2.Liga, Round 31

(Details after Sunday’s matches)

Braunschweig is officially up! Regensburg officially down! Sandhausen buying 3.Liga train passes! Dresden asking if they can get early bird discount on same!

It looked like Braunschweig would have to secure promotion in front of their own fans. The Lions and Schanzers battled to a draw in Ingolstadt, and that seemed a fair result. But then Vrancic knocked in a direct free kick on basically the last play of the match to boost Braunscwhweig into the Bundesliga. So next week will be celebration regardless of outcome.

St.Pauli wanted to secure their 2.Liga status, but Hertha rained on their parade. The Berliners were in control, but after the break the Hamburgers launched an all out assualt, pushing Hetha into the defensive. It looks like their pressing would pay off, put in a wild closing stretch things fell apart. Hertha shows why they’re going up as champions as they knocked out the Paulistas with a one-two-combo and grabbed the win.

Köln dicked around against 1860 and was duly punished. The home side dominated the match but refused to score more goals, and eventually that bit them in the ass. 1860 showed little, but to their credit they realized that the “emperor had no clothes” and woke to claim a point.

However, things worked out for the Goats, as Lautern went down in flames in Cottbus. Energie was all over them, trying hard to play the spoiler, and FCK was well beaten.

Critical relegation match in Sandhausen, and Bochum deservedly gets the win. Once again the revived Bochumers outplayed their opponent with the backs to the wall, and got the result they needed. Neururer’s command has lifted the Blues from the brink to one-foot in salvation. SVS is going down, conceding too many goals and not having a clue offensively. Usually that doesn’t bode too well.

Dresden seemed to playing fairly well, but they were facing an in-form FSV Frankfurt. They made some mistakes and the Bornheimers pounced on them. Dynamo is now in desperate straights, perhaps condemned to the relegation playoff. FSV is having their best season ever, and theoretically could even sneak into the Bundesliga if Kaiserslautern or Köln falter, For a club that has constantly battled against relegation in their 2.Liga stay, life is looking pretty good.

Aue and Duisburg split points in a tense relegation battle. Erzgebirge was the dominant squad, but the Zebras were well disciplined at the back and overall did enough to get the draw. Both benefit immensely from Dresden getting overrun in mini-Frankfurt.

Union Berlin did very little, but it was enough to defeat Regensburg and see Jahn condemned to relegation. The Berliners had been in a slump that killed any dreams they may have had about going up.

Paderborn blew a two goal lead against Aalen, not that anyone really cares. SCP could have done a lot more this season, but Aalen has to be pretty happy. Now they just need to come up with some green (or whatever color 6 million euros is) so they they can prove they have the financial resources to receive their 2.Liga license…

Total attendance this round was 137,240 (avg 15,249)



1. FC Union Berlin    -    Jahn Regensburg	    1:0 (0:0)   16,857

                     1:0  Mattuschka (63., penalty, Özbek)

FC Ingolstadt 04      -    Eintracht Braunschweig   0:1 (0:0)    9,471

                     0:1  Vrancic (90. + 2, direct freekick)

SV Sandhausen	      -    VfL Bochum	            0:1 (0:1)    4,400

                     0:1  Maltritz (41., Rzatkowski)

FSV Frankfurt	      -    Dynamo Dresden	    3:1 (0:0)    6,075

                     1:0  Y. Stark (55.)
                     2:0  Verhoek (67., Teixeira)
                     3:0  Roshi (84., Lamidi)
                     3:1  Fort (86., Trojan)

Erzgebirge Aue	      -    MSV Duisburg	            0:0 (0:0)    9,000

Sunday:
 	
1. FC Köln	      -    1860 München     	    1:1 (1:0)   49,100

                     1:0  Ujah (7., Clemens)
                     1:1  D. Halfar (78., Stoppelkamp)

FC St. Pauli	      -    Hertha BSC	            2:3 (0:1)   29,063

                     0:1  Allagui (23., Ramos)
                     1:1  Thy (66., Bartels)
                     2:1  Ginczek (85., penalty, Ebbers)
                     2:2  Ronny (88., Ramos)
                     2:3  Wagner (90., Kobiashvili)

SC Paderborn 07	      -    VfR Aalen	            2:2 (2:0) 	 5,729

                     1:0  Vrancic (14., Meha)
                     2:0  P. Hofmann (20., Demme)
                     2:1  Reichwein (64., penalty, Buballa)
                     2:2  Reichwein (89., Calamita)


Monday:
Energie Cottbus	      -    1. FC Kaiserslautern	    4:2 (1:0)    7,545

1:0  Banovic (32., penalty, Bittroff)
1:1  Idrissou (50., Baumjohann)
2:1  Sanogo (53., Rivic)
3:1  Fomitschow (81., Farina)
3:2  Bunjaku (86., penalty, Riedel)
4:2  Sanogo (90. + 3, Fomitschow)
	


 1  Hertha BSC (A) Berlin	31    20   9 	2      59:24  +35     69 
 2  Eintracht Braunschweig	31    19   8 	4      49:27  +22     65
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern (A)	31    13   13 	5      47:29  +18     52
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 4  1. FC Köln (A)	  	31    13   12 	6      37:28  +9      51 
 5  FSV Frankfurt	  	31    15   5 	11     50:38  +12     50 
 6  1860 München	  	31    10   13 	8      33:29  +4      43
 7 1. FC Union Berlin	  	31    11   10 	10     46:44  +2      43 
 8  Energie Cottbus	  	31    11   10 	10     37:35  +2      43 
 9  VfR Aalen (N)	  	31    10   10 	11     35:35   0      40 
10  SC Paderborn 07	  	31    10   9 	12     40:40   0      39 
11  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	31     9   12 	10     34:37  -3      39 
12  MSV Duisburg	  	31    10   9 	12     33:45  -12     39 
13  FC St. Pauli	  	31     9   9 	13     37:45  -8      36 
14  VfL Bochum	  	        31     9   8 	14     36:47  -11     35 
15  Erzgebirge Aue	  	31     8   10 	13     36:42  -6      34
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16  Dynamo Dresden	  	31     7   10 	14     30:44  -14     31
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17  SV Sandhausen (N)	  	31     5   8 	18     35:61  -26     23 
18  Jahn Regensburg (N)	  	31     4   7 	20     33:57  -24     19


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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