Karlsruhe - Karlsruher SC kept their promotion hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over 1. FC Union Berlin at the Waldstadion.

After a goalless first half, the hosts took a deserved lead when Gaetan Krebs ran onto Daniel Gordon’s lofted ball over the top of the Berlin defence and slotted home between keeper Daniel Haas’ legs. Benjamin Köhler equalised from the spot just two minutes later, before KSC retook the lead after when Kai Schwertfeger capitalised on an error by Haas after 70 minutes.

Rouwen Hennings headed home Manuel Torres’ cross to extend the hosts’ advantage, but Uwe Neuhaus’ side ensured a nervous finish to the game when Torsten Mattuschka converted from the spot after Gorden had brought down Simon Terodde inside the area. Karlsruher held on, however, to close the gap on third-placed SC Paderborn, who play SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Sunday, to four points. Union, meanwhile, are now ten points behind Paderborn in ninth place.

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