2.Liga, Round 27: Top clubs strengthen

Midweek action saw the top clubs strengthen their positions, and the expense of their chasing contingents.

Leaders Köln were in control against a rather timid Karlsruhe, and had no real problems in getting a win. Greuther Fürth slapped Düsseldorf to remain in control of 2nd place. The most significant match was in Paderborn, as SCP overran St.Pauli, laying a stronger claim to 3rd place and slapping the Paulista’s hands as they tried to seize the Westfalen spot. Meanwhile, Kaiserslautern basically sucked and was unable to beat struggling Bielefeld, which also played into the top 3 hands. And finally, Union Berlin lost at Sandhausen, pretty much ending any aspirations they may have had.

On the bottom end, it looks like Cottbus is out of Energie. A painful home loss to a worthless 1860 side keeps them tethered to the bottom. This is one they could have won, but they basically dicked around and 1860 woke up.

Another relegation battle saw Dresden and Aalen draw. Dynamo looked the better team, but once again are left with only a point. This does let them get a bit closer to Bochum, who were ripped in Ingolstadt. Dresden’s 14 draws are by far the league’s most, and I’m sure they wish they could have turned some of these into victories. Bochum is playing crap, but one has to wonder whether Dynamo can make up the 4 point deficit.

Total attendance 126,462 (avg 14,051)

	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	4:1 (1:0)   11,000

                     1:0  Azemi (39., Mavraj)
                     2:0  Azemi (55., Brosinski)
                     3:0  Brosinski (65., Sukalo)
                     3:1  Benschop (66., O. Fink)
                     4:1  Stieber (78., Azemi)
 
VfR Aalen	      -   Dynamo Dresden	1:1 (0:0)    6,683

                     0:1  Kempe (79., Menz)
                     1:1  Leandro (84., penalty, Klauß)

SV Sandhausen	      -   1. FC Union Berlin	2:1 (1:1)    4,050

                     0:1  Quiring (4., direct freekick)
                     1:1  D. Blum (7., Riemann)
                     2:1  Adler (52., Stiefler)

SC Paderborn 07	      -   FC St. Pauli	        3:0 (1:0)   14,411

                     1:0  Saglik (41., Brückner)
                     2:0  Meha (58., Kachunga)
                     3:0  Saglik (69., penalty, Vrancic)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -   VfL Bochum	        3:0 (1:0)    3,708

                     1:0  P. Hofmann (28., Caiuby)
                     2:0  Lappe (74., Cohen)
                     3:0  P. Hofmann (79., Morales)

 	
1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   Arminia Bielefeld	1:1 (1:1)   22,689

                     1:0  Orban (36.)
                     1:1  C. Müller (42.)

1. FC Köln	      -   Karlsruher SC	        2:0 (1:0)   46,700

                     1:0  Brecko (29., Helmes)
                     2:0  Helmes (58., D. Halfar)

Energie Cottbus	      -   1860 München	        1:2 (1:0)   10,021

                     1:0  Fetsch (25., Madouni)
                     1:1  D. Stahl (47.)
                     1:2  Adlung (70., Stoppelkamp)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -   FSV Frankfurt	        2:1 (0:1)    7,200

                     0:1  M. Görlitz (30., Roshi)
                     1:1  Sylvestr (59., M. Fink)
                     2:1  Benatelli (77., Sylvestr)



 1  1. FC Köln	  	        27   14  10  3 	  40:15  +25 	  52 
 2  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)	27   14  6   7 	  49:31  +18 	  48
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 3  SC Paderborn 07	  	27   13  7   7 	  49:41  +8 	  46
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 4  1. FC Kaiserslautern	27   12  6   9 	  39:27  +12 	  42 
 5  FC St. Pauli	  	27   12  6   9 	  34:32  +2 	  42 
 6  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	27   10  10  7 	  35:25  +10 	  40 
 7  SV Sandhausen	  	27   11  7   9 	  24:23  +1 	  40 
 8  1. FC Union Berlin	  	27   10  9   8 	  39:34  +5 	  39 
 9  1860 München	  	27   10  8   9 	  29:30  -1 	  38 
10  FSV Frankfurt	  	27    9  7  11 	  37:39  -2 	  34 
11  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	27    9  7  11 	  28:30  -2 	  34 
12  Erzgebirge Aue	  	27    9  7  11 	  34:41  -7 	  34 
13  VfR Aalen	  	        27    8  9  10 	  26:33  -7 	  33 
14  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	27    8  9  10 	  27:38  -11 	  33 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        27    8  6  13 	  23:32  -9 	  30
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16  Dynamo Dresden	  	27    4  14  9 	  28:40  -12 	  26
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17  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	27    7  5  15 	  32:51  -19 	  26 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	27    6  5  16 	  32:43  -11 	  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

3.Liga, Round 31: Midweek action

Midweek action in the Dritte Liga.

Leipzig hosted Heidenheim in the gala match, and it drew a big crowd. The Rasenballsportlers played well, and often had Heidenheim on the back foot, but the leaders didn’t let it slip and split the points. Both seem in the drivers seat for promotion.

Stuttgarter Kickers battled Darmstadt in a hard fought battle. The visitors extended their streak to 14 unbeaten, but had their hands full. Also, they were unable to make up ground on Leipzig, which hurts more.

