There was a common theme to almost every 2. Bundesliga game this weekend, which was late drama. Although some games were decided in the early stages, there was rarely a game that didn’t carry some significance into the final minutes of the matches. It was just what we all needed heading into the international break, after a few lacklustre weeks. With that all said, here is your 2. Bundesliga Matchday 13 round-up.
SV Sandhausen 0-1 MSV Duisburg
The weekend began with a bang, and it was the Zebras who were the beneficiary of a fortunate bounce and a fine piece of technique. Moritz Stoppelkamp was on hand to volley home from the edge of the area after the ball struck an unaware SVS defender. Stoppelkamp was clinical, picking out the bottom corner with a fine strike. From there on, until the final whistle, the game was there for Kenan Kocak’s men to win. Unfortunately, Nejmeddin Daghfous couldn’t control the ball when it mattered most and passed up a glorious opportunity.
Mark Flekken then denied Richie Sakuta-Pasu, with the help of Gerrit Nauber on the line, and Manuel Stiefler’s header was brilliantly repelled. The second half, despite Duisburg’s early rally, continued in Sandhausen’s favour. Sakuta-Pasu had another effort cleared off the line before Flekken stepped up to the plate on two further occasions to keep the striker at bay. Lucas Höler, be it first or second half, just could not find a way through. It left the hosts winless once more, but continues the recent revival that Duisburg have enjoyed.
1. FC Kaiserslautern 0-0 VfL Bochum
If you thought Sandhausen’s game was dull, that was positively an end-to-end spectacle in comparison to this. Bochum had the first opening of the tussle when Thomas Eisfeld forced Marius Muller into an early save. From there, the remainder of the half belonged to the hosts. Brandon Borrello was lively early on and had two strong efforts, though Manfred Osei Kwadwo should have done better with a header not long after. Joel Abu Hanna did test Manuel Riemann, only for the Bochum stopper to stand up to the test. Philipp Mwene came close again when he fired just over from range.
The second half saw Kaiserslautern sit back more and Bochum come into the game, but to little effect. The most exciting moment of the match belong to Niklas Shipnoski, when he ran from his own half and cracked a swerving shot off the crossbar from a good 35-yards. The visitors had plenty of set-piece chances, yet failed to find a way through a resolute home defence. That said, Dimitrios Diamantakos thought he had broken the deadlock until his strike was ruled out for a handball in the build-up. It was a case of two points dropped for FCK, and one gained from a Bochum perspective.
Eintracht Braunschweig 2-2 SV Darmstadt 98
Braunschweig didn’t have to wait long to take the lead against the Lilies, and struck after just 8 minutes. Salim Khelifi’s corner was flicked on by Suleiman Abdullahi and then into Aytac Sulu, who could do little more than watch the ball trundle into his own net. Darmstadt were lively in response but were lucky not to find themselves further behind after Khelifi struck the post from a tight angle. Julius Biada was lucky to then not be sent off after a nasty challenge on Sandro Sirigu, who had to be substituted as a result. However, after half an hour, the visitors were level. Marvin Mehlem picked the ball up out wide, and danced his way inside before placing a fine shot past Jasmin Fejzic at the near post.
Darmstadt took heart from a strong finish to the half and managed to find a way to go in front seven minutes after the restart. Markus Steinhöfer collected a corner that had slipped past everyone, put the ball back into the danger-zone and up popped Wilson Kamavuaka to nod into the top corner. Neither side managed much up until the final minutes of the game where Braunschweig got level. Jöel Mall spilled a cross straight at the feet of the returning Patrick Schönfeld, who forced home from close range to leave both sides still locked on the same number of points.
1. FC Union Berlin 1-0 FC St. Pauli
This game was a tale of two strikers. Sebastian Polter was guilty of passing up several decent chances early on, the best of which came after he failed to convert from Akaki Gogia’s good work out wide. The main moment of contention came towards the end of the first period, when Sami Allagui went down under the challenge of Jakob Busk. Bastian Dankert did not point to the spot, but instead gave a free-kick and booked Allagui for diving. It’s fair to say the Tunisian was unhappy about that decision, and the following one as he was pulled back for offside after scoring.
St. Pauli came out of the break as the better side and didn’t let up either, though that killer instinct was lacking. Allagui was denied by an excellent save from Busk as he made himself big from close range. The very same move saw the irresistible Luca Zander cross for Allagui, and once more it was not the desired result as the ball came out off the bar. Then, in the 92nd minute following a debatable free-kick, Union struck. Christopher Trimmel’s ball was perfect for Polter to nod past Himmelmann and stretch Union’s gap over the Hamburg-based side to six points.
Jahn Regensburg 3-2 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
The game started with both sides moving to try to attack from the start, something that would continue right to the very end. Jahn made the breakthrough after 20 minutes, in somewhat unconventional fashion as a corner was headed towards goal by Sebastian Nachreiner and put in by Sargis Adamyan’s stomach. However, the Shamrocks were not too downtrodden and equalised when Tolcay Cigerci’s corner saw Richard Magyar bullet a header in at the near post. While Marco Grüttner continued to be a threat, it was Adamyan again that found the net from Sebastian Stolze’s cross.
