2.Liga, Round 28

Round 28, Mar 10-14

Karlsruhe remains in the promotion hunt, as they thumped St.Pauli. The key was ex-Paulista Rouwen Hennings, who bagged a quick brace to put KSC in commanding position.

Aalen was unlucky to get only a point at Union. They played well and seemed to be on the way to a crucial away win, but a late penalty have the Berliners the draw.

Braunschweig had an easy time with 1860. They scored quickly and then played around before finishing things off against the toothless Lions.

Ingolstadt looks set for the Bundesliga as they get a routine win at Heidenheim. The Schanzer would really have to collapse not to get promoted.

Darmstadt was somewhat fortunate to get a draw at Nürnberg. The 98ers were largely outplayed, but FCN couldn’t finish things off.

Leipzig got their first road win of the year at Bochum, largely deserved.

Total attendance 169,147 (avg 18,794), 67.9% capacity


Karlsruher SC	    -  	FC St. Pauli	        3:0 (2:0)   23,359

                   1:0  Hennings (3., Yamada)
                   2:0  Hennings (19., Valentini)
                   3:0  Gulde (69., Valentini)

1. FC Heidenheim    -  	FC Ingolstadt 04	0:1 (0:1)   13,600

                   0:1  P. Groß (27., Morales)

1. FC Nürnberg	    -  	SV Darmstadt 98	        1:1 (1:0)   30,648

                   1:0  G. Burgstaller (34.)
                   1:1  Sailer (73., Bregerie)

Eintr. Braunschweig -  	1860 München	        2:0 (1:0)   22,050

                   1:0  Zuck (5., Hochscheidt)
                   2:0  Hochscheidt (47., Nielsen)

FSV Frankfurt	    -  	SpVgg Greuther Fürth	1:1 (1:0)    4,745

                   1:0  Kauko (20., Huber)
                   1:1  Gießelmann (58., direct freekick)
 	 	
1. FC Union Berlin  -  	VfR Aalen	        1:1 (0:0)   18,622

                   0:1  Quaner (71., Ludwig)
                   1:1  Polter (83., penalty, Skrzybski)

Erzgebirge Aue	    -  	SV Sandhausen	        0:1 (0:0)    9,250

                   0:1  Bieler (74.)

VfL Bochum	    -  	RasenBall Leipzig	1:2 (0:1)   18,529

                   0:1  Poulsen (13., Forsberg)
                   1:1  Terodde (62., Gregoritsch)
                   1:2  D. Kaiser (67., direct freekick)

Fortuna Düsseldorf  -  	1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:1 (0:1)   28,344

                   0:1  Zoller (8., Karl)
                   1:1  Liendl (90., penalty)
 	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	28   15  10  3 	  43:22  +21 	  55 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	28   13  11  4 	  39:24  +15 	  50
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)	  	28   12  13  3 	  37:20  +17 	  49
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 4  Karlsruher SC 	  	28   12  12  4 	  39:21  +18 	  48 
 5  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	28   13  5  10 	  36:30  +6 	  44 
 6  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	28   11  10  7 	  33:22  +11 	  43 
 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	28   10  10  8 	  41:40  +1 	  40 
 8  SV Sandhausen 	  	28    9  9  10 	  26:31  -5 	  36 
 9  1. FC Union Berlin	  	28    9  9  10 	  33:44  -11 	  36 
10  VfL Bochum 	  	        28    7  14  7 	  44:43  +1 	  35 
11  FSV Frankfurt	  	28    9  8  11 	  36:43  -7 	  35 
12  1. FC Nürnberg (A)	  	28   10  5  13 	  33:41  -8 	  35 
13  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	28    9  7  12 	  35:36  -1 	  34 
14  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	28    6  12 10 	  27:33  -6 	  30 
15  1860 München 	  	28    6  8  14 	  35:43  -8 	  26
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16  FC St. Pauli	  	28    6  7  15 	  30:47  -17 	  25
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	28    6  7  15 	  22:39  -17 	  25 
18  VfR Aalen 	  	        28    5  11 12 	  24:34  -10 	  24

Aalen deducted two points for being wankers, err, financial shenanigans.

1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

BUNDESLIGA, Round 28: HSV continues to s(t)ink

Round 28, Apr 10-12

Hamburg may finally have to turn off the “eternal Bundesliga clock”. They might be the only original Bundesliga founder to never get relegated, but based on recent results, that may be ending. In a crucial northern derby against Wolfsburg, they stunk. The VWs did whatever they pleased, and should have really wrapped things up by halftime. But they were perhaps enjoying their Hamburg vacation, so took things easy. Meanwhile, HSV failed to get a single shot on target. Their pathetic offense – consider this: Alex Meier (19) and Arjen Robben (17) have already scored more than the whole HSV *team* – and sometimes chaotic defending doesn’t bode well for survival. Wolfsburg is of course coasting in the knowledge that they are the dominant no.2 this season, which is pretty respectable.

Paderborn finally picked up some critical points. And it was against their fellow “Itchy-and-Scratchy” side (“Fight, fight fight! Fight, fight fight!”) Augsburg. SCP desperately needed something, as they hadn’t scored in ages, and at least a half dozen home matches without a win. But they wanted this one more than Augsburg, who might yet play themselves out of the last Euro spot.

Most eyes this weekend were on the Borussia derby, as neighbors Gladbach and Dortmund met. The host Gladbachers dominated really, although the Neons had more possession and shots, as they usually do. But their pressure was clumsy, and Gladbach constantly broke out with dangerous counters that cuased consternation in the visitors disorganized defense. Given a blitzstart with a goal after 27 seconds, Gladbach was in complete safety from the start. BVB ran around like chickens with their heads cut off and were easily handled. With a major sell off rumored, perhaps this crappy season will become the norm for future Dortmund seasons. Gladbach could have a bright future, although their young squad will undoubtedly be torn apart as they all transfer to Bayern.

