2. Bundesliga

Matchday 2 round-up: Jackson Irvine strike saves St. Pauli from jaws of defeat in Hannover, as Regensburg rise to the top


Jackson Irvine popped up deep into injury time to rescue a point for St. Pauli, just when it seemed hosts Hannover were about to pull off a come-from-behind victory after earlier goals from Sebastian Kerk and Derrick Köhn.

Hannover 2-2 St. Pauli
Goals: 0-1 Eggestein 4' (assist: Matanovic), 1-1 Kerk (pen.) 33, 2-1 Köhn 71' (assist: Besuschkow), 2-2 Irvine 90'+5

Stunned by a last minute goal in their Matchday 1 reverse against Kaiserslautern, Hannover were soon up against it once more after Pauli pounced on a stray pass to edge in front. The ball eventually working its way to Johannes Eggestein inside the box, the visiting No.11 was allowed time to control on his chest, spin and pick his spot in the corner. The Kiezkicker picked up maximum points in their opening encounter against Nuremberg but they didn't have things all their own way at the Niedersachsenstadion and having survived a few scares, were eventually left facing a penalty after Adam Dzwigala was adjudged to have handled Kerk's cross in the area. Last season's top scorer for Hannover, Kerk made no mistake with his spot kick and the hosts had a valuable equaliser.

Reinvigorated after the restart, Timo Schultz's side went close to retaking the lead when goalscorer Eggestein slid in to connect with a ball from the left. To the delight of the home fans, an alert Julian Börner got a crucial touch to divert the shot wide. Looking to make the most of their escape, Hannover probed for openings. They would find one in the 71st minute. From deep inside the visitors' area, Max Besuschkow rolled a pass back for Köhn who connected with a delicious first-time finish that swept high past Dennis Smarsch. Die Roten captain Ron-Robert Zieler was then called into action, the custodian saving from Eggestein while Köhn hit the woodwork with a spectacular free kick late on. The seconds ticking down, Pauli skipper Leart Paqarada sent one last hopeful set piece into the Hannover box. A scramble ensued, with the ball eventually popping up in front of Irvine, who headed in with glee.

Match stats

  • Irvine's winner was his third goal in 30 Bundesliga 2 appearances. He has also managed four assists during that run.
  • St. Pauli's fourth-minute opener was their earliest second division goal in the calendar year 2022.
  • As many as three of Pauli's five goals this season have come from set-piece moves.
  • Kerk was Hannover's top scorer last season with 9 goals. He registered his first of this campaign from the penalty spot.
  • It was the first time Kerk scored a penalty for Hannover. He was successful with four of his previous six spot kicks in the second division.
  • Eggestein produced five goals in 46 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen between 2017 and 2021.
  • Pauli have won just three of 12 games at the HDI-Arena.


Hannover: Zieler - Dehm (Muroya 54'), Neumann, Börner, Köhn - Kunze, Schaub (Leopold 78'), Besuschkow, Kerk (Teuchert 79') - Nielsen (Stolze 88'), Beier (Weydandt 88')
Unused subs: Weinkauf, Krajnc, Foti, Tresoldi
Out: Ernst (fitness), Ondoua (knee), Walbrecht (knock)
Coach: Stefan Leitl

St. Pauli: Smarsch - Saliakas (Zander 81'), Dzwigala, Medic (Fazliji 68'), Paqarada - Smith (Boukhalfa 81'), Irvine, Hartel (Metcalfe 81'), Daschner - Eggestein, Matanovic (Otto 58')
Unused subs: Ahlers, Ritzka, Aremu
Amenyido (thigh), Avevor (ankle), David Nemeth (thigh), Vasilj (finger), Wieckhoff (knee)
Coach: Timo Schultz

Matchday 2 round-up

Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-1 Paderborn
Goals: 1-0
Kownacki (1’), 1-1 Platte (21’), 2-1 Hennings (30’)

Paderborn failed to back up their opening 5-0 win as Düsseldorf maintained their 100 per cent start after two games. All the goals at the Merkur Spielarena came in the first half hour, with Dawid Kownacki opening the scoring after just two minutes. Paderborn levelled through Felix Platte before Fortuna legend Rouwen Hennings restored the advantage. The hosts held on despite heavy Paderborn pressure in the second half as they lay down an early-season marker for promotion.

Darmstadt 2-1 Sandhausen
Goals: 1-0
Manu (9’), 1-1 Zhirov (24’), 2-1 Mehlem (55’)

Darmstadt recovered from their opening defeat to Regensburg by claiming all three points at home to Sandhausen, who had got the better of relegated Arminia Bielefeld on Matchday 1. Braydon Manu got the scoring going after just nine minutes before Aleksandr Zhirov’s response for the visitors. Marvin Mehlem put the Lilies back in front early in the second half, with Sandhausen unable to muster up another reply as Darmstadt held on for the victory.

