3.Liga, Round 35

The promotion and relegation races couldn’t get much hotter.

Werder Bremen II      -    VfL Osnabrück	 0:2 (0:2)    1,132
SV Sandhausen	      -    VfB Stuttgart II	 1:0 (0:0)    4,490
Preußen Münster	      -    1. FC Saarbrücken	 1:0 (0:0)    6,121
1. FC Heidenheim      -    Wacker Burghausen	 1:1 (1:0)    8,100
SpVgg Unterhaching    -    Jahn Regensburg	 2:3 (1:2)    1,450
Chemnitzer FC	      -    SV Wehen Wiesbaden	 1:1 (0:0)    5,800
Carl Zeiss Jena	      -    SV Darmstadt 98	 2:1 (2:1)    4,547
SV Babelsberg 03      -    VfR Aalen	         2:0 (1:0)    1,820

Sunday:

Kickers Offenbach     -    Rot-Weiß Erfurt	 2:0 (1:0)    6,299
Rot-Weiß Oberhausen   -    Arminia Bielefeld	 0:1 (0:1)    6,135


 1  SV Sandhausen	  	35    18    9 	 8    53:37  +16     63 
 2  VfR Aalen	  	        35    17    9 	 9    46:36  +10     60
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 3  Chemnitzer FC (N)	  	35    15   10 	10    47:37  +10     55
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 4  Jahn Regensburg	  	35    14   12 	 9    51:39  +12     54 
 5  Wacker Burghausen	  	35    12   18 	 5    50:40  +10     54 
 6  1. FC Heidenheim	  	35    14   11 	10    42:34  +8      53 
 7  Kickers Offenbach	  	35    14   10 	11    44:35  +9      52 
 8  Rot-Weiß Erfurt	  	35    12   14 	 9    46:40  +6      50 
 9  VfL Osnabrück (A)	  	35    12   13 	10    40:33  +7      49 
10  1. FC Saarbrücken	  	35    11   14 	10    54:47  +7      47 
11  Preußen Münster (N)	  	35    11   14 	10    37:38  -1      47 
12  VfB Stuttgart II	  	35    11   12 	12    39:43  -4      45 
13  Arminia Bielefeld (A)	35    10   14 	11    48:55  -7      44
14  SV Darmstadt 98 (N)	  	35    10   12 	13    42:44  -2      42 
15  SpVgg Unterhaching	  	35    11    8 	16    56:53  +3      41 
16  SV Wehen Wiesbaden	  	35     9   13 	13    37:45  -8      40 
17  SV Babelsberg 03	  	35    10   10 	15    40:54  -14     40
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18  Rot-Weiß Oberhausen (A)	35     8   14 	13    32:40  -8      38 
19  Carl Zeiss Jena	  	35     8   11 	16    36:56  -20     35 
20  Werder Bremen II	  	35     4   10 	21    29:63  -34     22

Huge win for Babelsberg as they dump co-leaders Aalen and continue the fierce struggle against relegation. Dominik Stroh-Engel (“Straw Angel”) notched both goals in a hotly contested match. Aalen couldn’t get a grip on the desperately fighting Potsdamers, who deservedly take the points. Sandhausen had a hard fought win over Stuttgart II, and continue at the top. This just about assures SVS is getting promoted.

Big match in Heidenheim with Burghausen ended in a draw. (What else? The 3.Liga has more ties than any other league, and Burghausen is the king, 18 draws already! Overall the 3.Liga has about 34% draws, the 2.Liga 29%, and the Bundesliga only 27%)

Chemnitz barely holds on to the coveted 3rd position, but they struggled at home to Wehen. The villagers are struggling against relegation and gave a solid performance, having CFC on the ropes for much of the match.

Jena isn’t quite dead yet. A desperate effort in a relegation battle with Darmstadt ended in a win, but it was very nerve racking. After a good first half giving them the lead, Jena had to hold off Darmstadt for 40 minutes a man down to preserve the required win. 5 points from safety is quite a hurdle, but at least they’re still mathematically alive.

Big win for Offenbach, who swap places with Erfurt. This keeps the Kickers in touch for 3rd, but pretty much ends Erfurt’s hope. RWE was very weak, especially in the 1st half, so they shouldn’t complain.

A fiercely contested match between two of the “Bundesliga-skandal” clubs of the early 70’s ends with Bielefeld getting a massive win. Manuel Hornig got the goal that allowed Arminia to kidnap the points. Oberhausen attacked the Arminia goal non-stop in the 2nd half, but the visitors defense held firm. A crucial defeat for RWO, that leaves them in a relegation spot. Of course, there’s plenty of opportunity to save themselves. They’ve been playing well recently, but it’s a dogfight at the bottom. For Bielefeld, this may be just enough to hold on. That’s a positive thing, since especially early in the season, Arminia was a disaster and looked ready to drop again. They stabilized the ship somewhat and just about look safe.

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