A gritty relegation battle in Hannover, as neither the 96ers or visiting Hertha conceded an inch. So it’s somewhat fair that it ended with a pint split, which probably helps Berlin a lot more. They’re not safe yet, but have a cushion. Hannover continues with no margin for error.

Bayern München likes playing Frankfurt. Well, I suppose you could argue that Bayern enjoys playing any German side, since they usually win. But Frankfurt is especially nice, since they never score. For the 6th straight time Eintracht fails to score against the champs, and were suitably beaten without too much effort. Not much else to say about this one.

Schalke hardly looks like a Euro favorite. The Blues struggled against Freiburg, as both goalies were busy with strong efforts. The visitors had a chance to win, but captain Julian Schuster blasted a penalty over the goal. Neither side really deserved to win this one though, so a draw is fair. An excellent away point for the Freiburgers, keeping their head barely above water.

Leverkusen impressed by seizing control at Mainz, and only a couple of late penalties for the hosts made the result respectable. The Aspirins and the VWs, because of their corporate sponsorship, are perhaps clubs that can keep their talent from Bayern poaching, and at times can be an annoyance to the Bavarian juggernaut. But they don’t have staying power. Mainz could have used a result to increase their cushion against relegation, which is still worrisome.

Köln got an important win over Hoffenheim to keep a nice cushion in the relegation battle. It was an entertaining game that the hosts might have lost control of due to a red card, but they recovered nicely to get the win.

Maybe Stuttgart has a chance. Or they are a team of destiny. Their match against Bremen might be a sign from above… VfB was playing well, but the usually reliable Martin Harnik was having the worst day in ages. He missed a couple of 100% sitters, that could have decided the match. Then he got his ass tossed for a double yellow, minutes later Bremen equalized and the game seemed over. But in injury time Daniel Ginczek pulled out the win for VfB that lifts them off the bottom, and gives them a chance to stay up.

Total attendance 435,865 (avg 48,429), 95.6% capacity, sellouts in München, Hamburg, Mönchengladbach


Hannover 96	     -   Hertha BSC	        1:1 (0:0)   46,000

                    1:0  C. Schulz (75.)
                    1:1  Stocker (83.)
 
Bayern München	     -   Eintracht Frankfurt	3:0 (1:0)   75,000 *

                    1:0  Lewandowski (15., T. Müller)
                    2:0  Lewandowski (66., M. Götze)
                    3:0  T. Müller (82., Weiser)

FC Schalke 04	     -   SC Freiburg            0:0 (0:0)   61,471

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   Borussia Dortmund	3:1 (2:0)   54,010 *

                    1:0  Wendt (1., F. Johnson)
                    2:0  Raffael (32., Herrmann)
                    3:0  Nordtveit (67.)
                    3:1  Gündogan (77., Dudziak)

1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	2:3 (0:1)   31,578

                    0:1  Son (15., Calhanoglu)
                    0:2  Kießling (60., Hilbert)
                    0:3  Calhanoglu (73., direct freekick)
                    1:3  Koo (78., penalty, Okazaki)
                    2:3  Koo (90. + 1, penalty, Jairo)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   FC Augsburg	        2:1 (0:0)   14,446
 
                    1:0  Kachunga (48., Heinloth)
                    1:1  Höjbjerg (52., Bobadilla)
                    2:1  Lakic (60., Hartherz)

Hamburger SV	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	        0:2 (0:1)   57,000 *

                    0:1  Guilavogui (10., Dost)
                    0:2  D. Caligiuri (73., Dost)

1. FC Köln	     -   TSG Hoffenheim	        3:2 (1:0)   45,000

                    1:0  M. Lehmann (20., penalty, Osako)
                    2:0  Ujah (54., Osako)
                    2:1  Polanski (70., penalty, Modeste)
                    3:1  Hector (78.)
                    3:2  Modeste (88., Rudy)

VfB Stuttgart	     -   Werder Bremen	        3:2 (1:0)   51,330

                    1:0  Gentner (15.)
                    1:1  Selke (50., Fritz)
                    2:1  Ginczek (70., Harnik)
                    2:2  Vestergaard (86., Junuzovic)
                    3:2  Ginczek (90. + 1, Serey Dié)


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	28   22  4  2 	  74:13  +61 	  70 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	28   18  6  4 	  62:30  +32 	  60 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	28   15  8  5 	  44:22  +22 	  53
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	28   14  9  5 	  52:31  +21 	  51
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 5  FC Schalke 04 	  	28   11  8  9 	  37:31  +6 	  41 
 6  FC Augsburg 	  	28   12  3  13 	  34:36  -2 	  39
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim	  	28   10  7  11 	  43:45  -2 	  37 
 8  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	28    9  8  11 	  51:57  -6 	  35 
 9  Werder Bremen 	  	28    9  8  11 	  43:57  -14 	  35 
10  Borussia Dortmund 	  	28    9  6  13 	  35:37  -2 	  33 
11  1. FC Köln (N)	  	28    8  9  11 	  29:35  -6 	  33 
12  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	28    9  6  13 	  34:45  -11 	  33 
13  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	28    6  13 9 	  37:39  -2 	  31 
14  SC Freiburg 	  	28    6  11 11 	  27:36  -9 	  29 
15  Hannover 96 	  	28    7  8  13 	  32:45  -13 	  29
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16  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	28    6  9  13 	  25:53  -28 	  27
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17  VfB Stuttgart 	  	28    6  8  14 	  31:51  -20 	  26
18  Hamburger SV	  	28    6  7  15 	  16:43  -27 	  25 



	
M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

3.Liga, Round 32: Big round for Kiel

Round 32, Apr 10-12

Although they were hardly impressive, Holstein Kiel turned out to be a big winner this weekend. The Storks defeated Mainz-II minimally, but other contenders lost, giving them some cushion in the promotion race. Despite some advantages, Kiel could only pull out a penalty for the win against a side battling against relegation.

Stuttgarter Kickers lost ground as they were dumped in Rostock. Hansa has been playing themselves out of relegation and are now close to security.

MSV Duisburg had a hard time, but were able to leap over the Kickers with a win at Stuttgart-II.

