2.Liga, Round 29

2.Liga started early this week, with a couple of matches on Thursday, nobody makes any dramativ moves, so all the races remain tight. (Well, actually Duisburg and Rostock showed grit and determination…)

1. FC Union Berlin	-   Erzgebirge Aue	1:0 (1:0)    16,728

                       1:0  Ede (9., Skrzybski)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth	-   Energie Cottbus	3:0 (1:0)    13,065

                       1:0  Kleine (30., Occean)
                       2:0  Occean (75., Asamoah)
                       3:0  Sararer (89., Schmidtgal)

Hansa Rostock	        -   Fortuna Düsseldorf	2:1 (1:0)    14,500

                       1:0  Weilandt (29., Mintal)
                       2:0  O. Fink (61., own goal, Mintal)
                       2:1  Jovanovic (85., Furuholm)

MSV Duisburg	        -   Eintr. Frankfurt	2:0 (1:0)    19,027

                       1:0  Sukalo (44., Wolze)
                       2:0  Bruno Soares (52.)

FSV Frankfurt	        -   FC St. Pauli	3:3 (3:2)     8,802

                       1:0  Gaus (6.)
                       2:0  M. Görlitz (17., Y. Stark)
                       3:0  Micanski (20., Cinaz)
                       3:1  Ebbers (23., Bartels)
                       3:2  M. Kruse (41., penalty, Naki)
                       3:3  Bartels (46., M. Kruse)

Dynamo Dresden	        -   Ein. Braunschweig	2:2 (1:1)    27,576

                       1:0  Poté (22.)
                       1:1  Vrancic (33.)
                       1:2  Kumbela (66., Vrancic)
                       2:2  Poté (73., Schuppan)

SC Paderborn 07	        -   1860 München	2:2 (0:1)    11,000

                       0:1  Rakic (27., Lauth)
                       1:1  Proschwitz (66., penalty, Taylor)
                       1:2  Volland (72., Bierofka)
                       2:2  Alushi (85., Rupp)

FC Ingolstadt 04	-   Alemannia Aachen	3:3 (1:2)     6,062

                       0:1  Stiepermann (13.)
                       1:1  Stiepermann (41., own goal, Leitl)
                       1:2  Olajengbesi (45., Uludag)
                       1:3  Stiepermann (53., Hadouir)
                       2:3  Leitl (76., penalty, Schäffler)
                       3:3  Schäffler (90., Görlitz)

VfL Bochum	        -   Karlsruher SC	0:0 (0:0)    10,311



 1  SpVgg Greuther Fürth	29    19    6 	 4    67:22  +45     63 
 2  Eintracht Frankfurt (A)	29    18    7 	 4    68:29  +39     61
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 3  Fortuna Düsseldorf	  	29    14   12 	 3    57:29  +28     54
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 4  FC St. Pauli (A)	  	29    15    8 	 6    48:30  +18     53 
 5  SC Paderborn 07	  	29    14   10 	 5    45:34  +11     52 
 6  1860 München	  	29    14    5 	10    51:40  +11     47 
 7  1. FC Union Berlin	  	29    12    6 	11    46:48  -2      42 
 8  Eintracht Braunschweig (N)	29     9   13 	 7    34:31  +3      40 
 9  Dynamo Dresden (N)	  	29    10    7 	12    45:47  -2      37 
10  VfL Bochum	  	        29     9    5 	15    35:48  -13     32 
11  MSV Duisburg	  	29     8    7 	14    35:42  -7      31 
12  Energie Cottbus	  	29     7   10 	12    26:42  -16     31 
13  Erzgebirge Aue	  	29     7   10 	12    27:45  -18     31 
14  FC Ingolstadt 04	  	29     6   12 	11    37:49  -12     30 
15  FSV Frankfurt	  	29     6   12 	11    36:55  -19     30
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16  Karlsruher SC	  	29     6    6 	17    28:57  -29     24
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17  Hansa Rostock (N)	  	29     4   11 	14    27:48  -21     23 
18  Alemannia Aachen	  	29     3   13 	13    25:41  -16     22

Union Berlin had a rough time in a hard fought match with Aue. The Berliners grabbed the early goal, but couldn’t get the came completely in their grip. The end phase saw lots of nervous defending from Union, although in the end they were able to hold on. Not a bad performance by Aue, perhaps somewhat unlucky not to get a point.

Cottbus made it easy for Greuther Fürth. Energie’s Roger got his ass red-carded early, and the hosts really had an easy time. Goal scorer Oliver Occean even missed a penalty, but Greuther Fürth coasted home kicking Cottbus ass all over the field for the ho-hum victory.

An excellent fighting effort by last place Hansa Rostock, as they upended favored Fortuna Düsseldorf. While Hansa showed little class, they made up for it in effort, and Fortuna disappointed, blowing many excellent scoring chances. Hansa looked dead not too long ago, and although escaping the “zone” still looks like a long shot, given other clubs improvement, they could avoid the auto-relegation spot, and certainly wouldn’t be out from surviving via the relegation playoff. This one keeps Düsseldorf in a dogfight for the potential promotion spot, and they clearly could have used these points.

Duisburg pulled off an excellent win that might just about secure their safety from relegation. The Zebras hosted Eintracht Frankfurt, who looked surprisingly lame. MSV fought hard and took the lead near the end of the half. They continued their pressure after the restart, and rewarded with another goal, easily brushed off Frankfurt’s feeble attempts to get back into the match.

“Insane in the membrane…” is perhaps the only way to describe the bizarre match in Bornheim between struggling FSV Frankfurt and promotion hopeful St.Pauli. FSV was unbelievable and jumped out 3-0 after only 20 minutes, only to watch Pauli come roaring back. As part of the Paulista comeback, FSV defender Bjorn Schlicke got his ass tossed, so the favorites were up a man for a whole half. However the hosts defended resolutely, and only conceded an equalizer. A good point for FSV, and a lost opportunity for St.Pauli.

Two evenly matched teams met in Dresden, and Dynamo and Braunschweig entertained the fans with a hard fought draw.

Crap, dire, boring draw in Bochum with KSC, not a single reasonble scoring chance. The few fans probably would have preferred gum surgery. Bochum sucked, but I guess you could say a positive point for Karlsruhe.

An exciting match in Paderborn with 1860, but SCP just can’t win. The Lions looked good after a crap last outing, and had SCP chasing their tail throughout the match. Paderborn dominated, but wasn’t able to break through. Even when they got a penalty, 1860′s Bülow getting red-carded, it was 1860 who recovered quickly and re-took the lead. In the end Paderborn was able to force a draw, but they need more if they want to get promoted.

A crazy relegation duel in Ingolstadt, as FCI faced a sinking Aachen. But it was Alemannia that jumped out and started kicking Ingolstadt’s ass. For a long time it looked like a critical win for Aachen, but the “Schanzer” managed a last desperation assault and were rewarded with a draw in injury time. Relegation is staring the Potato-bugs in the face, which I’m sure they hadn’t even contemplated at season start. Looks like the only way to save themselves is to grab 16th and go into the playoff. Ingolstadt has superbly come together since the winter break, and their reward is likely another 2.Liga season, as it seems unlikely for them to get caught.

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