WSV: Knappmann goes nuts

Back in the “day”, there was a San Francisco rock band called “The Tubes” who had a semi-hit entitled “White Punks on Dope”. I can’t remember much of the song, but for some reason it reminded me of WSV…

Anyway, in K-town, it was going to be a showdown between the Regionalliga’s top gunmen, FCK’s Andrew Wooten and WSV’s Christian Knappmann. It turned out to be a non-starter, as Wooten played for FCK’s Bundesliga squad on Saturday, and therefore was scratched. Knappmann seized the moment with a brilliant second half display of 4 goals, and with 24 reigns supreme over all 4th division in Germany.

WSV came out strong, pressing hard. Especially attacking midfielder Maciej Zieba looked good, one of his better performances. Despite several chances, no scoring in the first half, but things immediately heated up after the restart. FCK drew first blood, as Steven Zellner dribbled through the sleeping WSV defense and knocked home. But WSV didn’t cave in like they usually did, and a nice cross by Tom Moosmayer was headed home by Knappmann. Just a couple minutes later he was fould in the box, and put home the penalty. A few minutes more, a carbon copy of the first: Mossmayer cross, Knappmann header, goal. Finally, to cap off a crazy 10 minutes, this time the cross from Sven Landers, and another Knappmann strike.

A surprisingly decent WSV performance against a half-way decent opponent.

1. FC Kaiserslautern II	 - 	Wuppertaler SV	 2:4 (0:0)

Attendance: 320 (Fritz-Walter-Stadion)

1:0 Zellner (59.) 	  
1:1 Knappmann (63.) 
1:2 Knappmann (65., penalty) 
1:3 Knappmann (71.) 
1:4 Knappmann (74.) 
2:4 Freyer (88.) 


KAISERSLAUTERN II:

Keilmann - 
Becker    , Orban , Modica    , Heintz    - 
Lindner , Linsmayer - 
Saiti , Zellner     , Himmel - 
Freyer    

Subs:
Rizzuto (46., Heintz)
Grammel (73., Becker)
Lensch  (76., Rizzuto)
 
Trainer: Schwartz


WUPPERTAL:

Klafflsberger - 
El Hammouchi , Flottmann , F. Haas , Herzenbruch - 
Landers    , Fleßers , Moosmayer , Baltes       - 
Zieba - 
Knappmann 

Subs:
Meier (81., Baltes)
Zimmermann (86., Landers)
                
Trainer: Bruns

Bundesliga, Round 29

	
VfL Wolfsburg	       -   Borussia Dortmund	1:3 (0:1)    30,000

                      0:1  Lewandowski (22., Perisic)
                      0:2  Gündogan (49., Blaszczykowski)
                      1:2  Mandzukic (61., Dejagah)
                      1:3  Lewandowski (90.)

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

                      0:1  Rosenberg (24., Marin)
                      1:1  Jemal (39., Podolski)

VfB Stuttgart	       -   1. FSV Mainz 05	4:1 (1:1)    55,100

                      0:1  Ivanschitz (3., penalty, Baumgartlinger)
                      1:1  Hajnal (8., Kvist)
                      2:1  Ibisevic (49., Sakai)
                      3:1  Kuzmanovic (65., penalty, Harnik)
                      4:1  Ibisevic (85.)

SC Freiburg	       -   1. FC Nürnberg	2:2 (0:2)    24,000

                      0:1  Didavi (8.)
                      0:2  Pekhart (45. + 2, , Simons)
                      1:2  D. Caligiuri (53., penalty, D. Caligiuri)
                      2:2  Makiadi (79.)

1. FC Kaiserslautern   -   1899 Hoffenheim	1:2 (0:1)    40,296

                      0:1  Salihovic (26., penalty, Roberto Firmino)
                      0:2  Vukcevic (71.)
                      1:2  Bugera (86.

