2.Liga, Round 17

St.Pauli ended Lautern’s reign as the only unbeaten professional-club in Germany.

Overall, a well-played and hard fought draw in Aalen. The hosts were solid in the defensive half, and 1860, though more adventurous and attacking, was unable to gain much of an advantage. Ironically, although FCK often looks like they’re only going through the motions – probably the lamest unbeaten team ever – in this one they were full of fight and trying to win. Despite disadvantages, St.Pauli showed great spirit and would not be denied. This is what the club and fans expected from the Paulistas, but they haven’t shown it much during the season. FCK should realize that in the 2.Liga you’re never too far from somebody catching you.

Crap match in Regensburg between Jahn and Dynamo. Both sides had red-cards, and veteran captain Filip Trojan missed a penalty for Dresden. A draw seems about right, although both sides should have probably lost.

Instead of their usual sucking, Bochum actually played fairly decent, but come away with nothing, as Union willed themselves to a win. The Berliners have been tightening the ship and been in decent form recently, so the win is “in Ordnung”. You have to wonder what the hell is up in Bochum, considering they expected to challenge for promotion, not relegation. Although perhaps I misunderstood. In German, “Abstieg” is relegation; “Relegation” actually means playoffs, and there is a relegation playoff, so maybe that’s what they meant, hehehe…

Crap performance by Aue, blowing an opportunity to get some air at teh bottom. Sandhausen put in a gutty performance, especially they were down a man for almost half the match. Erzgebirge has had some decent results at home, but were without ideas, and were perhaps fortunate to even rescue a draw.

UPDATE:

Leaders Braunschweig were clearly superior, controlling the match at FSV Frankfurt. It wasn’t until the last few minutes when FSV threw everything into attack and got a goal that Eintracht had some uncomfortable moments. In the end, a deserved win for the leaders.

Köln looked pretty lame in the 1st half, as Ingolstadt showed tight defense and dangerous counters. However the visitors clearly ran out of gas and were worthless in the 2nd period, so it was easy for Köln to steer the match and hold the points. Crappy performance, but they get the bacon, so perhaps Köln is on the right path.

Duisburg shocked Paderborn in a largely lame match. It turned out to be a Tale of Goalkeepers. Paderborn’s Kruse got his ass tossed, giving MSV a penalty, and Duisburg’s Roland Müller (a German-Filipino and Phillipines International) came up with some good saves to preserve the Zebras crucial victory.

Hertha BSC grabbed an important win on the road at Cottbus, keeping pace with Braunschweig and getting a cushion over Kaiserslautern. (essentially 5 points). The match was pretty even and looked to peter out to a draw when Brazilian Ronny volleyed into the net.

Total attedance 122,860 (avg 13,651), one sellout

	
VfR Aalen	     -   1860 München	        1:1 (0:0)    9,342

                    1:0  Lechleiter (62., Valentini)
                    1:1  Wood (69., Bierofka)

Jahn Regensburg	     -   Dynamo Dresden	        0:0 (0:0)    6,500

FC St. Pauli	     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	1:0 (0:0)   21,045 *

                    1:0  Ginczek (67., Buchtmann)

1. FC Union Berlin   -   VfL Bochum	        2:1 (1:1)   16,074

                    1:0  Karl (3., Kohlmann)
                    1:1  Dedic (23., Dabrowski)
                    2:1  Nemec (51., Kohlmann)

Erzgebirge Aue	     -   SV Sandhausen	        2:2 (1:1)    6,150

                    1:0  Hochscheidt (8., Könnecke)
                    1:1  Löning (39., Achenbach)
                    1:2  Fießer (62., Löning)
                    2:2  Paulus (80., penalty, Hensel)


Sunday:
1. FC Köln	     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	1:0 (1:0)   38,500

                    1:0  Ujah (45., Strobl)
 
SC Paderborn 07	     -   MSV Duisburg	        0:2 (0:0)    7,431

                    0:1  B. Kern (58., penalty, Jovanovic)
                    0:2  Perthel (79., Pamic)


FSV Frankfurt	     -   Eintr. Braunschweig	1:2 (0:2)    4,748

                    0:1  Kruppke (12., Boland)
                    0:2  Ademi (33., Kumbela)
                    1:2  Konrad (87.)


Monday:
Energie Cottbus	     -   Hertha BSC	        1:2 (0:1)   13,070

                    0:1  Kluge (16., Niemeyer)
                    1:1  Sörensen (54., Stiepermann)
                    1:2  Ronny (84.)
 	


 1  Eintracht Braunschweig	17    12   4   1    29:10  +19 	  40 
 2  Hertha BSC Berlin (A)	17    10   6   1    33:14  +19 	  36
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern (A)	17     8   8   1    29:18  +11 	  32
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 4  Energie Cottbus	  	17     8   4   5    25:19  +6 	  28 
 5  VfR Aalen (N)	  	17     7   4   6    19:15  +4     25 
 6  1860 München	  	17     6   7   4    19:15  +4 	  25 
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	17     6   6   5    25:23  +2 	  24 
 8  FSV Frankfurt	  	17     7   3   7    23:21  +2 	  24 
 9  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	17     6   6   5    21:20  +1 	  24 
10  1. FC Köln (A)	  	17     6   6   5    20:19  +1 	  24 
11  SC Paderborn 07	  	17     6   5   6    23:19  +4 	  23 
12  FC St. Pauli	  	17     5   6   6    18:19  -1 	  21 
13  Erzgebirge Aue	  	17     4   5   8    21:28  -7 	  17 
14  Dynamo Dresden	  	17     3   6   8    18:25  -7 	  15 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        17     3   5   9    17:33  -16 	  14
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16  MSV Duisburg	  	17     4   3  10    15:30  -15 	  15
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17  SV Sandhausen (N)	  	17     3   5   9    19:36  -17 	  14
18  Jahn Regensburg (N)	  	17     3   3  11    19:29  -10 	  12 



A = Absteiger just Relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

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 

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