2.Liga, Round 17

Köln is the mythical Herbstmeister, but the dogfight at the top remains. Greuther Fürth remains on their tail, as does Kaiserslautern. And a whole slew of clubs are potentially able to pounce if the top three falter.

Köln had some problems with struggling FSV Frankfurt. Mainly, wasting good chances kept the Bornheimers in the game, and although they never really like winning, FSV was giving a good account of themselves. Eventually however Köln broke through and got the deserved win.

Greuther Fürth had trouble with resurgent Sandhausen, but in end were able to get the win and keep pace. However the most important thing was what happened outside the scoreline. With the score 1-1, Greuther Fürth appeared to take the lead, as the referee allowed a goal for the Greuther off a rebound. However the player in question, Florian Trinks, told the referee that the ball had bounced off his hand and should not be counted. A great demonstration of sportsmanship that sadly one hasn’t come to expect. In any case, Fürth continued to apply the pressure and got the win, and Trinks even scored a goal.

The sensation was in Kaiserslautern, as Oliver Reck debuted as new Fortuna Düsseldorf coach. This was expected to be a wipe out, and indeed the hosts dominated and had several huge chances to grab a quick goal. Instead ex-FCK man Erwin Hoffer scored on Düsseldorf’s first shot of the game – which took over half an hour. Lautern ran and continued to beat their head against the Fortuna defense, and so the visitors get an unlikely victory.

St.Pauli’s GK Philip Tschauner stopped an early penalty, and then an efficient display saw Pauli grab all the points in Aue.

A rather dour defensive struggle in Karlsruhe, so KSC and Bochum split a goose-egg and the draw.

Desperate relegation battle in Bielefeld. Arminia got the upper hand against Dresden, but fell asleep and Dynamo stole a point with a late injury time goal.

Ingolstadt seized an opportunity and delivered a kick to the balls of hosts Cottbus. The Stadion der Freundschaft hasn’t been the bulwark that Energie usualy commands, and the Schanzers win here actually rubs the host nose in in. Cottbus is firmly tethered to the bottom, and Ingolstadt has amazingly climbed out of the relegation zone.

Total attendance 129,715 (avg 14,413)

 	
Erzgebirge Aue	      -   FC St. Pauli	        0:2 (0:2)    8,700

                     0:1  Bartels (8., Buchtmann)
                     0:2  Gregoritsch (25., Bartels)

Karlsruher SC	      -   VfL Bochum	        0:0 (0:0)   13,278

Arminia Bielefeld     -   Dynamo Dresden	1:1 (0:0)   14,578

1. FC Köln	      -   FSV Frankfurt	        2:0 (0:0)   43,300

                     1:0  Ujah (54., Risse)
                     2:0  Risse (84., M. Lehmann)

1860 München	      -   1. FC Union Berlin	2:1 (0:0)   18,700

                     1:0  Bülow (64., Stoppelkamp)
                     1:1  Mattuschka (74., penalty, Brandy)
                     2:1  D. Stahl (86., Stoppelkamp)

Energie Cottbus	      -   FC Ingolstadt 04      1:2 (1:1)    7,406

                     0:1  Caiuby (15.)
                     1:1  Banovic (28., Stiepermann)
                     1:2  Mo. Hartmann (77., P. Hofmann)

VfR Aalen	      -   SC Paderborn 07	2:4 (2:2)    4,761

                     0:1  Meha (12., Wurtz)
                     1:1  Klauß (18., Traut)
                     1:2  Sané (39., Meha)
                     2:2  Leandro (42., A. Hofmann)
                     2:3  Wurtz (54., Demme)
                     2:4  Meha (72., direct freekick)

SV Sandhausen	      -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	1:3 (1:1)    4,000

                     1:0  Tüting (16., D. Blum)
                     1:1  Füllkrug (32., Stieber)
                     1:2  Stieber (56., penalty, Zillner)
                     1:3  Trinks (76., Brosinski)

Monday:
1. FC Kaiserslautern  -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:1 (0:1)   29,570

                     0:1  Hoffer (31., Benschop)
 	


 1  1. FC Köln   	  	17    9  6  2 	  26:7 	 +19 	  33 
 2  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)	17   10  2  5 	  33:18  +15 	  32
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 3  1. FC Kaiserslautern	17    8  4  5 	  30:18  +12 	  28
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 4  FC St. Pauli	  	17    8  4  5 	  24:21  +3 	  28
 5  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	17    7  6  4 	  21:14  +7 	  27 
 6  1860 München	  	17    8  3  6 	  16:17  -1 	  27 
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	17    7  4  6 	  23:24  -1 	  25 
 8  SV Sandhausen	  	17    6  5  6 	  16:17  -1 	  23 
 9  SC Paderborn 07	  	17    6  5  6 	  30:32  -2 	  23 
10  VfL Bochum	  	        17    6  4  7 	  18:16  +2 	  22 
11  VfR Aalen	  	        17    6  4  7 	  18:20  -2 	  22 
12  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	17    6  4  7 	  16:25  -9 	  22
13  Dynamo Dresden	  	17    4  8  5 	  19:26  -7 	  20 
14  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	17    6  2  9 	  17:24  -7 	  20 
15  Erzgebirge Aue	  	17    6  2  9 	  21:29  -8 	  20 
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16  FSV Frankfurt	  	17    5  4  8 	  22:24  -2 	  19
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17  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	17    5  3  9 	  21:31  -10 	  18 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	17    3  4  10 	  20:28  -8 	  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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