The break brought a fresh Fürth and an equaliser for the visitors in real style. They broke away from a Jahn corner and Manuel Torres picked out the gallivanting Marco Caligiuri at the back post to finish off the move in style. Philipp Pentke then made the crucial intervention to prevent Khaled Narey from making it 3-2, and the game turned from there. Magyar put through his own net from Marvin Knoll’s free-kick, and Damir Buric’s side were fortunate not to fall further behind. Benedikt Saller hit the inside of the post, though Jahn had done enough to secure a deserve three points.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-2 1. FC Heidenheim
Both teams found it tough going in the early stages of this tussle, although Fortuna were particularly slow to start. Robert Glatzel forced Raphael Wolf into a good early save, and while the hosts did come back into the game it was Heidenheim who came closer still. Kolja Pusch’s excellent header came back off the post, much to his dismay. The second half was similar, but the roles were reserved as Jann Zimmer was next to clip the base of the upright. Then, the breakthrough. A wonderful move that saw Havard Nielsen and Rouwen Hennings combine enabled the latter to finish off in style. After that, things kicked off in a big way.
The final 10 minutes of this game deserve a paragraph of their own. It all began when Marc Schnatterer’s cross was somehow headed home by John Verhoek, from a cool 18-yards. The match went back and forward from there before Heidenheim had a penalty appeal turned down, and Fortuna darted up the other end. After Hennings was denied, Benito Raman was on hand to finish off into an empty net. Then, in a dramatic end, Heidenheim were given a penalty as the referee decided that Wolf had fouled Glatzel. Wittek then hit Neuhaus, which led to Neuhaus studding Wittek and then Wittek headbutting Neuhaus. Confused? We were too. Schnatterer sealed a point with the last kick off the game, and Fortuna were far from happy. In the middle of all that, Kaan Ayhan was sent off on the bench. Incredible.
Holstein Kiel 3-0 Dynamo Dresden
That draw, although going on at the same time as Kiel’s game, left the Storks with the chance to close the gap on Fortuna to just a point. It was a tough start as both sides wanted to come forward, but found themselves met by a strong midfield presence. Dominick Drexler’s effort was the closest either side came until Marvin Ducksch opened the scoring, finishing off on the rebound after Marvin Schwäbe saved from Steven Lewerenz. It was a deserved opener after the pressure was kicked up a gear by Markus Anfang’s men, who were only really troubled by Niklas Kreuzer’s low drive.
Haris Duljevic had a great chance to bring Dynamo level, yet that was passed up and Kiel went back into the driving seat. Drexler was handed the opportunity to bring them two-nil ahead when he was fouled by Kreuzer, though the midfielder saw his spot-kick come back out off the bar. The visitors went close through Niklas Hauptmann and Peniel Mlapa, only for Kiel to finally kill the game off when Ducksch’s ball across was slid home by Lewerenz. David Kinsombi also set of Kingsley Schindler for a late third goal, capping a magnificent day for Kiel and one to forget from a Dynamo perspective.
Erzgebirge Aue 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Much like the other games this weekend, it was another slow burner to begin with. Two sides as tactically and physically strong as Arminia and Aue were always going to be a good match-up, and the majority of the play remained in the midfield throughout the first period. Christoph Hemlein couldn’t make Martin Männel work from a good opening mid-way through the half, though Männel was on hand to deny Keanu Staude. However, it was Aue who went into the break with the lead. Julian Börner handled in the area, Mario Kvesic stepped up to the spot and sent Stefan Ortega the wrong way.
From there, the game was all in favour of the visitors. Yet, when it mattered most, Männel was in their way. Be it Börner, Hartherz or Andreas Voglsammer, the Aue stopper was there. Even when he wasn’t on hand to do the dutiful, the visitors’ were unable to hit the target – notable Staude, once more. Just when it looked like Aue had the game tied up, Arminia equalised at the death. Fabian Klos came off the bench to flick the ball on to Voglsammer, who produced a fine half-volleyed finish to finally beat Männel and earn a deserved point.
1. FC Nürnberg 1-2 FC Ingolstadt 04
The final face-off on Matchday 13 pitted two promotion hopefuls together, and some early sparring brought about very little. That said, it was in the 14th minute that Ingolstadt went ahead. A quick break saw Thomas Pledl break free on the right-hand side, he drove into space and picked out Stefan Kutschke to slot home in the middle of the box. Nürnberg got their act together after that and Enrico Valentini was seeing an increasing amount of space on the right. While he wasn’t involved in the equaliser, that was Cedric Teuchert’s doing, it was Kevin Möhwald’s run and finish on that flank that got the hosts level.
Unfortunately, the second half didn’t have quite the same zip or tempo as the first and it was a while before there was any meaningful goal-mouth action. Sonny Kittel and Teuchert had attempts fly off target, in what proved to be rare highlights. Things got interesting with 10 minutes to go when Orjan Nyland made a total save to deny Mikael Ishak, before a terrible touch from Thorsten Kirschbaum allowed Dario Lezcano to tip in and be fouled by the ‘keeper. He dusted himself down to take the penalty and stuttered to leave Kirschbaum motionless as the ball hit the back of the net. It was a huge win for the visitors and puts them in with a real shout of making the top three. For FCN, though, it’s a second consecutive defeat.