Preußen Münster was another contender that was wounded. The Eagles lost at home to Chemnitz, and really can’t complain too much, as CFC was solid and smarter.

Cottbus continues to flounder, as they were unable to defeat Fortuna Köln. The visitors were happy with the point, which pretty much puts them into safety.

Dresden has been terrible, so it’s a bit ironic that they finally broke their horror streak of 8 losses in 9 matches by defeating leaders Bielefeld in a hard fought match.
Halle is making a late season run that might give them some small chances to play in the promotion sweepstakes. HFC won their 4th in 5 matches, winning at Erfurt, who have dropped like a stone.

Großaspach got a huge away win at Wehen, giving them some additional cushion over the drop zone.

Dortmund-II won a huge match against Unterhaching, which allowed them to jump over the mini-Münch(en)kins. It gives them a chance to stay up in the fierce relegation battle, which looks like its now down to 4 teams, only one of which survives.

Total attendance 70,136 (avg 7,014), 39.8% capacity


Jahn Regensburg	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        1:1 (0:0)    4,300
Holstein Kiel	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	1:0 (1:0)    7,094
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   SG S-hof Großaspach	0:1 (0:0)    2,077
Hansa Rostock	     -   Stuttgarter Kickers	1:0 (0:0)   10,600
Energie Cottbus	     -   Fortuna Köln	        1:1 (1:1)    6,555
Dynamo Dresden	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	2:0 (1:0)   21,653
Preußen Münster	     -   Chemnitzer FC	        2:3 (2:2)    8,414
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	     -   Hallescher FC	        1:2 (1:2)    5,848
Borussia Dortmund II -   SpVgg Unterhaching	1:0 (0:0)    2,785
VfB Stuttgart II     -   MSV Duisburg	        1:2 (0:2)      810


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	32   19  5   8 	  63:35  +28 	  62 
 2  Holstein Kiel	  	32   16  11  5 	  42:20  +22 	  59
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 3  MSV Duisburg 	  	32   15  11  6 	  51:35  +16 	  56 
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 4  Stuttgarter Kickers 	32   15  10  7 	  51:38  +13 	  55
 5  Preußen Münster 	  	32   14  9   9 	  47:39  +8 	  51 
 6  Hallescher FC 	  	32   14  7  11 	  45:41  +4 	  49 
 7  Energie Cottbus (A) 	32   13  10  9 	  40:38  +2 	  49 
 8  Chemnitzer FC 	  	32   13  7  12 	  35:31  +4 	  46 
 9  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	32   13  7  12 	  43:44  -1 	  46 
10  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	32   13  6  13 	  46:38  +8 	  45 
11  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	32   12  8  12 	  38:38   0 	  44 
12  VfL Osnabrück	  	32   12  7  13 	  44:48  -4 	  43 
13  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	31   11  7  13 	  39:44  -5 	  40 
14  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	32   10  9  13 	  33:35  -2 	  39 
15  Hansa Rostock 	  	32   10  8  14 	  47:57  -10 	  38 
16  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 32    9  10 13 	  33:52  -19 	  37 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N)	32    8  8  16 	  35:47  -12 	  32
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18  Borussia Dortmund II 	32    5  14 13 	  29:43  -14 	  29 
19  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	32    8  7  17 	  41:56  -15 	  29 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	32    7  5  20 	  36:58  -22 	  26


A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

BUNDESLIGA, Round 27: Freiburg leaps into safety

Round 27, Apr 3-5

No real significant results, although perhaps some important ones in the relegation zone. Freiburg had an important win as they jumped out of the drop positions. It wasn’t pretty, and actually Köln had some pressure throughout the match, but the Breisgauer managed to hold on for a precious win. Overall, perhaps deserved, in a gritty and exciting struggle.

Hertha defeated Paderborn in another crucial relegation battle, but this one was basically a snoozer. Both teams sucked, but at least Berlin tried something a bit in the 2nd period and were rewarded with what might be decisive points for them. SCP is in trouble since they clearly don’t have enough talent to stay up, and it’s beginning to look like their fighting spirit is waning.

New HSV coach Peter Knäbel needed some of their hosts products. Alka-Seltzer comes to mind. HSV stunk and the only person feeling good is probably ex-coach Josef Zinnbauer as he doesn’t have to watch them anymore. Leverkusen had an easy time and could have run up the scoreline.

Stuttgart actually played decently for about one half at Wolfsburg. The VWs figured they only needed to phone it in, and were somewhat fortunate to take the lead. Stuttgart immediately came back and deserved the point at half. However Wolfsburg pressed a bit harder in the 2nd half, and VfB began to fall apart, eventually conceding and taking yet another loss.

Bayern München showed that they can defend as well. The champs were in a tough match against Dortmund, as the Neons pressed and created some decent chances. The difference was of course that Bayern took one of their few chances, whereas BVB wasted theirs, or were stopped by a sharp GK Neuer. So another Bayern win and Dortmund fails to get anything.

Gladbach showed ruthless efficiency in slicing up their hosts Hoffenheim. The “Foals” were relying on counterattack, and in a ten minute period ripped apart the Hoppers.

Bremen and Mainz played a tense, even match. Both can score, but neither did, and a scoreless draw was a fair result. Both are looking pretty secure from the drop zone.

Frankfurt seemed to be cruising to a win, but Hannover showed fight and came back to salvage a crucial point. The 96ers have dropped into serious trouble and need to keep ahead of HSV (although given how the Hamburgers have sucked, perhaps thats not too big a task).

Augsburg and Schalke fought hard and ended scoreless. Both keepers were solid and neither side was willing to risk too much. Since none of their competitors won, they remain secure in their Euro spots.

