2. Bundesliga

Matchday 7 round-up: Ludovit Reis strike earns Hamburg win to close in on Paderborn


Ludovit Reis scored the only goal of the game as Hamburg saw off the challenge of in-form Karlsruhe at the Volksparkstadion.

Hamburg 1-0 Karlsruhe
Goals: 1-0 Reis (44’)

Karlsruhe were oozing confidence in the early exchanges, thanks no doubt to their three-game winning streak which included a 6-0 win over Jahn Regensburg, yet they could not translate that into goals. The closest they came was from two Fabian Schleusener strikes, with Daniel Heuer Fernandes given plenty of work to do. Hamburg weathered the storm and almost snatched the lead after half an hour when Bakery Jatta was put through with Marius Gersbeck languishing a long way off his line. However, the Hamburg winger’s last touch took the ball a little too wide and the angle was too great for him to hook the ball back towards the unguarded goal. Minutes later, Schleusener squandered his and Karlsruhe’s best chance of the half when he slid in and met the ball just six yards out, but sent it wide of the far post. Hamburg could count themselves lucky not to be behind, and arguably even luckier to take the lead before the break. Reis cut in from the right wing and was not challenged by a Karlsruhe player, allowing him to advance to the edge of the area, where he sent a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

Jatta’s touch let him down in the first half, and it was lacking again in the second when he once again raced clear, this time bursting down the right wing. He cut inside and somehow managed to nudge the ball past the last Karlsruhe defender, but not in the way he had planned to, as he lost his balance and a covering defender was quicker to recover the ball for the guests. There was nevertheless more of a spring in the Hamburg step and Reis wasted another chance to double their lead before Robert Glatzel’s flicked header sailed wide of the far post. Glatzel’s next chance was even bigger, as he side-footed the ball wide with only Gersbeck to beat from near the penalty spot. Jean-Luc Dompe was next to go close, almost grazing the outside of the far post with his low shot. A penalty was also given to Hamburg, only to be retracted following a VAR review, and that one-goal advantage was starting to look particularly slender, but Karlsruhe could not punish their profligacy as the northerners held on for the points.

Match stats

  • Hamburg are unbeaten in their last ten encounters with Karlsruhe, including their dramatic 2015 Bundesliga play-off that saw Die Rothosen survive the drop in extra-time.
  • Only Platte (eight) has had a direct hand in more Bundesliga 2 goals this term than Schleusener (five – two scored, three assists). Glatzel is also on five.
  • It’s been 30 years since KSC last won away at HSV. Oliver Kahn was in goal that day in September 1992 as they came form behind to win 2-1.
  • It’s seven losses and five draws on visits since then.


Hamburg: Heuer Fernandes - Heyer, Vuskovic, Schonlau (c), Muheim - Reis, Meffert, Kittel (Benes 76') - Jatta (David 90'), Glatzel, Dompe
Unused subs: Raab, Leibold, Mikelbrencis, Amaechi, Bilbija, Krahn, Heil
Out: Amaechi (ankle), Königsdörffer (suspended), Opoku (suspended), Suhonen (leg), Zumberi (hand)
Coach: Tim Walter

Karlsruhe: Gersbeck - Thiede (Jung 67'), Ambrosius, Franke, Heise - Gondorf (c), Breithaupt (Rapp 78'), Wanitzek - Nebel (Cueto 90') - Batmaz (Kaufmann 67'), Schleusener
Unused subs: Eisele, Gordon, Jakob, Arase, Jensen
Out: Arase (ankle), Choi (back), Irorere (muscular), Mirkovic (match fitness), O’Shaughnessy (leg), Sihlaroglu (knee)
Coach: Christian Eichner

Matchday 7 round-up:

Eintracht Braunschweig 4-2 Nuremberg
Goals: 0-1 
Castrop (10'), 1-1 Kaufmann (13'), 1-2 Duah (29'), 2-2 Ujah (44'), 3-2 Pherai (59'), 4-2 Kaufmann (61')

Week seven of the 2022/23 Bundesliga 2 campaign got underway on Friday night and it was a memorable evening for Braunschweig. Despite twice going behind, they picked up a 4-2 win over Nuremberg - their first league victory of the season. Their supporters would have had a sense of "here we go again" when Jens Castrop opened the scoring after 10 minutes and, despite levelling through Fabio Kaufmann soon after, they were behind again when Kwadwo Duah struck. The hosts rallied, however, and were on level terms at half-time thanks to Anthony Ujah. Second half goals from Immanuel Pherai and Kaufmann again then wrapped up a stirring win for Die Löwen.

