BUNDESLIGA, Round 12: HSV scores a goal, even two!

The headlines could have been that Bayern’s “chasers” got dumped, but that’s hardly news that they self destruct. So I guess I figured that Hamburg actually scoring a goal is big news, and it came in a critical Nord-derby match against Bremen, lifting them out of the relegation zone. Let’s no get crarried away, because the 2nd “strike” was an own goal…but overall, HSV dominated the match against Werder, but were banging their head against a brick wall. It wasn’t till the closing minutes that they finally broke through to get a deserved win.

The big news for the leaders Bayern München was not their ridiculously easy cake walk over Hoffenheim, but the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger from injury.
Not much to say about the match except, ho-hum.

Schalke jumped all over Wolfsburg, but then had to hand on desperately as the VWs almost came all the way back in the 2nd half. So far, the new regime in Schalke doesn’t appear to have them playing any better, although at least they’re getting a few results. Wolfsburg was too lazy early on, and that’s why they ended up losing, since this was certainly a winnable match.

A stunner in Gladbach, as the home side was deservedly beaten by Frankfurt. The hosts started quickly, and seemed to be a superior side, but Frankfurt didn’t let that bother them. Eintracht simply got stronger as the match wore on, and by the early 2nd half, it was clear Gladbach were in trouble. The strong effort by the visitors and they deservedly take all the points.

Hannover was rather clueless throughout against Leverkusen, so they lose. The Aspirins at least had an idea what to do, and Stefan Kiessling finally figured it out, scoring for the first time in something like 10 games. The 96ers just were going through the motions, so no surprise that they lose “sang- und klanglos”…

A good effort by Freiburg at Mainz. They had the hosts on the rope until a late goal salvaged a point for Mainz.

Another disastrous outing for Dortmund. They had the match at Paderborn well under control, but let it slip away. SCP fought hard and had a chance, but when the ref denied a clear goal by BVB’s Kevin Grosskreutz, they actually got a reward and managed to salvage a point. What is even worse for Dortmund is that Marco Reus got injured again and is out for a couple of months. Perhaps the Neons should voluntarily withdraw from the Champions League, since they are in a serious relegation struggle, and since their players seem to fall out injured when somebody even looks at them sideways, they really ought to concentrate on the Bundesliga. For Paderborn, they obviously celebrated the draw as a win, great result for them.

Köln wasted chances against Hertha, and therefore lose. Not much else needs to be said here.

Stuttgart was definitely unlucky against Augsburg. In fact, they should probably hire a private detective to see if the ref had been bribed by the opposition or gamblers. Basically he gave a ridiculous red card early to Stuttgart, and when that wasn’t enough, called a lame hand ball penalty. Not that Stuttgart is any good, but at least they deserve a competent ref. VfB is now mired in last place, in serious danger. No blame to Augsburg (assuming they didn’t pay a bribe), they certainly were good for a point, and took the extra that the ref gave them…

Total attendance 424,356 (avg 47,151), sellouts in München, Gladbach, Paderborn, Hamburg

Bayern München	     -   TSG Hoffenheim	        4:0 (2:0)   71,000 *

                    1:0  M. Götze (22., Xabi Alonso)
                    2:0  Lewandowski (39., Robben)
                    3:0  Robben (82., Lewandowski)
                    4:0  Rode (87., chweinsteiger)

FC Schalke 04	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	        3:2 (3:1)   60,989

                    1:0  Choupo-Moting (10., Höger)
                    2:0  Choupo-Moting (22., K.-P. Boateng)
                    3:0  Fuchs (25., direct free kick)
                    3:1  Olic (37., Perisic)
                    3:2  Bendtner (74., Perisic)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   Eintracht Frankfurt	1:3 (1:0)   54,010 *

                    1:0  Nordtveit (6., G. Xhaka)
                    1:1  Stendera (54., Seferovic)
                    1:2  Meier (57., Aigner)
                    1:3  Inui (73., RMeier)
 
1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   SC Freiburg	        2:2 (1:1)   28,157

                    1:0  Junior Diaz (27., Geis)
                    1:1  Schmid (30., Mehmedi)
                    1:2  Mehmedi (58., Schmid)
                    2:2  Bell (88., Okazaki)

Hannover 96	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	1:3 (0:0)   40,800

                    0:1  Kießling (46., Castro)
                    0:2  Son (58., L. Bender)
                    1:2  Gülselam (60., Kiyotake)
                    1:3  Bellarabi (72., Hilbert)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   Borussia Dortmund	2:2 (0:2)   15,000 *

                    0:1  Aubameyang (12., Durm)
                    0:2  Reus (45. + 1, Aubameyang)
                    1:2  Rupp (60., Bakalorz)
                    2:2  Saglik (81., Koc)

1. FC Köln	     -   Hertha BSC	        1:2 (0:1)   49,200

                    0:1  Beerens (28., Stocker)
                    1:1  Ujah (58., Osako)
                    1:2  M. Ndjeng (86., direct free kick)
 
Hamburger SV	     -   Werder Bremen	        2:0 (0:0)   57,000 *

                    1:0  Rudnevs (83., Götz)
                    2:0  Wolf (90. + 3, own goal, Arslan)

VfB Stuttgart	     -   FC Augsburg	        0:1 (0:0)   48,200

                    0:1  Verhaegh (72., Hand penalty)
	


 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	12    9  3  0 	  31:3 	 +28 	  30 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg	  	12    7  2  3 	  24:12  +12 	  23 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	12    5  5  2 	  16:9 	 +7 	  20
 4  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	12    5  5  2 	  20:16  +4 	  20
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 5  Hannover 96 	  	12    6  1  5 	  10:14  -4 	  19 
 6  FC Schalke 04 	  	12    5  2  5 	  17:17   0 	  17
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 7  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	12    4  5  3 	  17:18  -1 	  17 
 8  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	12    3  7  2 	  15:14  +1 	  16 
 9  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	12    4  4  4 	  18:18   0 	  16 
10  FC Augsburg 	  	11    5  0  6 	  14:12  +2 	  15 
11  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	12    4  3  5 	  12:13  -1 	  15 
12  Eintracht Frankfurt 	12    4  3  5 	  20:24  -4 	  15 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	12    4  2  6 	  17:22  -5 	  14 
14  SC Freiburg 	  	12    2  6  4 	  13:16  -3 	  12 
15  Hamburger SV	  	12    3  3  6 	   6:14  -8 	  12 
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16  Borussia Dortmund 	  	12    3  2  7 	  14:19  -5 	  11
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17  Werder Bremen 	  	12    2  4  6 	  14:26  -11 	  10
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	12    2  3  7 	  14:26  -12 	  9


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

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

2.Liga, Round 14: Ingolstadt stopped

The surprise leaders Ingolstadt were unbeaten, and the giants from Nürnberg were struggling. But new FCN coach Rene Weiler (replacing Valerian Ismael) had the right answers and der Club got the first win of his tenure. They played well and had the game under control, but then Pinola made a dick move and got his ass tossed. This led to the Schanzer coming nack and assaulting the Nürnberg goal. Despite the pressure, der Club managed to hold on to get a needed win.

