Mixed start for Fernandez

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He conceded two goals early in the first half as Bielefeld suffered another defeat, 3-0 to Bochum.

Bochum scored as early as the 12th and 15th minutes, and Bielefeld never recovered. Calamity struck 10 minutes after halftime when the 29-year-old allowed Christoph Dabrowski's shot to slip through his fingers as Bochum moved up to 10th in the Bundesliga.

But the stopper did atone for the earlier error with three excellent saves from Bochum striker Stanislav Sestak to keep the score down.

It was also not a good day for striker Sibusiso Zuma, who missed a number of chances, while Siyabonga Nkosi watched proceedings from the sidelines as he is still working his way back to full fitness.

Substitute Delron Buckley’s Borussia Dortmund were also defeated on their travels, going down 2-0 to relegation candidates Nuremburg, with the winger playing the final 11 minutes.

The Nuremburg victory means that both Dortmund and Bielefeld are just three points clear of the drop zone, with pressure mounting on their respective managers.

There was, however, better news for Bradley Carnell’s Karlsruhe, who came from behind to defeat Hertha Berlin 2-1 at home in front of 30 000 fans.

Carnell, recently back from injury, managed just the first 45 minutes – during which time Berlin scored – but his teammates fought back and have now moved up to fourth place on the log, just five points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich.

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