3.Liga – Sandhausen looking good

Huge win for leaders Sandhausen, who look serious about promotion. Big win for Aalen too, as they upend Regensburg and move into 2nd.

3.Liga - Round 24

VfB Stuttgart II      -   Wacker Burghausen	canceled
Carl Zeiss Jena	      -   1. FC Heidenheim	canceled
SV Babelsberg 03      -   Preußen Münster       0:2 (0:2)    1,549
Arminia Bielefeld     -   SV Sandhausen	        1:3 (0:2)    6,502
VfR Aalen	      -   Jahn Regensburg	2:1 (0:1)    3,154
SV Darmstadt 98	      -   SV Wehen Wiesbaden	0:1 (0:1)    4,000
Chemnitzer FC	      -   SpVgg Unterhaching	5:1 (2:0)    3,400
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen   -   Kickers Offenbach	1:1 (1:0)    2,649
Werder Bremen II      -   1. FC Saarbrücken	2:2 (2:0)      347
VfL Osnabrück	      -   Rot-Weiß Erfurt       Tuesday

 1  SV Sandhausen	       23   12 	 7   4 	   35:24  +11 	  43
 2  VfR Aalen	  	       23   11 	 7   5 	   30:22  +8 	  40
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 3  Jahn Regensburg	       23   10 	 8   5 	   37:22  +15 	  38
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 4  1. FC Saarbrücken	       24    8 	11   5 	   42:32  +10 	  35
 5  Wacker Burghausen          23    8 	11   4 	   36:29  +7 	  35
 6  Chemnitzer FC (N)          24   10 	 5   9 	   31:29  +2 	  35
 7  1. FC Heidenheim           23    9 	 7   7 	   26:24  +2 	  34
 8  Rot-Weiß Erfurt            23    8 	 9   6 	   28:24  +4 	  33
 9  Kickers Offenbach          23    9 	 6   8 	   28:25  +3 	  33
10  VfB Stuttgart II           23    8 	 9   6 	   27:29  -2 	  33
11  Preußen Münster (N)        23    7 	10   6 	   25:26  -1 	  31
12  VfL Osnabrück (A)          21    6 	11   4 	   22:17  +5 	  29
13  SV Wehen Wiesbaden         23    7 	 8   8 	   26:28  -2 	  29
14  SV Babelsberg 03           24    7 	 8   9 	   33:36  -3 	  29
15  Arminia Bielefeld (A)      24    7 	 8   9 	   32:38  -6 	  29
16  SpVgg Unterhaching         23    8 	 4   11    38:38   0 	  28
17  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)        24    7 	 6   11    31:34  -3 	  27
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18  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen (A)    24    4 	 9   11    21:31  -10 	  21
19  Carl Zeiss Jena            22    4 	 6   12    24:43  -19 	  18
20  Werder Bremen II           24    3 	 8   13    24:45  -21 	  11

Sandhausen’s win in Bielefeld was quite impressive, especially since Arminia had been showing signs of recovery from their disastrous start. The leaders didn’t generate many chances, but were clinical when they arrived. Bielefeld pressed hard at times, but most threats were easily parried. This was Arminia’s first defeat in seven home matches. I find it hard to take Sandhausen seriously, but they seem to be a determined squad and can grind out the victories.

The big match was in Aalen, although you’d never guess it with only a little over 3,000 in attendance. That seems to be the main problem with lower division German football, attendance is somewhat sketchy unless you’re a “traditional” going through hard times. In any case, Regensburg took the lead, but a courageous fighting Aalen stromed back to seize the lead and deservedly keep the points. This allows them to vault over Jahn into 2nd.

Wehen’s win at Darmstadt probably gives the villagers a nice cushion in the relegation battle. Wehen took the lead after 32 minutes on a goal by Steffen Wohlfahrt, but they didn’t make it easy on themselves: 5 minutes later Canadian international Nikolas Ledgerwood got red carded for a dirty foul. Darmstadt pressed for an equalizer, but Wehen showed solid organization and was able to bring home the points.

Saarbrücken survived at Bremen II due to a 2nd half effort. That blew a chance to sneak closer to Regensburg. They were down two at half due to a brace by Felix Kroos, Bayern star Toni Kroos’ younger brother.

Chemnitz had a nice outing as they thumped unpredicatble Unterhaching. Oberhausen showed some signs of life in their draw against Offenbach, but coach Mario Basler’s side has a way to go if they want to stave off relegation.

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