Former USA international Terrence Boyd scored one and set up another to ensure Kaiserslautern maintained both their position in second place and their unbeaten start to the campaign with a 2-1 victory over St. Pauli on Matchday 3.
Kaiserslautern have made a strong start to life in Bundesliga 2 after the club’s promotion from the third tier and, after winning their opening game 2-1 against Hannover and grabbing a 2-2 draw away at Holstein Kiel, they wasted little time in taking an early lead against Pauli. Former UMSNT international Boyd rose highest at the back post to meet Erik Durm's deep cross and power his header beyond Dennis Smarsch to put the Red Devils ahead. It took the visitors a little while to get going but they almost found an equaliser shortly before the half hour mark as Australia international Jackson Irvine headed narrowly wide from a corner. It appeared to kick Timo Schultz's side into gear, but they still failed to muster up a shot on target and it was the home team that looked more like adding to their lead before the whistle went for half-time.
Pauli needed much improvement after the break if they were to maintain their own unbeaten start to the campaign but they again found it difficult to build momentum. They did finally carve out a chance for an equaliser on the hour mark, though, as substitute Igor Matanovic drew a good save from Andreas Luthe. Kaiserslautern responded well and Boyd should have doubled their advantage but he, somehow, stabbed onto the post and out with the goal at his mercy from just a couple of yards out. The introduction of Matanovic added a far greater threat for Pauli, and the 19-year-old forced Luthe into another save with 15 minutes to go. Luthe was brave to deny the hurtling Matanovic once more moments later and took a hefty knock for his troubles in the process. The hosts were grateful for Luthe's interventions and grabbed a third with four minutes to play as Boyd teed up second-half sub Kenny Prince Redondo to finish a fine counter. Jakov Medic did manage to pull one back but it was little more than a consolation.
- Boyd now has 12 goals in 19 appearances for Kaiserslautern.
- The American has started the season strongly and scored in each of his last two league matches.
- Not only has Boyd scored four of his eight career Bundesliga 2 goals against Pauli, but he has won three of his four Bundesliga 2 games against Germany's Kult Klub and also scored against them for RB Leipzig in November 2014.
- Kaiserslautern ended a seven game winless run against Pauli that included four wins for Die Kiezkicker.
- Captain Jean Zimmer was in the Lautern side when they had last beaten Pauli - a 3-1 victory at the Millerntor in November 2014.
- After three rounds of the 2022/23 Bundesliga 2 season there are just three unbeaten sides remaining: Kaiserslautern, Jahn Regensburg and Holstein Kiel.
Kaiserslautern: Luthe - Durm, Kraus, Tomiak, Zuck - Niehues (Ciftci 64'), Ritter - Zimmer (c) (Hercher 79'), Wunderlich (Redondo 64'), Hanslik (Schad 89') - Boyd (Lobinger 89')
Unused subs: Krahl, Kiprit, Bünning, Basenach
Out: Spahic (hand), Stavridis (ankle), Zolinski (knee)
Coach: Dirk Schuster
St. Pauli: Smarsch - Saliakas (Zander 86'), Fazliji (Dzwigala 79'), Medic, Paqarada - Irvine (c), Aremu (Matanovic 56'), Boukhalfa (Amenyido 67') – Daschner, Hartel - Eggestein (Otto 67')
Unused subs: Ahlers, Ritzka, Metcalfe, Roggow
Out: Avevor (ankle), Nemeth (muscular), Vasilj (finger), Wieckhoff (knee)
Coach: Timo Schultz
Matchday 3 round-up
Hamburg 1-0 Heidenheim
Goals: 1-0 Glatzel (42')
The hosts have their second win of the campaign and had their man-of-the-match Robert Glatzel for securing a deserved victory by the narrowest of margins. The HSV attacker had several chances to break the deadlock before he finally netted with a header from Miro Muheim's centre shortly before half time. Coach Frank Schmidt's second-half changes resulted in an improved showing from the visitors but they couldn't convert their at times dominating display into goals. At the other end, Filip Bilbija spurned a glories chance to seal the points for Tim Walter's team but the miss would ultimately have no bearing on the final outcome, with Hamburg taking maximum spoils.
Greuther Fürth 1-1 Karlsruher
Goals: 1-0 Ache (57'), 1-1 Wanitzek pen. (66')
Both teams still await a first Bundesliga 2 win this season following a game of few chances at the Sportpark Ronhof. The Matchday 3 encounter briefly came to life after the restart, with the hosts edging in front via a well-worked goal. When Ragnar Ache and Fürth captain Branimir Hrgota combined with a one-two, the former found the corner with a tidy finish. The hosts' lead did not last long. After Oussama Haddadi appeared to handle Marvin Wanitzek's effort inside his own area, the referee consulted the pitch-side monitor and decided to award Karlsruher a penalty. Wanitzek subsequently converted from the spot to earn his team a share of the spoils.
