Darmstadt’s march to the league title continued with a win over Karlsruhe, while HSV triumphed in a thrilling derby with St.Pauli. Heidenheim however reclaimed second spot on Sunday with a win over Kiel. Bottom side Sandhausen claimed a point to keep their slim chances of survival alive.
Hamburger SV 4-3 St. Pauli
Friday’s Hamburg city derby promised so much and it certainly delivered with HSV and St.Pauli sharing seven goals at the Volksparkstadion. The Rothosen prevailed 4-3 to keep up their push for automatic promotion back to the Bundesliga, while the Kiezkicker suffered a second successive loss after ten wins on the trot.
The visitors took the lead in the 36th when Manolis Saliakas fired in from a tight angle. The hosts however got on level terms before the interval through a Jonas David strike. Coming out for the second 45 minutes, Hamburg scored twice in the first seven minutes with goals from Bakery Jatta and Moritz Heyer.
Elias Saad pulled one back with twenty minutes left only for Jakov Medic’s own-goal to restore Hamburg’s two-goal advantage. Jackson Irvine headed in a minute later, but the equaliser just wasn’t forthcoming and HSV took the bragging rights into the weekend.
Darmstadt 2-1 Karlsruhe
Leaders Darmstadt had to come from behind to beat Karlsruhe at the Böllenfalltor in the other game on Friday. Fabian Schleusener put the visitors into an 11th minute lead, but Braydon Manu got the Lilien back on terms on 36 minutes. Striker Phillip Tietz’s headed goal in the second half sealed the win for Torsten Lieberknecht’s side and maintained their place at the league summit.
Eintracht Braunschweig 1-2 Magdeburg
Magdeburg took a big step towards safety with a 2-1 away win at fellow strugglers Braunschweig. Moritz Kwarteng’s first half goal put the visitors in the lead and a wonder-strike from substitute Tatsuya Ito doubled their advantage in the 63rd minute. A reply from Anthony Ujah made the final stages interesting, but the home side couldn’t manage another and succumbed to defeat.
Hansa Rostock 2-0 Greuther Fürth
It was fourth time lucky for new Rostock trainer Alois Schwartz as he secured his first win after three previous losses with a two-goal victory over Fürth. A superb long-range effort from Nils Fröling put them ahead seven minutes into the second half and the win was sealed with a second from Dennis Dressel. The win saw the Rostocker climb out of the bottom two overnight.
Nürnberg 2-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Fortuna’s push for the promotion places took a blow when they went down to a 2-0 loss at Nürnberg. The goals came early on and late in the game. Nathaniel Brown scored a debut goal after just ten minutes and the points were not secured until the 93rd when Kwadwo Duah added the second. The loss hurts Düsseldorf’s promotion push, but helps der Klub in their push to climb clear of the bottom.
Arminia Bielefed 1-3 Hannover
Die Arminen remain in trouble towards the bottom of the table with after a home loss to Hannover. Two goals from Cedric Teuchert and another Louis Schaub sealed the win with Fabian Klos’ first-half equaliser proving a short-lived reply. The sending off of Hannover defender Yannick Lührs came too late to help Bielefeld after VAR upgraded his yellow card to a straight red three minutes from the end
Heidenheim 3-0 Holstein Kiel
On Sunday FC Heidenheim climbed back above Hamburg and into second sport with a comfortable win at home to Kiel.
After forcing two early corners the second of them paid off with Patrick Mainka heading home from Jan-Niklas Beste’s delivery in only the second minute of the game. The home side had to wait until the 68th minute for the second with the league’s top-scorer Tim Kleindienst bagging his 22nd goal of the season.
The three points were secured on 75 minutes with Beste dispatching a penalty after Kiel sub Kwasi Okyere Wriedt fouled Tim Siersleben. Frank Schmidt’s Heidenheim now have a one-point advantage over HSV with five games to play.
Sandhausen 2-2 Paderborn
Paderborn lost more ground on the top three after being held by bottom side Sandhausen. The away side raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening half an hour thanks to goals from Florent Muslija and Maximilian Rohr. The basement club were not giving up without a fight and pulled one back via Kemal Ademi before half-time.
Sandhausen equalised straight after the interval through Franck Evina and with no further scoring picked up another point that keeps their slim chances of survival alive.
Jahn Regensburg 0-0 Kaiserslautern
The match finished goalless at the Jahnstadion but it wasn’t without incident as both sides claimed a point. The hosts had Benedikt Saller sent off with fifteen minutes left, but it was they who very nearly snatched the win with FCK keeper Andreas Luthe saving right at the death to deny a long-range effort from Prince Osei Owusu.