Paderborn - SC Paderborn's hopes of securing second place and an automatic promotion spot took a hit on Friday evening with a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Paderborn were lacking the spark shown in recent dominant displays and were outplayed for much of the first period by their visitors, who could have taken the lead earlier than the 42nd minute, when Ben Halloran fired them in front. Alban Meha levelled for the hosts with a superb free-kick after the break, but it failed to knock Düsseldorf out of their stride as Erwin Hoffer sealed the victory in the closing stages with an acrobatic diving header. The result gives Düsseldorf some breathing space above the relegation zone, with 16th-placed Dresden being held to a draw elsewhere.

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