2.Liga: Eintracht moves to top

Eintracht Frankfurt stormed to the top of the table as Düsseldorf went down in flames and Fürth stubbed their toe at Ingolstadt…

2.Liga - Round 22

MSV Duisburg          -   FC St. Pauli          0:1 (0:1)   15,177
Karlsruher SC         -   Energie Cottbus       2:0 (0:0)   11,180
SC Paderborn 07       -   Dynamo Dresden        2:2 (1:1)    8,066
VfL Bochum            -   1. FC Union Berlin    4:2 (1:0)   11,501
Eintracht Frankfurt   -   FSV Frankfurt         6:1 (2:0)   40,700
Alemannia Aachen      -   Hansa Rostock         0:0 (0:0)   14,178
FC Ingolstadt         -   SpVgg Greuther Fürth  0:0 (0:0)    7,010
1860 München          -   Fortuna Düsseldorf    2:1 (1:1)   21,400
Erzgebirge Aue        -   Eintr. Braunschweig   1:1 (1:1)    6,200

 1  Eintracht Frankfurt (A)	  22   13   7 	2     50:22  +28    46
 2  FC St. Pauli (A)	  	  22   14   3 	5     42:24  +18    45
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 3  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	  22   13   5 	4     47:18  +29    44
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 4  Fortuna Düsseldorf 	  	  22   12   8 	2     46:24  +22    44
 5  SC Paderborn 07	  	  22   12   7 	3     35:24  +11    43
 6  1860 München	  	  21   12   2 	7     44:29  +15    38
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	  22   10   4 	8     38:36  +2     34
 8  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	  22 	8   7 	7     27:25  +2     31
 9  VfL Bochum          	  22 	9   3 	10    32:34  -2     30
10  Dynamo Dresden (N)  	  22 	7   5 	10    38:41  -3     26
11  Energie Cottbus               22 	6   6 	10    21:35  -14    24
12  MSV Duisburg	  	  22 	5   5 	12    27:34  -7     20
13  Alemannia Aachen 	  	  22 	3  11 	8     20:28  -8     20
14  Erzgebirge Aue	  	  21 	4   8 	9     18:34  -16    20
15  Karlsruher SC                 22 	5   4 	13    23:44  -21    19
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16  FSV Frankfurt	  	  22 	3   9 	10    22:44  -22    18
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17  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	  22 	3   8 	11    23:41  -18    17
18  Hansa Rostock (N)	  	  22 	2  10 	10    18:34  -16    16

The Frankfurt derby turned out to be a rout. Eintracht was just too superior to FSV, although things were a bit closer than expected. Eintracht opened the scoring early, but FSV was by no means bad. They were under considerable pressure, and after 33 minutes, gave up another goal. The hosts continued to attack, but now the Bornheimer began to launch effective counterattacks, and actually created some clear chances to score and even out the match. Although Eintracht held a 2-0 lead at half, the relegation threatened Bornheimers were in the game. However, after the restart, everything fell apart in a wild 10 minute spurt starting on the hour, when the “eagles” scored 3 more to put things away.  Outstanding player was Karim Matmour who scored the two openers and then finished the match with a late goal for a hattrick.

St.Pauli had a rough time in Duisburg, not because MSV was any good, but because both clubs struggled to get anything working. In the end, the Paulistas proved to be “tougher” and managed to eek out a win and keep pace. With the other results, this allows St.Pauli to vault into 2nd place.

Erstwhile leaders Düsseldorf actually drop from any promotion spot by losing in München to 1860. The Lions have been hoping to get back in the race, so this was a critical victory. 1860 came out of the blocks quickly, but Düsseldorf equalized and the match went back and forth. Aygün’s late header won the match for 1860, overall probably deserved because the light-blues gave just a little more effort (something they’ve been lacking the last few years).

Greuther Fürth had a chance to take the lead, but were stumped by a stubborn defensive effort from Ingolstadt. The underdogs have been recovering and once again showed their determination and improvement by holding the point steadfast.

Paderborn is still in shock from last week’s ass whupping in Fürth. The Westfalen struggled against Dresden, and were fortunate to grab a point. They started brightly, but then lost their way. Dynamo equalized and then took the lead with about 10 minutes left. In desperation, the hosts brought on American forward Matt Taylor, and his header in injury time saved the match. Paderborn will be disappointed that they controlled most of the match, but didn’t do much with their dominance. Ultimately Dresden is satisfied with a road point, although they could have stolen all 3.

Karlsruhe is continuing their slow climb to recovery. The attack combo of Klemen Lavric (just signed in winterbreak) and veteran Alex Iashvili (5 years already with KSC) was put together just before the start, but it paid divdends, as they both scored.

Rostock held on bitterly at Aachen to grab an away point and give indication that they’re not dead yet. (Hopefully for them, this is not a Monty Python and the Holy Grail moment..”I’m not dead yet”…) Aachen continues to disappoint.

Bochum and Union Berlin delivered an entertaining match that nobody cares about. The ref was at the center, handing out 3 penalties and a red card. Bochum probably deserves the win, as they kept up the pressure in the final stages, and were rewarded with a pair of goals that proved to be the difference.

Aue and Braunschweig played 1-1 on Monday. With Erzgebirge struggling, the board moved and fired head coach Rico Schmitt. His successor will be Karsten Baumann, who last coached VfL Osnabrück…

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