Kaiserslautern - An entertaining contest at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion between hosts 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Eintracht Braunschweig ended 2-1 in favour of the home side.

After relegation last season, the trip to promotion-chasing Kaiserslautern was a chance for Eintracht Braunschweig to show they mean to bounce straight back. They started in the perfect fashion to achieve that aim, with Dennis Kruppke side-footing home from 18 yards to crown an excellent team goal after only ten minutes. Not to be cowed on home soil, Kaiserslautern hit back three minutes later, Karim Matmour rifling into the bottom corner to punish slack Braunschweig defending.

The hosts controlled proceedings until half-time, with Markus Karl and Kevin Stöger exerting considerable influence in midfield. It was Matmour again the catalyst for Kaiserslautern, though, with his twisting and turning causing him to be brought down in the box on the hour mark. Srdjan Lakic dispatched the resultant penalty. Havard Nielsen should have levelled ten minutes from time as Braunschweig pushed for an equaliser, but their late push was to no avail.

Braunschweig’s first loss of the season means they drop to joint seventh, while Kaiserslautern jump to fourth.

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