Cottbus - FC Energie Cottbus' hopes of avoiding relegation were handed another boost on Matchday 25 as Boubacar Sanogo's second-half strike earned the cellar dwellers a hard-earned 1-0 home win against Karlsruher SC.

The visitors started confidently, passing their way towards the Cottbus goal, but clear-cut goalscoring chances remained at a premium at both ends, with Koen van der Biezen missing one of the rare opportunities for Karlsruhe in a one-on-one situation against Rene Renno.

Energie, trying to catch their opponents on the break, upped their game after the break, however, and saw their efforts pay dividends nine minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty for a foul by Dennis Kempe on Christian Bickel. Marco Stiepermann had his effort denied by Dirk Orlishausen, before Sanogo converted on the rebound to seal the hosts a crucial three points.

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