2.Liga, Round 28

In *the* key battle of the season, Kaiserslautern biatch-slapped Köln to grab the critical 3rd place. The home side dominated the match would a strong display, and despite some moments, the visitors couldn’t keep up. This defeat stops Köln’s 15 match unbeaten streak. Of course despite the strong statement, Kaiserslautern could compeletely undo everything by sucking next week.

Crunching win for Aue at Bochum, a huge relegation result. Erzgebirge came ready to play, and the hosts looked like they didn’t want to be there. So Aue kicked their ass and grab critical points in the relegation battle. Bochum reacted by firing their manager and bringing in re-tread Peter Neururer to save the club. He’s bounced around all over Germany, with moderate success, but usually not more than two years at one place. Ironically, his longest stay was at Bochum in 2001-2004, with 49 wins, 42 losses, 30 draws.

Dresden look to be dead against St.Pauli, but a Filip Trojan bicycle-kick fueld a furious comeback and Dynamo pulled out an incredible win. St.Pauli is a tough opponent and seems to have secured their 2.Liga status, and pressed for a win. Dresden had a hard time getting going, but the decent crowd certainly helped getting things on track. This win allows them to leapfrog Bochum out of relegation. It’s still not over, but this will be looked as a critical turning point if they stay up.

Duisburg also continues to improve, and their hard-fought win over Sandhausen probably is the final nail in securing their 2.Liga status. 10 points up, so the Zebras seem to have done enough to avoid any relegation thoughts, and certainly they’ve improved over their lackluster midseason form. Sandhausen could still catch Bochum and get the survival playoff spot, but they’re essentially 4 points back.

Difficult victory for Aalen over Ingolstadt, especially the last half hour when the hosts had to fend off desperate FCI attacks. A good season for Aalen, looking the only promoted side to survive. As usual, Ingolstadt proves to be a tough opponent, but they end up with nothing to show.

The lights are pretty much out in Regensburg, they’re going down. Visiting FSV Frankfurt had little trouble pushing them around and getting the points.

Paderborn dominated the whole match against Union Berlin, but was staring at defeat. A Berlin win would have been highway robbery, kind of like putting your savings in a Cyprus bank, but luckily SCP at least managed the equalizer in injury time.

What did I tell you? As soon as 1860 even started to make some rumblings about going somewhere, they’d suck and disappoint their fans. So for something like the 6th time in a row, they were unable to win at home, this time against Cottbus. The Lions could have crept closer to the promotion spot, but were unable to get the job done…big surprise.

Monday night saw Hertha and Braunschweig decide who gets promoted as 2.Liga champion, and the answer seems to be Hertha. The Berliners dominated and kicked Braunschweig in the balls, winning clearly with a gala performance by their Brazilian attacking forward Ronny. Good news for Hertha was also that Ronny (16 goals) also extended his contract to 2017.


1. FC Kaiserslautern   -    1. FC Köln	         3:0 (1:0)   49,780 *

                      1:0  Idrissou (41., Baumjohann)
                      2:0  Simunek (50., Baumjohann)
                      3:0  Idrissou (79., Weiser)
 
VfL Bochum	       -    Erzgebirge Aue       0:3 (0:3)   13,133

                      0:1  Klingbeil (8., Hochscheidt)
                      0:2  Nickenig (29.)
                      0:3  Fa. Müller (37., Sylvestr)

VfR Aalen	       -    FC Ingolstadt 04     2:1 (1:1)   10,784

                      1:0  Reichwein (20., Leandro)
                      1:1  Caiuby (25., penalty, Mo. Hartmann)
                      2:1  Dausch (54., penalty, Buballa)

Dynamo Dresden	       -    FC St. Pauli	 3:2 (0:0)   29,193

                      0:1  Mohr (50., Bartels)
                      0:2  Ginczek (53., Gyau)
                      1:2  Trojan (62., Müller)
                      2:2  Losilla (66., LFiel)
                      3:2  Schuppan (77.)

Jahn Regensburg	       -    FSV Frankfurt        1:4 (0:0)    7,300

                      0:1  Y. Stark (56.)
                      0:2  Yelen (72., Gaus)
                      1:2  Hein (78., penalty, Amachaibou)
                      1:3  Kapllani (84., Leckie)
                      1:4  Kapllani (88., penalty, Leckie)


Sunday
 	
SC Paderborn 07	       -    1. FC Union Berlin	 1:1 (0:1)    7,590

                      0:1  Nemec (27., Mattuschka)
                      1:1  Strohdiek (90. + 2, Vrancic)

1860 München	       -    Energie Cottbus	 1:1 (0:0)   18,200

                      1:0  D. Halfar (58., Friend)
                      1:1  Bittroff (70., Stiepermann)

MSV Duisburg	       -    SV Sandhausen	 2:1 (1:1)   11,354

                      1:0  Perthel (31., Brosinski)
                      1:1  Fießer (34., Kandziora)
                      2:1  Bajic (65., penalty, Jovanovic)


Monday:
Hertha BSC	       -   Eintracht Braunschweig  3:0 (1:0)   51,029

                      1:0  Ronny (34., direct freekick)
                      2:0  Ramos (55., Rechtsschuss, Ronny)
                      3:0  Ronny (76., direct freekick)



 1  Hertha BSC Berlin (A)	28    18   8   2      54:21  +33    62
 2  Eintracht Braunschweig	28    17   7   4      44:22  +22    58
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern (A)	28    12   12  4      41:24  +17    48
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 4  1. FC Köln (A)	  	28    12   10  6      35:27  +8     46
 5  FSV Frankfurt	  	28    13   4   11     44:35  +9     43
 6  1860 München	  	28    10   12  6      30:23  +7     42
 7  Energie Cottbus	  	28    10   10  8      33:30  +3     40
 8  1. FC Union Berlin	  	28    10   9   9      45:41  +4     39
 9  SC Paderborn 07	  	28    10   7   11     38:35  +3     37
10  VfR Aalen (N)	  	28     9   9   10     30:32  -2     36
11  MSV Duisburg	  	28    10   6   12     31:43  -12    36
12  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	28     8   11  9      31:34  -3     35 
13  FC St. Pauli	  	28     8   9   11     32:38  -6     33 
14  Erzgebirge Aue	  	28     8   7   13     34:40  -6     31 
15  Dynamo Dresden	  	28     6   9   13     28:41  -13    27
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16  VfL Bochum	  	        28     6   8   14     30:47  -17    26
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17  SV Sandhausen (N)	  	28     5   8   15     34:56  -22    23
18  Jahn Regensburg (N)	  	28     4   6   18     32:54  -22    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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