Hamburger SV had a massive wobble against struggling Magdeburg to hand the advantage to both Darmstadt and Heidenheim in the race for automatic promotion. St. Pauli were back to winning ways, while at the bottom Sandhausen beat Jahn Regensburg to keep their survival hoped alive.
Greuther Fürth 0-2 Heidenheim
On Friday evening Heidenheim cemented their second position in the league with a 2-0 away win at Fürth. They profited by the errors made by the home side and now have automatic promotion very much in their own hands.
The league’s top scorer Tim Kleindienst opened the scoring in the seventh minute after defender Damian Michalski’s attempted clearance came back off the post for the Heidenheim striker to score his 23rd of the season.
In-form Jan-Niklas Beste sealed the win six minutes into the second half when a goalkeeping error handed the midfielder an easy chance. He’s now scored in his last three matches.
Paderborn 5-1 Eintracht Braunschweig
Paderborn enjoyed a big home win against Braunschweig to maintain their slim chance of pushing HSV out of third spot. The win was never really in doubt, the question was more about how many they would score after Julian Justvan headed them into a first half lead.
Raphael Obermeir assisted the first and then grabbed the second right at the end of the first 45 minutes. Sirlord Conteh added a third seven minutes into the second half only for Anthony Ujah to reply almost immediately. The game however ended on a high for the hosts with a brace from substitute Dennis Srbeny in stoppage time. There was even time for Marvin Pieringer to miss a penalty in time added on, but the 5-1 win was just the way to start the weekend for promotion-chasing Paderborn.
St. Pauli 2-1 Arminia Bielefeld
After losing their last two games, it was back to winning ways for St. Pauli and their coach Fabian Hürzeler on Saturday. It took second half goals from Marcel Hartel and Lukas Daschner to shake Bielefeld into some sort of action, but they left it too late with Jomaine Consbruch’s headed goal a mere consolation.
The win for the Kiezkicker sees them remain an outsider for the top three with a six-point deficit over HSV, while the Arminen are now in the bottom three.
Magdeburg 3-2 Hamburg
Following the high of last week’s Derby win over St. Pauli, HSV did what HSV are renowned for doing and lost at a vital stage of the season.
After seeing a Jonas David goal ruled out by VAR for offside after 20 minutes, HSV conceded in the 32nd minute when Moritz Kwarteng fired in after good work on the left by Leon Bell Bell. The Rothosen however hit back before half time via Sonny Kittel.
Hamburg saw VAR overturn a penalty awarded by Harm Osmers six minutes into the second period and were left to rue that as Magdeburg retook the lead when Baris Atik fired in from the edge of the penalty area in the 74th minute. Things went from bad to worse when sub and ex-Hamburg player Tatsuya Ito stroked home a third in the 82nd minute with HSV looking for the equaliser. A late goal from Ludovit Reis proved insufficient and Tim Walter’s side suffered a real blow to their hopes of automatic promotion.
Kaiserslautern 0-1 Hansa Rostock
A strong defensive display and a solitary goal at the other end saw Rostock claim a second successive win and saw Kaiserslautern fans leave disappointed from the Betzenberg on Saturday afternoon.
The home side had more possession and more chances, but Kai Pröger’s goal just before half time proved the decisive moment.
Hannover 3-0 Nürnberg
The home side reached the 40-point mark in the 2.Bundesliga while Nürnberg still find themselves too close to the bottom for comfort after Hannover’s 3-0 win at the Heinz von Heiden Arena.
Julian Börner headed in just before the break to put the hosts in front and the highly rated Derrick Köhn added a second at the start of the second half. Maxi Beier scored the third after 70 minutes, while substitute Harvard Nielsen saw a late effort ruled out with VAR intervening with an offside call.
Holstein Kiel 0-3 Darmstadt
Die Lilien are now within touching distance of the Bundesliga following their 3-0 away win at Kiel. They now have a four point lead at the top of the table and an eight-point advantage over third place Hamburg.
Jannick Müller headed them into a sixth minute lead and their advantage was doubled on 22 minutes when Simon Lorenz put through his own net. Phillip Tietz’s tenth goal of the season at the start of the second period put the result beyond doubt
Fortuna Düsseldorf 3-2 Karlsruhe
Fortuna and Karlsruhe shared five goals with the home side finally taking the spoils with a last-minute goal. Mikkel Kaufmann gave the visitors the lead in the 28th minute before Kristoffer Peterson equalised before the break.
Philip Heise restored KSC’s lead in the 66th minute, but the home side got back on level terms again with Jona Niemiec the scorer. With a point apiece looking the likely result, Jordy de Wijs popped up in stoppage time with a header to take all three points. If Fortuna do go ahead with their plans to allow fans free entry, they will be getting a great deal if this is the fare they will be served.
Sandhausen 2-1 Jahn Regensburg
Bottom side Sandhausen won the massive relegation six-pointer with a 2-1 win over Jahn Regensburg. The win doesn’t see them off the bottom of the table, but they are now just level on points with Jahn and one behind Bielefeld.
Merveille Papela gave the home side the lead in the first half with Dario Dumic doubling the lead in the second period. Prince Osei Owusu pulled one back but there was no more scoring. A red card to Leon Guwara towards the end didn’t impact too much upon the final result.