Kaiserslautern was unable to breakdown Darmstadt’s defense. The visitors were obviously trying to catenaccio a point, and it worked. Despite FCK controlling the whole match, they couldn’t figure out a way to crack Darmstadt’s wall.

Bochum has been struggling, but a does of Aalen was just what the doctor ordered. The visitors self-destructed right at the start and were generally harnless, so Bochum had an easy time getting the win.

Heidenheim had no problems with Sandhausen. FCH was in control throughout the match, and continue their excellent season.

Braunschweig has quietly snuck back into the promotion race, as they easily slapped FSV Frankfurt.
Two struggling teams met in Berlin, and 1860 looks to have straightened things out a bit, getting an impressive win against Union. The hosts wasted several huge chances to get back into the match in the 2nd half, but it was a strong first half and quick restart that set the stage for the Lions win.

Karlsruhe was somewhat fortunate to get the win against Aue. KSC dominated early, but were beginning to run out of gas. The Erzgebirgers were beginning to seize control of the match, but were undone by a silly handball, which basically ruined their effort. So a lucky win perhaps for KSC, who remain in the hunt, and only a moral result for Aue.

Leipzig gets a thumping win over struggling St.Pauli, but it wasn’t really reflective of the match. The Paulistas played hard and probably deserved better, or at least a couple more goals. The Red Bulls were solid, but also had luck, since their captain Daniel Frahn should have had his ass tossed for a brutal first half foul.

 	
VfL Bochum	      -   VfR Aalen	        4:0 (1:0)   11,709

                     1:0  Hainault (2., own goal, Perthel)
                     2:0  Terodde (57., Tasaka)
                     3:0  Terrazzino (66., Latza)
                     4:0  Forssell (89., Perthel)

1. FC Heidenheim      -   SV Sandhausen	        3:0 (1:0)   11,000

                     1:0  Schnatterer (6., Leipertz)
                     2:0  Leipertz (48., Niederlechner)
                     3:0  Niederlechner (63., Leipertz)

1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   SV Darmstadt 98	0:0 (0:0)   36,013

1. FC Union Berlin    -   1860 München	        1:4 (0:2)   19,026

                     0:1  Adlung (9., Wittek)
                     0:2  Okotie (39., Rama)
                     0:3  Okotie (46., Rama)
                     0:4  Rama (49., Adlung)
                     1:4  Polter (51., Köhler)

FSV Frankfurt	      -   Eintr. Braunschweig	0:3 (0:2)    5,423

                     0:1  Nielsen (1., Zuck)
                     0:2  Nielsen (44., Hedenstad)
                     0:3  Bakenga (87., Theuerkauf)

1. FC Nürnberg        -   FC Ingolstadt 04	2:1 (2:0)   32,065

                     1:0  R. Koch (16., Sylvestr)
                     2:0  Sylvestr (25., Rakovsky)
                     2:1  Mo. Hartmann (71., P. Groß)

Karlsruher SC	      -   Erzgebirge Aue	1:0 (0:0)   12,064

                     1:0  Nazarov (74., Hand penalty)

RasenB Leipzig	      -   FC St. Pauli	        4:1 (2:0)   38,660

                     1:0  Poulsen (17.)
                     2:0  Boyd (30., Demme)
                     2:1  Alushi (46., Maier)
                     3:1  Boyd (53., )
                     4:1  Verhoek (73., own goal, Sebastian)
 
Fortuna Düsseldorf    -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	-:- (-:-) 	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	14    7  6  1 	  22:11  +11 	  27 
 2  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	13    6  6  1 	  21:12  +9 	  24
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	14    6  6  2 	  20:12  +8 	  24
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 4  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	14    6  5  3 	  27:15  +12 	  23 
 5  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	14    6  5  3 	  20:10  +10 	  23 
 6  Karlsruher SC 	  	14    7  2  5 	  23:17  +6 	  23 
 7  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	14    7  2  5 	  23:17  +6 	  23
 8  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	14    5  7  2 	  19:15  +4 	  22 
 9  VfL Bochum 	  	        14    4  7  3 	  24:21  +3 	  19 
10  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	13    5  3  5 	  19:19   0 	  18 
11  1. FC Nürnberg (A)	  	14    5  2  7 	  16:25  -9 	  17 
12  1860 München 	  	14    4  3  7 	  19:22  -3 	  15 
13  FSV Frankfurt 	  	14    4  3  7 	  18:25  -7 	  15 
14  SV Sandhausen 	  	14    4  3  7 	  11:21  -10 	  15 
15  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	14    3  5  6 	  15:25  -10 	  14
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16  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	14    3  3  8 	  13:21  -8 	  12
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17  FC St. Pauli 	  	14    3  3  8 	  14:29  -15 	  12 
18  VfR Aalen 	  	        14    2  4  8 	  10:20  -10 	  10


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 18: Regensburg in trouble

Not surprisingly, things changed at the top, with Münster now occupying the leader role. But we’re used to that, considering who the difference between 1st and 11th is a measly 4 points. More important is perhaps that Jahn Regensburg is in danger of losing connection to one of the safety spots, essentially 6 points down. They haven’t played horrible, but are not getting results, and are clearly the worst team in the league right now. Another close match, but a home loss to Bielefeld puts them in a difficult position.

Wehen dominated the game against Fortuna Köln, but end up with nothing as they give up a goal near the end. Great result for Fortuna.

Dresden had the win in the bag against Dortmund-II, but was shocked deep into injury time, once again disappointing a large crowd.

