Bayern ease to derby victory
Two goals from Mario Gomez, who also missed a penalty, and a spot-kick from Philipp Lahm sealed a comfortable win for Louis van Gaal's side, who move up to their highest position of the season as a result.
They remain 12 points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund and five behind their next opponents Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern raced into the lead after only ten minutes with the in-form Gomez scoring one of the easiest goals in his career after Daniel Pranjic exchanged passes with Toni Kroos to reach the goal line and square for the Germany striker, who tapped in when alone in front of goal just one yard out.
The home side continued to dominate the game and Martin Demichelis should have headed them two up in the 24th minute, but he missed the target from eight yards. Kroos then tested Raphael Schafer as Bayern looked to wrap up victory within 45 minutes.
Nurnberg held out until the break, although they only lasted a further ten minutes in the second half before Schafer gifted Bayern the chance to double their lead as he felled Gomez inside the area.
It was Lahm who stepped up to take the penalty and not Gomez, who followed an unwritten club rule which states that the player fouled never takes the spot-kick. And Lahm made no mistake, doubling Bayern's lead in the 57th minute.
Franck Ribery made his entrance after an injury absence in the 70th minute and it did not take long for him to make an impact, setting up Gomez for his second and Bayern's third five minutes after coming on. The Frenchman's corner was headed in by the Germany striker.
Gomez missed out on a hat-trick when he blazed a spot-kick over the crossbar after Thomas Muller had been fouled by Javier Pinola inside the area, but Bayern already had the points in the bag.