2.Liga, Round 18

Kaiserslautern is floundering, and dropped their second straight. FCK started brightly, creating some good chances, but got nowhere. After that, Union was all over them. The Irons were resolute in their chances, and the FCK defense was half asleep. Good win for Union, further stabilizing. FCK is going to need some

Hertha took advantage of Lautern’s stumble, as the Berliners won a tough match in Paderborn. The match was largely equal in the 1st half, but Hertha had an edge early in the 2nd period. They took the lead and then held off furious Paderborn attacks. Good win for them on the road against a tough opponent. With 7 points on Lautern, Hertha looks good for a return to the Bundesliga.

Hardly anybody comes out to see FSV Frankfurt, and when the pitch is frozen and covered with snow, it’s likely to be even less. However this actually one of the best FSV squads in club history, at least if you look at their standings. The Bornheimers needed a win against tail-enders Sandhausen, another mini-club. They started quickly and the guests never really recovered.

MSV Duisburg is showing signs of life for the second week, as they won again, this time at Aalen. Both clubs played hard, given the circumstances. (Snow caused the match to be interrupted twice, as the field had to be cleared). Aalen can rightfully complain, as they really got robbed. They were denied a goal for “offsides”, and generally dominated the match, creating good chances. The Zebras played hard and waited for their chance, which came near the end when everybody was freezing their ass off. A fortunate win for MSV, but they’ll take it.

Bochum may look back and find out that this was perhaps the key in saving their ass. A critical bottom dweller match in Dresden, and VfL came out on top. Dynamo started out with furious assaults on the Bochum goal, but it was the visitors who struck. Then things topped even more in Dynamo’s favor, as Eyolfsson got his ass tossed for Bochum. But surprisingly, the Bochum defense held and Dresden basically just petered out like wimps, giving VfL their best result of the season.

UPDATE:

Köln gave evidence of their improvement as they gave leaders Braunschweig all they could handle. Despite falling behind, Köln continued their offensive, and looked like they were finally rewarded with a late winner. However in injury time Braunschweig was able to square the match. Overall, probably a fair result.

St.Pauli was stunned at home by Aue. Erzgebirge was solid in defense and deadly in attack. Both clubs struggled with poor field conditions, but obviously the easterners did a better job.

A hard-fought draw in Cottbus. Energie led most of the way, but was unable to keep down Ingolstadt. A late goal was the visitor’s reward in a decent performance, especially given rough field conditions.

A rather poor Bavarian derby, as neither side played really well. Regensburg, well, they’re no good, so at least they have an excuse. (They’re crap). 1860 was also played crap, but I’m sure what their explanation is. The fans were entertained, as at least things heated up in the 2nd half…the ref had to stop the match as 1860 fans threw fire bombs onto the pitch. Draw was a fair result.

 	
1. FC Union Berlin     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	   2:0 (1:0)   16,750 *

                      1:0  Terodde (43., Quiring)
                      2:0  Terodde (66., Pfertzel)


FSV Frankfurt	       -   SV Sandhausen	   3:1 (2:0)    2,612

                      1:0  Verhoek (2., Schlicke)
                      2:0  Yun (13., Kapllani)
                      2:1  Ulm (64., Löning)
                      3:1  Kapllani (83.)

VfR Aalen	       -   MSV Duisburg	           0:1 (0:0)    4,555

                      0:1  Wolze (84., Jovanovic)
	
 	
SC Paderborn 07	       -   Hertha BSC Berlin       0:1 (0:0)    9,416

                      0:1  Ramos (65., Niemeyer)

Dynamo Dresden	       -   VfL Bochum	           0:3 (0:2)   20,660

                      0:1  Aydin (17.)
                      0:2  Dabrowski (25., Goretzka)
                      0:3  Kramer (88., Gelashvili)

Sunday/Monday:
	
FC St. Pauli	       -   Erzgebirge Aue           0:3 (0:0)   20,740 *

                      0:1  Hochscheidt (49.)
                      0:2  Sylvestr (76., Wiegel)
                      0:3  Wiegel (89., Könnecke)

Energie Cottbus	       -   FC Ingolstadt 04         1:1 (1:0)    6,745

                      1:0  Sanogo (5., Adlung)
                      1:1  Mijatovic (79., Biliskov)

Jahn Regensburg	       -   1860 München             1:1 (0:0)   12,500 *

                      1:0  S. Hofmann (57., penalty, Neunaber)
                      1:1  Stoppelkamp (85., Ziereis)

1. FC Köln	       -   Eintracht Braunschweig   2:2 (0:1)   38,000

                      0:1  Kumbela (23., Ademi)
                      1:1  Clemens (47., M. Lehmann)
                      2:1  Ujah (88., Matuschyk)
                      2:2  Bicakcic (90. + 1, Theuerkauf)



 1  Eintracht Braunschweig	18   12   5   1     31:12  +19 	  41 
 2  Hertha BSC Berlin (A)	18   11   6   1     34:14  +20 	  39
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern (A)	18    8   8   2     29:20  +9 	  32
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 4  Energie Cottbus	  	18    8   5   5     26:20  +6 	  29 
 5  1. FC Union Berlin	  	18    7   6   5     27:23  +4 	  27 
 6  FSV Frankfurt	  	18    8   3   7     26:22  +4 	  27 
 7  1860 München	  	18    6   8   4     20:16  +4 	  26 
 8  VfR Aalen (N)	  	18    7   4   7     19:16  +3 	  25 
 9  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	18    6   7   5     22:21  +1 	  25 
10  1. FC Köln (A)	  	18    6   7   5     22:21  +1 	  25 
11  SC Paderborn 07	  	18    6   5   7     23:20  +3 	  23 
12  FC St. Pauli	  	18    5   6   7     18:22  -4 	  21 
13  Erzgebirge Aue	  	18    5   5   8     24:28  -4 	  20 
14  MSV Duisburg	  	18    5   3   10    16:30  -14 	  18 
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15  VfL Bochum	  	        18    4   5   9     20:33  -13 	  17
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16  Dynamo Dresden	  	18    3   6   9     18:28  -10 	  15
17  SV Sandhausen (N)	  	18    3   5   10    20:39  -19 	  14 
18  Jahn Regensburg (N)	  	18    3   4   11    20:30  -10 	  13


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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