Saarbrücken handled Rostock, but at this point it’s basically just giving a finger to the rest of the league. They’re still dead last and have a lot of ground to make up. Seems like it’s over. Rostock on the other hand sucked again, looks like they’re just phoning it in.

Kiel won a critical relegation battle as they swamped Stuttgart II. The Storks have a bit breathing room, and their superb goal difference adds another point. Just about everybody would be happy if Stuttgart went down, but it’s still a tight relegation struggle.

Unterhaching was the other big loser of the day, as their loss at Erfurt keeps them down, plus Burghausen and Saarbrücken are trying to sneak up on them.
Duisburg kept Elversberg in trouble with a win, whereas Münster’s win over Chemnitz finally gives them enough leg room.

Total attendance 72,747 (avg 7,275)

 	
Rot Weiß Erfurt	     -   SpVgg Unterhaching	2:0 (1:0)    4,428
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   VfL Osnabrück	        1:0 (1:0)    2,180
1. FC Saarbrücken    -   Hansa Rostock	        2:0 (2:0)    3,818
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   SV Darmstadt 98	0:0 (0:0)    4,300
Wacker Burghausen    -   Jahn Regensburg	2:2 (1:0)    2,600 	
Hallescher FC	     -   Borussia Dortmund II	0:0 (0:0)    9,029
Holstein Kiel	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	3:0 (2:0)    4,912
MSV Duisburg	     -   SV Elversberg	        3:0 (1:0)    9,106
Preußen Münster	     -   Chemnitzer FC	        3:1 (1:1)    7,062
RB Leipzig	     -   1. FC Heidenheim	1:1 (1:0)   25,312


 1  1. FC Heidenheim	  	31   19  9  3 	  50:21  +29 	  66 
 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	31   18  6  7 	  47:28  +19 	  60
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98	  	31   16  9  6 	  47:23  +24 	  57
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 4  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	31   13  9  9 	  36:36   0 	  48 
 5  VfL Osnabrück	  	31   12  8  11 	  40:33  +7 	  44 
 6  MSV Duisburg (A)	  	31   11  11 9 	  38:35  +3 	  44 
 7  Rot Weiß Erfurt	  	31   12  7  12 	  44:36  +8 	  43 
 8  Hallescher FC	  	31   12  7  12 	  38:37  +1 	  43 
 9  Hansa Rostock	  	31   12  7  12 	  35:42  -7 	  43 
10  Preußen Münster	  	31   10  12 9 	  44:41  +3 	  42
11  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	31   11  9  11 	  37:37   0 	  42 
12  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  	31   10  9  12 	  44:45  -1 	  39 
13  Borussia Dortmund II	31   11  6  14 	  38:44  -6 	  39 
14  Chemnitzer FC	  	31    9  11 11 	  34:41  -7 	  38 
15  Holstein Kiel (N)	  	31    8  13 10 	  34:28  +6 	  37 
16  SV Elversberg (N)	  	31   10  6  15 	  27:43  -16 	  36 
17  VfB Stuttgart II	  	31    9  7  15 	  38:47  -9 	  34
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18  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	31    8  9  14 	  38:54  -16 	  33 
19  Wacker Burghausen	  	31    7  8  16 	  32:52  -20 	  29 
20  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	31    7  7  17 	  33:51  -18 	  28


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

2.Liga, Round 26: No real winners

This week the 2.Liga was mostly in a holding pattern. Few goals (12!) and only three wins, all on the road.

Leaders Köln dominated against Aalen, circling the opponent penalty box like sharks, but actually created few real chances. The Aaleners held firm with disciplined defense and probably deserved their point.

Paderborn held on to the critical playoff spot with a last minute goal at Union. The Berliners really needed a win to get back into the promotion race. They’ve got a huge mountain to climb now.

St.Pauli missed a chance to jump to 3rd, but actually they can be happy they even got a point at home against Ingolstadt. The visitors actually ran rings around their noses, and had a couple of chances to win the match.

Dresden hosted Greuther Fürth in a battle of opposite table ends. But you really couldn’t tell the difference, as the Greuther pretty much disappointed throughout. Dresden didn’t have enough to press for a win, and remain in dire straits. Fürth holds onto 2nd, but it’s a precarious grip.

Kaiserslautern has snuck back into the promotion race. The Devils looked a little more clever against 1860, and after taking the lead relied on their defense and goalkeeper to hold the win. However this is 1860 you’re talking about, so obviously they could be expected to suck when it counts.

Karlsruhe needed a win against Aue, but after taking an early essentially did squat. Erzgebirge got back into things and later equalized. and then KSC had no will to try and win the match. If they miss out on a promotion chance, this is definitely one they should remember. Aue floats above relegation, and has one foot in salvation.

Bochum remains in the worry zone above relegation, and they were completely outplayed at home by Sandhausen, who have ended any worries they may have had. A total lame performance by Bochum.

Boring match in Bornheim as FSV and Fortuna just kicked around the ball and then went to the pub. Both teams look pretty good from relegation, and perhaps that’s all they care about at this point.

A disaster for Bielefeld, as they gave up two injury time goals and lose at home to Cottbus. They needed to win to leapfrog Dresden and have a chance, but now things are complicated. Cottbus gets a big win. They’re too far behind Bochum to reach salvation, but they could get the playoff spot and potential for staying up. That’s more than they could have expected a couple of weeks ago. Arminia has basically been reduced to the same thing.

