Dortmund drops first points of the season

Nurnberg, Germany ( - Borussia Dortmund dropped its first points of the Bundesliga season on Saturday as the club was held to a 1-1 draw at Nurnberg.

Dortmund entered the weekend with a perfect record of 15 points collected from its five Bundesliga contests, leaving the club at the summit of the German top flight.

That record looked like it would be extended when Marcel Schmelzer opened the scoring for the visitors in the 37th minute.

But Nurnberg regrouped during the halftime interval and produced an equalizer just six minutes into the second period as Per Nilsson bagged his first goal of the campaign.

Dortmund pushed in search of another go-ahead goal but failed to find one, leaving Jurgen Klopp's side on 16 points for the season.

The result sees Dortmund slip into a tie for first place in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, which picked up a resounding 4-0 victory at Schalke thanks to goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Mandzukic, Franck Ribery and Claudio Pizarro.

Bayer Leverkusen managed to close the gap at the top of the league thanks to an emphatic 4-1 defeat of Mainz, brining the club to 15 points. Robbie Kruse netted a brace in the victory while goals from Lars Bender and Stefan Kiessling gave the club a four-goal lead. Mali Yunus pulled one back late on for Mainz, but it was nothing more than a consolation goal.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Nils Petersen scored twice in Werder Bremen's 2-0 defeat of Hamburg, Szabolcs Huszti converted a late penalty to hand Hannover a 2-1 win over Augsburg and Ivica Olic scored twice in the span of two minutes to lead Wolfsburg to a 2-1 defeat of Hoffenheim.