2.Liga, Round 26: No real winners

This week the 2.Liga was mostly in a holding pattern. Few goals (12!) and only three wins, all on the road.

Leaders Köln dominated against Aalen, circling the opponent penalty box like sharks, but actually created few real chances. The Aaleners held firm with disciplined defense and probably deserved their point.

Paderborn held on to the critical playoff spot with a last minute goal at Union. The Berliners really needed a win to get back into the promotion race. They’ve got a huge mountain to climb now.

St.Pauli missed a chance to jump to 3rd, but actually they can be happy they even got a point at home against Ingolstadt. The visitors actually ran rings around their noses, and had a couple of chances to win the match.

Dresden hosted Greuther Fürth in a battle of opposite table ends. But you really couldn’t tell the difference, as the Greuther pretty much disappointed throughout. Dresden didn’t have enough to press for a win, and remain in dire straits. Fürth holds onto 2nd, but it’s a precarious grip.

Kaiserslautern has snuck back into the promotion race. The Devils looked a little more clever against 1860, and after taking the lead relied on their defense and goalkeeper to hold the win. However this is 1860 you’re talking about, so obviously they could be expected to suck when it counts.

Karlsruhe needed a win against Aue, but after taking an early essentially did squat. Erzgebirge got back into things and later equalized. and then KSC had no will to try and win the match. If they miss out on a promotion chance, this is definitely one they should remember. Aue floats above relegation, and has one foot in salvation.

Bochum remains in the worry zone above relegation, and they were completely outplayed at home by Sandhausen, who have ended any worries they may have had. A total lame performance by Bochum.

Boring match in Bornheim as FSV and Fortuna just kicked around the ball and then went to the pub. Both teams look pretty good from relegation, and perhaps that’s all they care about at this point.

A disaster for Bielefeld, as they gave up two injury time goals and lose at home to Cottbus. They needed to win to leapfrog Dresden and have a chance, but now things are complicated. Cottbus gets a big win. They’re too far behind Bochum to reach salvation, but they could get the playoff spot and potential for staying up. That’s more than they could have expected a couple of weeks ago. Arminia has basically been reduced to the same thing.

Total attendance 189,826 (avg 21,092)

 	
1. FC Union Berlin   -   SC Paderborn 07	1:1 (0:0)   18,820

                    1:0  Brandy (53., Mattuschka)
                    1:1  Hünemeier (89., Koc)

VfL Bochum	     -   SV Sandhausen	        0:1 (0:1)   11,322

                    0:1  Stiefler (7.)

Dynamo Dresden	     -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth	1:1 (0:0)   25,115

                    0:1  Djurdjic (71., penalty, Stieber)
                    1:1  Dedic (79., penalty, Ouali)

FSV Frankfurt	     -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:0 (0:0)    7,712

1. FC Köln	     -   VfR Aalen	        0:0 (0:0)   45,700

FC St. Pauli	     -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:0 (0:0)   28,301
 
1860 München	     -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	0:1 (0:0)   24,600

                    0:1  Gaus (55., Dick)
 
Karlsruher SC	     -   Erzgebirge Aue	        1:1 (1:0)   12,782

                    1:0  G. Krebs (13., Yabo)
                    1:1  S. Okoronkwo (68., Miatke)

Arminia Bielefeld    -   Energie Cottbus	1:3 (0:1)   15,474

                    0:1  Sanogo (33., Kopfball, Stiepermann)
                    1:1  K. Przybylko (80., Rechtsschuss, Schönfeld)
                    1:2  Salger (90., own goal, Stiepermann)
                    1:3  Sanogo (90. + 2)



 1  1. FC Köln	  	        26   13  10 3 	  38:15  +23 	  49 
 2  SpVgg Greuther Fürth (A)	26   13  6  7 	  45:30  +15 	  45
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 3  SC Paderborn 07	  	26   12  7  7 	  46:41  +5 	  43
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 4  FC St. Pauli	  	26   12  6  8 	  34:29  +5 	  42 
 5  1. FC Kaiserslautern	26   12  5  9 	  38:26  +12 	  41 
 6  Karlsruher SC (N)	  	26   10  10 6 	  35:23  +12 	  40 
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	26   10  9  7 	  38:32  +6 	  39 
 8  SV Sandhausen	  	26   10  7  9 	  22:22   0 	  37 
 9  1860 München	  	26    9  8  9 	  27:29  -2 	  35 
10  FSV Frankfurt	  	26    9  7  10 	  36:37  -1 	  34 
11  Fortuna Düsseldorf (A)	26    8  9  9 	  26:34  -8 	  33 
12  VfR Aalen	  	        26    8  8  10 	  25:32  -7 	  32 
13  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	26    8  7  11 	  25:30  -5 	  31 
14  Erzgebirge Aue	  	26    8  7  11 	  32:40  -8 	  31 
15  VfL Bochum	  	        26    8  6  12 	  23:29  -6 	  30
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16  Dynamo Dresden	  	26    4  13  9 	  27:39  -12 	  25
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17  Arminia Bielefeld (N)	26    7  4  15 	  31:50  -19 	  25 
18  Energie Cottbus	  	26    6  5  15 	  31:41  -10 	  23


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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