2.Liga: The race is on!

Everyone is jockeying for position at the top. Greuther Fürth was taking names and kicking ass against Bochum. Paderborn put in a superb effort to beat down Frankfurt.

2.Liga - Round 23

Dynamo Dresden	         -  	MSV Duisburg	     2:0 (0:0)    22,109
                        1:0  Fort (57., Koch)
                        2:0  Dedic (59., Kirsten)

1. FC Union Berlin	 -  	1860 München	     0:1 (0:0)    15,723
                        0:1  Aigner (82., Lauth)

Hansa Rostock	         -  	FC Ingolstadt 04     1:2 (1:0)    10,000
                        1:0  Borg (22., penalty, Jänicke)
                        1:1  Gusche (50., own goal, Schäfer)
                        1:2  Ikeng (72., Nemec)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth	 -  	VfL Bochum	     6:2 (2:1) 	   8,630
                         0:1  Inui (8., Delura)
                         1:1  Asamoah (21., Nehrig)
                         2:1  Vogt (40., own goal, Schmidtgal) 
                         3:1  Asamoah (50., Schröck)
                         4:1  Prib (61., Asamoah) 
                         4:2  Kramer (65.)
                         5:2  Schahin (72., Sararer) 
                         6:2  Nehrig (85., penalty, Pektürk)

Energie Cottbus	         -  	Erzgebirge Aue	     2:0 (1:0)     9,442
                        1:0  Sörensen (11., Banovic)
                        2:0  Rangelov (58., penalty)

SC Paderborn 07	         -  	Eintracht Frankfurt    4:2 (2:2)  15,000
                        1:0  Proschwitz (6., Meha)
                        2:0  Kara (18.)
                        2:1  Köhler (26.)
                        2:2  Meier (42., Rode)
                        3:2  Rupp (58., Proschwitz)
                        4:2  Wemmer (64., Kara)

FSV Frankfurt	         -  	Karlsruher SC	       2:1 (2:0)   6,089
                        1:0  Micanski (33., Yelen)
                        2:0  Cinaz (43.)
                        2:1  Zoller (72., Lavric)

FC St. Pauli	         -     Eintracht Braunschweig  0:0 (0:0)  24,487

Monday	
Fortuna Düsseldorf	 -  	Alemannia Aachen       0:0 (0:0)  28,761



 1  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	23   14    5 	4    53:20  +33     47
 2  Eintracht Frankfurt (A)	23   13    7 	3    52:26  +26     46
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 3  FC St. Pauli (A)	  	23   14    4 	5    42:24  +18     46
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 4  SC Paderborn 07	  	23   13    7 	3    39:26  +13     46
 5  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	23   12    9 	2    46:24  +22     45
 6  1860 München	  	22   13    2 	7    45:29  +16     41
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	23   10    4 	9    38:37  +1 	    34
 8  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	23    8    8 	7    27:25  +2 	    32
 9  VfL Bochum	  	        23    9    3 	11   34:40  -6 	    30
10  Dynamo Dresden (N)	  	23    8    5 	10   40:41  -1 	    29
11  Energie Cottbus	  	23    7    6 	10   23:35  -12     27
12  FSV Frankfurt	  	23    4    9 	10   24:45  -21     21
13  Alemannia Aachen	  	23    3    12 	8    20:28  -8 	    21
14  MSV Duisburg	  	23    5    5 	13   27:36  -9 	    20
15  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	23    4    8 	11   25:42  -17     20
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16  Erzgebirge Aue	  	22    4    8 	10   18:36  -18     20
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17  Karlsruher SC	  	23    5    4 	14   24:46  -22     19
18  Hansa Rostock (N)	  	23    2    10 	11   19:36  -17     16

Hansa Rostock is in extreme crisis. This was a relegation 6 pointer against Ingolstadt, and the easterners started well, taking the lead after around 20 minutes. The visitors from the south struggled to get into the game, but when Gusche scored an own goal early in the 2nd half, FCI began to take control. Hansa meanwhile got increasingly nervous, as despite playing hard and running around a lot, it was Ingolstadt looking to win. When Rostock then fell behind, they changed into panic mode, and Ingolstadt didn’t have too much difficulty holding onto the crucial win. A disaster for Hansa, a great stepping stone for Ingolstadt.

1860 may have snuck back into the promotion race. They’ve been playing a lot better since the restart, and they had a tough win in Berlin against Union. Indeed, the hosts had more of the match, and at several moments looked on the verge of taking the lead. However, the Lions held firm, and when Union had shot their wad, they struck on a counter and stole the win.

Dresden had little trouble with a surprisingly crap Duisburg. Dynamo is one of the leagues stronger home teams, and this one never looked in doubt. Meanwhile, the Zebras are only a shell of the club that pops their head up in the top flight on a regular basis. They were completely outplayed, and lackadaisical in defense to boot. If anything, Dresden should administered a more severe ass-kicking, but I guess they just want to wrap things up and hit the pubs before closing time.

The top clash on Sunday saw the first sell-out in ages for Paderborn. SCP blasted like a rocket out of the gates, attacking furiously, and Frankfurt was taken aback. Nick Proschwitz notched another to his league leading tally, and soon the hosts were two up. However Eintracht then caught themselves and fought back into the match. Paderborn again started brightly in the 2nd half, and this time they were able to hold off any comeback by the Eagles.

FSV Frankfurt won a huge relegation battle against recovering Karlsruhe. A relatively decent crowd for the Bornheimer saw a contested struggle that deservedly went to the home side, but it was overshadowed by a severe injury FSV’s French-Algerian midfielder Chadli Amri, who apparently broke his leg and hip.

St.Pauli could have taken the lead with a win, so the millerntor was packed to the rafters. Instead the fans saw a discplined Braunschweig defense blunt the Paulista attack and hold on for a deserved point.

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