April 26, 2017

2. Bundesliga Recap for Match Day 6: Here comes English week!

English Week already?!

But I haven’t had time to source my Hobnobs and Jammy Dodgers to have with coffee because it will all start far too early for me to be looking for . . . Newcastle Brown Ale?

Okay, maybe my knowledge of English beers and snacks isn’t quite up to par, but I do know enough to be excited about the fact that English Week means that instead of three days between 2. Bundesliga action, it’s actually just Monday without matches.

Which also means I need to hustle and get this match day six wrap published before the ball starts rolling tomorrow with four matches kicking-off about the time I’ll arrive to work. It was an interesting weekend in Germany’s second division, so let’s get crackin’ . . . like a handful of Walkers’ Unmistakably Cheese & Onion crisps?

Okay, I’ll stop. Geez.

Turnover at the Table Top

VfL Bochum returned to the top of the 2. Bundesliga table in spectacular fashion, cranking out a 1:5 win at FSV Frankfurt.

Simon Terodde returning from his one-week vacation from scoring to deliver two second-half goals, extending his league-leading total to eight.

Bochum, curiously, has won all three of their away matches and drawn all three home matches, somewhat mirroring their form last season when they struggled at rewirpowerStadion, getting what few points they earned largely away from home.

While the five goals and three points are major contributors to Bochum’s ascension, Peter Neururer’s squad also took advantage of FC Ingolstadt’s 1:1 draw with 1860 München to squeeze ahead of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side on goal differential, since the clubs are level on twelve points.

Also on twelve points and third in the table is Karlsruher SC, who clubbed FC Nürnberg with yet another clean sheet, cruising to three points for their third win on the season in a 3: victory. Current Bochum city council member Reinhold Yabo supported Hiroki Yamada’s game-opening goal with a brace to account for the KSC goals.

Der Club has now lost four of its six matches in the second division.

Pity the Pirate and WOW-uh, Aue!

Just a week after I had them firmly in the “The Bad” section of last week’s wrap, FC Erzgebirge Aue exploded all over visiting St. Pauli for a decisive 3:0 victory on Saturday in a battle of the second division’s first two newly hired replacement coaches of the season.

Rather, it would have been a new-coach battle, except that St. Pauli’s Thomas Meggle (he of the “The Ugly” section) was forced to watch from the stands as he served the first half of his two-match suspension stemming from his ejection in his coaching debut. Hence, instead of Meggle, it was co-trainer Timo Schulz who became the first casualty of Aue coach Tommy Stipic’s coaching career.

The three-goal outburst quadrupled Aue’s scoring total for the season, which, when combined with what was also their first clean sheet of the season, was just enough to draw level with St. Pauli on goals both scored and allowed. St. Pauli dropped into 17th with the loss and now having just one goal from their last three matches. Aue remains bottom of the table, though, with only their newly acquired three points to show for six matches.

Match Day of Reckoning?

Despite the strong start of all three promoted sides to the season, you had to figure there would be a match day on which all three sides took their lumps as relative neophytes.

Match day six was that day, as all three newcomers from the 3. Liga dropping all nine points by an aggregated total score of 7:3.

The most-surprising result of the three had to be that of Union Berlin’s 2:1 downing of RB Leipzig, which became Norbert Düwel’s first victory, as well as the first-ever second-division loss for Leipzig, who continue to have the league’s most-stout defense despite having had their goals-allowed total tripled single-handedly by Sebastian Polter’s brace.

Most of the talk from the match, though, surrounds the fan protests organized by Union supporters. The home supporters, clad almost uniformly in black, stood silent for 15 minutes upon the entry of Leipzig’s starting eleven to the pitch and hung a banner proclaiming that “In Leipzig, the football culture is dying – Union is alive.” When the fifteen minutes elapsed, the Union fans made themselves heard.

And with a win finally in their account, Union can now more-safely make that claim about their footballing prospects as well.

SV Darmstadt and Dominik Stroh-Engel were both held scoreless for the first time this season, as Eintracht Braunschweig ended a three-match losing skid, sending Darmstadt to their first loss of the season.

Charlison Benschop twice gave Fortuna Düsseldorf a lead and FC Heidenheim’s Florian Niederlechner twice equalized, but it was Joel Pohjanpalo’s 82nd minute goal that made the difference in lifting Fortuna to their third consecutive victory Sunday.

Despite the losses, all three promoted sides remain in the top half of the league table, ahead of both clubs that were relegated from the Bundesliga.

Match Day 6 Table

W D L Goals +/- Points
VfL Bochum 3 3 0 15:6 9 12
FC Ingolstadt 04 3 3 0 13:5 8 12
Karlsruher SC 3 3 0 10:4 6 12
RasenBallsport Leipzig 3 2 1 8:3 5 11
Fortuna Düsseldorf 3 2 1 11:7 4 11
SV Darmstadt 98 3 2 1 8:5 3 11
1.FC Kaiserslautern 3 2 1 10:8 2 11
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 3 1 2 11:6 5 10
1.FC Heidenheim 1846 2 2 2 10:11 -1 8
Eintracht Braunschweig 2 1 3 10:9 1 7
SV Sandhausen 2 1 3 4:7 -3 7
TSV 1860 Munich 1 3 2 8:11 -3 6
1.FC Nuremberg 2 0 4 6:11 -5 6
1.FC Union Berlin 1 3 2 5:10 -5 6
VfR Aalen 1 2 3 5:9 -4 5
FSV Frankfurt 1 1 4 5:11 -6 4
FC St. Pauli 1 1 4 4:12 -8 4
FC Erzgebirge Aue 1 0 5 4:12 -8 3

Match Day 6 Results

Home team Result Visiting team
SV Darmstadt 98
FC St. Pauli
SV Sandhausen
VfL Bochum
FC Ingolstadt 04
1.FC Kaiserslautern
RasenBallsport Leipzig
1.FC Heidenheim 1846
1.FC Nuremberg

Match Day 7 Fixtures

Date
Tuesday VfR Aalen
TSV 1860 Munich
FC Erzgebirge Aue
Eintracht Braunschweig
Wednesday FSV Frankfurt
Karlsruher SC
1.FC Nuremberg
1.FC Union Berlin
Thursday Fortuna Düsseldorf
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Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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