Hamburg beat Hertha Berlin on Matchday 3 in Bundesliga 2, but Schalke slipped up against Eintracht Braunschweig
Hamburg 3-0 Hertha Berlin
Goals: 1-0 Jatta (38'), 2-0 Benes (pen. 45'), 3-0 Glatzel (82')
Hamburg maintained their unbeaten start to the 2023/24 Bundesliga 2 season with a 3-0 victory at home to Hertha Berlin, whose miserable run since their relegation from the Bundesliga continued with a third successive defeat. HSV had already had a goal ruled out for offside and a penalty decision overturned by VAR before Bakery Jatta broke the deadlock with a curling left-footed effort from Robert Glatzel’s pass in the 38th minute. Laszlo Benes doubled the hosts’ advantage from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time before Glatzel sealed the points late on to secure the points for Tim Walter’s side.
Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 Schalke
Goals: 1-0 Kaufmann 21'
After defeat on Matchday 1, Schalke rallied to collect back-to-back victories in the league and DFB Cup, the latter of which came in Braunschweig last time out. But the Royal Blues were left stunned by the hosts midway through the first 45 minutes as Fabio Kaufmann put Eintracht ahead. It would prove to be the winner, earning the hosts a first win of the season which moves them level on three points with Schalke.
Kaiserslautern 3-2 Elversberg
Goals: 1-0 Kraus 21', 1-1 Feil 47', 1-2 Sahin 62', 2-2 Ache 68', 3-2 Zimmer 79'
Kaiserslautern claimed all three points in a Friday night thriller, having first taken the lead and then gone behind before a later comeback sealed victory - their first of the season. It was Kevin Kraus who got the ball rolling for the hosts, but second-half strikes from Manuel Feil and Semih Sahin turned the game on its head. Ragnar Ache's second goal in three games for the club since his summer arrival brought Kaiserslautern level, with Jean Zimmer grabbing the winner to get Lautern up and running. As for Elversberg, they remain without a win after three matchdays.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-2 Paderborn
Goals: 0-1 Muslija 5', 1-1 de Wijs 57', 1-2 Conteh 59'
It took Paderborn just five minutes to get their noses in front through Florent Muslija's first league goal of the season. The visitors held that lead going into the break, but Düsseldorf hit back just before the hour through Jordy de Wijs. The hosts weren't level for long, though, as Sirlord Conteh restored Paderborn's advantage within two minutes of de Wijs' equaliser.
Osnabrück 2-3 Nuremberg
Goals: 0-1 Uzun 35', 0-2 Schleimer 70', 0-3 Goller 83', 1-3 Conteh 86', 2-3 Conteh 88'
Both sides went into the weekend looking for a first league victory of the season, meaning something was always likely to give in Osnabrück. It was the visitors who took the lead 10 minutes before the break, through 17-year-old Turkey youth international Can Yilmaz Uzun - the teenage sensation’s sixth goal of the campaign already, from just four matches in all competitions. Lukas Schleimer and Benjamin Goller went on to add the second and third, respectively, ensuring the points were all Nuremberg’s, despite Christian Conteh’s late double.
Wehen Wiesbaden 1-0 Karlsruhe
Goals: 1-0 Lee 21'
Wehen Wiesbaden's dream start to life back in Germany's second division continued with a 1-0 win over Karlsruhe on Friday night - a victory that moved Markus Kauczinski's team top overnight. Bayern Munich loanee Hyunju Lee was the hero, his 21st-minute effort - the South Korea youth international's first for the club - proving decisive. Wiesbaden's unbeaten run continues as a result, with seven points from a possible nine representing a fine return. It was Karlsruhe's first defeat of the season and they remain on four points as a result.
Hansa Rostock 1-2 Hannover
Goals: 0-1 Neumann 22', 1-1 Neumann (o.g.) 58', 1-2 Teuchert 87'
Hansa took a perfect record into Matchday 3, while Hannover were looking to convert back-to-back draws into a first victory of the season. And it was the visitors who struck first, Phil Neumann opening the scoring midway through the first half. Neumann was on the scoresheet again with 58 minutes played, but this time at the wrong end of the pitch as Hansa pulled level. It looked as though the two teams would have to settle for a share of the points, until Cedric Teuchert popped up with the winner three minutes from time.
Holstein Kiel 2-4 Magdeburg
Goals: 0-1 Schuler 2', 0-2 Hugonet 21', 1-2 Skrzybski 32', 2-2 Sander 50', 2-3 Castaignos 68', 2-4 Arslan 90'+4
Magdeburg made a lightning-fast start in Kiel, with Luca Schuler scoring for the fourth successive match in all competitions to hand the visitors the lead after just two minutes. They were soon 2-0 ahead through Jean Hugonet but the hosts were given a way back into the game by Steven Skrzybski’s effort half an hour in and they were level shortly after half-time thanks to Philipp Sander. Luc Castaignos eventually restored the Magdeburg lead and Ahmet Arslan sealed the three points in injury-time.
Greuther and Pauli played out a 0-0 draw on Saturday that leaves the former on four points after three matchdays and the latter a point better off on five. In boiling heat, and after a quiet first half, the game only began to burst into life in its dying moments, with both sides pushing for a winning goal. Pauli even had the ball in the back of the net five minutes into stoppage-time, but Andreas Albers' effort was ruled out for offside as both teams left with a point.
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