Total attendance 189,826 (avg 21,092)

 	
1. FC Union Berlin   -   SC Paderborn 07	1:1 (0:0)   18,820

                    1:0  Brandy (53., Mattuschka)
                    1:1  Hünemeier (89., Koc)

VfL Bochum	     -   SV Sandhausen	        0:1 (0:1)   11,322

                    0:1  Stiefler (7.)

Dynamo Dresden	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	1:1 (0:0)   25,115

                    0:1  Djurdjic (71., penalty, Stieber)
                    1:1  Dedic (79., penalty, Ouali)

FSV Frankfurt	     -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:0 (0:0)    7,712

1. FC Köln	     -   VfR Aalen	        0:0 (0:0)   45,700

FC St. Pauli	     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:0 (0:0)   28,301
 
1860 München	     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	0:1 (0:0)   24,600

                    0:1  Gaus (55., Dick)
 
Karlsruher SC	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        1:1 (1:0)   12,782

                    1:0  G. Krebs (13., Yabo)
                    1:1  S. Okoronkwo (68., Miatke)

Arminia Bielefeld    -   Energie Cottbus	1:3 (0:1)   15,474

                    0:1  Sanogo (33., Kopfball, Stiepermann)
                    1:1  K. Przybylko (80., Rechtsschuss, Schönfeld)
                    1:2  Salger (90., own goal, Stiepermann)
                    1:3  Sanogo (90. + 2)



 1  1. FC Köln	  	        26   13  10 3 	  38:15  +23 	  49 
 2  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)	26   13  6  7 	  45:30  +15 	  45
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 3  SC Paderborn 07	  	26   12  7  7 	  46:41  +5 	  43
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 4  FC St. Pauli	  	26   12  6  8 	  34:29  +5 	  42 
 5  1. FC Kaiserslautern	26   12  5  9 	  38:26  +12 	  41 
 6  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	26   10  10 6 	  35:23  +12 	  40 
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	26   10  9  7 	  38:32  +6 	  39 
 8  SV Sandhausen	  	26   10  7  9 	  22:22   0 	  37 
 9  1860 München	  	26    9  8  9 	  27:29  -2 	  35 
10  FSV Frankfurt	  	26    9  7  10 	  36:37  -1 	  34 
11  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	26    8  9  9 	  26:34  -8 	  33 
12  VfR Aalen	  	        26    8  8  10 	  25:32  -7 	  32 
13  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	26    8  7  11 	  25:30  -5 	  31 
14  Erzgebirge Aue	  	26    8  7  11 	  32:40  -8 	  31 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        26    8  6  12 	  23:29  -6 	  30
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16  Dynamo Dresden	  	26    4  13  9 	  27:39  -12 	  25
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17  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	26    7  4  15 	  31:50  -19 	  25 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	26    6  5  15 	  31:41  -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

BUNDESLIGA, Round 26: Big relegation battles

Freiburg is fighting against relegation, and came up with a second huge “six-pointer”. The Breisgauer dominated against Werder Bremen and ended up with a deserved victory. Bremen was pretty lame and was basically overrun by an active SCF. Bremen is likely safe, although they could easily slide back into the drop struggle. This was huge for Freiburg, who might have looked dead only a couple of weeks ago.

Stuttgart had a huge win against Hamburg, as two oldtimer traditionals battle against impending doom. There’s a good possibility that at least one of them goes down. (And as always mentioned, HSV is the only club to play every single Bundesliga season). It was a largely even match until HSV went down a man in the second half. Stuttgart had just enough pressure to get a critical win.

Dortmund used individual brilliance to overcome Hannover. The 96ers fought hard and seemed to be holding off the superior Dortmund side, but the Neons broke through and ripped them. This puts Dortmund in a good position to hold off Schalke from 2nd and the upcoming Revierderby.

Schalke dominated against Braunschweig, but was very wasteful with chances. As a result, they had some nervous moments at the end, until they finally finished things off in injury-time. The Blues have been getting better and really should have won this in a rout. Braunschweig didn’t do anything, but at least managed to put a scare in their hosts late.

Augsburg gave Wolfsburg fits, so the hosts were happy to save a point. The VWs had some better play, but were basically banging their heads against a fighting and well organized FCA. In fact, it looked like a win for the visitors, but oldtimer Ivica Olic saved the day with a late header.

Bayern won again, ho-hum. Mainz gave them a battle early, although the champs were pretty much in control throughout. After they got tired they struck a couple of times and then went home.

Gladbach had an easy time with Berlin. They didn’t really create a lot of chances, but they were cold-blooded when they needed to be. Hertha basically just dicked around aimlessly, like they didn’t want to be there. As a result, Gladbach wasn’t really pressed to come up with a full out match. They’re back in the hunt for Euros, whereas Hertha takes a set back.

Frankfurt got a huge away win at Nürnberg in a critical relegation tussle. After a somewhat quiet first half, things got exciting after the restart. Eintracht came out guns balzing and stunned the home side, seemingly wrapping everything up, racing out to a 3-0 lead. One might have thought that FCN was dead and buried, but oddly enough they roused themselves and fought back to within a goal. However in the final stretch Pinola got his ass red carded, and that allowed Frankfurt to finish off the game. Overall, a very deserved win for the visitors, who probably should have had an easier time. Nürnberg is now in dire straits, having dropped several in a row. A win is really needed, as they’ll have to climb over several bodies. This might be just enough for Frankfurt to survive.