Bayern München	       -   FC Augsburg	        2:1 (1:1)    69,000

                      1:0  Gomez (1., Ribery)
                      1:1  Koo (23., Bellinghausen)
                      2:1  Gomez (60., Robben)
 
Borussia M'gladbach    -   Hertha BSC	        0:0 (0:0)    52,691

Sunday:

FC Schalke 04	       -   Hannover 96	        3:0 (1:0)    61,673

                      1:0  Raul (6., Farfan)
                      2:0  Raul (47., Farfan)
                      3:0  Huntelaar (63., Farfan)

Hamburger SV	       -   Bayer Leverkusen	1:1 (1:0)    48,000

                      1:0  Petric (40., penalty)
                      1:1  Schürrle (55.)
 



 1  Borussia Dortmund (M)	29    20    6 	 3    66:22  +44    66
 2  Bayern München	  	29    20    3 	 6    69:19  +50    63 
 3  FC Schalke 04 (P)	  	29    18    3 	 8    64:35  +29    57
 4  Borussia M'gladbach	  	29    15    7 	 7    41:20  +21    52
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 5  VfB Stuttgart	  	29    12    7 	10    52:39  +13    43
 6  Werder Bremen	  	29    11    8 	10    42:44  -2     41 
 7  Bayer Leverkusen	  	29    11    8 	10    40:39  +1     41 
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 8  Hannover 96	  	        29    10   11 	 8    37:42  -5     41
 9  VfL Wolfsburg	  	29    12    4 	13    41:52  -11    40 
10  1899 Hoffenheim	  	29     9   10 	10    34:40  -6     37 
11  1. FSV Mainz 05	  	29     8    9 	12    43:48  -5     33 
12  1. FC Nürnberg	  	29     9    5 	15    27:41  -14    32 
13  SC Freiburg	  	        29     8    8 	13    39:55  -16    32 
14  Hamburger SV	  	29     7   10 	12    33:51  -18    31
15  FC Augsburg (N)	  	29     6   12 	11    31:44  -13    30 
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16  1. FC Köln	  	        29     8    5 	16    36:59  -23    29
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17  Hertha BSC Berlin (N)	29     6    9 	14    30:52  -22    27 
18  1. FC Kaiserslautern	29     3    11 	15    18:41  -23    20

Leaders Dortmund visited a rebuilt VW and generally was impressive. After a shaky start, Perisic raided down the left flank and crossed for Lewandowski to knock in. Wolfsburg had one great chance when Weidenfeller made a great foot save against Mandzukic, and Helmes was pressured on the rebound to miss an open net. But from then on the Neons dominated and pressured the Wolfs back. When Gündogan nailed the second, it looked over, but surprisingly the VWs woke up and got back in. Dejagah’s prefect cross was headed in by Mandzukic, and homeside pressured Dortmund back into the defensive. A late breakaway by Lewandowski sealed the win for the Neons, who now face Bayern midweek for all the marbles.

Bayern scored in seconds against the promoted Fuggers, and obviously felt that Augusburg would just bend over and take it. However FCA stunned the Müncheners by not giving up, and were soon rewarded with an equalizer. Bayern was outraged, and launched heavy assaults on the visitors, but it was hard work. Eventually Mario Gomez put in the leader, but it was a tough match through the final whistle.

Gladbach didn’t help themselves with a crap draw against Hertha. The Berliners basically had a no-prisoners approach, kicking anything that moved. Gladbach’s star Marco Reus got whacked early and had to leave after 20 minutes from the effects of a Charley-Horse. The homeside basically decided it wasn’t worth it, and dumpeled around. Hertha didn’t realize or were perhaps just incompetant, so they didn’t seize the initiative, and the match petered out to a boring draw that helps neither.

Bremen gave minimal effort at Köln, but it was enough to split the points. Werder grabbed a lead on their first effective attack. Hosts Köln wasn’t too peturbed and soon equalized. But they’re basically crap, so they couldn’t mount anything against the disinterested Bremers. Off to the pubs to drink it off…

Kaiserslautern missed the last train back to Bundesligaville. The drab home defeat to Hoffenheim virtually makes it impossible to stay up. The Hoppers didn’t have too much trouble bringing home the bacon, as Lautern has an anemic attack. A late goal gave FCK some hope, but that was about it.

Stuttgart is one fire, and they burned Mainz. The visitors grabbed an early lead, but it didn’t really phase VfB. After equalizing, Stuttgart launched a long second half assault and ripped open the Mainzer defense. The rout was on and Mainz was lucky they didn’t take a few more. In this form, it will be pretty hard to deny Stuttgart a Europa-liga spot, as they not only have the most points, but by far the best goal differential. Mainz just needs to forget this one, as they don’t want their hard work against relegation to go without reward.

