2. Bundesliga Matchday 5 Roundup
SV Sandhausen 1-0 SV Darmstadt 98
1. FC Nürnberg 2-2 1. FC Heidenheim
SV Wehen Wiesbaden 0-5 SSV Jahn Regensburg
DSC Arminia Bielefeld 2-2 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
SG Dynamo Dresden 3-3 FC St. Pauli
Hamburger SV 3-0 Hannover 96
Holstein Kiel 1-1 FC Erzgebirge Aue
VfL Osnabrück 3-0 Karlsruher SC
VfB Stuttgart 2-1 VfL Bochum
Hamburg remain in first place after a resounding 3-0 win over Hannover, with Sonny Kittel’s brace putting him on four goals for the season – joint top scorer with Karlsruhe’s Philipp Hofman and Marcos Álvarez of Osnabrück, who bagged a brace against Karlsruhe. Meanwhile, Regensburg captain Marco Grüttner bagged a hat-trick in his side’s 5-0 win over Wiesbaden.
Nürnberg threw away a 2-0 lead by conceding twice late on against Heidenheim. They sit in 9th place, while fellow relegated side Hannover are down in 12th after their loss to Hamburg.
Wiesbaden’s 5-0 loss means that they have now conceded 16 league goals in just 5 games.
The worst moment of the weekend came courtesy of Bielefeld keeper Stefan Ortega, who was tackled on his own goal line after messing about with a goal kick. Fortunately for him, Bielefeld managed to draw anyway.
Game of the Week:
Dynamo Dresden 3-3 FC St. Pauli
After picking up their first win on Monday against Holstein Kiel, Jos Luhukay’s side looked like they would make it two in a row against Dresden. They took a three goal lead in the first half, with two goals for Dimitris Diamantakos and three assists for Mats Møller Dæhli. But Jannis Nikolaou got a goal either side of half time to put Dynamo back in it – and despite losing Nikolaou to a red card, SGD would eventually draw level late on through Moussa Koné after an error from Pauli keeper Robin
Goal of the Week:
Johannes Geis (1. FC Nürnberg)
Despite being a former Fürth player, Geis has already won over the fans at the Max-Morlock-Stadium. An impressive goal on Spieltag 4 was followed up by a wonderful volley from outside the box this week, deflecting in off the inside of the post.
Player of the Week:
Marco Grüttner (SSV Jahn Regensburg)
After notching 12 goals last season, Regensburg captain Grüttner was yet to score after his first four appearances this season. He solved that problem on Saturday, taking advantage of the hapless Wiesbaden defence’s ridiculously high line to score not just once, not just twice, but three times.
Jatta affair nears a close
Hamburg’s Bakery Jatta received a wonderful reception from the home fans when he scored against Hannover on Sunday. On Monday morning came more good news – the local authority decided it would end its investigation into Jatta, finding no evidence of wrongdoing. Nürnberg, who protested their result against HSV, and Bild, who broke the story, seem to still be persisting with the allegations.
The 2. Bundesliga saw a flurry of activity on the final day of the transfer window. Stuttgart bought Sandhausen’s Philipp Förster, who will be replaced by Besar Halimi. Hannover signed Marc Stendera of Frankfurt, Heidenheim signed Konstantin Kerschbaumer and Tim Kleindienst, and Hamburg took Bremen’s Martin Harnik on loan while loaning Manuel Wintzheimer to Bochum and Berkay Özcan to Istanbul Basaksehir.
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