Cottbus got the win in the duel between the ex-DDR’s most “successful” clubs. Not much success, to be sure, but both Cottbus and Rostock have at least had some minor things to cheer about in the Bundesliga. This season, Energie can still dream about promotion, but Hansa is in serious danger of going down.

Total attendance 72,529 (avg 7,253)

VfL Osnabrück	    -  	VfB Stuttgart II      3:1 (0:0)    9,256 
Dynamo Dresden	    -  	Borussia Dortmund II  1:1 (1:0)   23,235
SG Shf Großaspach   -  	Chemnitzer FC	      1:0 (0:0)    2,005
Jahn Regensburg	    -  	Arminia Bielefeld     0:1 (0:1)    4,070
SV Wehen Wiesbaden  -  	Fortuna Köln	      0:1 (0:0)    2,950
Holstein Kiel	    -  	MSV Duisburg	      1:0 (0:0)    5,802
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	    -  	Stuttgarter Kickers   1:1 (0:0)    4,171
Preußen Münster	    -  	SpVgg Unterhaching    2:0 (1:0)    8,520
Energie Cottbus	    -  	Hansa Rostock	      1:0 (1:0)   11,517
1. FSV Mainz 05 II  -  	Hallescher FC	      0:1 (0:1)    1,003 


 1  Preußen Münster 	  	18    9  5  4 	  28:21  +7 	  32 
 2  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	18    9  4  5 	  33:23  +10 	  31
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 3  VfL Osnabrück 	  	18    9  4  5 	  30:26  +4 	  31
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 4  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	18    9  3  6 	  29:21  +8 	  30 
 5  Energie Cottbus (A) 	18    8  6  4 	  21:16  +5 	  30 
 6  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	18    8  5  5 	  25:23  +2 	  29 
 7  Holstein Kiel 	  	18    7  7  4 	  21:13  +8 	  28 
 8  Chemnitzer FC 	  	18    8  4  6 	  19:12  +7 	  28 
 9  Stuttgarter Kickers 	18    7  7  4 	  29:23  +6 	  28 
10  MSV Duisburg 	  	18    7  7  4 	  23:17  +6 	  28 
11  Dynamo Dresden (A) 	  	18    7  7  4 	  24:22  +2 	  28 
12  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	18    7  3  8 	  25:31  -6 	  24 
13  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	18    6  4  8 	  18:18   0 	  22 
14  Hallescher FC 	  	18    6  4  8 	  21:24  -3 	  22 
15  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 18    5  5  8 	  21:30  -9 	  20 
16  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	18    5  4  9 	  25:32  -7 	  19 
17  Hansa Rostock 	  	18    4  5  9 	  26:33  -7 	  17
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18  Borussia Dortmund II	18    3  7  8 	  21:27  -6 	  16 
19  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	18    4  4  10 	  20:29  -9 	  16 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	18    3  3  12 	  17:35  -18 	  12


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 13:

Big win for Darmstadt, as they outplayed Leipzig and deservedly get the win. The 98ers started quickly and had continued pressure on the Redballs. In the 2nd half, the Rasenbulls made an attempt to come back, but it didn’t last too long, and Darmstadt was always closer to the decisive second goal. An interesting aside is that before the game, the Darmstadt fan section handed over some 5,000 euros that they had collected to the club. Darmstadt had been fined that amount by the DFB for poor fan behavior in a previous match, where they had tossed toilet paper rolls onto the field. The fan clubs apologized and paid teh fine for the club, which has got to be a first in football.

Kaiserslautern figured to get the points, as they faced a Bochum team that has fallen apart. Indeed, FCK dominated the match, but they wasted enough chances to win two games. Bochum actually took advantage of their opportunities, grabbing the 1st half lead and then enjoying the Devils waste situations. When FCK finally broke through and grabbed the lead, and a late header by Sestak saved a point for VfL, who really needed something to stop the rot.

A huge relegation battle in Aalen, and FSV Frankfurt gets the win. The first period was a sleeper, but the guests looked better in the 2nd half and get a huge road win.

Another horrible outing for Nürnberg, losing to Sandhausen and getting passed up by the villagers. FCN started decently, but were struggling once SVS equalized. The decisive moment came after an hour, when Petak got his ass tossed for a nasty tackle. Sandhausen smelled an opportunity, and Nürnberg was unable to hold on a man down, and end up losing. After the match, FCN coach Valerian Ismael was fired.

St. Pauli continues to sink. Perhaps 3.Liga treasurers are beginning to salivate over some large home crowds next year as the Paulistas come to town. This time the Hamburgers stunk against newcomer Heidenheim, who basically ran rings around the hapless Paulistas.

Greuther Fürth was surprisingly lame at home, and got ripped by visiting Karlsruhe. The Greuther looked like they needed a nap, so KSC put them out of their misery. Certainly not the type of performance needed for promotion, but at least they’re not far behind. KSC was solid, and if anything, too nice. They could have started dismantling their hosts in the 1st half.

Leaders Ingolstadt needed a wakeup that everything is not simple. The Schanzer are unbeaten in 17 straight going to last season, and certainly expected a win against struggling Union. But the Berliners showed that they have some bite, and the hosts were in desperate straights for most of the match. Only an injury time goal preserved their unbeaten status. For Union, a sign that they can compete, although it’s probably too late to get back into the race. They should just concentrate on not getting relegated.

Relegated Braunschweig has quietly got themselves back into contention. The Lions made in four wins on the trot with their effort in Aue, who have started sliding back down. It was hardly an impressive performance, but the visitors did show steel in defense and just enough to take advanatge of Erzgebirge mistakes.