Finally, Hoffenheim stunned Leverkusen and thereby pretty much secures another Bundesliga season. Meanwhile the Aspirins all of a sudden are trying to hold on to a Champions League spot. They haven’t won in nine official matches (including Euro wipeouts) and could conceivably fall out of even Euroliga with a couple more losses. Hoffenheim defeated Bayer for the first time in 12 tries, and in general played a good match. They have the worst defense in the league, but they can score (3rd after Bayern and Dortmund). The Asiprins looked to have salvaged a point, but the Hoppers struck at the end to shock their hosts.

Total attendance 371,541 (avg 41,282), sellouts in Freiburg, Gelsenkirchen (Schalke), Hannover and Mainz.

SC Freiburg	      -   Werder Bremen	           3:1 (1:0)   24,000 *

                     1:0  Schuster (15., Darida)
                     2:0  Klaus (53., Mehmedi)
                     3:0  Mehmedi (59., Klaus)
                     3:1  Petersen (70., Hunt)

FC Schalke 04	      -   Eintracht Braunschweig   3:1 (1:0)   61,973 *

                     1:0  Goretzka (17., M. Meyer)
                     2:0  Huntelaar (65., direct freekick)
                     2:1  Kessel (82., Elabdellaoui)
                     3:1  Szalai (90. + 3)

VfB Stuttgart	      -   Hamburger SV	           1:0 (0:0)   55,000

                     1:0  Maxim (69., Traoré)

Hannover 96	      -   Borussia Dortmund	   0:3 (0:1)   49,000 *

                     0:1  Hummels (43., Sokratis)
                     0:2  Lewandowski (52., H. Mkhitaryan)
                     0:3  Reus (90. + 1, H. Mkhitaryan)

VfL Wolfsburg	      -   FC Augsburg	           1:1 (0:1)   25,645

                     0:1  To. Werner (43., Halil Altintop)
                     1:1  Olic (81., Rodriguez)

1. FSV Mainz 05	      -   Bayern München	   0:2 (0:0)   34,000 *

                     0:1  Schweinsteiger (82., Shaqiri)
                     0:2  M. Götze (86., Ribery)


Bor. Mönchengladbach  -   Hertha BSC	           3:0 (3:0)   53,050

                     1:0  Arango (28., Herrmann)
                     2:0  Ramos (32., own goal, Arango)
                     3:0  Raffael (40., M. Kruse)

Sunday: 
1. FC Nürnberg	      -   Eintracht Frankfurt	   2:5 (0:1)   40,079

                     0:1  Barnetta (21., Aigner)
                     0:2  Joselu (49., Aigner)
                     0:3  Madlung (53., Lanig)
                     1:3  Drmic (64., Campana)
                     2:3  Campana (72., Plattenhardt)
                     2:4  Joselu (88., Kadlec)
                     2:5  Kadlec (90. + 2, Joselu)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen   -   1899 Hoffenheim	   2:3 (1:2)   28,794

                     0:1  Salihovic (14., Hand penalty)
                     1:1  Kießling (39., Spahic)
                     1:2  Volland (40., Roberto Firmino)
                     2:2  Rolfes (54., L. Bender)
                     2:3  Modeste (89., F. Johnson)


 		
 1  Bayern München (M, P)	26   24  2  0 	  76:12  +64 	  74 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	26   16  3  7 	  59:29  +30 	  51 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	26   15  5  6 	  51:37  +14 	  50
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	26   14  2  10 	  43:32  +11 	  44
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 5  Bor. Mönchengladbach	26   12  6  8 	  46:32  +14 	  42 
 6  VfL Wolfsburg	  	26   12  5  9 	  43:40  +3 	  41
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 7  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	26   12  5  9 	  37:40  -3 	  41 
 8  FC Augsburg	  	        26   11  6  9 	  39:37  +2 	  39 
 9  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	26   10  6  10 	  35:34  +1 	  36 
10  1899 Hoffenheim	  	26    8  8  10 	  56:59  -1 	  32 
11  Hannover 96	  	        26    8  5  13 	  34:46  -12 	  29 
12  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	26    7  8  11 	  33:46  -13 	  29 
13  Werder Bremen	  	26    7  8  11 	  30:50  -20 	  29 
14  SC Freiburg	  	        26    6  7  13 	  29:47  -18 	  25 
15  VfB Stuttgart	  	26    6  6  14 	  40:52  -12 	  24
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16  Hamburger SV	  	26    6  5  15 	  41:55  -14 	  23
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17  1. FC Nürnberg	  	26    4  11 11 	  30:49  -19 	  23 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	26    4  6  16 	  21:48  -27 	  18


	
1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

3.Liga, Round 30: Only relegation remains

Getting into the home stretch, things are pretty clear at this point. Heidenheim recovered from their loss last week, and got back on the win track. Leipzig dropped a point, but continue in 2nd. Darmstadt has crept closer. So those are the teams that will be in the promotion zone, the only remaining issue is who gets auto promotion and who goes to a playoff.

At the bottom, Saarbrücken looks dead and Burghausen is down to one lung, and they have pneumonia. Unterhaching is the other club in the zone, but their are several clubs that could fall. This is the only real significant race, although if you want some mini-excitement, 4th place is tight, which means an automatic spot in next year’s DFB-Cup Main round.