Freiburg and Nürnberg battled to an entertaining draw. SCF has really improved over the last few weeks, but it was FCN that was dominating in the 1st half. Der Club seemed to have things well under control for an excellent win, but the Breisgauers came storming back. They managed to get a deserved point, but Nürnberg will rue letting this one slip away.

The vanquished Europaleagers met in Gelsenkirchen, and it was pretty clear that Schalke has put it behind them. The Blues dominated against Hannover and easily kicked their ass. Raul confirmed his great form, as he notched another two, and Huntelaar got his obligatory goal as well. The 96ers have been pretty inconsistent, and need to be focused on slipping into Europe.

Hamburg had more of the play against Leverkusen, but had to be content with a draw. They had an edge in the 1st half and got the lead on a handball penalty. New Bayer coach Sami Hyyppia must have threatened to replace the Aspirins with ibuprofen, because the vistors came out strong after the restart and pressed hard. They got the equalizer and then pulled back to wait for the final whistle. HSV regained the initiative for the remaining 40 minutes, but were too incompetant to do anything, so the draw is in order.

3.Liga, Round 33

Sandahausen strengthens their promotion position, and relegation struggling clubs prove to be tough nuts to crack…


Carl Zeiss Jena	       -   VfL Osnabrück	2:0 (0:0)    4,236
SV Babelsberg 03       -   VfB Stuttgart II	1:4 (0:2)    1,420
SV Sandhausen	       -   Werder Bremen II	2:0 (0:0)    2,810
1. FC Saarbrücken      -   Wacker Burghausen	0:0 (0:0)    3,878
Preußen Münster	       -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	3:2 (1:1)    5,432
1. FC Heidenheim       -   Jahn Regensburg	0:0 (0:0)    8,400
Kickers Offenbach      -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	0:2 (0:0)    6,111
SpVgg Unterhaching     -   Arminia Bielefeld	5:0 (1:0)    1,720
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen    -   VfR Aalen	        0:0 (0:0)    4,055	

Sunday:

Chemnitzer FC	       -   SV Darmstadt 98	0:0 (0:0)    8,300


 1  SV Sandhausen	  	33    17    9 	 7 	51:35  +16   60 
 2  VfR Aalen	  	        33    16    9 	 8 	42:33  +9    57
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 3  Chemnitzer FC (N)	  	33    15    9 	 9 	45:33  +12   54
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 4  1. FC Heidenheim	  	33    14   10 	 9 	41:31  +10   52 
 5  Jahn Regensburg	  	33    13   12 	 8 	47:34  +13   51 
 6  Wacker Burghausen	  	33    11   17 	 5 	48:39  +9    50 
 7  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	33    11   14 	 8 	44:38  +6    47 
 8  Kickers Offenbach	  	33    12   10 	11 	39:34  +5    46 
 9  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	33    10   14 	 9 	52:45  +7    44 
10  Preußen Münster (N)	  	33    10   14 	 9 	36:37  -1    44 
11  VfL Osnabrück (A)	  	33    10   13 	10 	37:33  +4    43 
12  VfB Stuttgart II	  	33    10   12 	11 	38:42  -4    42 
13  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)	  	33    10   11 	12 	40:41  -1    41 
14  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	33    11    7 	15 	54:50  +4    40 
15  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	33     9   11 	13 	36:44  -8    38 
16  Arminia Bielefeld (A)	33     8   14 	11 	44:54  -10   38 
17  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen (A)	33     8   13 	12 	31:38  -7    37
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18  SV Babelsberg 03	  	33     9   10 	14 	38:53  -15   37 
19  Carl Zeiss Jena	  	33     7   11 	15 	33:51  -18   32 
20  Werder Bremen II	  	33     4   10 	19 	29:60  -31   22

Sandhausen gave a ho-hum performance, but facing hopeless Werder II, it was enough to keep all the points. SVS now has a slight gap at the top, and they can see the the 2.Liga city lights. Bremen is basically mathematically eliminated: 5 games left, they would need to win all, and Oberhausen and Babelsberg would need to lose all.

