Cologne – VfL Bochum extended their unbeaten start to the season to eight matches on Matchday 8, while at the foot of the table TSV 1860 Munich are still waiting for their first win of the campaign after drawing at SV Sandhausen.
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RB Leipzig 1-1 SC Freiburg
Promotion hopefuls RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Matchday 8’s closing fixture. In a classic game of two halves, Freiburg took a deserved lead through Nils Petersen’s eighth league goal of the season. Leipzig had a goal ruled out for offside, before former SV Werder Bremen striker Davie Selke fired home a 47th-minute equaliser.
MSV Duisburg 0-5 Eintracht Braunschweig
Eintracht Braunschweig moved to within two points of the promotion places thanks to a crushing 5-0 win away to rock-bottom MSV Duisburg. The hosts managed to keep the half-time scoreline respectable following Mirko Boland’s 17th-minute opener, but the dam broke after the restart, with Ken Reichel and Salim Khelifi adding to Emil Berggreen’s brace in a thoroughly one-sided display.
FC St. Pauli 1-0 1. FC Heidenheim 1846
FC St. Pauli’s bright start to the season continued with a hard-earned 1-0 win at home to 1. FC Heidenheim. The visitors offered virtually nothing as an attacking force after falling behind to Sebastian Maier’s second goal of the campaign, with Mathias Wittek’s 67th-minute sending off for two-bookable offences summing up a disappointing night at the office for Franck Schimidt’s charges.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 3-0 SC Paderborn 07
Fürth celebrated their 112th birthday with a third successive win in a four-game unbeaten run that has put their season back on track. Sebastian Freis' first-half goal (24') was followed by Tom Weilandt's strike (59') with Jurgen Gjasula's fourth goal of the season (79') capping a fine victory.
FSV Frankfurt 3-2 1.FC Union Berlin
Bobby Wood gave the visitors a first-half lead (39'), but the hosts turned things round in the space of three minutes as Zlatko Dedic (52') and Shawn Maurice Barry (55') both struck for FSV. Benjamin Kessel (76') levelled, but Dani Schahin's sublime volleyed winner in added time gave FSV a fourth win in five second-tier outings.
Arminia Bielefeld 1-1 VfL Bochum
VfL Bochum continued their excellent early-season form with a 1-1 draw at DSC Arminia Bielefeld which preserves their unbeaten record in Bundesliga 2 this season. Simon Terodde scored from the penalty spot within half an hour as Gertjan Verbeek's men went to within eight minutes of their sixth win of the season, before Fabian Klos denied them all three points late on.
1. FC Kaiserslautern 0-3 1. FC Nürnberg
1. FC Nürnberg took a leap up the Bundesliga 2 standings with a comprehensive away win at 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The two sides came into Tuesday night's fixture separated by just a point, but there was an evident gulf between the two sides which the Bavarians made larger and larger as the game ticked on. Even Hovland headed them in front against the run of play just before half-time, and two goals in five minutes from Alessandro Schöpf and Guido Burgstaller sealed victory for Rene Weiler's men.
Karlsruher SC 1-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Karlsruher SC and Fortuna Düsseldorf played out a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night with the goals all coming in the final 20 minutes. Both goalkeepers, Dirk Orlishausen and Michael Rensing, kept things tight until the former's goal was breached in the 70th minute by Kerem Demirbay's free-kick. Erwin Hoffer equalised for the hosts ten minutes later and the two keepers then ensured there was to be no further scoring at the Wildparkstadion, with both sides remaining in precarious positions near the foot of the table.
SV Sandhausen 1-1 TSV 1860 Munich
SV Sandhausen are still waiting for their first win in five games while TSV 1860 Munich do not have a win at all yet this season after a 1-1 stalemate on Tuesday night. Ranisav Jovanovic gave Sandhausen a lead which lasted less than 60 seconds before Korbinian Vollmann brought 1860 back on terms. The teams cancelled each other out in the second half with chances at a premium, and the result was a point each.