Heidenheim had problems with desperate Burghausen, and especially veteran Michael Thurk had huge chances, by count five golden opportunities. But he couldn’t hit the net, and FCH continued to bombard the Wacker goal. Finally they broke through for a deserved, albeit minimal win. That looks just enough to sink Burghausen.

Unterhaching has a new coach in Cristian Ziege. I remember the ex-international mostly for his dumb-ass mohawk hair in one forgettable World Cup, but he’s the man tasked to save the Hachingers. They did put up a good fight, getting a point against Leipzig. The RedBulls have to be careful, as Darmstadt is getting closer. The 98ers won again, with Dominik Stroh-Engel scoring in his 7th straight game and getting a tough win against desperate Saarbrücken, who now look finished.

Elversberg and Kiel battled to a scoreless draw in a relegation battle, But Stuttgart-II lost at home to Wehen, and thus things remain tight just above the drop zone.


Borussia Dortmund II  -   Stuttgarter Kickers	1:1 (0:0)    1,658
VfB Stuttgart II      -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:2 (1:1)      510
Hansa Rostock	      -   MSV Duisburg	        0:1 (0:1)    7,800
SV Darmstadt 98       -   1. FC Saarbrücken	1:0 (1:0)    7,500
SV Elversberg	      -   Holstein Kiel	        0:0 (0:0)      728
VfL Osnabrück	      -   Rot Weiß Erfurt	1:1 (0:0)    8,260
SpVgg Unterhaching    -   RB Leipzig            1:1 (1:1)    3,050
1. FC Heidenheim      -   Wacker Burghausen	1:0 (0:0)   11,000
Jahn Regensburg	      -   Preußen Münster	2:0 (1:0)    3,045
Chemnitzer FC	      -   Hallescher FC  	-:- (-:-)


 1  1. FC Heidenheim	  	30   19  8  3 	  49:20  +29 	  65 
 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	30   18  5  7 	  46:27  +19 	  59
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98	  	30   16  8  6 	  47:23  +24 	  56
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 4  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	30   12  9  9 	  35:36  -1 	  45 
 5  VfL Osnabrück	  	30   12  8  10 	  40:32  +8 	  44 
 6  Hansa Rostock	  	30   12  7  11 	  35:40  -5 	  43 
 7  Hallescher FC	  	29   12  5  12 	  37:36  +1 	  41 
 8  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	30   11  8  11 	  37:37   0 	  41 
 9  MSV Duisburg (A)	  	30   10  11  9 	  35:35   0 	  41 
10  Rot Weiß Erfurt	  	30   11  7  12 	  42:36  +6 	  40 
11  Preußen Münster	  	30    9  12  9 	  41:40  +1 	  39 
12  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  	30   10  8  12 	  42:43  -1 	  38 
13  Borussia Dortmund II	30   11  5  14 	  38:44  -6 	  38 
14  Chemnitzer FC	  	29    9  10 10 	  32:37  -5 	  37 
15  SV Elversberg (N)	  	30   10  6  14 	  27:40  -13 	  36 
16  Holstein Kiel (N)	  	30    7  13 10 	  31:28  +3 	  34 
17  VfB Stuttgart II	  	30    9  7  14 	  38:44  -6 	  34
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18  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	30    8  9  13 	  38:52  -14 	  33 
19  Wacker Burghausen	  	30    7  7  16 	  30:50  -20 	  28 
20  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	30    6  7  17 	  31:51  -20 	  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

3.Liga, Round 29: Heidenheim finally loses

Leaders Heidenheim were totally outplayed in Münster, suffering their first loss in 16 matches. Still they remain in control of the boards. Leipzig got a big win over Osnabrück to strengthen their position, but Darmstadt remains close with a win at Rostock.

 	
Wacker Burghausen      -   SpVgg Unterhaching	1:0 (0:0)    2,260
Rot Weiß Erfurt	       -   VfB Stuttgart II	4:2 (2:1)    3,702
SV Wehen Wiesbaden     -   SV Elversberg	3:0 (1:0)    2,168
MSV Duisburg	       -   Holstein Kiel	1:1 (1:0)   10,507
Hansa Rostock	       -   SV Darmstadt 98	0:1 (0:1)    9,800
1. FC Saarbrücken      -   Borussia Dortmund II	0:1 (0:1)    4,101
Stuttgarter Kickers    -   Chemnitzer FC	0:3 (0:2)    3,830
Hallescher FC	       -   Jahn Regensburg	4:1 (2:0)    6,311
Preußen Münster	       -   1. FC Heidenheim	2:0 (2:0)    7,307
RasenBallsport Leipzig -   VfL Osnabrück	1:0 (1:0)   12,205