Jena may have woken up too late, but a strong performance against Osnabrück at least raises hope that it’s not completely over. They’ll need a couple more strong wins to still have a chance though. Osnabrück crapped once more, and need to be careful they don’t get dragged into the relegation mire.

Heidenheim and Regensburg met in a hard fought match that helps neither advance. It was pretty even, but Jahn blew a couple of decent chances to steal a win near the end.

Preußen Münster effectively ended any hopes that Erfurt had of sneaking in the promotion playoff. The Eagles pressed hard and got the win that puts them securely above relegation in midtable. RWE loses for the first time in about 6 matches, and now drop out of the race, which has to be disappointing for them.

Oberhausen fended off the efforts of Aalen and deserved the draw. RWO continues to improve, but remain mired in the fierce relegation battle. Aalen slips again and needs to be worried about slipping in their promotion hopes.

Offenbach blew an opportunity to keep their promotion desires on track. Facing struggling Wehen, the Kickers figured an easy win, but instead gave a drab performance. Wehen took an hour, but realized that the emperor had no clothes, then struck for a couple of goals to gain a crucial win.

Unterhaching has been struggling and sinking, but they woke up and gave Bielefeld a severe ass-whupping.

Babelsberg got “owned” against Stuttgart II in a romping defeat that leaves them in the drop zone. They certainly hoped for at least a point, but did nothing to deserve it.

Chemnitz blew a huge chance to strengthen their position. The Light-Blues have been playing great, and moved into 3rd. Despite a nice little crowd and domination against Darmstadt, they were unable to get the win. The 98ers held on to get a valuable point in the relegation tussle, and CFC missed their opportunity to breathe fire down Aalen’s neck in the promotion race.

2.Liga, Round 29

2.Liga started early this week, with a couple of matches on Thursday, nobody makes any dramativ moves, so all the races remain tight. (Well, actually Duisburg and Rostock showed grit and determination…)

1. FC Union Berlin	-   Erzgebirge Aue	1:0 (1:0)    16,728

                       1:0  Ede (9., Skrzybski)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth	-   Energie Cottbus	3:0 (1:0)    13,065

                       1:0  Kleine (30., Occean)
                       2:0  Occean (75., Asamoah)
                       3:0  Sararer (89., Schmidtgal)

Hansa Rostock	        -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	2:1 (1:0)    14,500

                       1:0  Weilandt (29., Mintal)
                       2:0  O. Fink (61., own goal, Mintal)
                       2:1  Jovanovic (85., Furuholm)

MSV Duisburg	        -   Eintr. Frankfurt	2:0 (1:0)    19,027

                       1:0  Sukalo (44., Wolze)
                       2:0  Bruno Soares (52.)

FSV Frankfurt	        -   FC St. Pauli	3:3 (3:2)     8,802

                       1:0  Gaus (6.)
                       2:0  M. Görlitz (17., Y. Stark)
                       3:0  Micanski (20., Cinaz)
                       3:1  Ebbers (23., Bartels)
                       3:2  M. Kruse (41., penalty, Naki)
                       3:3  Bartels (46., M. Kruse)

Dynamo Dresden	        -   Ein. Braunschweig	2:2 (1:1)    27,576

                       1:0  Poté (22.)
                       1:1  Vrancic (33.)
                       1:2  Kumbela (66., Vrancic)
                       2:2  Poté (73., Schuppan)

SC Paderborn 07	        -   1860 München	2:2 (0:1)    11,000

                       0:1  Rakic (27., Lauth)
                       1:1  Proschwitz (66., penalty, Taylor)
                       1:2  Volland (72., Bierofka)
                       2:2  Alushi (85., Rupp)

FC Ingolstadt 04	-   Alemannia Aachen	3:3 (1:2)     6,062

                       0:1  Stiepermann (13.)
                       1:1  Stiepermann (41., own goal, Leitl)
                       1:2  Olajengbesi (45., Uludag)
                       1:3  Stiepermann (53., Hadouir)
                       2:3  Leitl (76., penalty, Schäffler)
                       3:3  Schäffler (90., Görlitz)

