 and the 2-0 we should have controlled it much better."

Through injury

Bayern Munich, missing several key players through injury, had to settle for a 1-1 draw against host Hoffenheim.

The Bavarians were without injured playmaker Franck Ribery, strikers Miroslav Klose, Luca Toni and defender Martin Demichelis, and it showed.

Hoffenheim's Josip Simunic looked to have scored in the 11th when his header was palmed out of the goal by keeper Michael Rensing, but the referee waved play on.

Bayern did grab the lead against the run of play through Ivica Olic in the 25th before Chinedu Obasi equalized with a low drive, set up well by Vedad Ibisevic, who returned after missing half of last season to injury.

"The team forgot to play football in the first half," said Bayern coach Louis van Gaal. "In the second they were flat but we did not use our chances."

Eintracht Frankfurt stunned host Werder Bremen 3-2, twice going ahead with goals from Yannis Amanatidis and twice seeing Bremen fight back before the break.

Borussia Dortmund edged FC Cologne thanks to Marvin Matip's own-goal in the 75th.


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