Heidenheim 2-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Goals: 1-0 
Beck (22'), 1-1 Kownacki (59'), 2-1 Kleindiest (87')

Also on Friday night, Heidenheim briefly moved to the summit as they saw off visitors Fortuna at the Voith-Arena. Adrian Beck had the home team in front midway through the first half before Dawid Kownacki's fourth goal of the season restored parity on the hour mark. It looked as if both sides would settle for a point apiece until Tim Kleindiest fired into the roof of the Fortuna net from close range, and with just three minutes remaining on the clock.

Greuther Fürth 2-2 St. Pauli
Goals: 0-1 Hartel (19’), 1-1 Hrgota (48') 2-1 Irvine o.g. (42'), 2-2 Metcalfe (85')

On Saturday, Marcel Hartel’s second goal of the season gave the visitors a 19th-minute lead as Pauli looked to heap further misery on their hosts, who were still in search of their first league win of the campaign. It was an advantage that Pauli would take into the break but one that was turned on its head seven minutes after the interval. First Branimir Hrgota equalised and then Jackson Irvine put into his own net as Fürth suddenly found themselves in front. Leart Paqarada then missed a penalty with time running out, but Fürth’s dreams of a long-awaited league win were shattered when Connor Metcalfe provided and 85th-minute equaliser that means the Cloverleaves remain winless after seven attempts.

Watch: Greuther Fürth 2-2 St. Pauli - in 60 seconds!

Paderborn 1-0 Magdeburg
Goals: 1-0 Pieringer (79‘)
Red card: Lawrence (40’)

An even first half was swung in the host’s favour five minutes before the break as Magdeburg’s Jamie Lawrence brought down Sirlord Conteh on the right edge of the visitors’ box. It resulted in the on-loan Bayern Munich man being shown a second yellow card of the half and the first sending off of his senior career. Conteh should have had his team ahead three minutes after the break but he sidefooted wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The home team finally made their advantage count with 11 minutes to play as Marvin Pieringer contributed what would prove to be a winning goal that keeps Paderborn top.

Jahn Regensburg 0-0 Holstein Kiel

While Regensburg's start to the season has been fairly middling, Kiel went into the weekend knowing that victory could potentially move them top of the league if results went their way elsewhere. An even first half, however, could not provide a breakthrough for either side. And, while the away team crafted the better opportunities in front of goal, the second 45 would continue in much the same fashion as the two teams settled for a point apiece.

Darmstadt 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Goals: 1-0 Manu (8'), 1-1 Hack (90+4')

On Sunday, Braydon Manu got the hosts up and running after just eight minutes in Darmstadt as the 25-year-old broke clear and fired through the legs of Martin Fraisl to make it 1-0. Bielefeld, who got their season up and running by ending a run of three straight defeats by collecting a first draw and an opening victory in their last two outings, had the better opportunities from there on out but couldn't find a breakthrough. That was until Robin Hack produced a sumptuous finish in the dying moments to snatch a draw in style and stop Darmstadt from keeping pace with Paderborn in top-spot.

Hansa Rostock 1-0 Hannover
Goals: 0-1
Beier pen. (42')

After a quiet first 40 minutes, Hannover took the lead from the penalty spot through Maximilian Beier. American defender Ryan Malone's clumsy challenge brought Beier to the ground, who dusted himself down and sent Markus Kolke the wrong way to convert from 12-yards. It was the 19-year-old Hoffenheim loanee's third league goal of the season and means he's now scored in each of his last three matches. It makes it four wins from their last four for Hannover, who are looking genuine promotion candidates.

Sandhausen 0-0 Kaiserslautern

After a scarcely believable 4-4 draw at home to Magdeburg last time out, Kaiserslautern were looking to get back to winning aways against their hosts who had themselves lost three on the spin. There would be no repeat of the goal-fest that unfolded in Kaiserslautern last weekend as both teams settled for a goalless draw. It means Sandhausen move up a place to 13th and Lautern stay sixth.