Matchday 4 in the 2. Bundesliga quickly became about home club dominance during the weekend matches (after the home sides failed to win in three matches on Friday – for the Friday 2. BL recap click here). All but one club earned the full three points to bookend the fourth Matchday of the 2. BL season.
Kaiserslautern, 1860 München, Köln, Energie Cottbus, and Union Berlin all earned important victories in front of their home supporters as everyone besides for Dynamo Dresden got to celebrate around the 2. BL, something that the club in turmoil didn’t take kindly as it was reported by Bild that the club sacked trainer Peter Pacult immediately following an embarrassing 3-0 loss to FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
After the dust was settled and the shake ups were made, we saw a first real settling of the table as some of the more impressive clubs in the first month of 2. BL spiels were sitting at the front of the table. Impressive Kaiserslautern and hard working 1860 Munich filled the promotion spots at nine points apiece with six clubs within three points, as parity has been the theme of the 2013/14 2. BL season after four spiels for each club.
Here is the weekend recap of the 2. Bundesliga’s 4th Matchday:
Idrissou’s Form Leads Kaiserslautern Past Aue
Mohamado Idrissou continued his blazing start in attack for the Red Devils this season with his third and fourth goals in a 2-1 Kaiserslautern win over Erzgebirge Aue on Saturday. Idrissou scored from the penalty spot to give Kaiserslautern the lead after Karim Matmour was fouled inside the area by Solomon Okoronkwo. The Cameroonian forward gave the Red Devils the lead heading into halftime.
Aue bounced back in the second half of the match after Guido Kocer’s finish of a rebound in the box levelled the match at one’s. It was to be Idirssou’s day in the end, however, as the in-form forward was not to be denied by Aue’s stunning equalizer, heading home a near post cross from fellow in form striker Simon Zoller as the red hot Red Devils attack showed that their loss to Fürth was an aberration. A 2-1 win would keep the promotion favorites in second place on goal differential. Kaiserslautern will have easy pickings next week away to bottom table side Aalen who lost 5-1 to Cottbus on Sunday, but if their sights are set on catching up to Fürth, they will need the attacking exploits of Idrissou and Zoller every weekend to do so.
1860 Keep Marco Kurz’ Ingolstadt Point-less in Upper Bavarian Derby
1860 would join Kaiserslautern in the promotion position after Matchday 4, earning bragging rights over their Bavarian derby rivals in FC Ingolstadt at the Allianz Arena on Sunday, continuing the disaster of the Marco Kurz Era for the Audi Boys.
After three matches of offensive inefficiency, it would be an own goal that would fell Ingolstadt after a tepid first half as Roger put a poor breaking pass past Özcan to put TSV up 1-0. After the error, Ingolstadt would test 1860’s defenders for the equalizer, but the first points of the 2013/14 were not in the cards for another Matchday – something that is sure to turn up the tempature on hotseat at Audi Sportpark for Marco Kurz.
The match was also mired by a reported incident involving racial chants directed at Danny da Costa. kicker reported the incident, which 1860 addressed with an ad. Regardless, it was an ugly event in the Bavarian derby.
Alexander Schmidt has no such worries as after an opening day setback in St. Paul which is always a tough place to get a result his squad has won three straight in the league while surviving a wild Pokal tie with Heidenheim that went to penalties. With the veteran Gabor Kiraly minding the net and leading on a club that has toiled for now ten seasons in the Bundesliga, it might just be the year for a bolstered side at the Allianz Arena to join their co-tenants in Bayern at the top flight.
Pacult Sacked as Nightmare Start Continues for Dresden
Ruled out of the 2013/14 DFB Pokal due to fan control issues in last year’s cup it was already a given that Dynamo Dresden were facing a tumultuous season. With no league cup to give their rabid and sometimes controversial supporters hope, Peter Pacult had an ultimatum to provide some signs of light at the end of the tunnel after last year’s 16th place finish. After a 6-3-6 stint in the 2012/13 season taking over for Ralf Loose, Pacult could not find a win for Dresden quick enough this season, finding out his fate after a disappointing loss at home to FSV Frankfurt on Sunday.
A hat trick from Edmond Kapllani would prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the Pacult Era at Dresden as the club could not stomach another loss after a 3-1 defeat to Berlin a week prior. Sitting in the relegation zone it was clear that Dresden were going to make a decision on a move sooner rather than later if results were not improving, leaving no surprise when sporting director Steffen Menze had a heated discussion with Pacault at the end of the match before following up with similarly harsh comments to the media after the games end.
“Pacult Out” chants filled the ground, a final climax to a failed second term at Dynamo for the manager that guided Dresden away from relegation last year. At a club that is on the teetering point of a supporter takeover due to the fans having more and more influence of the affairs of SGD, it was a matter of time before Pacult was sacked after earning just two points over four matches. Promotion is unlikely this year, but whoever takes over at Dynamo will know that a change in mood is needed fast as the club is at the point of boiling over in frustration at this point.
Union Wraps up Matchday 4 With Strong Home Performance Over Fortuna
Two headers from Adam Nemec, including a timely one just before halftime, gave Union Berlin their first home win of the season to finish off Matchday 4 on Monday over a struggling Fortuna Düsseldorf. Losing to 1860 2-1 on Matchday 3, Mike Büskens went with an identical lineup going into a spiel that Fortuna desperately needed to get a result out of sitting out of the promotion places after a disastrous end to the 2012/13 season sent them to the 2. BL.
Fortuna couldn’t piece together much in the passing attack throughout the first half, but their defenders always found a way to turn Union’s strikers away at the last moment with the hosts failing to find the final inspiration in the box during the game’s opening 40 minutes. Kohlmann Koelher would set Nemec up with a beautifully soft touched cross across the box to beat Fabian Giefer just before the half’s end, a crushing blow for Fortuna.
Nemec would seal the match in the 55th minute with another header before Düsseldorf found a goal to cushion the blow of a second straight loss, a hard dose of reality of the quality of this year’s 2. Bundesliga showing Büskens that finding promotion will not be a walk in the park for Fortuna.
Uwe Neuhaus will think that promotion may just be a possibility after the opening month of the 2013/14 season for Union after consecutive wins has Berlin in the hunt alongside a long list of teams that are two or three points behind 1860 and Kaiserslautern for the promotion spots. They will have to shore up their away record that caused them problems last season, but Neuhaus should feel confident getting seven points out of three matches with an away win in the Pokal in between. A 1-1 draw in Bielefeld and a 3-1 win at the embattled Dresden coupled with the 2-1 Pokal win to Jahn Regensburg gives reason for Union to believe that their away form will be enough to keep the Iron in the fight until at least the second half of the season.
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