Paderborn 4-2 Hannover
Goals: 0-1 Nielsen (12'), 1-1 Krajnc o.g. (28'), 1-2 Teuchert (37'), 2-2 Pieringer (52'), 3-2 Schallenberg (60'), 4-2 Platte (89')
Paderborn up to the heady heights of second in the standings after the home side put together a come-from-behind win to condemn Hannover to their second defeat of the season. Havard Nielsen hot a post before profiting from a defensive mishap to put Hannover ahead. Luka Krajnc put through his own net after connecting with Florent Muslija's set piece and the teams were level, before Cedric Teuchert restored the visiting side's lead before the break. From then on, it was the Paderborn show. Forward Marvin Pieringer took advantage of some excellent work by Muslija to restore parity while Ron Schallenberg pounced on Ron-Robert Zieler's error to give the locals the lead. Substitute Felix Platte added the cherry on top for Lukas Kwasniok's men right before the end.
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Sandhausen 1-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Goals: 1-0 Bachmann (46')
Sandhausen are neck and neck with Fortuna in the standings, with both teams now enjoying an identical record after three games following the home side's weekend win. Unbeaten going into this encounter, the visitors bossed the first half and having enjoyed the majority of chances, will have felt aggrieved not to have headed into the break with an advantage. Daniel Thioune's side would regret their missed opportunities immediately after the restart. Picking up possession out wide, Chima Okoroji sent a dangerous cross in for Janik Bachmann, who edged ahead of Jordy de Wijs to score what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Jahn Regensburg 0-0 Nuremberg
The home side remain unbeaten, have yet to concede a goal and even sat atop the Bundesliga 2 overnight standings on Saturday after this scoreless draw against promotion chasers, Nuremberg. Christoph Daferner should have put Robert Klauß's men ahead early on, but the forward was off target with his close-range effort. Andreas Albers then fluffed an outstanding opportunity for Jahn following Florian Hübner's error. With the target at his mercy, the Danish forward could only manage to find the arms of grateful goalkeeper Christian Mathenia. The two would come face to face again before the end, with Mathenia again coming up trumps.
Hansa Rostock 2-1 Arminia Bielefeld
Goals: 1-0 Pröger (25'), 1-1 Serra (48'), 2-1 Roßbach (85')
Hansa Rostock followed last weekend' victory against Hamburg by putting recently relegated side Bielefeld to the sword, the visitors losing their third consecutive second division game as a result. A poor Arminia defensive pass led to Rostock's opener with John Verhoek teeing up Kai Pröger's for the hosts' opener. Janni Serra's drilled finish after the restart lifted Arminia but Jens Härtel and his team were the ones ultimately celebrating when Damian Roßbach converted Ryan Malone's accurately-placed corner.
Magdeburg 1-2 Holstein Kiel
Goals: 0-1 Komenda (18’), 1-1 Ceka (43'), 1-2 Pichler pen. (59')
Red card: Lawrence (57')
Kiel were hoping to chalk up a first win of the season as they headed to a Magdeburg side that had a win and a loss from their first two outings. And they went close after just five minutes as Benedikt Pichler’s header drew a fine stop from Dominik Reimann low down to the keeper’s left. The visitors soon did have their lead thanks to Marco Komenda, whose effort through a crowded penalty area beat Reimann thanks to a slight, but crucial, deflection. Magdeburg were level just before the break, though, as Jason Ceka turned his marker in the box before rattling home from 12-yards. With just over half an hour to go, Kiel retook the lead from Pichler's penalty. To rub salt into the home side's wound, Jamie Lawrence was sent off for a second booking for his foul on Steven Skrzybski that resulted in the penalty.
Eintracht Braunschweig 0-1 Darmstadt
Goals: 0-1 Vilhelmsson (86')
Hosts Braunschweig started brightly as they looked to gain their first points of the season and could have been in front had the ball fell more kindly to Immanuel Pherai. A case of penalty box pinball saw the ball ricochet between away goalkeeper and defender and almost fell at the feet of the former Borussia Dortmund man but Darmstadt stopper Marcel Schuhen was able to safely pounce on the loose ball. Just three minutes after the break, his opposite number, Jasmin Fejzic, was in the thick of the action - first giving away a penalty and then pushing Phillip Tietz's spot-kick onto the post and away to safety. Darmstadt finally found the breakthrough with four minutes to play, thanks to Oscar Vilhelmsson's sublime finish that wrapped up all three points for the visitors and left the hosts bottom with three defeats from three.
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