With the DFB Pokal upsets still in the mind of a few teams in the league, it was time to go back to business and the chance for a few teams to make the most of those good results last week to kickstart their season. There weren’t as many goals as the previous week but arguably the matches were a lot more exciting. Topspiel Preußen Münster against Rot-Weiß Erfurt was a thrilling contest that was not decided till the last few seconds. It was also a week for late winners, as very late goals decided the matches between Duisburg vs Jahn Regensburg, Hallescher FC vs Wehen Wiesbaden, RB Leipzig vs lowly Wacker Burghausen and Stuttgarter Kickers vs Holstein Kiel . SV Darmstadt were on a high after their victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach in a Pokal as they met promotion contenders VfL Osnabrück as were 1. FC Saarbrücken, who searched for their first points of the campaign in the Saar derby against SV Elversberg.
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With both teams 5th and 2nd respectively at the beginning of the day, Rot-Weiß Erfurt travelled northwest to Münster to maintain their unbeaten campaign so far. Münster wanted to get their season back on track after their previous 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig and replicate the form that saw them run out clear 3-0 winners against Wacker Burghausen on the opening day. The game of the day did not let anyone down: 6 goals, one red card, one stoppage time penalty, huge goalkeeping mistakes and plenty of drama was on show at the Preußenstadion on this cool August afternoon. It would be a huge surprise if this match didn’t go down as one of the games of the season come May.
The game could not have wished for a better start. After just nine minutes of play, the visitors were one-nil up, after an excellent bit of play from former Freiburg and KSC striker Simon Brandstetter. After receiving the ball out wide 25 yards out, the powerful striker chipped it over his marker and ran onto it inside the area, slotting coolly past Daniel Masuch in the Münster goal. Any chance that Erfurt might have had for asserting their lead on the game was soon wiped away. Two minutes after the opener, Amaury Bischoff played a cool one-two with Dennis Grote and found himself inside the area, calmly placing the ball past young goalkeeper Philipp Klewin for the equaliser.
After the goal, the game slowed down and both teams tried to impose their style of play. Preußen intended for their slick passing to find holes in the Erfurt defence whilst RWE stuck to their physical strength and power to try and overcome the hosts like they did in the first goal. Matthew Taylor did not have his best of games and was largely invisible for most of it, but nearly got himself on the scoresheet after 20 minutes when he was inches away from poking a cross from the left-hand side. Preußen were dominating possession whilst Erfurt were stoically defending all that was thrown at them. The hosts once again nearly took the lead after a free-kick by Grote and the ball was left dead inside the area. Taylor laid it off to the lively Marcus Piossek but the shot was blocked, inflicting a moment of panic to the up-until-then calm RWE defence.
Such was Preußen’s dominance that Erfurt were finding it hard to leave their own half, with the boys in green pressing high up the pitch and playing a high-tempo game off the ball, immediately standing off the opponent in possession. However, their finishing touch was poor, as Preußen concentrated on attacking down the flanks and crossing balls inside the box, perhaps failing to realise that they were all comfortably cleared by Erfurt. As half-time came, the question remained as to whether Preußen could maintain that level of physical play. Erfurt seemed happy to go all level into the break.
The second half started even more unbelievably than the first. After just seven minutes, a long Erfurt ball played behind the defence was passed back to Daniel Masuch. As he took his first touch to control it, his second touch, a pass out wide, was charged down by the onrushing Mijo Tunjić, who dived with his feet to his left and clipped the ball as it left Masuch’s feet, with it rolling slowly into the net. Disaster almost turned into double disaster as Münster’s defence still seemed in shock when Kevin Möhwald powered his way through two defenders into the area and his shot fell to Brandstett, who could only shoot over the bar.
All of a sudden, the tables had turned and Erfurt were in control, attacking and producing chances whilst cutting out any home effort with petty fouls. It wasn’t the prettiest of tactics but it was definitely working. Once again, another moment of panic ensued, as Bischoff cleared off the line from Marco Engelhardt. Suddenly and inexplicably, Preußen were made to look highly inferior despite playing the same football. Whereas they were quick and slick in possession in the first 45 minutes, they could not stop giving the ball away in the second half. Their carelessness in possession almost gifted the visitors another goal, as Piossek’s clearance ran all of 3 yards and fell to substitute and 18-year-old debutant Sebastian Stolze, whose shot was blocked by Masuch.
