2.Liga, Round 20

The Zweite Liga was the last to restart after winterbreak, but the trends seem to be continuing. Braunschweig is going up because they are battle hardened squad that can grind out the points. Hertha is going up because they’ve figured things out, and well, there has to be a Berlin club in the Bundesliga. Not having one? That would be incredibly dumb, I mean, that’s like saying the NFL would have no team in Los Angeles!

Braunschweig had no problems with a lame Paderborn side, easily steering home the points. Hertha went nuts in Regensburg, at least in the 2nd half, kikcing their host in the balls and romping home in outrageous fashion, Jahn being somewhat over-killed.

Union Berlin has quietly moved into shouting range, and had no trouble disposing of Sandhausen. Not sure if the Berliners can mount a serious challenge, but they’re not too far off, and that’s all that matters in the 2.Liga.

Köln got off to a decent start, with a hard fought win over Aue. The home side deserved the win, but it looked to peter out to a draw as Kevin Pezzoni got sweet revenge by squaring the match late. As you might recall, Pezzoni was chased out of town by wanker Köln fans death threats, eventually signing with Aue. Still, a good win for Köln, who are probably too far back to try and get back in things, but look to recover from their hangover.

Intense match in Hamburg, but the Pauli and Energie keepers were sharp, and neither side had an edge.

Bochum looks to have done some homework in the winterbreak, and looked sprite rather than the listless bums from pre-winter. They grabbed the lead twice, but homeside Aalen has had a surprisingly strong campaign, and were able to fight back.

Dresden was perhaps fortunate to get a draw against Duisburg in a battle of troubled teams. Dynamo started out brightly, but as the match wore on, the Zebras dominated and it was only GK Ben Kirsten that kept the homeside from losing.

Ingolstadt was the more fortunate side in grabbing the win in Frankfurt. FSV coach Benno Möhlmann completed his 1,000th match as a professional, I think around 450 as a player, and some 550 as a head coach. (Next in line is Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes, who is at 996…)

Kaiserslautern got a somewhat lucky win against 1860 with a late goal. The hosts often looked the better team, but FCK made their chance count. This was important, as the club shows they are still serious about wanting “up”…they remain with a solid 5 point cushion for the playoff opportunity. For 1860, usual crap, but in play and result.

 	
1. FC Union Berlin   -   SV Sandhausen	         3:1 (2:0)   17,532

                    1:0  Parensen (6., Mattuschka)
                    2:0  Mattuschka (32., penalty)
                    3:0  Özbek (68., Terodde)
                    3:1  Schauerte (90.)
 
Dynamo Dresden	     -   MSV Duisburg	         0:0 (0:0)   23,353

VfR Aalen	     -   VfL Bochum	         2:2 (0:1)    5,211

                    0:1  Rzatkowski (25., Iashvili)
                    1:1  Cidimar (47., Barth)
                    1:2  Goretzka (51., Freier)
                    2:2  Lechleiter (71.)

1. FC Köln	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	         2:1 (1:0)   41,800

                    1:0  Maroh (4., Clemens)
                    1:1  Pezzoni (79., Kastrati)
                    2:1  Clemens (90. + 2, Ujah)

SC Paderborn 07	     -   Eintracht Braunschweig	 1:2 (0:1)   10,709

                    0:1  Petersch (9., Reichel)
                    0:2  Dogan (74., Elabdellaoui)
                    1:2  Bertels (90. + 2, Kachunga)

FC St. Pauli	     -   Energie Cottbus	 0:0 (0:0)   26,578

FSV Frankfurt	     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	 0:2 (0:0)    3,056

                    0:1  Lappe (57., Korkmaz)
                    0:2  Caiuby (67.)

Jahn Regensburg	     -   Hertha BSC	         1:5 (0:0)   10,212

                    0:1  Ramos (52., Ronny)
                    0:2  Ronny (56., penalty, Kluge)
                    0:3  Wagner (68., Ronny)
                    1:3  Weidlich (78.)
                    1:4  Ronny (85., Ramos)
                    1:5  Knoll (90.)


Monday:

1860 München	     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern    0:1 (0:0)   19,100

                    0:1  Riedel (87., Drazan)



 1  Eintracht Braunschweig	20    14   5   1     37:16  +21    47 
 2  Hertha BSC Berlin (A)	20    13   6   1     41:16  +25    45
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern (A)	20     9   8   3     30:21  +9 	   35
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 4  1. FC Union Berlin	  	20     8   6   6     33:28  +5 	   30 
 5  Energie Cottbus	  	20     8   6   6     26:23  +3 	   30 
 6  VfR Aalen (N)	  	20     8   5   7     22:18  +4 	   29 
 7  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	20     7   8   5     24:21  +3 	   29 
 8  1. FC Köln (A)	  	20     7   8   5     24:22  +2 	   29 
 9  1860 München	  	20     6   9   5     21:18  +3 	   27 
10  FSV Frankfurt	  	20     8   3   9     27:26  +1 	   27 
11  Erzgebirge Aue	  	20     6   5   9     28:30  -2 	   23 
12  SC Paderborn 07	  	20     6   5   9     24:26  -2 	   23 
13  FC St. Pauli	  	20     5   8   7     18:22  -4 	   23 
14  MSV Duisburg	  	20     6   4   10    20:32  -12    22 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        20     5   6   9     26:35  -9 	   21
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16  Dynamo Dresden	  	20     3   8   9     19:29  -10    17
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17  SV Sandhausen (N)	  	20     3   6   11    21:42  -21    15 
18  Jahn Regensburg (N)	  	20     3   4   13    23:39  -16    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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