Total attendance 122,619 (avg 13,624), sellout in St.Pauli

 	
1. FC Kaiserslautern -   VfL Bochum	        2:2 (0:1)   24,708

                    0:1  Terodde (32., Perthel)
                    1:1  Lakic (48.)
                    2:1  Jacob (82., Matmour)
                    2:2  Sestak (88., Tasaka)

VfR Aalen	     -   FSV Frankfurt	        0:1 (0:0)    5,388

                    0:1  Roshi (72., Rechtsschuss, Balitsch)

SV Sandhausen	     -   1. FC Nürnberg	        2:1 (1:1)    6,436

                    0:1  Füllkrug (16., Polak)
                    1:1  Bieler (26., Wooten)
                    2:1  Wooten (77., Thiede)
 
 	
FC St. Pauli	     -   1. FC Heidenheim	0:3 (0:2)   22,844 *

                    0:1  Niederlechner (26., Titsch-Rivero)
                    0:2  Niederlechner (31., Schnatterer)
                    0:3  Leipertz (52., Schnatterer)

SV Darmstadt 98	     -   RB Leipzig	        1:0 (1:0)   14,400

                    1:0  Stroh-Engel (5., Heller)

 	
SpVgg Greuther Fürth -   Karlsruher SC	        0:3 (0:0)   11,485

                    0:1  Yamada (48., Hennings)
                    0:2  Gordon (57., Hennings)
                    0:3  Yamada (75., Nazarov)

FC Ingolstadt 04     -   1. FC Union Berlin	3:3 (2:2)    8,008

                    0:1  Köhler (18., penalty, Quiring)
                    0:2  Quiring (21., Kreilach)
                    1:2  Parensen (36., own goal, Leckie)
                    2:2  Matip (45., P. Groß)
                    2:3  Polter (79., M. Thiel)
                    3:3  Mijatovic (90. + 1, Matip)

Erzgebirge Aue	     -   Eintracht Braunschweig	1:2 (1:1)   10,050

                    0:1  Ryu (9., R. Korte)
                    1:1  Novikovas (43., penalty, Vucur)
                    1:2  Hedenstad (59., Boland)

Monday:
1860 München	     -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:1 (0:1)   19,300

                    0:1  Bruno Soares (4.)
	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	13    7  6  0 	  21:9 	 +12 	  27 
 2  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	13    6  6  1 	  21:12  +9 	  24
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 3  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	13    6  5  2 	  20:12  +8 	  23
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 4  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	13    5  6  2 	  19:15  +4 	  21 
 5  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	13    5  5  3 	  24:15  +9 	  20 
 6  Karlsruher SC	  	13    5  5  3 	  19:11  +8 	  20 
 7  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	13    5  5  3 	  16:9 	 +7 	  20 
 8  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	13    6  2  5 	  20:17  +3 	  20 
 9  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	13    5  3  5 	  19:19   0 	  18 
10  VfL Bochum 	  	        13    3  7  3 	  20:21  -1 	  16 
11  FSV Frankfurt 	  	13    4  3  6 	  18:22  -4 	  15 
12  SV Sandhausen 	  	13    4  3  6 	  11:18  -7 	  15 
13  1. FC Union Berlin 	  	13    3  5  5 	  14:21  -7 	  14 
14  1. FC Nürnberg (A)	  	13    4  2  7 	  14:24  -10 	  14 
15  1860 München 	  	13    3  3  7 	  15:21  -6 	  12
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16  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	13    3  3  7 	  13:20  -7 	  12
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17  FC St. Pauli	  	13    3  3  7 	  13:25  -12 	  12 
18  VfR Aalen 	  	        13    2  4  7 	  10:16  -6 	  10


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 17: Tight at the top

Things are tight in the 3.Liga. The gap between 1st place and 10th place is only 3 points!! The 3.Liga is so balanced that no team has really stood out, and it’s anybody’s to win.

The top clash was in Bielefeld, where Arminia looked the better team, but were unable to convert to a win. Wehen held on and then struck late to grab a point and remain in 1st place.

In a mtach played in Reutlingen, Stuttgarter Kickers and Münster had a hard fought draw that keeps both in the thick of things.

MSV Duisburg was the stronger side against Erfurt, their constant pressure rewarded down the stretch with the decisive goals. The Zebras had ben dropping points, so they needed a string showing. RWE remains in the the race,, and will probably just write this one off.

Chemnitz announced themselves back with a thorough thumping of Regensburg. CFC was an early pace setter, but has been dicking around recently, perhaps this string outing will get them back. Jahn looks to be one of the few non-competitive teams. That is perhaps a bit harsh, as they have been in many close matches, but they haven’t been getting any results, and their goal difference is horrible. They’ll need a major turnaround soon, else they’ll fall too far behind.

Dynamo Dresden was the biggest loser this week. The easterners expected a good result from their visit to Unterhaching, who had been almost 10 matches without a win. Instead they got thoroughly biatch-slapped, as the mini-Münchenkins ran all over them.

Well, perhaps Cottbus might want to take issue with the “biggest loser”. Energie certainly had high hopes as they faced penultimate Dortmund-II. But instead they ran into determined BVB-Bubis and got their ass kicked.

Another bottom team that showed spunf was Sonnenhof Großaspach. They showed up at Halle and put in a good performance, getting a win and lifting themselves out of the relegation zone.

Total attendance 62,386 (avg 6,287)

 	
Borussia Dortmund II -   Energie Cottbus	3:0 (1:0)    2,190
VfL Osnabrück	     -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	2:0 (1:0)    7,672
Hansa Rostock	     -   VfB Stuttgart II	4:1 (2:0)    6,000
SpVgg Unterhaching   -   Dynamo Dresden	        3:0 (0:0)    7,000
Arminia Bielefeld    -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:1 (0:0)   12,963
Chemnitzer FC	     -   Jahn Regensburg	4:1 (3:0)    5,070
Hallescher FC	     -   SG S.hof Großaspach	0:2 (0:0)    6,033
MSV Duisburg	     -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	2:0 (0:0)   10,419
Stuttgarter Kickers  -   Preußen Münster	1:1 (0:1)    3,150
Fortuna Köln	     -   Holstein Kiel	        0:0 (0:0)    1,889


 1  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	17    9  3  5 	  29:20  +9 	  30 
 2  Preußen Münster 	  	17    8  5  4 	  26:21  +5 	  29
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 3  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	17    8  4  5 	  32:23  +9 	  28
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 4  Chemnitzer FC	  	17    8  4  5 	  19:11  +8 	  28 
 5  MSV Duisburg 	  	17    7  7  3 	  23:16  +7 	  28 
 6  VfL Osnabrück 	  	17    8  4  5 	  27:25  +2 	  28 
 7  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	17    8  4  5 	  24:22  +2 	  28 
 8  Stuttgarter Kickers 	17    7  6  4 	  28:22  +6 	  27 
 9  Energie Cottbus (A)	  	17    7  6  4 	  20:16  +4 	  27 
10  Dynamo Dresden (A)  	17    7  6  4 	  23:21  +2 	  27 
11  Holstein Kiel	  	17    6  7  4 	  20:13  +7 	  25 
12  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	17    7  3  7 	  24:28  -4 	  24 
13  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	17    5  4  8 	  17:18  -1 	  19 
14  Hallescher FC 	  	17    5  4  8 	  20:24  -4 	  19 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	17    5  4  8 	  25:30  -5 	  19 
16  Hansa Rostock 	  	17    4  5  8 	  26:32  -6 	  17 
17  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 17    4  5  8 	  20:30  -10 	  17
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18  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	17    4  4  9 	  20:28  -8 	  16 
19  Borussia Dortmund II 	17    3  6  8 	  20:26  -6 	  15 
20  Jahn Regensburg 	  	17    3  3  11 	  17:34  -17 	  12


