2.Liga, Round 4: Aua for Aue

“Aua” is German for “Ouch”, and that would be appropriate to describe the start for Erzgebirge Aue, as they have nothing to show for their matches so far. Visiting Düsseldorf showed no mercy as they jumped out quickly, kicking their hosts in the balls and basically deciding the game in 8 minutes. Erzgebirge was stunned and never got back in the game, and Fortuna waltzed home with a victory that they needed to stabilize their ship. Aue clearly needs to re-group fast, or they’ll be going down “sang und klanglos”…

Bochum is the new leader, as they travelled to Braunschweig for the top clash. It was a hard fought match, and Bochum showed that their rebuilding may be paying dividends. They looked confident and were good for their win. Braunschweig didn’t play poorly, but seemed on their back foot at times and unable to deal with rapid Bochum counterattacks. Still, you have to figure both clubs will be challenging for a promotion spot.

Ingolstadt is a surprise in the early rounds. The Schanzer are usually dicking around and in trouble, then get their act together and end up safe. They’ve started well, and kicked Sandhausen’s ass to slide into 2nd. Sandhausen looks crap and has some serious work to do, as only Aue has done worse.

Two teams off to shaky starts met in Berlin, and only one was happy after the match. Relegated Nürnberg finally impressed as they ripped host Union’s ass. The Berliners didn’t do themselves any favors, as they managed to get two players sent off in an already difficult situation where FCN was on total control. Portuguese midfielder Daniel Candeias had just joined der Club from Benfica, and had a very impressive debut.

Kaiserslautern might whine about crappy refereeing, as host Aalen were awarded a dubious late penalty that enabled them to salvage a point. But despite the pesky Aaleners running around energetically, FCK was in total control the whole match, and should have put this one to bed earlier. Instead they wasted chances and got punished.

Money vs empty pocketbooks. FSV Frankfurt has the smallest budget, Leipzig is swimming in RedBull cash. But it was FSv that controlled the match and pressed the Rasenballsportler to the wall. Leipzig GK Ben Bellot was quite busy, and luckily was in top form, so the RedBulls escape from Bornheim with a point.

Karlsruhe was looking to take the top spot, but promoted Heidenheim wouldn’t cooperate. The visitors showed up with a lot of fight and gave KSC all they could handle. The hosts eventually gained the upper hand, but disciplined defense gave Heidenheim a deserved point.

Another crap result for 1860. The Lions were more like kitty-cats as they were getting pushed around by an aggressive Darmstadt, who completely deserved their lead. Frankly, the 98ers should have won. 1860 got a surprise goal out of nothing from Okotie, but otherwise looked hapless. Darmstadt created several decent chances to win the match, but lacked the killer instinct to take all the points that were on the table.

Monday is an interesting match as Greuther Fürth hosts St. Pauli. Both have kinda sucked at times in their start, and will be looking to right their ships.

1. FC Union Berlin     -   1. FC Nürnberg	0:4 (0:2)   20,421

                      0:1  Candeias (7., R. Koch)
                      0:2  Gebhart (30., Candeias)
                      0:3  Mlapa (67., Gebhart)
                      0:4  R. Koch (78., Schöpf)

VfR Aalen	       -   1. FC Kaiserslautern	2:2 (0:1)   8,306

                      0:1  Stöger (15., Matmour)
                      1:1  Barth (65., Daghfous)
                      1:2  Lakic (71., Younes)
                      2:2  Leandro (87., penalty, Kaufmann)

FSV Frankfurt	       -   RB Leipzig	        0:0 (0:0)    6,043

Karlsruher SC	       -   1. FC Heidenheim	1:1 (0:1)   15,541

                      0:1  Grimaldi (6., Niederlechner)
                      1:1  Yabo (48., penalty, Torres)

Erzgebirge Aue	       -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	0:3 (0:2)    7,700

                      0:1  Hoffer (2., Schmitz)
                      0:2  Benschop (8., Schauerte)
                      0:3  Hoffer (50., Benschop)

Eintracht Braunschweig -   VfL Bochum	        1:2 (1:1)   22,275

                      0:1  Terodde (5., Sestak)
                      1:1  Boland (17.)
                      1:2  Terodde (77., Simunek)

1860 München	       -   SV Darmstadt 98	1:1 (0:1)   19,300

                      0:1  Stroh-Engel (31., Heller)
                      1:1  Okotie (54., Wood)

SV Sandhausen	       -   FC Ingolstadt 04	0:3 (0:1)    3,400

                      0:1  Lex (7., Morales)
                      0:2  Hinterseer (60., Leckie)
                      0:3  Lex (79., Morales)


Monday
SpVgg Greuther Fürth   -   FC St. Pauli	        -:- (-:-) 	



 1  VfL Bochum	  	        4    2 	2  0 	  9:4 	+5    8 
 2  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	4    2 	2  0 	  8:3 	+5    8
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 3  RasenBallsport Leipzig (N)	4    2 	2  0 	  4:0 	+4    8
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 4  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)	  	4    2 	2  0 	  6:3 	+3    8 		
 5  Karlsruher SC	  	4    2 	2  0 	  6:3 	+3    8 
 6  1. FC Kaiserslautern	4    2 	2  0 	  8:6 	+2    8 
 7  1. FC Nürnberg (A)	  	4    2 	0  2 	  6:6 	 0    6 
 8  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	4    1 	2  1  	  6:5 	+1    5 
 9  VfR Aalen	  	        4    1 	2  1 	  4:4 	 0    5 
10  1. FC Heidenheim (N)	4    1 	2  1 	  5:7 	-2    5 
11  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	3    1 	1  1 	  6:4 	+2    4 
12  Eintracht Braunschweig (A)	4    1 	1  2 	  7:6 	+1    4 
13  FSV Frankfurt	  	4    1 	1  2 	  4:5 	-1    4 
14  FC St. Pauli	  	3    1 	1  1 	  3:4 	-1    4 
15  1. FC Union Berlin	  	4    0 	3  1 	  2:6 	-4    3
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16  1860 München	  	4    0 	2  2 	  5:9 	-4    2
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17  SV Sandhausen	  	4    0 	1  3 	  2:7 	-5    1 
18  Erzgebirge Aue	  	4    0 	0  4 	  1:10 	-9    0


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

2 thoughts on “2.Liga, Round 4: Aua for Aue

  1. Hey,

    I really enjoy reading your blog and I have one question though. How come you are posting in English mate? Keep up the great work, highly appreciated. Looking forward to an awesome new Bundesliga season!

    • Hi,

      Glad you enjoy it. I write in English because German is less accessible to most folks. For German speakers, there are much better sources. I think one of the reasons that the EPL is the biggest football league internationally is that it’s English. Ultimately of course, it’s just a hobby for me…

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