Total attendance 351,581 (avg 39,946), 89.3% capacity, sellouts in Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Hoffenheim, Dortmund, Augsburg

 	
Bayer 04 Leverkusen -  	Hamburger SV	     4:0 (2:0)   30,210 *

                   1:0  Castro (7., Bellarabi)
                   2:0  Kießling (44., Castro)
                   3:0  Kießling (56., Castro)
                   4:0  Castro (63., Bellarabi)

VfL Wolfsburg	    -  	VfB Stuttgart	     3:1 (1:1)   30,000 *

                   1:0  Rodriguez (41., penalty, D. Caligiuri)
                   1:1  Harnik (44., Kostic)
                   2:1  Rodriguez (65., direct freekick)
                   3:1  Schürrle (76., De Bruyne)

TSG Hoffenheim	    -  	Bor. M'gladbach	     1:4 (1:3)   30,150 *

                   1:0  Schipplock (17., Roberto Firmino)
                   1:1  M. Kruse (26., penalty, F. Johnson)
                   1:2  Herrmann (31., Wendt)
                   1:3  Raffael (36., M. Kruse)
                   1:4  Herrmann (51., M. Kruse)

Werder Bremen	    -  	1. FSV Mainz 05	     0:0 (0:0)   41,000

Eintracht Frankfurt -  	Hannover 96	     2:2 (1:0)   49,600

                   1:0  Madlung (27., Oczipka)
                   2:0  Aigner (54., Seferovic)
                   2:1  Marcelo (69., Kiyotake)
                   2:2  Ya Konan (82., Stindl)

SC Freiburg	    -  	1. FC Köln	     1:0 (1:0)   23,800

                   1:0  Frantz (37., Sorg)

Borussia Dortmund   -  	Bayern München	     0:1 (0:1)   80,667 *

                   0:1  Lewandowski (36., T. Müller)

FC Augsburg	    -  	FC Schalke 04	     0:0 (0:0)   30,660 *

Hertha BSC	    -  	SC Paderborn 07	     2:0 (0:0)   44,031

                   1:0  Stocker (68., Kalou)
                   2:0  N. Schulz (88., Pekarik)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	27   21  4  2 	  71:13  +58 	  67 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	27   17  6  4 	  60:30  +30 	  57 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	27   14  8  5 	  41:21  +20 	  50
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	27   13  9  5 	  49:29  +20 	  48
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 5  FC Schalke 04 	  	27   11  7  9 	  37:31  +6 	  40 
 6  FC Augsburg 	  	27   12  3  12 	  33:34  -1 	  39
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	27   10  7  10 	  41:42  -1 	  37 
 8  Eintracht Frankfurt 	27    9  8  10 	  51:54  -3 	  35 
 9  Werder Bremen 	  	27    9  8  10 	  41:54  -13 	  35 
10  Borussia Dortmund 	  	27    9  6  12 	  34:34   0 	  33 
11  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	27    9  5  13 	  33:44  -11 	  32 
12  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	27    6  13 8 	  35:36  -1 	  31 
13  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	27    7  9  11 	  26:33  -7 	  30 
14  SC Freiburg 	  	27    6  10 11 	  27:36  -9 	  28 
15  Hannover 96 	  	27    7  7  13 	  31:44  -13 	  28
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16  Hamburger SV 	  	27    6  7  14 	  16:41  -25 	  25
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17  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	27    5  9  13 	  23:52  -29 	  24 
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	27    5  8  14 	  28:49  -21 	  23


M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

2.Liga, Round 27: here comes the judge!

Am grünem Tisch (“on the green table”) the Germans like to say – especially in situations where officials and courts make rulings off the pitch. And once again, the effects have hit home.
VfR Aalen was punished by the DFB for not meeting financial requirements. The club had been ordered to increase their inside capital by 5% as a condition of being granted a license for these season, but despite repeated warnings, the result has not been achieved. So the federation decided to subtract 2 points from the Aaleners. The club apparently is planning an appeal, but the deduction dropped them to dead last, despite a decent result against Karlsruhe.

Other than that, the most significant result this weekend was St.{Pauli showing life and ripping Düsseldorf, which allows the Paulistas to jump out of auto-drop zone. And things are now pretty much over for Fortuna, promotion has got to be off the table. 20 year old South Korean Kyoung-Rok Choi made his debut with two goals and an assist.

Total attendance 156,496 (avg 17,388), 57.4% capacity, sellout in Hamburg

Round 27, Apr 4-5
 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   Eintr. Braunschweig	1:2 (1:1)   10,280

                     1:0  Zulj (28., K. Przybylko)
                     1:1  Thesker (31., own goal, Nielsen)
                     1:2  Reichel (79., Kessel)

1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   1. FC Heidenheim	4:0 (2:0)   32,135

                     1:0  Orban (5., Klich)
                     2:0  Matmour (42., Stöger)
                     3:0  Klich (77.)
                     4:0  P. Hofmann (86., Matmour)
 
1860 München	      -   Erzgebirge Aue	0:1 (0:1)   20,300

                     0:1  Kortzorg (5., Mugosa)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -   FSV Frankfurt	        2:0 (1:0)    9,926

                     1:0  B. Hübner (22., P. Groß)
                     2:0  Hinterseer (58., Pledl)

VfR Aalen	      -   Karlsruher SC	        2:2 (0:1)    8,474

                     0:1  Hennings (2., Micanski)
                     1:1  J. Gjasula (54., penalty, Ludwig)
                     1:2  Micanski (63., Torres)
                     2:2  J. Gjasula (65., Steinhöfer)

SV Sandhausen	      -   1. FC Union Berlin	1:1 (1:0)    5,318

                     1:0  Trimmel (6., own goal, Kübler)
                     1:1  Achenbach (51., own goal, Parensen)

RasenBallsp. Leipzig  -   1. FC Nürnberg	2:1 (0:1)   30,479

                     0:1  G. Burgstaller (29., Kerk)
                     1:1  Reyna (46., Klostermann)
                     2:1  D. Kaiser (76.)