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 11: Wolfsburg backup driver

Another walk in the park for leaders Bayern München as they easily dismantled host Eintracht Frankfurt behind Thomas Müller’s hat-trick. Bayern was so dominant they might have as well not even bothered playing. Aside from the obligatory sellout wherever Bayern shows up, Frankfurt had nothing really to cheer about.

Well played by Hannover in Berlin to start off the round on Friday night. The 96ers were clever and well organized. Hertha started off reasonably well, but when they fell behind just before half, they really couldn’t get started back in the 2nd period. So the 96ers controlled the match and eventually finished it off. Despite a pathetic offense, Hannover is sitting pretty in 4th right now. Hertha has had a couple of lame outings now, and could be sinking into serious trouble.

A snoozer in Leverkusen against Mainz. The Aspirins were clearly dominant, but Mainz GK Loris Karius was in top form, and the home side couldn’t get anything past him. Overall, it has to be disappointing for Leverkusen, wasting a likely win, but Mainz has to be happy, given a few difficult outings recently.

The “Itchy and Scratchy Fight Club” derby ended with a thumping Augsburg win. It is perhaps a bit out of order, as Paderborn didn’t play badly, and created a few decent chances, but they neglected to push the ball over the line. FCA has been quite strong at home and notches up more points towards establishing themselves as a Budndesliga stalwart.

A lucky win for Köln at Hoffenheim, in an exciting match. the hosts took a quick lead, but Köln quickly broke them down and answered with three quick goals. Hoffenheim came storming back, and generally dominated the rest of the match, but the visitors stood firm. Then with practically their only shot in the 2nd half, the Kölners grabbed a winner and get a big victory.

Freiburg is back and Schalke is in crisis. The Breisgauer had been poor, but now have shown enough life that they can believe that they are strong enough to avoid relegation. Schalke started well, but when they fell behind, they had no ideas. Instead Freiburg got more confident and started pushing aruond the Blues, and eventually finished them off. It looks like the Di Matteo appointment hasn’t had any effect, as Schalke continue to play poorly.

Bremen won a relegation battle with Stuttgart thanks to a solid performance. It was a hard fought, although hardly attractive, battle. Neither side looked good, but both are in crisis and seeking points.

Wolfsburg didn’t have to do too much to win their northern clash against Hamburg. The VWs were simply better, and had a relatively easy time getting the win. This keeps them in 2nd, even within shouting distance of Bayern. Certainly they have established themselves as Bayern’s backup. I suppose it’s a bit like the Miss America runner-up, should Bayern “be unable to fufill their obligations, blah-blah-blah…”. Still, VfL has been playing good football. HSV showed very little, no surprise.

Dortmund is in desperate straights, considering that the match against Gladbach began with BVB in last place! Now the Neons gave an indication that they really wanted to get a result, and completely dominated against their unbeaten opponents. How much? Consider that they outshot their opponents 22-1. However despite the sustained pressure Dortmund was not getting the result they needed. It took a “Goal of the Year” nominee to get them the points. And it was truly legendary, since it was an own goal. Gladbach’s World Cup winner Christoph Kramer tried a backpass from about 45 meters, but GK Sommer slipped, was unable to recover, and the ball went into the net. All things considered, I suppose it was no less than Dortmund deserved, but coach Klopp isn’t going to complain, since they desperately needed the points. A rather disappointing outing from Gladbach. They were disciplined, but showed zero going forward, so in that sense they deserved to lose.

Total attendance 353,780 (avg 39,309), sellouts in Hoffenheim, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Wolfsburg, Dortmund


Hertha BSC	     -   Hannover 96	        0:2 (0:1)   39,710

                    0:1  Briand (44., Kiyotake)
                    0:2  Kiyotake (76., Bittencourt)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen  -   1. FSV Mainz 05	0:0 (0:0)   29,714

FC Augsburg	     -   SC Paderborn 07	3:0 (1:0)   27,755

                    1:0  To. Werner (7., Halil Altintop)
                    2:0  To. Werner (47., Verhaegh)
                    3:0  Callsen-Bracker (68., To. Werner)

TSG Hoffenheim	     -   1. FC Köln	        3:4 (3:3)   30,150 *

                    1:0  Szalai (2., Strobl)
                    1:1  Olkowski (5.)
                    1:2  M. Lehmann (12., direkct freekick)
                    1:3  Ujah (35., Olkowski)
                    2:3  Roberto Firmino (39., Elyounoussi)
                    3:3  Roberto Firmino (45., Volland)
                    3:4  Olkowski (83., Brecko)

Eintracht Frankfurt  -   Bayern München	        0:4 (0:1)   51,500 *

                    0:1  T. Müller (23., Ribery)
                    0:2  T. Müller (64., Ribery)
                    0:3  T. Müller (67., M. Götze)
                    0:4  Shaqiri (86., Rode)

SC Freiburg	     -   FC Schalke 04	        2:0 (1:0)   24,000 *

                    1:0  C. Günter (22., Freis)
                    2:0  Schmid (68.)

