November 21, 2017

2. Bundesliga – Matchday 5 Review: Fortuna fire past Union to lead the league

An average of three goals a game, several late goals and a fantastic gesture of fair play. It’s just another weekend in 2. Bundesliga, as Matchday 5 did not disappoint in entertainment terms.

Dynamo Dresden 1-1 SpVgg Greuther Fürth

Dynamo started the game off strongest and while Fürth had some opportunities of note in the first half, the hosts were dominant throughout the opening period. Haris Duljevic had the first real opening after Lukas Roser’s half chance, as the Bosnian started and almost finished the move when he found the side-netting. As Marvin Schwäbe kept out a lively Julian Green, the opener came through Philip Heise. Good work from Duljevic played in the left-back, who took a touch before firing a superb effort on the angle past the helpless Balazs Megyeri.

The excitement continued into the second half, as Khaled Narey hit the post almost immediately after the restart. Dynamo quickly came back into things and had three good chances to extend their lead, however, as Heise had a free-kick saved by Megyeri. The Shamrocks then had what seemed to be a perfectly good goal disallowed when Green bundled home at the back post, and Dynamo almost paid them pay when Roser cracked an effort off the post. A stroke of luck fell the visitors’ way in the final minutes, as Tolcay Cigerci’s pass was controlled by the upper arm of Philipp Hofmann. He calmly slotted home for a share of the spoils, as Dynamo were made to pay for the many missed chances.

1. FC Heideheim 1-3 Jahn Regensburg

Proceedings were fast and furious in the Voith-Arena, as Nikola Dovedan hit the post before the Austrian and Robert Glatzel were both denied by Philipp Pentke. Sargis Adamyan rifled a long-range effort off the bar, with the frame of the goal playing a crucial part in the early stages. In the second period, a good chance was wasted by Glatzel again when he found the side-netting from a central position after good work from Dovedan. The breakthrough finally arrived in the 67th minute, and again through Marvin Knoll’s dead-ball ability. His free-kick from all of 25 yards arced up and over the helpless wall, and past the outstretched hand of Kevin Muller.

The main drama came in the final stages of the second half, when Dominik Widemann equalised for Heidenheim after Pentke spilled a fierce drive, though the attacker seemed to be in an offside position. Jahn went straight up the other end and Jann George was able to square for Joshua Mees to sweep into the far corner and turn the game on its head once again. There would even be a third for the visitors, who wheeled away in celebration when George’s cross ran along the face of goal for Marco Grüttner to tap in. Achim Beierlozer and has staff rejoiced with the players, as they moved onto a very respectable six points. Heidenheim’s woes continued, however.

Arminia Bielefeld 0-4 MSV Duisburg

The signs that Bielefeld were sluggish after the international break were there from the beginning. Moritz Stoppelkamp’s effort was deflected awkwardly by Julian Börner’s block, but Stefan Ortega was equal to the task and saved well. However, a mistake from Florian Dick allowed Stanislav Iljutcenko to nip onto the loose ball and square for Stoppelkamp to tap in. The remainder of the half provided little for either side, although Arminia did look much better after going behind. The second 45 would be a totally different proposition, however.

Cauly Oliveira Souza set about putting the game to bed after the break, as the summer signing showed just why he was brought in. His first came just after half time, as a long ball forward from Gerrit Nauber was picked up by Cauly and he beat Börner to slot home. The second arrived four minutes later, as the Brazilian picked the ball up 20 yards from goal and sent a skidding shot past the outstretched hand of Ortega. Kingsley Onuegbu finished things off in the 90th minute, as he broke clear with Simon Brandstetter who unselfishly set up the Nigerian forward to tap in and seal a memorable win. Bielefeld will be left wondering where the form of the first four games has gone.

FC Ingolstadt 04 1-2 Erzgebirge Aue

Ingolstadt started the better of the two sides with an early  chance being passed up by Dario Lezcano, before Romain Bregerie had to be alert to halt Pascal Köpke’s efforts. However, the hosts didn’t learn their lesson and once Christian Tiffert put the ball into Köpke’s path, the striker strode over 50 yards to calmly finish against the imposing figure of Ørjan Nyland. The Schanzer had chances afterwards, notably through Sonny Kittel, to get level and continued as they were but couldn’t find a way through. Even with Stefan Lex did manage to grab a goal, it was incorrectly ruled out for offside.

The Aye miracle continued into the second half, and got even less believable when Köpke turned provider for Sören Bertram to guide the ball past Nyland to make it two-nil. Stefan Leitl could hardly believe his eyes. Ingolstadt had 20 shots from inside the box on Saturday, and 30 in total, and their finishing left a lot to be desired. There were plenty of near misses, but the Schanzer only hit the target five times to Aue’s four – and the Violets only had five shots. Nevertheless, some more questionable refereeing denied Ingolstadt a penalty before Lezcano finally found the back of the net. It came too late, however, and Hannes Drews secured three points on his 2. Bundesliga debut.

 

Holstein Kiel 2-1 1. FC Kaiserslautern

From the get-go, Kiel were keen to get in front and do it early. Steven Lewerenz’s low drive was well-saved by Marius Müller early on, though that promise quickly fed Kaiserslautern’s desire to improve. Baris Atik came close to an opener on two separate occasions, while Leon Guawara showed attacking promise from left-back. Kenneth Kronholm had to be alert throughout that period, but produced a stunning save to keep out Stipe Vucur’s header. Not long after that, Lewerenz collected a Dominick Drexler pass and produced a fine finish to find the bottom corner and give his side the lead.