The game, as Erfurt were more comfortable on top, suddenly took a drastic turn. After disputing and losing a 50-50 ball with Dominic Schmidt, Tunjić lashed out and softly but unnecessarily kicked out at the former Werder Bremen defender. Referee Norbert Giese had a privileged view of the incident and promptly sent off the Dutch striker. This was what Preußen needed; manager Pavel Dotchev went out all attack, taking off capitain and defender Stefan Kühne for last week’s goalscoring hero Rogier Krohne. The move almost paid off immediately, as Krohne volleyed a ball he’d chested down over the bar. However, Preußen’s all-out attack strategy backfired. Youngster Stolze was put through one-on-one and calmly rounded Masuch to make it 3-1 to Erfurt and put the match seemingly beyond doubt on 82 minutes.
Erfurt looked strong and Preußen deflated. Despite that, substitute Gaetano Manno still had an ace up his sleeve. On 87 minutes, a corner came in and was cleared by the Erfurt defence. The ball however only went as far as Manno, who brilliantly chested it and volleyed it high into the top corner of the far post. A fantastic goal that no doubt deserved more celebration than it got, but Preußen were now searching for the unlikely equaliser. If the game needed more drama, it certainly got some. On 90 minutes, Bischoff was tripped over inside the box by Mario Fillinger and Herr Giese had no hesitation to point to the spot. Bischoff himself took the penalty and it went in off the right-hand post to make it 3-3. There was still time for another couple of chances for Piossek and Patrick Hirsch, but the crazy game came to an end with a point that will taste sweet for Münster but terribly bitter to Erfurt.
It was a game of goals on Friday night as winless Unterhaching travelled to Dortmund in search of their first victory, instead coming away with a heavy defeat after only having conceded one goal in the previous two matches. It only took Dortmund three minutes to take the lead through Julian Derstroff after a defensive mistake, a lead that was doubled by Derstroff again just before the half-hour mark. It was all but game over just seven minutes later ass Dortmund added their third thanks to a header from Marc Hornschuh after a free-kick from the left from David Solga. ‘Haching reacted just before half time as a beautiful through ball on the turn by Fabian Götze, a ball that his brother would have been proud of, split the defence and left Florian Bichler one-on-one with goalkeeper Hendrik Bonmann, with the ‘Haching striker coolly slotting past him to make it 3-1. After such a flurry of goals, the next one did not come until nine minutes before the end but the wait was well worth it. Oguzhan Kefkir cut inside from the right flank outside the area and put in an unstoppable shot at the far post, leaving Korbinian Müller stranded in the visitor’s goal. There was still time for another goal as Unterhaching got their second in stoppage time; a free-kick from the edge of the area by Maximilian Welzmüller took a deflection from the wall and deceived Bonmann before trickling into the net. It was too little, too late for them though as Dortmund move up to 7th whilst ‘Haching are still looking for their first win of the season.
It seems that last week’s DFB Pokal victory against Werder Bremen was the psychological boost that Saarbrücken needed as they picked up their first points of the campaign with a victory in the Saar derby against their neighbours Elversberg, a team who play just 10 miles down the road. Both teams had chances in the early minutes with Elversberg creating more of them, just not troubling home goalkeeper Timo Ochs enough to find a breakthrough as the match went goalless into the break. The deadlock was broken just after the hour mark in bizarre fashion. Elversberg picked up a poor clearance from the home side and the ball fell to Daniel Jungwirth just outside the area, whose shot with the inside of his foot rebounded off the crossbar. The clearance turned into a counterattack for Saarbrücken and substitute Thomas Rathgeber played a clever auto-pass past Timo Wenzel inside the area and scored with a shot that came off the far post. The goal lifted Saarbrücken who had plenty of chances to double their lead, including a goal disallowed for offside that would have meant Rathgeber’s second of the afternoon. Elversberg’s half-hearted attempts for the equaliser were quashed as Serkan Göcer powered a shot from the right-hand side of the area in stoppage time to make it 2-0 and put the game beyond doubt.