VfL Bochum	        -   Karlsruher SC	0:0 (0:0)    10,311



 1  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	29    19    6 	 4    67:22  +45     63 
 2  Eintracht Frankfurt (A)	29    18    7 	 4    68:29  +39     61
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 3  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	29    14   12 	 3    57:29  +28     54
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 4  FC St. Pauli (A)	  	29    15    8 	 6    48:30  +18     53 
 5  SC Paderborn 07	  	29    14   10 	 5    45:34  +11     52 
 6  1860 München	  	29    14    5 	10    51:40  +11     47 
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	29    12    6 	11    46:48  -2      42 
 8  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	29     9   13 	 7    34:31  +3      40 
 9  Dynamo Dresden (N)	  	29    10    7 	12    45:47  -2      37 
10  VfL Bochum	  	        29     9    5 	15    35:48  -13     32 
11  MSV Duisburg	  	29     8    7 	14    35:42  -7      31 
12  Energie Cottbus	  	29     7   10 	12    26:42  -16     31 
13  Erzgebirge Aue	  	29     7   10 	12    27:45  -18     31 
14  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	29     6   12 	11    37:49  -12     30 
15  FSV Frankfurt	  	29     6   12 	11    36:55  -19     30
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16  Karlsruher SC	  	29     6    6 	17    28:57  -29     24
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17  Hansa Rostock (N)	  	29     4   11 	14    27:48  -21     23 
18  Alemannia Aachen	  	29     3   13 	13    25:41  -16     22

Union Berlin had a rough time in a hard fought match with Aue. The Berliners grabbed the early goal, but couldn’t get the came completely in their grip. The end phase saw lots of nervous defending from Union, although in the end they were able to hold on. Not a bad performance by Aue, perhaps somewhat unlucky not to get a point.

Cottbus made it easy for Greuther Fürth. Energie’s Roger got his ass red-carded early, and the hosts really had an easy time. Goal scorer Oliver Occean even missed a penalty, but Greuther Fürth coasted home kicking Cottbus ass all over the field for the ho-hum victory.

An excellent fighting effort by last place Hansa Rostock, as they upended favored Fortuna Düsseldorf. While Hansa showed little class, they made up for it in effort, and Fortuna disappointed, blowing many excellent scoring chances. Hansa looked dead not too long ago, and although escaping the “zone” still looks like a long shot, given other clubs improvement, they could avoid the auto-relegation spot, and certainly wouldn’t be out from surviving via the relegation playoff. This one keeps Düsseldorf in a dogfight for the potential promotion spot, and they clearly could have used these points.

Duisburg pulled off an excellent win that might just about secure their safety from relegation. The Zebras hosted Eintracht Frankfurt, who looked surprisingly lame. MSV fought hard and took the lead near the end of the half. They continued their pressure after the restart, and rewarded with another goal, easily brushed off Frankfurt’s feeble attempts to get back into the match.

“Insane in the membrane…” is perhaps the only way to describe the bizarre match in Bornheim between struggling FSV Frankfurt and promotion hopeful St.Pauli. FSV was unbelievable and jumped out 3-0 after only 20 minutes, only to watch Pauli come roaring back. As part of the Paulista comeback, FSV defender Bjorn Schlicke got his ass tossed, so the favorites were up a man for a whole half. However the hosts defended resolutely, and only conceded an equalizer. A good point for FSV, and a lost opportunity for St.Pauli.

Two evenly matched teams met in Dresden, and Dynamo and Braunschweig entertained the fans with a hard fought draw.

Crap, dire, boring draw in Bochum with KSC, not a single reasonble scoring chance. The few fans probably would have preferred gum surgery. Bochum sucked, but I guess you could say a positive point for Karlsruhe.

An exciting match in Paderborn with 1860, but SCP just can’t win. The Lions looked good after a crap last outing, and had SCP chasing their tail throughout the match. Paderborn dominated, but wasn’t able to break through. Even when they got a penalty, 1860′s Bülow getting red-carded, it was 1860 who recovered quickly and re-took the lead. In the end Paderborn was able to force a draw, but they need more if they want to get promoted.

