2.Liga, Round 34

Düsseldorf defends the 3rd place and promotion playoff, and Karlsruhe holds onto the relegation playoff spot.

Karlsruher SC	      -    Eintracht Frankfurt	  1:0 (1:0)    26.780

                     1:0  Charalambous (9., Schiek)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -    VfL Bochum	          2:1 (1:0)    12,500

                     1:0  Klingbeil (6.)
                     1:1  le Beau (57., own goal, Federico)
                     2:1  Curri (66., Kocer)

Hansa Rostock	      -    SpVgg Greuther Fürth	  2:2 (0:1)    14,100

                     0:1  Nöthe (35., Pekovic)
                     1:1  Gusche (59., R. Müller)
                     1:2  Sararer (68., Mavraj)
                     2:2  Mintal (90., Holst)

Fortuna Düsseldorf    -    MSV Duisburg	          2:2 (2:2)    51,000

                     0:1  Exslager (8., Brosinski)
                     1:1  O. Fink (18., Bröker)
                     2:1  Lukimya (21., O. Fink)
                     2:2  Gjasula (27.)

1860 München	      -    Alemannia Aachen	  1:2 (1:2)    25,100

                     0:1  Streit (10.)
                     1:1  Aigner (18., Nicu)
                     1:2  Uludag (21., Achenbach)

Energie Cottbus	      -    1. FC Union Berlin	  2:1 (0:0)    20,049

                     1:0  Adlung (59., Kruska)
                     1:1  Ede (61., Pfertzel)
                     2:1  Rangelov (73.)

FC St. Pauli	      -    SC Paderborn 07	  5:0 (2:0)    24,847

                     1:0  Sobiech (30., Funk)
                     2:0  M. Kruse (36., Ebbers)
                     3:0  Bruns (60., Ebbers)
                     4:0  Volz (65.)
                     5:0  Naki (90. + 1, Ebbers)

Eintr. Braunschweig   -    FC Ingolstadt 04	  3:1 (1:1)
FSV Frankfurt	      -    Dynamo Dresden	  1:1 (0:0) 

 1  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	34    20   10 	 4     73:27  +46    70
 2  Eintracht Frankfurt (A)	34    20    8 	 6     76:33  +43    68
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 3  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	34    16   14 	 4     64:35  +29    62
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 4  FC St. Pauli (A)	  	34    18    8 	 8     59:34  +25    62
 5  SC Paderborn 07	  	34    17   10 	 7     51:42  +9     61
 6  1860 München	  	34    17    6 	11     62:46  +16    57
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	34    14    6 	14     55:58  -3     48
 8  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	34    10   15 	 9     37:35  +2     45
 9  Dynamo Dresden (N)	  	34    12    9 	13     50:52  -2     45
10  MSV Duisburg	  	34    10    9 	15     42:47  -5     39
11  VfL Bochum	  	        34    10    7 	17     41:55  -14    37
12  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	34     8   13 	13     43:58  -15    37
13  FSV Frankfurt	  	34     7   14 	13     43:59  -16    35
14  Energie Cottbus	  	34     8   11 	15     30:49  -19    35
15  Erzgebirge Aue	  	34     8   11 	15     31:55  -24    35
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16  Karlsruher SC	  	34     9    6 	19     34:60  -26    33
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17  Alemannia Aachen	  	34     6   13 	15     30:47  -17    31
18  Hansa Rostock (N)	  	34     5   12 	17     34:63  -29    27

A wild first half hour in Düsseldorf, as Fortuna hosted local rival Duisburg for a Rhein-Ruhr derby. Fortuna needed a result to ensure the promotion playoff, and the Zebras had nothing to play for. However, MSV did not roll over, on the contrary they came out swinging. They grabbed an early lead, Fortuna came storming back, then the deciding point of the match perhaps: Zebra Maurice Exslager got his ass tossed in the 23rd minute. With the lead and a man advantage, Düsseldorf could relax. Wrong. MSV countered and equalized, and for the rest of the match remained a dangerous opponent. Fortuna continued to press, as news from Hamburg indicated that St.Pauli was shooting a fish in a barrel. In the end, a deserved draw for both sides, and Fortuna will face Hertha BSC in the Budesliga sweepstakes.

St.Pauli hosted Paderborn in attempt to pass Düsseldorf. Paderborn could leapfrog Fortuna with a win, but the Paulistas needed some help from Duisburg…unless they could blast their way through. St.Pauli dominated from start-to-finish, and kicked Paderborn in the ass. After grabbing the lead, Pauli didn’t let up and continued to attack. SCP tried some feeble efforts to get back in the game, but ended up getting rocked like a punching bag. In the end, a nice win for St.Pauli, a bitter defeat for Paderborn, although they can look back at a fine season.

Karlsruhe defended the relegation playoff spot and with some luck might have saved themselves outright (Cottbus and Aue needed results to stay ahead). It was a nerve-wracking win against Eintracht Frankfurt in front of a sold out Wildparkstadion. KSC grabbed an early goal, but were pushed pack into defense by the superior Frankfurt side, looking to win and perhaps get promoted as champions.

Aue needed a result to ensure their survival, and facing crap Bochum, it certainly started well. However, despite the lead Erzgebirge got more nervous as the match progressed, and Bochum started to take over and attack. Bochum equalized and things were bleak, as another goal for KSC hundreds of miles away would send Aue into the relegation playoff. But Erzgebirge coach Karsten Baumann reacted by bringing on fan favorite Skerkilaid Curri, and the Albanian-German rewarded the trust by scoring the winning goal only 5 minutes later.

Dimitar Rangelov’s freekick gave Cottbus the win over Union, and secured Energie’s palce in the 2.Liga. Cottbus was in a decent position, as long as they didn’t lose they’d probably stay up due to goal difference. Neverthless, in a eastern derby, Energie was quite nervous in the 1st half, and despite better performance after the restart, couldn’t really enjoy things untl Rangelov’s winner.

A decent performance by relegated Rostock against the 2.Liga champions. hansa had nothing to play for, but at least had some pride. Greuther Fürth wanted to win to seal the title, but were met with tough resistance. In the end, Hansa got a deserved draw, and Greuther Fürth took the title anyway, as Frankfurt lost at Karlsruhe.

1860 played crap, Aachen picks up a bittersweet win in saying goodbye to the 2.Liga. The Alemannen needed Frankfurt to equalize in Karlsruhe, which didn’t happen. So despite a decent effort, Aachen is relegated.

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