SV Darmstadt 98	      -   VfL Bochum	        2:0 (1:0)   16,000

                     1:0  Bregerie (22., Heller)
                     2:0  Balogun (77., Kempe)

FC St. Pauli	      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	4:0 (3:0)   23,584 *

                     1:0  Choi (9., Daube)
                     2:0  Choi (16.)
                     3:0  Sobota (40., Verhoek)
                     4:0  Buballa (51., Choi)


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	27   14  10  3 	  	 42:22  +20 	  52 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	27   13  10  4 	  	 38:23  +15 	  49
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	27   12  12  3 	  	 36:19  +17 	  48
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 4  Karlsruher SC	  	27   11  12  4 	  	 36:21  +15 	  45 
 5  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	27   12  5   10 	 34:30  +4 	  41 
 6  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	27   10  10  7 	  	 31:21  +10 	  40 
 7  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	27   10  9   8 	  	 40:39  +1 	  39 
 8  VfL Bochum 	  	        27    7  14  6 	  	 43:41  +2 	  35 
 9  1. FC Union Berlin	  	27    9  8   10 	 32:43  -11 	  35 
10  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	27    9  7   11 	 35:35   0 	  34 
11  FSV Frankfurt 	  	27    9  7   11 	 35:42  -7 	  34 
12  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	27   10  4   13 	 32:40  -8 	  34 
13  SV Sandhausen 	  	27    8  9   10          25:31  -6 	  33 
14  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	27    6  11  10 	 26:32  -6 	  29 
15  1860 München 	  	27    6  8   13 	 35:41  -6 	  26
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16  FC St. Pauli 	  	27    6  7   14 	 30:44  -14 	  25
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	27    6  7   14 	 22:38  -16 	  25 
18  VfR Aalen 	  	        27    5  10  12 	 23:33  -10 	  23



1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

3.Liga, Round 31: Mainz moves

Round 31, Apr 4-5

Mainz-II had a big day, as the Bundesliga U23s managed to knock off Erfurt, thereby leaping out of the drop zone. Bottom clus are fighting to stay alive, and although for a while Mainz looked like they were done, they’ve roared back and have a solid chance. Erfurt had been hoping perhaps to sneak back into the promotion race, but that train has no definitely left the station.

Bielefeld is back in control as they ripped Cottbus. The most interesting thing is all of Arminia’s goals were scored by ex-Cottbusers.

Stuttgarter Kickers jumped into 3rd place with a hard fought win over Dortmund-II. Since VfB is upholding their part of the bargain by getting relegated from the Bundesliga, it may be up to Kickers to make the Stuttgart derby become reality next season. Meanwhile, BVB-II looks like they’re about done

Großaspach held Kiel to a draw, and actually might have won. After giving up an early goal, the Sonnenhofer neutralized Holstein for the rest of the way, and eventually climbed back.
It’s too late, but Regensburg was impressive in thumping Wehen. Actually, it was probably more that Wehen sucked, but Jahn played a decent match and deserved the win.

“Münster gets ass ripped” could have been the alternative byline. Preußen showed little of a contender, and were thoroughly pushed around by Halle, who are often flabby at home.

Chemnitz romped over Dresden in an eastern derby, watching Dynamo continue to crash and burn – 8 losses out of nine now. The match was a sellout, although artificially reduced due to security concerns.

Osnabrück dumped Unterhaching, who have now fallen into relegation. The Mini-Münch(en)kins were actually the better team in the 2nd half, but then gave up a goal and compounded things by a couple of red cards a few minutes later.

Total attendance 69,190 (avg 6,919), 41.3% capacity, sellout in Chemnitz

 	
Fortuna Köln	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	0:1 (0:0)    1,885
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Borussia Dortmund II	2:0 (0:0)    5,550
Jahn Regensburg	     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	3:0 (2:0)    2,827
SG S-hof Großaspach  -   Holstein Kiel	        1:1 (1:1)    1,500
1. FSV Mainz 05 II   -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	3:1 (3:0)      881
Hallescher FC	     -   Preußen Münster	3:0 (1:0)    7,498
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        2:0 (2:0)   10,000 *
Arminia Bielefeld    -   Energie Cottbus	3:0 (2:0)   15,814
MSV Duisburg	     -   Hansa Rostock	        2:2 (1:1)   15,689
VfL Osnabrück	     -   SpVgg Unterhaching	1:0 (0:0)    7,546


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	31   19  5  7 	  63:33  +30 	  62 
 2  Holstein Kiel	  	31   15  11 5 	  41:20  +21 	  56
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 3  Stuttgarter Kickers 	31   15  10 6 	  51:37  +14 	  55
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 4  MSV Duisburg 	  	31   14  11 6     49:34  +15 	  53 
 5  Preußen Münster 	  	31   14  9  8 	  45:36  +9 	  51 
 6  Energie Cottbus (A)	  	31   13  9  9 	  39:37  +2 	  48 
 7  Hallescher FC   	        31   13  7  11 	  43:40  +3 	  46 
 8  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	31   13  7  11 	  42:42   0 	  46 
 9  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	31   13  6  12 	  46:37  +9 	  45 
10  Chemnitzer FC   	        31   12  7  12 	  32:29  +3 	  43 
11  VfL Osnabrück 	  	31   12  6  13 	  43:47  -4 	  42 
12  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	31   11  8  12 	  36:38  -2 	  41 
13  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	31   11  7  13 	  39:44  -5 	  40 
14  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	31   10  8  13 	  32:34  -2 	  38 
15  Hansa Rostock 	  	31    9  8  14 	  46:57  -11 	  35 
16  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 31    8  10 13 	  32:52  -20 	  34 
17  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	31    8  8  15 	  35:46  -11 	  32
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18  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	31    8  7  16 	  41:55  -14 	  31 
19  Borussia Dortmund II	31    4  14 13 	  28:43  -15 	  26 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	31    7  4  20 	  35:57  -22 	  25


A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

WSV Blog: Fallen behind

Things looked good going into the winterbreak, but Wuppertal has been dicking around since the restart and basically has been overrun by Velbert, who have set a blistering pace. WSV had beaten Velbert early 4-0 away, so the re-match in Wuppertal was highly anticipated a couple of weeks ago. Almost 8,000 fans and a wild 4-4 shootout, but that wasn’t enough to keep WSV on pace. Velbert continued to win, and now have a strong position.