A crazy relegation duel in Ingolstadt, as FCI faced a sinking Aachen. But it was Alemannia that jumped out and started kicking Ingolstadt’s ass. For a long time it looked like a critical win for Aachen, but the “Schanzer” managed a last desperation assault and were rewarded with a draw in injury time. Relegation is staring the Potato-bugs in the face, which I’m sure they hadn’t even contemplated at season start. Looks like the only way to save themselves is to grab 16th and go into the playoff. Ingolstadt has superbly come together since the winter break, and their reward is likely another 2.Liga season, as it seems unlikely for them to get caught.

WSV: Another crap result

WSV dicked around in Elversberg. Coach Bruns moved folks around, given some injuries and the opportunity to look at some youngsters. Reserve GK Martin Klafflsberger looked pretty decent. Christian Knappmann nailed his 20th in the nets, which leads all Regionalligen. But WSV couldn’t really get much of and edge, and soon after the Knappmann goal, SVE was equal through a strike by Luxembourg international Marcel Deville.

Overall, yet another poor outing in a crap season by WSV.

SV Elversberg - Wuppertaler SV 1:1 (0:0)

Attendance: 250 (Waldstadion an der Kaiserlinde)

0:1  Knappman (51.)
1:1  Deville (59.)

ELVERSBERG:
Kuhn -
Wolf, Pellowski , Fernandes, Schwall -
Grimm, Reiß    -
D. Jungwirt , M. Schug -
Krasniqi, Deville       

Subs:
Marte (82., Grimm)
Billick (86., Deville)

Trainer: Kiefer

WUPPERTAL:
Klafflsberger -
El Hammouchi, Flottmann, Herzenbruch, Moosmayer -
Landers, Zieba, F. Haas, Baltes    -
B. Abelski, Knappmann    

Subs:

Zimmermann  (73., Landers)
Asaeda (80., Baltes)
Meier (87., B. Abelski)

Trainer: Bruns

Europa: Bayern advances

No surprises here, as Bayern München easily downed Olympiaue Marseille 2-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Champions League. Having won 2-0 in France, the expectation was for an easy time, and largely that was justified. An early raid down the right side by the unstoppable Franck Ribery was poked in by Ivica Olic, getting a rare start. Olic liked that so much, he did the same thing off a left side cross 20 minutes later. Bayern peppered Marseille’s with dangerous shots, and the Frenchies looked like they might get routed. They had some decent chances of their own early, but once they fell behind they just wanted to get to the airport and leave. Bayern dumpeled around in the 2nd half and ran out the clock. Their next opponent will be a lot tougher: Real Madrid.

2.Liga, Round 28

Frankfurt goes top as Greuther Fürth struggles.

	
Eintracht Frankfurt	 -    VfL Bochum	     3:0 (3:0)    40,000

                        1:0  Idrissou (18., Kittel)
                        2:0  Meier (32., Hoffer)
                        3:0  Hoffer (35., Djakpa)

Eintracht Braunschweig	 -    SC Paderborn 07	     0:0 (0:0)    20,350

Alemannia Aachen	 -    Dynamo Dresden	     0:1 (0:0)    18,572

                        0:1  Dedic (59., Trojan)

Erzgebirge Aue	         -    SpVgg Greuther Fürth   1:1 (0:1)     8,700

                        0:1  Occean (43., Schmidtgal)
                        1:1  Savran (55., Klingbeil)

1860 München	         -    Hansa Rostock	     0:1 (0:0) 	  17,700

                        0:1  Borg (80., Blum)

FC Ingolstadt 04	 -    MSV Duisburg	     1:1 (0:0)     7,308

                        0:1  Bruno Soares (54., Gjasula)
                        1:1  Schäffler (83., Caiuby)

Karlsruher SC	         -    1. FC Union Berlin     2:0 (1:0)    14,588

                        1:0  Timm (13., P. Groß)
                        2:0  Lavric (84., Iashvili)

Energie Cottbus	         -    FSV Frankfurt	     1:1 (1:0)     7,990

                        1:0  Rangelov (19., Bittroff)
                        1:1  Yelen (87., penalty, Gaus)