Werder Bremen	     -   VfB Stuttgart	        2:0 (1:0)   40,284

                    1:0  Prödl (30., Junuzovic)
                    2:0  Bartels (57., Junuzovic)

 	
VfL Wolfsburg	     -   Hamburger SV	        2:0 (1:0)   30,000 *

                    1:0  Olic (27., De Bruyne)
                    2:0  Hunt (64., De Bruyne)

Borussia Dortmund    -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:0 (0:0)   80,667 *

                    1:0  Kramer (58., own goal)



 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	11    8  3  0 	  27:3 	 +24 	  27 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	11    7  2  2 	  22:9 	 +13 	  23 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach 	11    5  5  1 	  15:6 	 +9 	  20
 4  Hannover 96 	  	11    6  1  4 	   9:11  -2 	  19
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 5  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	11    4  5  2 	  17:14  +3 	  17 
 6  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	11    4  5  2 	  17:15  +2 	  17
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 7  FC Augsburg 	  	11    5  0  6 	  14:12  +2 	  15 
 8  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	11    3  6  2 	  13:12  +1 	  15 
 9  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	11    4  3  4 	  16:16   0 	  15 
10  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	11    4  3  4 	  11:11   0 	  15 
11  FC Schalke 04	  	11    4  2  5 	  14:15  -1 	  14 
12  Eintracht Frankfurt 	11    3  3  5 	  17:23  -6 	  12 
13  SC Freiburg 	  	11    2  5  4 	  11:14  -3 	  11 
14  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	11    3  2  6 	  15:21  -6 	  11 
15  Borussia Dortmund 	  	11    3  1  7 	  12:17  -5 	  10
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16  Werder Bremen 	  	11    2  4  5 	  14:24  -10 	  10
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17  Hamburger SV	  	11    2  3  6 	   4:14  -10 	  9
18  VfB Stuttgart 	  	11    2  3  6 	  14:25  -11 	  9 



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

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

2.Liga, Round 12: No changes

Nothing really changed this week – the top 8 clubs all drew – except perhaps that 1860 finally woke and kicked Bochum’s ass. but Bochum has been falling apart and seems to be in freefall right now, so although it raises some eyes, it’s not a shock. Still, for 1860, it’s a big win, since they’ve basically sucked all season and at least get out of the bottom slots – even if only on goal difference.

The fist top match was between Düsseldorf and Ingolstadt, and neither side was willing to risk much. So a rather boring draw, and Ingolstadt remains unbeaten a sole leader.

Leipzig hosted Kaiserslautern, and it was pretty similar. Neither side could gain a grip on the match, and although perhaps there was a bit more action than in Düsseldorf, it was ultimately scoreless as well.

St.Pauli has been surprisingly sucky, but they looked like they were going to pull one out at Nürnberg. But der Club pulled a late goal and salvaged a point. Both sides look vulnerable

 	
Karlsruher SC	     -   SV Sandhausen	        1:1 (0:0)   13,203

                    1:0  Torres (65., Micanski)
                    1:1  Stiefler (73.)

Fortuna Düsseldorf   -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:0 (0:0)   33,878

1. FC Union Berlin   -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	0:1 (0:1)   18,702

                    0:1  K. Przybylko (3., B. Röcker)

1. FC Nürnberg	     -   FC St. Pauli	        2:2 (1:1)   37,033

                    0:1  Rzatkowski (1., Maier)
                    1:1  Sylvestr (18.)
                    1:2  Maier (59., Daube)
                    2:2  Sylvestr (87., Füllkrug)

1. FC Heidenheim     -   SV Darmstadt 98	1:1 (1:1)   12,000

                    0:1  Stroh-Engel (8., Sailer)
                    1:1  Morabit (37., Heise)

Eintr. Braunschweig  -   VfR Aalen	        2:1 (1:0)   21,140

                    1:0  Ryu (32., Boland)
                    1:1  Ludwig (60., Klauß)
                    2:1  Kruppke (72.)

FSV Frankfurt	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        1:1 (1:0)    4,056

                    1:0  Oumari (23., M. Engels)
                    1:1  Vucur (70., Schönfeld)

VfL Bochum	     -   1860 München	        0:3 (0:0)   15,607

                    0:1  Okotie (62., Adlung)
                    0:2  Okotie (74., Adlung)
                    0:3  Adlung (87.)


Monday:
RB Leipzig	     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	0:0 (0:0)   25,637 	


 1  FC Ingolstadt 04 	  	12    7  5  0 	  18:6 	 +12 	  26 
 2  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	12    5  6  1 	  20:12  +8 	  21
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 3  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N) 	12    5  5  2 	  16:8 	 +8 	  20 
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 4  SV Darmstadt 98 (N) 	12    5  5  2 	  19:12  +7 	  20
 5  1. FC Kaiserslautern 	12    5  5  2 	  17:13  +4 	  20 
 6  SpVgg Greuther Fürth 	12    5  3  4 	  19:16  +3 	  18 
 7  1. FC Heidenheim (N) 	12    4  5  3 	  21:15  +6 	  17 
 8  Karlsruher SC 	  	12    4  5  3 	  16:11  +5 	  17 
 9  Eintracht Braunschweig (A) 	12    5  2  5 	  18:16  +2 	  17 
10  VfL Bochum 	  	        12    3  6  3 	  18:19  -1 	  15 
11  1. FC Nürnberg (A) 	  	12    4  2  6 	  13:22  -9 	  14 
12  1. FC Union Berlin	  	12    3  4  5 	  11:18  -7 	  13 
13  FSV Frankfurt 	  	12    3  3  6 	  17:22  -5 	  12 
14  1860 München 	  	12    3  3  6 	  15:20  -5 	  12 
15  Erzgebirge Aue 	  	12    3  3  6 	  12:18  -6 	  12
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16  SV Sandhausen 	  	12    3  3  6 	   9:17  -8 	  12
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17  FC St. Pauli 	  	12    3  3  6 	  13:22  -9 	  12 
18  VfR Aalen	  	        12    2  4  6 	  10:15  -5 	  10



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 10: Dortmund relegated!?

Dortmund relegated! Well, obviously not yet, since there are another 24 games. But with Freiburg’s win, the Neons are now in 17th and scheduled for automatic relegation. Certainly this raises the prospect of BVB winning the Chmapions League and getting demoted in the same season. OK, it’s not too likely on either account. Despite a great campaign winning all their matches so far, undoubtedly Real Madrid and Bayern München are stronger teams. The Neons are probably reasonably close to others such as Chelsea, PSG and Barcelona. So it’s not impossible that they could sneak into the finals once again. And you have to believe that at some point they’ll turn things around in the Bundesliga. But just think of the truly legendary story you could tell if it were to come true!

