The Englische Woche was upon us already in the 3. Liga with matches not only on the weekend but also on Tuesday and Wednesday. Chemnitz, Dynamo Dresden and Wehen Wiesbaden continued their unbeaten run while Stuttgart II has still not managed to score any points so far and Osnabrück and Mainz II are still winless, although the latter have come close twice.
Chemnitz continues great start with three clean sheets
For the first time in a long time, there was little talk of promotion at Chemnitz and it seems to have had the desired effect, as Karsten Heine’s side have earned two wins and one draw without conceding a single goal in all those three games and scoring five. A 2-0 home win against Osnabrück was followed by a goalless home draw against Arminia Bielefeld. While neither Osnabrück nor Bielefeld are enjoying good form, Chemnitz have played good football and have had in new acquisition Philip Türpitz their star player, with two goals in three games so far. A trip to Fortuna Köln next week, who picked up their first win of the season against Halle last week, should be a bigger test for the Sky Blues.
Hallescher FC are Jekyll & Hyde; Bielefeld are just Hyde
After the 0-3 thumping of the opening day against Chemnitz, Halle redeemed themselves in style by trouncing Arminia Bielefeld 5-1 away from home. They came back from a goal down and scored four goals in the last half hour of play, with two quick-fire doubles on the hour mark and again ten minutes from the end. The game, though, could have gone a completely different way had Fabian Klos’ fantastic shot across the goal not hit the post at 1-1; shortly after that, Julian Börner scored into his own goal and the floodgates opened.
However, Halle were unable to carry any momentum into the midweek match and fell victims to a tricky Fortuna Köln side who came away with a 2-0 victory in Sachsen-Anhalt with two first half goals from Tobias Fink and Johannes Rahn. With Halle visiting Duisburg and Arminia welcoming Osnabrück, two would-be predictable results are now completely unpredictable.
Plenty of goals and a thunderstorm
Goals are always guaranteed in the 3. Liga but we’ve been treated on Matchdays 2 and 3 with 10 of the 20 matches having 3 or more goals, highlighting especially Halle’s 5-1 win at Bielefeld, Wehen Wiesbaden’s 3-3 draw against Unterhaching and Duisburg’s tight 4-3 victory at Mainz II, reminiscent of Hansa Rostock’s 4-3 opening-day victory at Preußen Münster. Like Rostock, Duisburg made hard work of a match that was seemingly already won with 20 minutes to go at 4-1. Niko Klotz and Zlatko Janjić put the Zebras ahead by two goals after just five minutes and three goals in seven minutes after the hour mark saw the 4-1 on the scoreboard. However, a double salvo in two minutes from Mainz meant that Duisburg had to sweat it out in the last few minutes.
There was also quite a bit of drama in Bavaria as Unterhaching squandered a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 3-3 against Wehen Wiesbaden in a match that was suspended for almost a whole hour due to a thunderstorm taking place over the Sportpark Unterhaching. The game was suspended at 2-2 with the visitors just having equalished and they carried the momentum after the restart and scored almost immediately through Luca Schnellbacher. However, Benjamin Schwarz equalised with just five minutes to spare but no team was able to seize all three points.
Jens Truckenbrod Rekordman
Preußen Münster’s 0-0 home draw against Energie Cottbus will not go down in history but it will have an important spot in the story of Jens Truckenbrod’s career. Münster’s Truckenbrod became the player with the most 3. Liga appearances with his 210th match in the division, overtaking former Kickers Offenbach and Rot-Weiß Erfurt midfielder Nils Pfingsten-Reddig, now at Regionalliga Nordost side Wacker Nordhausen.
Truckenbrod’s 210 appearances are spread over his time at Dynamo Dresden (30), Carl-Zeiss Jena (66) and Preußen Münster (114), having started all but four of those matches. At 34 years old, Truckenbrod is 24 matches ahead of Chemnitz’s Fabian Stenzel (27) and 25 of Wehen’s Alf Mintzel (32).
RESULTS 2. SPIELTAG
|Sat. 02.08.2014||14:00||(15.) VfB Stuttg. II||0:3||Preußen Münster (12.)|
|(4.) Hansa Rostock||1:1||Rot-Weiß Erfurt (16.)|
|(6.) B. Dortmund II||2:2||Holstein Kiel (11.)|
|(10.) Unterhaching||3:3||Wehen Wiesbaden (7.)|
|(13.) Stuttg. Kickers||3:1||Jahn Regensburg (3.)|
|(18.) MSV Duisburg||1:1||Sonnenhof-Gr. (9.)|
|(14.) Fortuna Köln||2:2||FSV Mainz 05 II (17.)|
|(5.) Arm. Bielefeld||1:5||Hallescher FC (20.)|
|(1.) Chemnitzer FC||2:0||VfL Osnabrück (19.)|
|Sun. 03.08.2014||14:00||(2.) Energie Cottbus||1:3||Dynamo Dresden (8.)|
RESULTS 3. SPIELTAG
|Tue. 05.08.2014||19:00||(6.) Sonnenhof-Gr.||1:1||Stuttg. Kickers (9.)|
|(11.) Jahn Regensburg||0:2||Unterhaching (13.)|
|(4.) Wehen Wiesbaden||1:0||B. Dortmund II (5.)|
|(17.) Rot-Weiß Erfurt||3:1||VfB Stuttg. II (20.)|
|(1.) Chemnitzer FC||0:0||Arm. Bielefeld (12.)|
|Wed. 06.08.2014||18:30||(19.) VfL Osnabrück||2:2||Dynamo Dresden (2.)|
|19:00||(8.) Hallescher FC||0:2||Fortuna Köln (15.)|
|(16.) FSV Mainz 05 II||3:4||MSV Duisburg (18.)|
|(14.) Holstein Kiel||2:0||Hansa Rostock (3.)|
|(7.) Preußen Münster||0:0||Energie Cottbus (10.)|