Monday

Fortuna Düsseldorf	 -  	FC St. Pauli         0:0 (0:0)    47,484



 1  Eintracht Frankfurt (A)	28    18    7 	 3    68:27  +41    61 
 2  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	28    18    6 	 4    64:22  +42    60
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 3  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	28    14   12 	 2    56:27  +29    54
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 4  FC St. Pauli (A)	  	28    15    7 	 6    45:27  +18    52 
 5  SC Paderborn 07	  	28    14    9 	 5    43:32  +11    51 
 6  1860 München	  	28    14    4 	10    49:38  +11    46
 7  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	28     9   12 	 7    32:29  +3     39 
 8  1. FC Union Berlin	  	28    11    6 	11    45:48  -3     39 
 9  Dynamo Dresden (N)	  	28    10    6 	12    43:45  -2     36 
10  VfL Bochum	  	        28     9    4 	15    35:48  -13    31 
11  Energie Cottbus	  	28     7   10 	11    26:39  -13    31 
12  Erzgebirge Aue	  	28     7   10 	11    27:44  -17    31 
13  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	28     6   11 	11    34:46  -12    29 
14  FSV Frankfurt	  	28     6   11 	11    33:52  -19    29 
15  MSV Duisburg	  	28     7    7 	14    33:42  -9     28
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16  Karlsruher SC	  	28     6    5 	17    28:57  -29    23
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17  Alemannia Aachen	  	28     3   12 	13    22:38  -16    21 
18  Hansa Rostock (N)	  	28     3   11 	14    25:47  -22    20

Ho-hum. Eintracht Frankfurt kicked Bochum’s ass and goes top. It was a routine win that Eintracht dominated from start to finish. They pressed hard and ended the match by halftime, and then just shut down for some boring second-half kick-a-bout until the the final whistle and off to the pub. Bochum was disappointing on so many levels you just have to apply “suck” to their so-called effort. In current form, a return to the Bundesliga is secure for Eintracht.

Erstwhile leaders Greuther Fürth were faced with a determined host in Aue. Erzgebirge was clearly inferior on talent, but made up for it with fight. Greuther Fürth took the lead with another strike by Occean, but it was a rare GK gaff by Max Grün that gave Aue the equalizer. On the balance, this was a fair result.

No surprises in Braunschweig. The hosts are tough, especially at home. Paderborn welcomed the return of their goal-scorer Nick Proschwitz, but otherwise it was nothing to write home about. Both clubs played hard, but essentially neutralized each other, so a scoreless draw is a fair representation.

A crap match in Aachen, but Alemannia once again draws the short straw. The emergency horns must be non-stop at the Tivoli now. Dresden has been struggling, not having scored a goal in almost 4 matches, but finally broke through to get a nice away result.

Rostock got a huge away win against the toothless Lions. Both teams sucked in a horrid match, certainly the fans want to sue to get their money back. Arbeitsverweigerung (“refusal to work”) seems a likely charge to hold up in court. Hansa is of course desperate, and a header by Borg got them a massive 3 points. Relegation may not be inevitable now. Since Aachen is dumping, perhaps a 16th place and a playoff win will be a realistic Hansa goal right now.

A weak match in Ingolstadt, as both the hosts and Duisburg looked crap. Both sides hit the post, but otherwise looked incompetant going forward. The Zebras drew first blood and treied to catennaccio their way to the points, but the Schanzer caught them at the end for the fair result.

Karlsruhe got a huge win in the coaching debut of Markus Kauczinski (Jörn Andersen was dumped Monday night). It wasn’t easy, as Union hit the post twice, and dominated the match. However, KSC showed fight and managed to stave off the Berliners. It wasn’t fair, but beggars can’t be choosy.

FSV Frankfurt was lucky to get a point at Cottbus. The Bornheimers showed nothing and deserved to lose, but Energie dicked around and somehow it’s just that they get kicked in the balls at the end. Cottbus should have pressed their advantage and turned this into a rout, but all they can do now is whine at the pub.

Massive match in Monday Night Football as St.Pauli visited Düsseldorf. Although the match ended scoreless, it turned out to be pretty exciting. After a rather ho-hum 1st half, the Hamburgers sezied control and pressed the hosts into the defensive. This extended pressure lasted until the 73rd minute, when Carlos Zambrano got his ass tossed. Now it was Fortuna that attacked furiously, hoping for the critical win. The Paulistas managed to hold on for a deserved draw.