Osnabrück continued their perfect start to the campaign with an easy victory over Darmstadt that made it three wins out of three for the Lila-Weiß. Both teams were on a high after their DFB Pokal wins against higher-league opposition, with victories against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Erzgebirge Aue respectively. Both teams had clear chances in the first half to go ahead, getting themselves into excellent goalscoring positions, but neither of them were able to provide an end product. Stanislav Iljutcenko, Dániel Nagy and Silvio Spann were the ones who came closest, with their efforts rolling just inches wide of the goal. Osnabrück’s dominance paid off after the break on 53 minutes; Alexander Dercho picked the ball up on the edge of the area and his run culminated with a shot that was deflected off Michael Stegmayer, looping into the net past the helpless Jan Zimmermann. Darmstadt frantically searched for the equaliser through their main dangerman Marcel Heller, but the well organised Osnabrück defence stood strong. Osnabrück made sure of all three points in stoppage time with counterattack lead by Hohnstedt, who found himself one-on-one with Zimmermann, calmly rounding him and putting the ball into the empty net. It was a brave effort from Darmstadt against a far superior side but, in the end, the quality in front of goal prevailed.
It should have been a much easier match for RasenBall Leipzig against winless and goalless Wacker Burghausen but the home side made them work hard but ended up with stoppage time heartbreak. RB Leipzig dangerman and captain Daniel Frahn only took 13 minutes to score his third goal in as many league matches to put the away side ahead and it was an absolute peach too; Anthony Jung made a diagonal run towards the area and laid it off with a clever back-heel to Frahn, who took his shot first time from outside the area which thundered past the astounded Stephan Loboué in the Burghausen goal. It all indicated that it would be a walk in the park for RB but Burghausen were surprisingly level just three minutes later. A corner from the left by Stephan Thee was met by the head of Tobias Schröck and the ball went into the net to make it 1-1 and gift Burghausen their first goal of the campaign. Things got even more complicated for RB in the second half as defender Tobias Willers got sent off on 56 minutes for a professional foul. Despite being a man down, Leipzig continued to dominate and were arguably playing better with 10 men than 11. Their persistence paid off in the 93rd minute as substitute Matthias Morys laid the ball off for Dominik Kaiser who took his chance just inside the area first time with a low left-foot drilled shot that beat Loboué and tucked in at the far post. It was desperation for Burghausen and joy for RB Leipzig as the home side will be left impotent as their first point of the season slipped away in the last second against a promotion favourite.
It was a better home performance by Chemnitzer than their previous outing against Osnabrück (0-3) but Heidenheim still came away with all three points to stay in the top places and leave the home side just outside the relegation spots . Just 22 seconds it took for the away side to take the lead (league record stands at 17 seconds, by Nils Pichinot for Carl-Zeiss Jena against SV Darmstadt in 2012), as Florian Niederlechner took advantage of a mistake from Josef Cinar as he was unable to deal with a cross by Robert Strauß, and slotted past Philipp Pentke. Both teams had their goalkeepers to thank after both Pentke and former Bayern Münchner Rouven Sattelmaier made spectacular saves throughout the first half to prevent any further goals from going onto the scoreboard before the break. A spectacular effort by Niederlechner with an overhead kick and a long-distance shot from Marc Schnatterer both threatened the home goal but it wasn’t until 20 minutes from the end that Heidenheim dealt the killer blow; just six minutes after they had gone down to ten men after Dennis Malura received his second yellow, Marc Schnatterer put a powerful free-kick inside the box that substitute Florian Krebs deflected with his heel and the ball beat the whole defence and Pentke to make it 2-0 to the visitors on 73 minutes. The goal took the wind out of Chemnitz’s sails and their subsequent efforts were all off target, as Heidenheim held on to three deserved points.
Ninety minutes of a forgettable match were suddenly followed by two minutes of stoppage time madness. Both sides played out a first half with few chances that induced to the thought that these two teams could play all day and no goals would be scored. Things did not improve much after the break as any chances that occurred were toothless and didn’t trouble either goalkeeper. Cue the 91th minute; substitute Fabian Leutenecker received the ball for Kickers on the right wing and curled in a cross that Kevin Dicklhuber glanced off with his head into the goal to put the home side ahead and surely ensure the three points. Wrong. In the dying seconds, a corner lifted in by Tim Siedschlag was met, once again, by centre-back Marcel Gebers for the equaliser. It was the third goal in two games for Gebers and Kiel rescued a point that had seemed secure throughout the match, breaking Stuttgarter’s hearts as they are still looking for their first win of the season.