The following period was somewhat dull in comparison, with the major moment for FCK producing just what they wanted – an equaliser. Benjamin Kessel’s cross was smuggled home by Sebastian Andersson, which was nothing less than the Red Devils deserved. Just as the game seemed destined for a draw, a driving run from Manuel Janzer proved the difference. The winger tried to lift a cross to the back post, but got a huge slice of luck when Vucur’s attempt to block the ball only succeeded in looping the cross over Müller and into the Kaiserslautern net. Kiel’s irresistible start shows no signs of slowing.

Eintracht Braunschweig 1-1 SV Sandhausen

It was a slow beginning in Braunschweig, with chances limited on both sides. Suleiman Abdullahi had an effort from range, before Nejmeddin Daghfous really tested Jasmin Fejzic for the first time. Salim Khelifi really stepped up to the plate in recent weeks and he gave Marcel Schuhen something to think about in the aftermath. Schuhen had to be alert to keep Ken Reichel at bay, as the first half ended goal-less. The second began with a bang and how, as Mirko Boland rattled home the opening goal with less than three minutes gone.

But, once again, Braunschweig would be pegged back after going ahead. Philipp Klingmann and Lucas Höler combined to great effect, and scoring effect, like last week. This time, it was Höler who turned provider as his shot was saved by Fejzic before being turned home by Klingmann. Frustration, once more, was the overriding feeling after another instance whether the Lions couldn’t get over the line.

Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-2 1. FC Union Berlin

The game of the weekend brought about early openings for André Hoffmann and Sebastian Polter, though neither could make much of them. For all of the good football that would be played in the game, the opening goal was anything but pretty. After a corner and a deflection off Adam Bodzek, the ball fell perfectly to Marcel Sobottka to smash home. Right place, right time. Benito Raman continued to cause problems, as did Simon Hedlund who was denied well by Raphael Wolf – as he continue to prove a more than able back-up for Michael Rensing.

After what was a somewhat dull second half, things sparked in the final 20 minutes in what was a memorable finish. Unfortunately for the hosts, it was Union who got things going when the troublesome twosome of Christopher Trimmel and Damir Kreilach got things going as the latter headed home an equaliser. Things went from bad to worse nine minutes later, when a lovely spin from Atsuto Uchida and cross to match was turned into his own net by Kaan Ayhan. However, Fortuna would answer quickly and emphatically when a cross was cleared to Takashi Usami to thump past Jakob Busk. With seconds remaining, Florian Neuhaus stepped up to the mark once more, scoring a spectacular winning goal to keep Fortuna top of the 2. Bundesliga pile.

SV Darmstadt 98 1-2 VfL Bochum

It might be cliche to put a game down to being a tale of two halves, but this was certainly it. Darmstadt were the brighter side in the first period as Bochum struggled to get going at all. An early chance for Robbie Kruse was really the height of their first half intent, as the Lilies looked smooth on the ball. They took a deserved lead after some sustained pressure paid off mid-way through the first 45, as Aytac Sulu glanced home unmarked from 12 yards. Felix Dornebusch was helpless on that occasion, but acquitted himself well in a few hairy moments for Ismail Atalan’s side.

However, the introduction of Dimitrios Diamantakos changed the way the game was going and saw Bochum take control. The proceedings from then on were a mirror-image of the first half, only in their favour. After Felix Bastians admitted that there was no penalty to the players and Benedikt Kempkes, lady luck seemed to shine on the visitors. Diamantakos struck in the 81st minute before Kruse capped off the comeback five minutes later. The visiting fans, including myself, could hardly believe it when the second found the net and a staunch defensive showing afterwards secured the three points.

1. FC Nürnberg 0-1 FC St. Pauli

The hosts were the better side in the opening half, where there were more shows of defiance from the Nordkurve against the DFB and DFL than clear-cut chances in the game. While Maurice Litka did threaten early on for the visitors, they were largely forced to defend in the opening period. Enrico Valentini had the stand-out opening for Nürnberg, though the wing-back failed to find a way past Robin Himmelmann when one-on-one. The Franconians were certainly the better side, yet were struggling to make their possession count.

It was a similar story in a much more lively second half, where both sides seemed to open up. Nürnberg were extremely unlucky when Georg Margreitter and the impressive Tobias Werner hit the bar within 10 seconds of one another. Despite their dominance, St. Pauli struck the killer blow with a long goal kick from Himmelmann landing at the feet of Waldemar Sobota. He poked the ball past Thorsten Kirschbaum, sending the 2,000-strong band of travelling fans wild. Even though the hosts came back strong once more, St. Pauli held on to leapfrog their opponents and join the band of teams sitting pretty on 10 points. Still, after a busy matchday, FCN aren’t far behind at all.

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Jonathan Walsh

Jonny is a 2. Bundesliga fanatic who does little else with his time other than follow, watch, write about, think about, and promote his favorite league. When he isn't in university or trying to defend the Bundesliga's 50+1 rule, you'll most likely find him watching whatever football he can find on TV. Follow him @jonathanwalsh_

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