After it appeared that a group of clubs emerged from the pack after Matchday 4, the parity of German fussball returned to slap the top of the table in the face as table leaders Fürth, Kaiserslautern, 1860, and Karlsruhe all dropped points to allow the midtable clubs to catch up in what was a very unpredictable round of spiels.
Ingolstadt Grabs First Points of Marco Kurz Era in Late Fashion
Matchday 5 would provide a must win situation for the Audi Boys hosting Arminia Bielefeld after going pointless over four matches. Kurz had the hottest seat going into a winnable fixture with Bielefeld coming to Audi Sportpark. That seat would only get hotter as the match barely begun before the visitors were up over Ingolstadt. A Fabian Klos header stunned Ingolstadt who were already coming off a Bavarian Derby loss to 1860 the week prior.
Kurz would be allowed some relief before the half as Phillip Hofmann unleashed a booming free kick to beat Platinum who was given the cap ahead of Ortega after their 3-3 affair against their own derby rivals in Paderborn left Stefan Kramer unamused. Hofmann’s brilliant set piece goal would be enough to send Ingolstadt into half time level, but the nerves of Kurz were far from rested in the second half.
A Bielefeld late goal from Riese at the 73 minute mark appeared to spell doom for FCI for another day as a defensive lapse would spoil what was an improved performance. However Bielefeld would ruin their chance at three away points and give Ingolstadt a lifeline when Caiuby drew a penalty just three minutes after his club conceded. The penalty was then taken with no mistake from Hajnal and the comeback was fully on as Bielefeld were pushed further and further into their own defensive half with the Audi Boys momentum at a high.
A well thought out sub from Marco Kurz would prove to be the difference as Christian Eigler would beat Platinum with a header from point blank range to send Kurz through to another week. Three points will give him some time, but those inspired performances will have to become far more consistent if Ingolstadt is going to climb back up the table after giving the rest of the 2. BL a month head start.
Hübner Header Foils Karlsruhe’s Table Climb
For the second straight week it would be a missed opportunity for plucky Karlsruhe as after nearly getting a result against table leaders Fürth, another lead would be blown in Sandhausen as Florian Hübner would poach a late header to steal points away from Karlsruhe after they looked like they had the spiel won.
Sandhausen would give a heady performance for the home supporters, keeping their defensive dealings in order long enough before Nazarov put Karlsruhe up in the 58th minute and took the sails out of SVS. Karlsruhe would continue to counterattack and earned some late chances that were not converted before Hübner made them pay late.
A 2-1 home win from Aue over Energie Cottbus would see Karlsruhe fail to take advantage of 1860 and Kaiserslautern defeats to sit at sixth in the table. Karlsruhe will rue what might have been if they could have held onto leads in the past two weeks, but they should be relieved to know that they will likely be far from relegation worries in 2013/14 if they maintain the current curve.
Aalen Stuns Kaiserslautern With a 4-0 Drubbing
A Chris Löwe own goal would open up a nightmare of horrors for Kaiserslautern as the promotion favorites looked anything but what their early form has indicated in the second half after Löwe’s blunder rattled the Red Devils. Idrissou did not help his club’s cause, taking a red card by leading with his elbow on a challenge that will likely earn him an extra ban.
Enricio Valentini would put the final nail in the coffin shortly after the second half was kicked off, wasting little time in securing the upset for Aalen with a goal in the 48th minute on a right footed shot. Up a man and feeling the momentum, Aalen made it a full on drubbing in the final 20 minutes, with Valentini delivering the coup de grace in the 88th minute for the fourth goal.
Kaiserslautern will now have to re-evaluate things with Idrissou out of the lineup for a likely extended period of time. Olivier Occean and Simon Zoller will now have to shoulder the scoring load for a temporary basis as the Red Devils will play host to Energie Cottbus on Monday evening in what will be a crucial match after a shock loss.
Köln Prevents Fürth from Full Points for the First Time
A cautious defensive display would see Köln hold back the red-hot Clovers from earning their fifth victory to start the season as a strong defensive display finally slowed Fürth, who were unable to come up with the timely inspiration to find victory after escaping quality efforts from Kaiserslautern and Karlsruhe in recent weeks.
It would be an inability to score that would see Fürth meet their equal as the Cologne side refused to allow the visitors to mount much offensive quality for the 90 minutes. The spectator’s dismay was to Köln’s benefit as they remained unbeaten over five games with four draws to their name. At seven points Köln is now just a victory away from the promotion positions after the Matchday 5 shakeup.
In other 2. BL results Düsseldorf beat Bochum 1-0 to end their recent spell of poor results, Paderborn crashed 1860’s win streak on a Jens Wemmer winner and FSV Frankfurt and Berlin shared points in a 1-1 draw to end Sunday’s action. St. Pauli finished off the week with a 2-1 win over Dresden that continued the sad state of turmoil in Dresden as their nightmare start to 2013/14 continued despite the firing of Peter Pacult.
2. Bundesliga Table After Matchday 5:
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