Today WSV struggled to beat Düsseldorf at home, whereas Velbert won easily on the road. It is looking tough for Wuppertal to make up the ground, as they are essentially 5 points behind and really haven’t been able to get back to their pre-winterbreak form.

The good news is that the financial situation has become immensely better since accepting administration and voluntary relegation to the Oberliga two years ago. The new management has done a good job in cleaning things up and building a sound foundation, and were recently re-elected at the membership meeting. In theory, the plan envisioned a return to the Regionalliga in 3 years, so I guess you could say they’re still on target, although it would be nice to be able to make the jump this year.


OBERLIGA NIEDERRHEIN (5th Division)

 1  SSVg Velbert (A) 	  	23   16  4  3 	  64:25  +39 	  52
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 2  Wuppertaler SV	  	23   14  6  3 	  48:20  +28 	  48 
 3  MSV Duisburg II	  	23   12  6  5 	  52:21  +31 	  42 
 4  Ratinger SV 	  	23   13  3  7 	  43:28  +15 	  42 
 5  VfR Krefeld-Fischeln (N) 	22   12  2  8 	  37:31  +6 	  38 
 6  SV Hönnepel-Niedermörmter	22   10  7  5 	  35:32  +3 	  37 
 7  1. FC Bocholt (N) 	  	21   10  6  5 	  38:20  +18 	  36 
 8  TV Jahn Hiesfeld 	  	22    9  6  7 	  42:38  +4 	  33 
 9  TuS Bösinghoven	  	23    9  4  10 	  46:42  +4 	  31 
10  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen II 	23    9  4  10 	  37:40  -3 	  31 
11  VfB Hilden 	  	        23    9  4  10 	  49:53  -4 	  31 
12  SC Kapellen-Erft	  	23    8  3  12 	  36:42  -6 	  27 
13  TuRU Düsseldorf 	  	23    8  3  12 	  27:34  -7 	  27 
14  Schwarz-Weiß Essen 	  	21    6  3  12 	  24:28  -4 	  21
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15  Vdsf Nievenheim (N) 	23    6  3  14 	  28:70  -42 	  21 
16  Sportfreunde Baumberg 	23    5  5  13 	  24:48  -24 	  20 
17  SV Sonsbeck 	  	22    5  4  13 	  18:48  -30 	  19 
18  VfB Homberg 	  	23    2  7  14 	  21:49  -28 	  13

2.Liga, Round 26: Lautern goes to 2nd

Round 26, Mar 20-23

Hard fought round, with not many goals scored. Kaiserslautern was the “winner” in the sense that their scoreless draw at Karlsruhe put them in 2nd place. Although the match itself was hard fought and tense, not much really happened, so the result is about right.

Lautern moved into 2nd because Darmstadt was beaten in Düsseldorf. The 98ers were the better side in the first half, but wasted opportunities. Fortuna took a while to get going, but took their chances. It might be considered a lucky win, but sometimes you make your own luck.

Braunschweig pressed hard against leaders Ingolstadt, and was close to victory. The Schanzers have GK Ramazan Özcan, who had a brilliant match.

If St.Pauli goes down, this may be a key to why. The Hamburgers are dead last, but were on the verge of a point against Union. A road point in Berlin would have been a decent result. But then in the last minute, GK Himmelmann missed the ball on a backpass and gifted an empty goal to the hosts.

A tense relegation battle in München ended even between 1860 and Aalen. Neither side impressed, and a grubby bar fight was perhaps more descriptive. Points in the table, not style points were required.

Greuther Fürth is long removed from the fighting side that had a stint in the Bundesliga. The Greuther barely survived with a point at Aue in a tough relegation struggle. Erzgebirge probably should have won, but the visitor GK Hesl was in excellent form and kept the clean sheet,

FSV Frankfurt had a hard time making headway against Sandhausen, and was only able to equalize through a somewhat shady penalty.

Total attendance 163,583 (avg 18,176), 55.7% capacity, sellout in Karlsruhe, Berlin

 	
1860 München	     -   VfR Aalen	       1:1 (0:0)   16,700

                    0:1  Quaner (59., Kaufmann)
                    1:1  Rodri (75., Vollmann)

1. FC Union Berlin   -   FC St. Pauli	       1:0 (0:0)   21,717 *

                    1:0  Polter (89.)

FSV Frankfurt	     -   SV Sandhausen	       1:1 (0:1)    5,094

                    0:1  Bouhaddouz (22., Linsmayer)
                    1:1  Kapllani (80., penalty, Grifo)

Eintr. Braunschweig  -   FC Ingolstadt 04      0:0 (0:0)   20,700

Fortuna Düsseldorf   -   SV Darmstadt 98       2:0 (1:0)   28,658

                    1:0  Benschop (44., penalty, Bellinghausen)
                    2:0  Benschop (66., Bellinghausen)
 	
Karlsruher SC	     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern  0:0 (0:0)   27,556 *

Erzgebirge Aue	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth  0:0 (0:0)    7,600

1. FC Heidenheim     -   RasenB Leipzig	       1:0 (0:0)   12,000

                    1:0  Niederlechner (51., Leipertz)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -   VfL Bochum	       1:2 (0:1)   25,558