Nuremberg 2-0 Greuther Fürth
Goals: 1-0 Daferner (15'), 2-0 Wintzheimer (82')

The hosts bounced back from an opening-day defeat against St Pauli to take the derby spoils against neighbours Fürth. Nuremberg enjoyed a bright start to the game, hitting the woodwork before pressing ahead on the quarter hour, Christoph Daferner stroking home from close range. Fürth grew in confidence after the restart but their good work was undone following some solid play by home substitutes Erik Wekesser and Taylan Duman to set up fellow replacement Manuel Wintzheimer who netted a late second.

Holstein Kiel 2-2 Kaiserslautern 
Goals: 0-1 Hanslik (33'), 1-1 Reese (51'), 2-1 Reese (57'), 2-2 Boyd (62')

Recently promoted 'Slautern picked up a last gasp victory on their return to the second tier against Hannover last week and the visitors were soon surprising Kiel on Matchday 2 by taking the lead in the first half. Daniel Hanslik was quickest on the follow up to fire Dirk Schuster's men in front after 33 minutes. Kaiserslautern's failure to deal with successive set-pieces allowed Kiel to snatch the lead with Fabian Reese taking full advantage on both occasions. The away side didn't drop their heads and when Terrence Boyd combined well with Jean Zimmer, the former USMNT international finished on the spin to earn the The Red Devils a point.

Heidenheim 3-0 Eintracht Braunschweig 
Goals: 1-0 Strompf (o.g.) 10', 2-0 Kleindienst (61'), 3-0 Sessa (90')

Frank Schmidt's hosts can boast a 100% start to the season after inflicting a second straight loss on their promoted opponents, Braunschweig. The visitors endured an unhappy start when Philipp Strompf shinned Marnon Busch's cross into his own net. Heidenheim withstood a spirited fightback from their opponents before Tim Kleindienst nodded in from close range to put daylight between the teams. Kevin Sessa made sure of the spoils when adding the finishing touch to a late counter attack.

Regensburg moved top of Bundesliga 2 by inflicting a second straight defeat on Arminia Bielefeld. - IMAGO/Ulrich Hufnagel/IMAGO/Ulrich Hufnagel

Arminia Bielefeld 0-3 Jahn Regensburg
Goals: 0-1
Gimber (45'+3), 0-2 Thalhammer (56'), 0-3 Gouras (90'+1)

Jahn Regensburg will be feeling a sense of deja-vu after a 3-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld took them to the top of Bundesliga 2 after two rounds of matches. Like last season, the Bavarians are the early-season pace setters thanks to a win which leaves relegated Bielefeld still without a point from their first two games of the season. Benedikt Gimber put the guests in front on the stroke of half-time, heading in Nicklas Shipnoski's cross. Maximilian Thalhammer snuffed out the hosts' hopes of recovering early in the second half when he struck from distance, and Minos Gouras sealed the win with a dink over Stefanos Kapinos with practically the last kick of the game.

Hamburg 0-1 Hansa Rostock
Goal: 0-1 Schumacher (90'+4)

An emotional day ended with further disappointment for Hamburg as Kevin Schumacher struck late to earn Hansa Rostock all three points at the Volksparkstadion. Tributes were paid to the late Uwe Seeler prior to kick-off and HSV tried to do justice to a club legend with three points, but for all their efforts, there was simply know way through as an inspired Markus Kolke in the Rostock goal thwarted them time and time again. The hosts were still pushing for a winner when they suffered the sucker punch deep into stoppage time, Schumacher slotting in a shock winner from a tight angle.

Watch: Hamburg lose on emotional afternoon

Karlsruhe 2-3 Magdeburg
Goals: 0-1 Müller (7'), 0-2 Atik (32'), 0-3 Kwarteng, 1-3 Wanitzek (63'), 2-3 Kaufmann (65')

Magdeburg resisted a second-half fightback to win 3-2 in Karlsruhe after leading by three goals after just 34 minutes. Andreas Müller put the guests in front after just seven minutes, turning in an assist from Baris Atik, who doubled the guests' lead after half an hour with a fine individual effort. Just a few minutes later, Moritz-Broni Kwarteng capitalised on a poor backpass and tucked the ball into an unguarded net. Karlsruhe rolled up their sleeves in the second half and two goals in as many minutes gave them hope. However, they could not add to Marvin Wanitzek and Mikkel Kaufmann's quick-fire efforts as Magdeburg defended resolutely for the win.