2.Liga, Round 26

1860 hosted leaders Hertha, and with 1860 in the house, you know it’s going to be Schlaraffenland (basically, sleepy time). And sure enough, the only action in the 1st half was the line judge putting up and offsides flag. However in the 2nd period, 1860 did a lot better and pressured Hertha, but not enough to really cause much trouble, since they suck. Basically a vacation day in München for the leaders.

Bochum looked the better team against Braunschweig, as the soon-to-be-promoted side disappointed with dour defensive play. The Bochumers however couldn’t really crack the defensive shell, and sure enough at the end Braunschwieg countered and grab a somewhat dubious win. But that’s what the 2.Liga is all about: grind out some key points even when you play poorly.

Odd outcome in Paderborn, as FSV Frankfurt controlled most of the match, but wasted chances. Paderborn took theirs and thereby kicked FSV in the balls, likely ending any hopes of playoffs for Frankfurt.

Exciting match in Berlin, and Union maintained the upper hand against St.Pauli. The match went back and forth, with Union generally having the edge, and it wasn’t until a spurt at the end that Berlin sealed the win – which keeps Union in playoff potential. Maruis Ebbers did manage his 100th goal for St.Pauli.

Duisburg hadn’t beaten Cottbus at home since 2004, and this was yet another ho-hum performance. Both teams ran around aimlessly, but the Zebras did enough to finally get a win. Important points for MSV to stay above relegation, but Energie could have put pressure on a playoff spot with a win.

Kaiserslautern finally had a decent outing with a routine thumping of Ingolstadt, thereby defending 3rd place. They were pretty lame in the 1st half, but a penalty got them the advantage. In the 2nd half FCK was more focused, but in any case Ingolstadt was crap, so it turned into an easy win.

Aalen and Sandhausen were crap. But the home side was a little less crap and looked to have the match won, as it was just a boring kickabout. But suddenly SVS countered with a couple of goals out of nothing, and seemingly would get a great road win. However Aalen got their act together for a late effort and were rewarded with a last minute goal and a draw. Nice away point for Sandhausen, but they really could have used the (undeserved) win.

A hard fought relegation battle in Regensburg between Jahn and Erzgebirge. Both sides needed a result, Regensburg desperately so. It started out at a surprisingly high-level, both teams attacking. Regensburg gradually got the edge, but not enough to get the win. The most memorable point however early in the 1st half as Hochscheidt and Laurito went up for a header and cracked heads, both having to be hauled off to the hospital.

On Monday, 1. FC Köln brought home teh bacon with a win at Dresden. The Kölners played solid, if unspectacular. Dynamo tried hard, but their finishing was downright embarassing. A late double by Ujah gave Köln the points and keep them on Kaisersluatern’s tail. Dresden missed a chance to move up and continue in the red zone.

Total attendance this week was 138,810 (avg 15,423), with one sell out at Union Berlin…

 	
SC Paderborn 07	       -   FSV Frankfurt	     3:0 (1:0)    5,397

                      1:0  Meha (21., penalty, Wemmer)
                      2:0  M. Görlitz (84., own goal, Meha)
                      3:0  Bertels (90., Saglik)

1. FC Union Berlin     -   FC St. Pauli	             4:2 (2:1)   21,410 *

                      1:0  Terodde (20., Mattuschka)
                      1:1  Ebbers (37., Kringe)
                      2:1  Mattuschka (42., Özbek)
                      2:2  Schachten (76.
                      3:2  Nemec (81., Mattuschka)
                      4:2  Terodde (83., Jopek)

MSV Duisburg	       -   Energie Cottbus	     2:1 (1:0)    9,547

                      1:0  Jovanovic (37., Bajic)
                      2:0  Bajic (80., penalty, Exslager)
                      2:1  Rivic (87., Hünemeier)

1860 München	       -   Hertha BSC	             0:0 (0:0)   25,400

VfL Bochum	       -   Eintracht Braunschweig    0:1 (0:0)   12,371

                      0:1  Kumbela (85., Elabdellaoui)


Sunday:

1. FC Kaiserslautern   -    FC Ingolstadt 04	     3:0 (1:0)   24,353

                      1:0  Bunjaku (42., penalty, Bunjaku)
                      2:0  Bunjaku (71., Idrissou)
                      3:0  Idrissou (87., Simunek)

VfR Aalen	       -    SV Sandhausen	     2:2 (1:0)    6,277

                      1:0  Lechleiter (30., Reichwein)
                      1:1  Wooten (70., Mäkelä)
                      1:2  Mäkelä (82., Löning)
                      2:2  Abe (90., Lechleiter)

Jahn Regensburg	       -    Erzgebirge Aue	     1:1 (1:1) 	  6,771

                      0:1  Schlitte (12., Hochscheidt)
                      1:1  Koke (26.)

Monday:
Dynamo Dresden	       -   1. FC Köln                0:2 (0:0)   27,284

                      0:1  Ujah (73., Strobl)
                      0:2  Ujah (81., Bröker)



 1  Hertha BSC Berlin (A)	26    16   8   2      49:21  +28    56
 2  Eintracht Braunschweig	26    16   7   3      42:21  +21    55
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern (A)	26    11   11  4      37:23  +14    44
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 4  1. FC Köln (A)	  	26    11   10  5      33:23  +10    43 
 5  1. FC Union Berlin	  	26    10   8   8      44:37  +7     38 
 6  1860 München	  	26     9   11  6      28:22  +6     38 
 7  Energie Cottbus	  	26    10   8   8      31:28  +3     38 
 8  FSV Frankfurt	  	26    11   4   11     37:34  +3     37 
 9  SC Paderborn 07	  	26    10   5   11     35:32  +3     35 
10  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	26     8   11  7      30:31  -1     35 
11  VfR Aalen (N)	  	26     8   8   10     27:30  -3     32 
12  FC St. Pauli	  	26     8   8   10     28:33  -5     32 
13  MSV Duisburg	  	26     8   6   12     28:42  -14    30 
14  Erzgebirge Aue	  	26     7   7   12     31:39  -8     28 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        26     6   8   12     30:42  -12    26
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16  Dynamo Dresden	  	26     5   9   12     24:37  -13    24
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17  SV Sandhausen (N)	  	26     5   7   14     32:53  -21    22 
18  Jahn Regensburg (N)	  	26     4   6   16     30:48  -18    18



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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