                    0:1  Terrazzino (38., Terodde)
                    0:2  Terodde (64., Terrazzino)
                    1:2  Mlapa (70., Sylvestr)
	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04   	        26   13  10  3 	  40:22  +18 	  49 
 2  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	26   12  10  4 	  34:23  +11 	  46
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)         26   11  12  3 	  34:19  +15 	  45
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 4  Karlsruher SC 	  	26   11  11  4 	  34:19  +15 	  44 
 5  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	26   10  9   7 	  40:35  +5 	  39 
 6  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	26   11  5  10 	  32:29  +3 	  38 
 7  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	26    9  10  7 	  29:20  +9 	  37 
 8  VfL Bochum 	  	        26    7  14  5 	  43:39  +4 	  35 
 9  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	26    9  7  10 	  35:31  +4 	  34 
10  FSV Frankfurt 	  	26    9  7  10 	  35:40  -5 	  34 
11  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	25   10  4  11 	  31:38  -7 	  34 
12  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	26    9  7  10 	  31:42  -11 	  34 
13  SV Sandhausen 	  	26    8  8  10 	  24:30  -6 	  32 
14  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	26    6  11  9 	  25:30  -5 	  29 
15  1860 München 	  	26    6  8  12 	  35:40  -5 	  26
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16  VfR Aalen 	  	        26    5  9  12 	  21:31  -10 	  24
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17  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	26    5  7  14 	  21:38  -17 	  22 
18  FC St. Pauli 	  	26    5  7  14 	  26:44  -18 	  22

1st line: Promotion to Bundesliga
2nd line: Playoff with 16th Bundesliga
3rd line: Playoff with no.3 of 3.Liga
4th line: Relegation to 3.Liga

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

BUNDESLIGA, Round 26: Bayern goes down!

Round 26, Mar 20-22

Actually, the bigger news this week is probably some huge results for bottom clubs, but whenever Bayern doesn’t win, it’s headlines. The leaders lost at home to Gladbach, and everyone must be wondering how that happened. Gladbach defended well, but virtually did squat the whole match. Actually, the reason bayern lost is largely because GK Manuel Neuer had brainfarts. By all accounts, he’s the best goal keeper in the world, but he is famous for his Neuerisms, which usually end up causing a goal. This time he wasn’t running around, but the first Gladbach shot – after 30 minutes – he flubbed and allowed to dribble in the goal. The second he probably should have had the weak shot, but let it go under his body. That was basically it for Gladbach, but it stood up because Bayern’s tiki-taka up front didn’t light a fire and instead looked heavy and clumsy. Huge win for Gladbach, inflicting Bayern’s first home loss.

Hertha was a huge winner as the Berliners upended Hamburg in a relegation 6-pointer. HSV started out brightly, but soon Hertha clamped down on defense and both sides pulled back, seemingly not wanting to risk losing. But in the end, Hertha got the break. First Cleber left HSV a man down after a silly foul, and then Plattenhardt floated in a perfect cross for Langkamp to head home the winner.

Freiburg had a huge win against Augburg. Down the stretch the Breisgauers were a bit more fortunate and they got the critical win. Nils Petersen once again proved to be key, as the super-sub got his 4th goal in 4 matches, quite a nice haul since joining from Bremen in the winterbreak.

Stuttgart defeated Frankfurt in a desperate match. VfB absoultely needed something positive, rooted firmly at the bottom. Frankfurt was actually the better team for most of the match, and perhaps should have put things away. In the end, it was Daniel Ginczek who was the difference, his first match back after a long injury absence.

Paderborn tried to upend Hoffenheim on physical effort. The home side was clearly technically inferior, but all the players were giving 110% effort. Things got even hotter for the visitors when they went down a man with about a half hour left. SCP pressed hard to try and get the needed win, but was unable. It’s beginning to look like they’ll go down, despite valiant efforts. You need to win matches like these.

Leverkusen may have won the battle for Champions League. The battle at Schalke would go a long way in deciding the outcome, and the Aspirins were simply better than their hosts. The Schalkers had a few chances that they blew, but in general looked harmless. Bayer didn’t exactly look brilliant, but did what was necessary. With goal difference, they’re essentially 7 points up on the Blues now, that should be enough.

Dortmund had a mixed bag against Hannover. The Neons once again looked very good at times, but broke down on other occasions. The difference was that they were a bit more ruthless in front of goal and it paid off. The 96ers looked much better than in recent matches, trying very hard to get the points.

Mainz and Wolfsburg have been playing decent football, and their match was tense, hard fought, but not particularily brilliant from either side. A draw is the fair result.

Köln and Bremen battled to a draw in a sloppy match. Neither side looked overly impressive, and Köln were perhaps lucky to draw even late on a somewhat dubious penalty.

Total attendance: 408,450 (avg 45,383), 95.8% capacity, sellouts in Hannover, Köln, München

 	
Hamburger SV	 -   Hertha BSC	            0:1 (0:0)   53,640

                0:1  S. Langkamp (84., Plattenhardt)

Hannover 96	 -   Borussia Dortmund	    2:3 (1:1)   49,000 *

                0:1  Aubameyang (19., Reus)
                1:1  Stindl (31., Bittencourt)
                1:2  Kagawa (57., Reus)
                1:3  Aubameyang (61., Kagawa)
                2:3  Stindl (82., Kiyotake)

SC Freiburg	 -   FC Augsburg	    2:0 (0:0)   23,700

                1:0  Schmid (71., Sorg)
                2:0  Petersen (84., Darida)

VfB Stuttgart	 -   Eintracht Frankfurt    3:1 (0:0)   48,500

                0:1  Seferovic (51., Oczipka)
                1:1  Ginczek (63., Harnik)
                2:1  Ginczek (66., Maxim)
                3:1  Maxim (80., Kostic)

1. FC Köln	 -   Werder Bremen	    1:1 (0:1)   50,000 *

                0:1  Selke (27., Junuzovic)
                1:1  M. Lehmann (88., penalty, Finne)

SC Paderborn 07	 -   TSG Hoffenheim	    0:0 (0:0)   14,401

FC Schalke 04	 -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen    0:1 (0:1)   61,973 *

                0:1  Bellarabi (35., Rolfes)

1. FSV Mainz 05	 -   VfL Wolfsburg	    1:1 (1:0)   32,236

                1:0  Bungert (7., Geis)
                1:1  Luiz Gustavo (61., Naldo)

Bayern München	 -   Bor. Mönchengladbach   0:2 (0:1)   75,137 *

                0:1  Raffael (30., Herrmann)
                0:2  Raffael (77., Kramer)
	