 1  1. FC Heidenheim	  	29   18  8  3 	  48:20  +28 	  62 
 2  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)  29   18  4  7 	  45:26  +19 	  58
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98	  	29   15  8  6 	  46:23  +23 	  53
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 4  VfL Osnabrück	  	29   12  7  10 	  39:31  +8 	  43 
 5  Hansa Rostock	  	29   12  7  10 	  35:39  -4 	  43 
 6  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	29   11  9  9 	  33:35  -2 	  42 
 7  Hallescher FC	  	29   12  5  12 	  37:36  +1 	  41 
 8  Stuttgarter Kickers	  	29   11  7  11 	  36:36   0 	  40 
 9  Rot Weiß Erfurt	  	29   11  6  12 	  41:35  +6 	  39 
10  Preußen Münster	  	29    9  12  8 	  41:38  +3 	  39 
11  MSV Duisburg (A)	  	29    9  11  9 	  34:35  -1 	  38 
12  Chemnitzer FC	  	29    9  10 10 	  32:37  -5 	  37 
13  Borussia Dortmund II	29   11  4  14 	  37:43  -6 	  37 
14  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  	29    9  8  12 	  40:43  -3 	  35 
15  SV Elversberg (N)	  	29   10  5  14 	  27:40  -13 	  35 
16  VfB Stuttgart II	  	29    9  7  13 	  37:42  -5 	  34 
17  Holstein Kiel (N)	  	29    7  12 10 	  31:28  +3 	  33
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18  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	29    8  8  13 	  37:51  -14 	  32 
19  Wacker Burghausen	  	29    7  7  15 	  30:49  -19 	  28 
20  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	29    6  7  16 	  31:50  -19 	  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

2.Liga, Round 25: no moves

Things really didn’t change dramatically this round. Köln fought Kaiserslautern to a draw that maintains their lead, and keeps the Reds out of the playoffs. Greuther Fürth and Union also battled to a draw, which allowed wins by St.Pauli and Paderborn to move them closer.

On the bottom, most everybody lost, although Cottbus did knock off Karlsruhe, getting up slight hopes of at least joining the relegation battle, instead of being just dead.

 	
VfR Aalen	      -   VfL Bochum	      0:2 (0:1)    5,911

                     0:1  Aydin (23., Fabian)
                     0:2  Butscher (90. + 2, Latza)

SC Paderborn 07	      -   Dynamo Dresden      2:1 (2:0)   10,750

                     1:0  Bakalorz (38.)
                     2:0  Wurtz (44., Hünemeier)
                     2:1  Dedic (55., Hand penalty)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -   FSV Frankfurt	      0:1 (0:1)    4,213

                     0:1  Leckie (29., Rechtsschuss, Oumari)

Energie Cottbus	      -   Karlsruher SC	      1:0 (0:0)    8,366

                     1:0  Sanogo (80.)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -   1860 München	      2:2 (0:1)    8,750

                     0:1  Wojtkowiak (2., Osako)
                     1:1  Sylvestr (49., Novikovas)
                     2:1  Benatelli (86., Novikovas)
                     2:2  Osako (90. + 2, Adlung)

Fortuna Düsseldorf    -   FC St. Pauli	      0:2 (0:1)   41,357

                     0:1  Maier (21., Nöthe)
                     0:2  Thy (90. + 4, Nöthe)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth  -   1. FC Union Berlin  1:1 (0:1)   11,545

                     0:1  Brandy (43., Mattuschka)
                     1:1  Azemi (56., B. Röcker)

SV Sandhausen	      -   Arminia Bielefeld   1:0 (1:0)    4,100

                     1:0  Adler (33., Achenbach)

1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   1. FC Köln	      0:0 (0:0)   41,351


 1  1. FC Köln	  	        25   13  9  3 	  38:15  +23 	  48 
 2  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)	25   13  5  7 	  44:29  +15 	  44
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 3  SC Paderborn 07	  	25   12  6  7 	  45:40  +5 	  42
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 4  FC St. Pauli	  	25   12  5  8 	  34:29  +5 	  41 
 5  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	25   10  9  6 	  34:22  +12 	  39 
 6  1. FC Kaiserslautern	25   11  5  9 	  37:26  +11 	  38 
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	25   10  8  7 	  37:31  +6 	  38 
 8  1860 München	  	25    9  8  8 	  27:28  -1 	  35 
 9  SV Sandhausen	  	25    9  7  9 	  21:22  -1 	  34 
10  FSV Frankfurt	  	25    9  6  10 	  36:37  -1 	  33 
11  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	25    8  8  9 	  26:34  -8 	  32 
12  VfR Aalen	  	        25    8  7  10 	  25:32  -7 	  31 
13  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	25    8  6  11 	  25:30  -5 	  30 
14  VfL Bochum	  	        25    8  6  11 	  23:28  -5 	  30 
15  Erzgebirge Aue	  	25    8  6  11 	  31:39  -8 	  30
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16  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	25    7  4  14 	  30:47  -17 	  25
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17  Dynamo Dresden	  	25    4  12 9 	  26:38  -12 	  24 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	25    5  5  15 	  28:40 -12 	  20


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

BUNDESLIGA, Round 25: Schalke makes a move

Several teams made big moves this round, but Schalke’s was perhaps the biggest: The Blues won at tough Augsburg, while Dortmund and Leverkusen were losing, so that was essentially a 6 pointer. Other significant results were Hamburg winning, and Freiburg getting a big away win, leaping out of auto-relegation.

Schalke got the win thanks to a double by Huntelaar, who is on fire since his injury return. Augsburg has been in form, and fought hard, but the Dutchman was the difference, letting the Knappen-fans begin to forget the Euro disaster against Madrid.

Dortmund laid an egg at home against struggling Gladbach. The Neons had some advanatge, but were stumbling around like louts, whereas Gladbach was crisp and clever. So the defeat is not out of bounds.

Bremen and Stuttgart battled to a draw, but the visitors should have had more in Huub Stevens coach debut. VfB was generally the better team, and Harnik missed a penalty that might have decided the match. But Stuttgart wasted too many chances and were eventually punished for crappy defense.

Hoffenheim seemed to have the match in hand in the regional derby with Mainz. They could even afford for Salihovic to blast a penalty over the goal. But then they fell apart to a fierce Mainz onslaught and got owned.

Hertha looked better and wasted lots of chances. So Hannover kicked them in the balls and took all the points.

In a critical relegation battle, Nürnberg tried to catenaccio away to a point. It worked for 80 minutes, but luckily they were punished and HSV broke through for a deserved victory. Anti-football should never be rewarded!

Frankfurt wasted enough chances to win two games. Freiburg on the other hand took theirs when on offer. Needeless to say, an embarassing defeat for the hot dogs.

Total attendance 416,006 (avg 46,223), sellouts in Augsburg, Dortmund, Braunscwheig and München

 	
FC Augsburg	       -   FC Schalke 04	1:2 (1:1)   30,660 *

                      1:0  To. Werner (5., Bobadilla)
                      1:1  Huntelaar (33., K.-P. Boateng)
                      1:2  Huntelaar (49., Kolasinac)

Borussia Dortmund      -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:2 (0:2)   80,645 *

                      0:1  Raffael (31., Herrmann)
                      0:2  M. Kruse (40., Arango)
                      1:2  Jojic (77.)

Werder Bremen	       -   VfB Stuttgart	1:1 (0:0)   41,500 *

                      0:1  Niedermeier (55., Rausch)
                      1:1  Hunt (79., direct freekick)

1899 Hoffenheim	       -   1. FSV Mainz 05	2:4 (0:0)   24,741

                      1:0  Polanski (49.)
                      2:0  Roberto Firmino (52., F. Johnson)
                      2:1  Choupo-Moting (67., Bell)
                      2:2  Saller (73.)
                      2:3  Okazaki (75., Choupo-Moting)
                      2:4  Okazaki (90. + 2, N. Müller)

Eintracht Braunschweig -   VfL Wolfsburg	1:1 (0:1)   23,150 *

                      0:1  Luiz Gustavo (36.)
                      1:1  Bellarabi (48., Kumbela)

Hertha BSC	       -   Hannover 96	        0:3 (0:0)   46,727

                      0:1  Stindl (49., Bittencourt)
                      0:2  Schlaudraff (57., Bittencourt)
                      0:3  Huszti (90. + 1, Ya Konan)

Bayern München	       -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	2:1 (1:0)   71,000 *

                      1:0  Mandzukic (44., Schweinsteiger)
                      2:0  Schweinsteiger (52., direct free kick)
                      2:1  Kießling (90. + 1, Hilbert)

Hamburger SV	       -   1. FC Nürnberg	2:1 (0:0)   52,183

                      1:0  Calhanoglu (80.)
                      2:0  Frantz (86., own goal, Jiracek)
                      2:1  Drmic (90. + 1, Feulner)

Eintracht Frankfurt    -   SC Freiburg	        1:4 (0:1)   45,400

                      0:1  Schuster (34., Krmas)
                      0:2  Guedé (54., Mehmedi)
                      1:2  Joselu (59., Rosenthal)
                      1:3  Klaus (70., Mehmedi)
                      1:4  Guedé (90. + 3, Darida)
 	



 1  Bayern München (M, P)	25   23  2  0 	  74:12  +62 	  71 
 2  Borussia Dortmund	  	25   15  3  7 	  56:29  +27 	  48 
 3  FC Schalke 04	  	25   14  5  6 	  48:36  +12 	  47
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen	  	25   14  2  9 	  41:29  +12 	  44
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 5  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	25   12  5  8 	  37:38  -1 	  41 
 6  VfL Wolfsburg	  	25   12  4  9 	  42:39  +3 	  40
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 7  Bor. Mönchengladbach	25   11  6  8 	  43:32  +11 	  39 
 8  FC Augsburg	  	        25   11  5  9 	  38:36  +2 	  38 
 9  Hertha BSC Berlin  (N)	25   10  6  9 	  35:31  +4 	  36 
10  1899 Hoffenheim	  	25    7  8  10 	  54:56  -2 	  29 
11  Hannover 96	  	        25    8  5  12 	  34:43  -9 	  29 
12  Werder Bremen	  	25    7  8  10 	  29:47  -18 	  29 
13  Eintracht Frankfurt	  	25    6  8  11 	  28:44  -16 	  26 
14  Hamburger SV	  	25    6  5  14 	  41:54  -13 	  23 
15  1. FC Nürnberg	  	25    4  11 10 	  28:44  -16 	  23
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16  SC Freiburg	  	        25    5  7  13 	  26:46  -20 	  22
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17  VfB Stuttgart	  	25    5  6  14 	  39:52  -13 	  21 
18  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	25    4  6  15 	  20:45  -25 	  18


1st line: Champions League
2nd line: Europaliga (+ Cup winner)
3rd line: Playoff with 2.Liga 3rd place
4th line: Relegation to 2.Liga

2.Liga, Round 24: Races heat up

The battle for promotion has heated up again, as two contenders dropped points, allowing chasing teams to catch up.

It seems pretty safe to bet on Köln going up. The leaders have some points, but more importantly they can win games like this. Tail-end Cottbus was totally ouyplaying them, perhaps hoping to get a desperate win in a last gasp effort to avoid the drop. Indeed, Energie deservedly took the lead, and looked like they might pull it off. But Köln asserted themselves at the end, and Cottbus sealed their own fate with an own goal.

Greuther Fürth also helped themselves out with an important away win in Bochum. This keeps them above the fierce battle for 3rd place and at the same time keeps Bochum in dangerous waters.

Karlsruhe was impressive as they bitch-slapped high-flying Paderborn. KSC was dominate throughout the match, as SCP looked bewildered and could only make lame attempts to bust out. Continued pressure eventually led to Paderborn’s collapse, and KSC leapfrogs into the promotion playoff.

St.Pauli could have benefitted from Paderborn’s slapping, but inside laid an egg. The Paulistas fell behind at FSV Frankfurt early, and despite constant pressure, were unable to score against the Bornheimer. FSV GK Patric Klandt was in top-form, and stopped several promising Pauli chances.

Kaiserslautern is back in the hunt, but they suffered in a tough battle against Sandhausen. In teh 2nd half the hosts began to assert some control, but in the end they needed help to get the win.

Union Berlin missed a good chance to sneak closer. The Berliners were stunned after 3o seconds by Ingolstadt, and then spent the whole game trying to get back in against a stubborn Schanzer defense. In the end they got a penalty in injury time, but they must be kicking themselves for the missed opportunity.

1860 showed what they are capable of as they crushed Aalen. However, it’s unlikely that the Lions will get back into the promotion race. In theory, they’re only a couple of points back, but it practice, they usually start to suck when they get close, and I fully expect that’s what we’ll see again this time.

Bielefeld dominated against a lame Aue side, and probably should have had several goals. However they got the win, which gives them some hope in the relegation battle.

Dresden dominated against Düsseldorf, needing a win to match Bielefeld. Instead they wasted chance after chance to finish the match, and then got caught with their pants down as Fortuna struck in injury time. Dynamo is not in a hopeless position, but time is running out, and they desperately needed those two extra points.

	
1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   SV Sandhausen	        2:1 (0:1)   24,584

                     0:1  D. Blum (10., Jovanovic)
                     1:1  Zoller (60., Idrissou)
                     2:1  D. Schulz (73., own goal, Dick)

1860 München	      -   VfR Aalen	        4:0 (3:0)   14,100

                     1:0  Y. Stark (20., Ludwig)
                     2:0  Osako (21., Stoppelkamp)
                     3:0  Ludwig (37., )
                     4:0  Stoppelkamp (87., Volz)

1. FC Köln	      -   Energie Cottbus	2:1 (0:0)   42,400

                     0:1  Sanogo (68., J. Buljat)
                     1:1  Hector (84., Risse)
                     2:1  Möhrle (86., own goal, Exslager)

1. FC Union Berlin    -   FC Ingolstadt 04	1:1 (0:1)   18,412

                     0:1  P. Groß (1., Cohen)
                     1:1  Mattuschka (90. + 1, penalty, Brandy)

Arminia Bielefeld     -   Erzgebirge Aue	1:0 (1:0)   13,079

                     1:0  Klos (43., Lorenz)

FSV Frankfurt	      -   FC St. Pauli	        1:0 (1:0)   11,103

                     1:0  Leckie (9., M. Görlitz)

Dynamo Dresden	      -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	1:1 (0:0)   27,530

                     1:0  Ouali (55., Grifo)
                     1:1  Latka (90. + 2, Liendl)

Karlsruher SC	      -   SC Paderborn 07	4:0 (1:0)   15,601

                     1:0  Torres (12., Hennings)
                     2:0  Nazarov (69., Kempe)
                     3:0  Nazarov (84., direct freekick)
                     4:0  van der Biezen (87., Kempe)

Monday:
VfL Bochum	      -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:2 (0:1)   10,833

                     0:1  Brosinski (41., direct freekick)
                     0:2  Azemi (90. + 1, Trinks)
 			 


 1  1. FC Köln	  	        24   13  8  3 	  38:15  +23 	  47 
 2  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)    24   13  4  7 	  43:28  +15 	  43
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 3  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	24   10  9  5 	  34:21  +13 	  39
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 4  SC Paderborn 07	  	24   11  6  7 	  43:39  +4 	  39 
 5  FC St. Pauli	  	24   11  5  8 	  32:29  +3 	  38 
 6  1. FC Kaiserslautern	24   11  4  9 	  37:26  +11 	  37 
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	24   10  7  7 	  36:30  +6 	  37 
 8  1860 München	  	24    9  7  8 	  25:26  -1 	  34 
 9  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	24    8  8  8 	  26:32  -6 	  32 
10  SV Sandhausen	  	24    8  7  9 	  20:22  -2 	  31 
11  VfR Aalen	  	        24    8  7  9 	  25:30  -5 	  31 
12  FSV Frankfurt	  	24    8  6  10 	  35:37  -2 	  30 
13  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	24    8  6  10 	  25:29  -4 	  30 
14  Erzgebirge Aue	  	24    8  5  11 	  29:37  -8 	  29 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        24    7  6  11 	  21:28  -7 	  27
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16  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	24    7  4  13 	  30:46  -16 	  25
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17  Dynamo Dresden	  	24    4  12 8 	  25:36  -11 	  24 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	24    4  5  15 	  27:40  -13 	  17


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