It was a brave effort from Chemie as they stood up to league leaders Wehen Wiesbaden but, in the end, quality prevailed and the visitors came away with all three points. Things started well for Wehen as striker José-Pierre Vunguidica put them ahead after just ten minutes as he pounced on a poorly-cleared ball inside the area. Wehen continued to pressure as Hallescher did well to hang on to being just a goal down as half-time came. Two minutes after the restart, Julian Grupp brought down Tony Schmidt inside the penalty box an Sören Bertram converted from the spot to make it 1-1. The home side could have taken the lead on a few occasions but good saves from Michael Gurski meant that the score stayed level. Chemie were dominating but Wehen took the lead again against the run of play with just eight minutes to go; a cross from the left by Alf Mintzel was met inside the box by Marcus Mann, whose left-footed poke was tucked in at the far post. A bitter blow for the home side who had dominated most of the second half and ended up with zero points when three were so close. Wehen remain top of the table.
It was another match of leaving things late but Duisburg finally managed their second win in as many matches against a hard-working Regensburg side. It was in fact the away side who drew first blood after just two minutes, when Markus Bollmann played a terrible pass out from defence that was intercepted by Thomas Kurz, who laid it off to Aias Aosman inside the area who made it 1-0 to the visitors with a tidy low finish. Duisburg piled on the pressure but were met by excellent saves from Patrick Wiegers in the Regensburg goal. They finally got the equaliser on 38 minutes as Pierre De Wit thread Kingsley Onuegbu through on goal and the Nigerian cleverly rounded Wiegers and finished from a tight angle to make it 1-1. The second half continued to be the Patrick Wiegers show, as he made a string of fine and spectacular saves to keep his side in the match as Duisburg piled on the pressure. His teammates let him down once again as Wiegers dived to his right to save a long-range shot from Tanju Öztürk but there were no red shirts near the rebound, as Athanasios Tsourakis finished from a tight angle to give the home side all three points on 81 minutes.
It was a debut goal by new signing from Olympiakos Piraeus Nikolaos Ioannidis that settled what was, up until then, a competitive and tight match. Rostock went ahead after 21 minutes when Halil Savran finished from close range after a rebound inside the area. Stuttgart’s answer did not take long, just two minutes in fact, as Tobias Rathgeb curled in a beautiful left-footed free-kick that Johannes Brinkies was unable to stop. Rostock enjoyed chances to go ahead at either side of half-time but it wasn’t until Ioannidis’ inclusion that things started to look better. Just eleven minutes after the Greek striker had come on, he already put his side in the lead. A free-kick from the left by Leonhard Haas was whipped in and was met by the glancing header of Ioannidis, as the ball went into the net to put the Hanseatic side ahead. Rostock made sure of the three points just two minutes later as 2. Spieltag hero David Blacha headed in from close range to make it three and put his team firmly in the fight for the top places, as Stuttgart still await their first victory of the campaign.
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Amaury Bischoff (1987) came to the fore when his team needed him the most and it was his skill alone that earned his side an unlikely point. After a well-taken first half goal, his quick feet provoked a 91st minute penalty that he himself coolly transformed. His constant threat from set pieces is one of Preußen Münster’s most valuable attacking assets and Rot-Weiß Erfurt struggled to contain him all game long, resorting to petty fouling to keep him under control. However, his two goals and excellent performance, which carried the whole team throughout the match due to the invisibility of Matthew Taylor, make Amaury Bischoff this week’s Mann des Tages. Bischoff is a French attacking midfielder who started his youth career at Racing Strasbourg before moving to Werder Bremen. His injuries prevented him from making any first-team appearance but he moved to Arsenal on a free transfer in 2008, making one Premier League appearance and two League Cup appearances for the North London club. He later moved to Academica de Coimbra in Portugal and on loan to Desportivo das Aves before arriving back in Germany at Preußen Münster in the summer of 2012.
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