1. FC Kaiserslautern 0-0 1860 Munich
With nothing to separate the two sides in terms of the pre-match standings, Kaiserslautern's Mohamadou Idrissou forced the first, albeit routine save from Gabor Kiraly but it was the visitors who carried the greater threat for much of the half. Daniel Halfar's ingenious run and dinked pass put the ball on a plate for Moritz Stoppelkamp, who failed to make contact with the goal at his mercy. At times the Red Devils had no answer to 1860's free-flowing passing game, but gave as good as they got at the other end as Albert Bunjaku tested the reflexes of Kiraly from 18 yards, before 1860's Moritz Volz got a vital touch on Alexander Baumjohann's low cross to deny the waiting Idrissou a certain goal.
Chances at a premium
The linesman's flag denied Idrissou, who saw his close-range effort expertly turned over the bar by Kiraly on the hour. Kaiserslautern had the bit between their teeth, but Bunjaku took an age to bring a deflected cross under wraps and saw his close-range strike charged down. It was all Kaiserslautern as the clock ticked down, but content with their clean sheet, 1860 saw out the remainder camped in their own half as both sides moved into the top five with a share of the spoils.
FC Ingolstadt 04 0-2 FSV Frankfurt 1899
Despite a disappointing two draws from both their first encounters, Ingolstadt went into the game full of confidence. Die Schanzer dominated from the off but needed 35 minutes to get near Frankfurt's goal. However, even then FSV keeper Patric Klandt had little difficulty fetching Stefan Leitl's shot from a tight angle and a minute later Christian Eigler's attempt went wide. Indeed, the hosts were a tad unfortunate when Edmond Kapllani broke the deadlock with 42 minutes gone, nodding Zafer Yelen's free-kick in from close range.
Ingolstadt looked dangerous from set-pieces and crosses after the interval, with Eigler heading a ball from Andreas Görlitz just wide two minutes into the half and Andre Mijatovic squandering FCI's best opportunity as his unmarked attempt from close range went over the bar. Kapllani again showed them how it was done on 77 minutes as he coolly finished after a skillful first touch to lift FSV Frankfurt into third place with seven points.
VfL Bochum 1848 0-1 VfR Aalen
Looking to bounce back from their 4-0 mauling at the hands of SC Paderborn last time out, Bochum made a purposeful and assured start with 17-year-old Leon Goretzska pulling the strings early on. Aalen soon settled, though, and only the full-stretch Marcel Maltriz denied Andreas Hofmann a shot at goal. High balls into the box threatened to undo the vistors' first-half efforts, but Bochum, for all their possession, just couldn't find the last piece of the puzzle in the final third.
Kampl condemns Bochum
Bochum asked all the questions after the restart, with Zlatko Dedic forcing the very best out of Aalen No1 Daniel Bernhardt. The visiting stopper was at it again ten minutes later, this time getting a finger to Yuseke Tasaka's deflected drive. Aalen weren't just in town to make up the numbers, though, as Kevin Kampl danced into the box and tickled the side netting. Indeed, Bochum were made to pay for an uninspiring display in front of goal as that man Kampl, after Benjamin Hübner had a goal ruled out for handball, netted the match-winner with six minutes remaining.
Christopher Mayer-Lodge and Felix Seaman-Höschele