Munich - 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 ended a five-game winless streak by coming from behind to secure a 2-1 victory away to TSV 1860 Munich in their first game of 2015.

Hoping to build on their two encouraging draws against promotion hopefuls RB Leipzig and 1. FC Kaiserslautern at the back end of 2014, 1860 started the encounter with purpose, creating several chances in the opening half hour, with Rubin Okotie eventually giving them a deserved lead from the spot after Tim Göhlert handled in the box.

Heidenheim emerged for the second half in positive spirits, however, and they levelled in the 55th minute when Göhlert volleyed Marc Schnatterer’s accurate cross home. Ilie Sanchez was then sent off for a second yellow card as the hosts' organisation and confidence appeared to desert them, allowing Heidenheim to press home their superiority, with former 1860 youth player Florian Niederlechner converting from close range to take the away side another step closer to survival in the second tier. The Lions, meanwhile, remain precariously positioned in the relegation play-off place.

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