The balance between Bayern and Dortmund is suprisingly close, even though Bayern has been faboulous since the mid 1960s, and Dortmund has often been crap and even spent four seasons in the 2nd division in the 1970s. Bayern has 39 wins, Dortmund 23, 28 draws. But this was a year when Bayern was on top and Dortmund struggling, so it wasn’t really expected that the Neons could hold out. But they seem to raise themselves for big matches, and battled Bayern from the start. They even took the lead, and then withstood the home side dominance. In the end, a silly penalty did them in. So now the 5th straight Bundesliga loss, and clearly a crisis in Dortmund. Bayern had to work very hard for this one, but once again proved that they’re unstoppable.

Wolfsburg is looking like a team to watch. The VWs were models of efficiency at Stuttgart, who actually didn’t play badly. The hosts created some chances, but wasted them. Instead they watched helplessly as Wolfsburg was ruthless in front of goal, and kicked their ass.

The home fans couldn’t have been too happy, but Schalke held on grimly for a tight win over Augsburg. Surprisingly it was FCA that dominated the match, as Schalke did squat and was on the defensive for the whole match. However a goal by Huntelaar was enough to get the Blues the win, one that they hardly deserved.

Hamburg needs anything they can get, and Leverkusen was willing to leave points. HSV ran around a lot, but were clearly inferior. But the Aspirins hardly seemed interested, and didn’t really look like they wanted to be there. So a huge win for HSV. Leverkusen could have solidified their challenger status, but clearly they’re back to “pretender”, with emphasis on “pretend”.

Werder Bremen got a huge win as well, winning at Mainz. Despite falling behind, the Bremer showed energy under interim coach Viktor Skripnik, and managed to come back and win the match.

Hannover and Frankfurt slugged it out in a snoozer that was eventually decided by a late own goal.

Freiburg got their first win, a tough win at Köln. It was basically a boring match until the guests took the lead on a penalty. Köln then attacked furiously, but the Breisgauer were able to defend and get the points.

Gladbach may be the 2nd best team in the league now. They defeated previously unbeaten Hoffenheim. After a somewhat slow start, the home side began to dominate, and the Hoppers had nothing left to hold them off. A deserved win for MG, along with Bayern the only remaining unbeaten team. Next week is a very interesting match at Dortmund, where a Gladbach win is not out of the question.

Another great result for Paderborn, but their opponent Hertha was total crap, almost just going through the motions, without ideas or urgency. So SCP kept battling and realized that the Berliners were emperors without clothes, and finished them off.

Total attendance 424,750 (avg 47,194), sellout in München, as usual.

 	
FC Schalke 04	     -   FC Augsburg	        1:0 (1:0)   60,954

                    1:0  Huntelaar (37., Uchida, Atsuto)
 	
1. FSV Mainz 05	     -   Werder Bremen	        1:2 (1:1)   31,017

                    1:0  Okazaki (3., , Koo)
                    1:1  di Santo (45.)
                    1:2  di Santo (49., F. Kroos)


Hannover 96	     -   Eintracht Frankfurt	1:0 (0:0)   42,200

                    1:0  Madlung (88., own goal, Marcelo)

VfB Stuttgart	     -   VfL Wolfsburg	        0:4 (0:2)   50,050

                    0:1  Perisic (15.)
                    0:2  Knoche (45. + 1, De Bruyne)
                    0:3  De Bruyne (48., Vieirinha)
                    0:4  Perisic (88., De Bruyne)

Hamburger SV	     -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	1:0 (1:0)   52,990

                    1:0  van der Vaart (26., penalty, Jansen)

Bayern München	     -   Borussia Dortmund	2:1 (0:1)   71,000 *

                    0:1  Reus (31., Aubameyang)
                    1:1  Lewandowski (72.)
                    2:1  Robben (85., penalty, Ribery)

Bor. Mönchengladbach -   TSG Hoffenheim	        3:1 (2:1)   52,409

                    1:0  Hahn (12., Herrmann)
                    1:1  Modeste (30., Zuber)
                    2:1  Herrmann (32., Hahn)
                    3:1  Herrmann (52., Nordtveit)

1. FC Köln	     -   SC Freiburg	        0:1 (0:0)   49,500

                    0:1  Darida (51., Hand penalty)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   Hertha BSC	        3:1 (1:1)   14,630

                    1:0  Bakalorz (28.)
                    1:1  Kalou (41., M. Ndjeng)
                    2:1  Kachunga (52., Wemmer)
                    3:1  Meha (75., Kachunga)
	

 1  Bayern München (M, P) 	10    7  3  0 	  23:3 	 +20 	  24 
 2  VfL Wolfsburg 	  	10    6  2  2 	  20:9 	 +11 	  20 
 3  Bor. Mönchengladbach	10    5  5  0 	  15:5 	 +10 	  20
 4  TSG Hoffenheim 	  	10    4  5  1 	  14:10  +4 	  17
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 5  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 	10    4  4  2 	  17:15  +2 	  16 
 6  Hannover 96 	  	10    5  1  4 	   7:11  -4 	  16
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 7  SC Paderborn 07 (N) 	10    4  3  3 	  16:13  +3 	  15 
 8  FC Schalke 04 	  	10    4  2  4 	  14:13  +1 	  14 
 9  1. FSV Mainz 05 	  	10    3  5  2 	  13:12  +1 	  14 
10  FC Augsburg 	  	10    4  0  6 	  11:12  -1 	  12 
11  1. FC Köln (N) 	  	10    3  3  4 	   7:8 	 -1 	  12 
12  Eintracht Frankfurt 	10    3  3  4 	  17:19  -2 	  12 
13  Hertha BSC Berlin	  	10    3  2  5 	  15:19  -4 	  11 
14  Hamburger SV 	  	10    2  3  5 	   4:12  -8 	  9 
15  VfB Stuttgart 	  	10    2  3  5 	  14:23  -9 	  9
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16  SC Freiburg 	  	10    1  5  4 	   9:14  -5 	  8
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17  Borussia Dortmund 	  	10    2  1  7 	  11:17  -6 	  7 
18  Werder Bremen 	  	10    1  4  5 	  12:24  -12 	  7


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

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

3.Liga, Round 16

Bielefeld couldn’t enjoy their leader-standing, as they went down in Kiel. The Holsteiners seem pretty solid, especially at home, and Arminia gets ejected from the top spot.

Wehen has silently moved into the top spot, as they were strong against Chemnitz, another contender. The villagers have been here before, so it remains to be seen how long they stay at the top.