 1  Bayern München (M, P)	26   20  4  2 	  70:13  +57 	  64 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	26   16  6  4 	  57:29  +28 	  54 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	26   13  8  5 	  37:20  +17 	  47
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	26   12  9  5 	  45:29  +16 	  45
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 5  FC Schalke 04               26   11  6  9 	  37:31  +6 	  39 
 6  FC Augsburg 	        26   12  2  12 	  33:34  -1 	  38
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	26   10  7  9 	  40:38  +2 	  37 
 8  Eintracht Frankfurt 	26    9  7  10 	  49:52  -3 	  34 
 9  Werder Bremen 	  	26    9  7  10 	  41:54  -13 	  34 
10  Borussia Dortmund 	  	26    9  6  11 	  34:33  +1 	  33 
11  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	26    6 12  8 	  35:36  -1 	  30 
12  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	26    7  9  10 	  26:32  -6 	  30 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	26    8  5  13 	  31:44  -13 	  29 
14  Hannover 96 	  	26    7  6  13 	  29:42  -13 	  27 
15  SC Freiburg	  	        26    5 10  11 	  26:36  -10 	  25
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16  Hamburger SV 	  	26    6  7  13 	  16:37  -21 	  25
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17  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	26    5  9  12 	  23:50  -27 	  24 
18  VfB Stuttgart	  	26    5  8  13 	  27:46  -19 	  23

M = Meister, defending Champion
P = Pokalsieger, Cup winner
N = Neuling, just promoted

3.Liga, Round 30: Bielefeld stopped

Round 30, Mar 21-22

Leaders Arminia Bielefeld were stunned by Stuttgart-II, taking a loss and shrinking their lead at the top. VfB’s U23 were very efficient and basically let Arminia attack furiously until they were able to counter and score. The win should mean that VfB doesn’t have to look over their shoulder to the relegation zone.

Kiel remains on-track to jump into the 2.Liga. The Holsteiners however had a difficult time with Regensburg, as only a solitary early goal had to stand up. The home side did control the action, but Jahn gave a good account of themselves, especially GK Richard Strebinger. They’re going down, but they can still ruin some other folks parties.

Preußen Münster was on the verge of a total disaster against Mainz-II. The favored Eagles were losing, and nothing was going right. They were saved from disgrace with a somewhat dubious penalty in injury time, robbing the Mainzers of what would have been a heroic victory. Preußen has fallen into 5th, which is definitely the worst position for the contenders (At least 4th place means automatic qualification into the DFB-Cup main round)

Duisburg took advantage of Münster’s slip, and vaulted into 3rd place with a solid thumping of Dortmund-II on the road. BVB-Bubis look like they’re just about out of gas.

Stuttgarter Kickers also are back, winning a tough match at Unterhaching. They trail MSV by goal difference, but it’s small enough that a thumping win could change that.

There was also injury time drama in Erfurt, and this time it went for the underdog. Großaspach got the late goal and left hosts Erfurt stunned. The Sonnenhofer are desperately searching for points, and must be thrilled with the result.

Cottbus missed a chance to move closer, but actually were fortunate to even salvage a point at home to Chemnitz. Energie needs a couple of wins on the trot to get back in the race. They’re certainly capable, but another match like this probably means it’s over.

Hansa Rostock looks to moving to safety. While they’re not out of the woods yet, they’ve won three in a row at home, this time easily crushing Fortuna Köln.

Dresden continues to fall apart. I believe they have now lost 7/8. Another big crowd left disappointed as Dynamo dropped another one, this time to regional rivals Halle. At this point, they are probably just wishing the season was over.

Total attendance: 68,755 (avg 6,876), 38.5% capacity

 	
SV Wehen Wiesbaden    -   VfL Osnabrück	        2:0 (1:0)    2,636
Preußen Münster	      -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	1:1 (0:1)    8,026
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	      -   SG S-hof Großaspach	0:1 (0:0)    4,195
Holstein Kiel	      -   Jahn Regensburg       1:0 (1:0)    6,154
SpVgg Unterhaching    -   Stuttgarter Kickers	1:2 (1:1)    2,000
Borussia Dortmund II  -   MSV Duisburg	        1:4 (1:2)    3,109
Hansa Rostock	      -   Fortuna Köln	        4:0 (3:0)    8,000
Energie Cottbus	      -   Chemnitzer FC	        2:2 (1:1)    8,043
Dynamo Dresden	      -   Hallescher FC	        2:3 (1:2)   25,392
VfB Stuttgart II      -   Arminia Bielefeld	2:0 (2:0)    1,200 	


 1  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	30   18  5  7 	  60:33  +27 	  59 
 2  Holstein Kiel	  	30   15  10 5 	  40:19  +21 	  55
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 3  MSV Duisburg 	  	30   14  10 6 	  47:32  +15 	  52
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 4  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	30   14  10 6 	  49:37  +12 	  52 
 5  Preußen Münster 	  	30   14  9  7 	  45:33  +12 	  51 
 6  Energie Cottbus (A) 	30   13  9  8 	  39:34  +5 	  48 
 7  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	30   13  7  10 	  41:39  +2 	  46 
 8  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	30   13  6  11 	  46:34  +12 	  45 
 9  Hallescher FC 	  	30   12  7  11 	  40:40   0 	  43 
10  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	30   11  8  11 	  36:36   0 	  41 
11  Chemnitzer FC 	  	30   11  7  12 	  30:29  +1 	  40 
12  VfL Osnabrück 	  	30   11  6  13 	  42:47  -5 	  39 
13  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	30   10  8  12 	  32:33  -1 	  38 
14  VfB Stuttgart II	  	30   10  7  13 	  38:44  -6 	  37 
15  Hansa Rostock 	  	30    9  7  14 	  44:55  -11 	  34 
16  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 30    8  9  13 	  31:51  -20 	  33 
17  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	30    8  7  15 	  41:54  -13 	  31
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18  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	30    7  8  15 	  32:45  -13 	  29 
19  Borussia Dortmund II 	30    4  14 12 	  28:41  -13 	  26 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	30    6  4  20 	  32:57  -25 	  22

A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place 
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga