3.Liga, Round 5

The 3.Liga certainly doesn’t look predictable. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, some surprises pop up which takes you back to the drawing board.

Esrtwhile leaders Heidenheim got dumped in Darmstadt, and it wasn’t undeserved, as the leaders showed zip. The Lilies showed a forceful engagement and pull off a solid win. So far things are going nicely for Darmstadt, taking advantage of their relegation reprieve. They got the good news that next round of the DFB-Pokal – a home tie against Schalke, sure to be a sellout – will also be televised live.

Meanwhile, Rostock looked like they were on the up, but got kicked in the balls by Unterhaching, who had heretofore been rather crap. The Mini-Munchkins grabbed an early lead, and despite furious Hansa assaults, held on for an important win.

Another pre-season favorite, Osnabrück, looked pretty lame and showed nothing at Saarbrücken (who as an ex-Bundesligist *should* be halfway decent, but basically have sucked). Münster, a contender last season and expected to challenge seriously, got owned by upstart Kiel at home no less. The Preussen ran around a lot, but it was Holstein that looked the experienced side.

Wehen has been an early surprise, and they re-claimed the top with a solid away win at Burghausen, who already look ready to be relegated. Moneybags “We know you’re really Red Bull” Leipzig gave a solid performance in dispatching Erfurt. It seems like despite all the propaganda, the Leipzigers are slowly warming to the idea. To be honest, I think what ticks most folks off is the blatant “RB” as “Rasenballsport” nonsense. Germans like to pretend their football is still pure and devoid of commercialism, which is of course silly. Money talks and Bullsh*t walks. Of course it is a fair cop that RedBull went about the whole process in an annoyingly blatant manner, so they deserve some guff. Still, if Leipzig keep winning, I think the locals will come around, as they are starved for some decent football. It looks like Leipzig and Duisburg will be drawing the largest crowds this season.

At the bottom, Halle got things straight as they finally won, upending Elversberg in a relegation battle (perhaps to early to talk about that, but surely Elversberg will struggle).

Total attendance 70,834 (avg 7,083)

MSV Duisburg	      -   Chemnitzer FC	        1:1 (1:1)   14,368
Hallescher FC	      -   SV Elversberg	        2:0 (0:0)    6,347
1. FC Saarbrücken     -   VfL Osnabrück	        0:0 (0:0)    3,695
Hansa Rostock	      -   SpVgg Unterhaching	0:1 (0:1)   10,400
SV Darmstadt 98	      -   1. FC Heidenheim	1:0 (0:0)    5,100
Borussia Dortmund II  -   Jahn Regensburg	1:2 (0:0)    2,228
RB Leipzig	      -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt	2:0 (1:0)   14,103
Wacker Burghausen     -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	1:3 (1:1)    2,000
Preußen Münster	      -   Holstein Kiel	        0:3 (0:3)    8,123
Stuttgarter Kickers   -   VfB Stuttgart II	0:2 (0:1)    4,470


 1  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  5 	  4  1 	0   12:4   +8 	  13
 2  Holstein Kiel (N)	  5 	  3  2 	0   10:2   +8 	  11
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 3  RB Leipzig (N)	  5 	  3  2 	0    8:4   +4 	  11
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 4  1. FC Heidenheim	  5 	  3  1 	1    9:3   +6 	  10 
 5  VfL Osnabrück	  5 	  3  1 	1    7:2   +5 	  10 
 6  Hansa Rostock	  5 	  3  1 	1    7:4   +3 	  10 
 7  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  5 	  2  2 	1    8:6   +2 	  8 
 8  MSV Duisburg (A)	  5 	  2  2 	1    6:4   +2 	  8 
 9  SV Darmstadt 98	  5 	  2  2 	1    6:5   +1 	  8 
10  VfB Stuttgart II	  5 	  2  1 	2    6:5   +1 	  7 
11  Preußen Münster	  5 	  1  3 	1    9:9    0 	  6 
12  Borussia Dortmund II  5 	  2  0 	3    6:9   -3 	  6 
13  Jahn Regensburg (A)	  5 	  1  2 	2    8:10  -2 	  5 
14  Chemnitzer FC	  5 	  1  2 	2    7:10  -3 	  5 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching	  5 	  1  2 	2    6:9   -3 	  5 
16  1. FC Saarbrücken	  5 	  1  1 	3    4:9   -5 	  4 
17  Hallescher FC	  5 	  1  0 	4    3:7   -4 	  3
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18  SV Elversberg (N)	  5 	  0  2 	3    2:7   -5 	  2		
19  Stuttgarter Kickers	  5 	  0  2 	3    2:9   -7 	  2 
20  Wacker Burghausen	  5 	  0  1 	4    3:11  -8 	  1


A = Absteiger just relegated 
N = Neuling just promoted

1st line: Promotion to 2.Liga
2nd line: Promotion Playoff with 2.Liga 16th place
3rd line: Relegation to Regionalliga

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