Preußen Münster has completed a strong comeback. they were a bit flaky last season, and looked similar after a so-so start. But they’ve been strong in the last few weeks, and their win over Duisburg has vaulted them into a promotion spot.

A big match in Dresden, as Dynamo faced off against Kickers Stuttgart. The home side pressed for a win, and looked to have it, but Stein scored for the visitors 4 minutes into injury time to steal a point.

Hansa Rostock showed some life. They were getting clearly beaten by Osnabrück, but scored twice in injury time to pull out a point.

At the bottom, Großaspach got an important win to remain close to the salvation mark. There are a lot of contenders for relegation now…

 	
Hansa Rostock	     -   VfL Osnabrück	        2:2 (0:0)   9,200
SG S-hof Großaspach  -   1. FSV Mainz 05 II	3:1 (1:1)   2,314
SV Wehen Wiesbaden   -   Chemnitzer FC	        2:0 (1:0)   3,210
Holstein Kiel	     -   Arminia Bielefeld	1:0 (1:0)   7,644
Dynamo Dresden	     -   Stuttgarter Kickers	1:1 (0:0)  20,153
Energie Cottbus	     -   SpVgg Unterhaching	3:0 (0:0)   6,860	 	
VfB Stuttgart II     -   Borussia Dortmund II	2:1 (0:1)   1,400
Rot-Weiß Erfurt	     -   Fortuna Köln	        2:1 (1:1)   5,951
Preußen Münster	     -   MSV Duisburg	        1:0 (1:0)  12,011
Jahn Regensburg	     -   Hallescher FC	        1:1 (0:0)   3,772
	

 1  SV Wehen Wiesbaden 	  	16    9  2  5 	  28:19  +9 	  29 
 2  Preußen Münster 	  	16    8  4  4 	  25:20  +5 	  28
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 3  Rot-Weiß Erfurt 	  	16    8  4  4 	  24:20  +4 	  28
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 4  Arminia Bielefeld (A) 	16    8  3  5 	  31:22  +9 	  27 
 5  Energie Cottbus (A) 	16    7  6  3 	  20:13  +7 	  27 
 6  Dynamo Dresden (A)	  	16    7  6  3 	  23:18  +5 	  27 
 7  Stuttgarter Kickers 	16    7  5  4 	  27:21  +6 	  26 
 8  MSV Duisburg 	  	16    6  7  3 	  21:16  +5 	  25 
 9  Chemnitzer FC 	  	16    7  4  5 	  15:10  +5 	  25 
10  VfL Osnabrück 	  	16    7  4  5 	  25:25   0 	  25 
11  Holstein Kiel 	  	16    6  6  4 	  20:13  +7 	  24 
12  VfB Stuttgart II 	  	16    7  3  6 	  23:24  -1 	  24 
13  Hallescher FC	  	16    5  4  7 	  20:22  -2 	  19 
14  Fortuna Köln (N) 	  	16    5  3  8 	  17:18  -1 	  18 
15  1. FSV Mainz 05 II (N) 	16    4  4  8 	  20:26  -6 	  16 
16  SpVgg Unterhaching 	  	16    4  4  8 	  22:30  -8 	  16 
17  Hansa Rostock 	  	16    3  5  8 	  22:31  -9 	  14
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18  SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (N) 16    3  5  8 	  18:30  -12 	  14 
19  Borussia Dortmund II	16    2  6  8 	  17:26  -9 	  12 
20  Jahn Regensburg	  	16    3  3  10 	  16:30  -14 	  12


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

DFB-Pokal: 2nd Round

A fair amount of interest in the DFB-Cup 2nd round, as there were seven sellouts for the midweek clashes.

Some notable upsets, with 3rd division Bielefeld downing Hertha BSC on penalties, and 2.Liga Aalen upending Hannover. Kickers Offenbach remains a dragon slayer, as the 4th division side eliminated another 2.Liga club, this time Karlsruhe (having already disposed of Ingolstadt). MSV Duisburg came close against Köln, and 4th division Magdeburg ended 2-2 against Leverksuen, only to lose on penalties.

The big favorites, Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund had no problems in their trips to Hamburg, winning easily against their hosts.

In an eastern derby, Aue was almost home with a win, but Leipzig scored in injury time. The Rasenballsportler then proceeded to add a couple more in overtime to get the win.

So from the lower division sides, only Bielefeld, Dresden (3.Liga) and Offenbach (Regionalliga) remain.

 	
Chemnitzer FC	      -   Werder Bremen	        0:2 (0:1)   10,161 *
Arminia Bielefeld     -   Hertha BSC Berlin	4:2 pen     23,098 
Kickers Offenbach     -   Karlsruher SC 	1:0 (0:0)   16,106
VfR Aalen	      -   Hannover 96	        2:0 (1:0)    5,448
Dynamo Dresden	      -   VfL Bochum	        2:1 aet     28,053 *
MSV Duisburg	      -   1. FC Köln	        1:4 pen     30,600 *
1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	2:0 (2:0)   23,111
FC St. Pauli	      -   Borussia Dortmund	0:3 (0:2)   29,063 *
1. FC Magdeburg	      -   Bayer 04 Leverkusen	4:5 pen     23,855 *
Würzburger Kickers    -   Eintr. Braunschweig	0:1 (0:0)   11,240 *
1860 München	      -   SC Freiburg	        2:5 (1:1)   18,100
RB Leipzig	      -   Erzgebirge Aue	3:1 aet     28,419
Hamburger SV	      -   Bayern München	1:3 (0:2)   57,000 *
TSG Hoffenheim	      -   FSV Frankfurt	        5:1 (2:0)   11,441
VfL Wolfsburg	      -   1. FC Heidenheim	4:1 (2:1)    7,608
Eintracht Frankfurt   -   Bor. Mönchengladbach	1:2 (0:1)   46,500	


Pairings for the next round:
 	
Bayer 04 Leverkusen    -   1. FC Kaiserslautern
Kickers Offenbach      -   Bor. Mönchengladbach
Bayern München	       -   Eintracht Braunschweig
VfR Aalen	       -   TSG Hoffenheim
RasenBallsport Leipzig -   VfL Wolfsburg
Arminia Bielefeld      -   Werder Bremen
SC Freiburg	       -   1. FC Köln
Dynamo Dresden	       -   Borussia Dortmund