Stuttgart grind out win
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The visitors secured the points in Bavaria courtesy of Marcelo Bordon's 41st minute goal.
Stuttgart's win hauls them level on points with second-placed Borussia Dortmund and gives them a six-point cushion over Hamburg in fourth spot.
Hertha Berlin boosted their European aspirations with a comfortable drubbing of struggling Nurnberg.
Michael Preetz opened the scoring on 15 minutes and the visitors were in command at the break after Thorben Marx doubled the lead on 40 minutes.
With five minutes remaining Brazilian schemer Marcelinho (pictured) put a gloss on the scoreline of a result which leaves Nurnberg firmly entrenched in the relegation zone.