Darmstadt recovered from an early own goal to beat Schalke 4-2 thanks to an impressive performance from Philipp Tietz and move above the Royal Blues into fourth in the standings.
Schalke 2-4 Darmstadt
Goals: 1-0 Pfeiffer (o.g. 8’), 1-1 Tietz (11’), 1-2 Honsak (23’), 1-3 Tietz (63’), 2-3 Pieringer (88'), 2-4 Goller (89')
Schalke got off to a flying start thanks to an early own goal from a corner as the ball bounced off Darmstadt striker Luca Pfeiffer and into the net. The visitors got themselves back in it almost immediately after Tietz finished off a flowing team move through the Schalke defence, and they then fully flipped the script on their hosts when Klaus Gjasula collected the ball and fed it out to Mathias Honsak, who skipped past his markers and slotted home. Schalke’s Simon Terodde was a constant danger as he sought to surpass Dieter Schatzschneider as the all-time Bundesliga 2 top scorer, but he was rarely allowed any time on the ball in the final third.
Darmstadt carried their momentum into the second half and Tietz grabbed another goal just after the hour mark when he was put through by Tobias Kempe and the striker kept his cool to give his side a two-goal cushion. Schalke’s Manu Thiaw thought he had halved the deficit when he converted from close range, but the goal was ruled out for offside. The Royal Blues continued to push for a way back into the game, but the Darmstadt defenders were equal to everything the hosts threw at them - that is, until subsittue Marvin Pieringer cut in from the left and curled a shot just inside the post with just two minutes left on the clock. Former Schalke man Benjamin Goller immediately dashed their hopes of a comeback, however, when he scored Darmstadt's fourth just one minute later to help his side leapfrog Schalke into fourth in the standings.
- Tietz has now scored four braces this season, three of them coming in away matches.
- Darmstadt have the division’s most potent attack this season with 30 goals scored, of which Tietz has 10.
- The Lilies are unbeaten in five Bundesliga 2 games (W4, D1), which has seen them climb from 12th to fourth in the table.
- Terodde had four shots in this game but is now without a goal in 401 minutes of action across competitions.
- This was the first time since a 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Braunschweig in August 1989 that Schalke had conceded four goals at home in Bundesliga 2.
- Schalke had 19 efforts on goal in this match, just two more than Darmstadt's 17.
Schalke: Fraisl - Thiaw, Itakura (Pieringer 78'), Kaminski - Palsson - Aydin, Drexler, Latza (c) (Churlinov 62'), Ouwejan - Terodde, Bülter (Zalazar 62')
Subs: Fährmann, Sane, Matriciani, Flick, Ranftl, Idrizi
Out: Langer (knee), Wouters (ankle)
Coach: Dimitrios Grammozis
Darmstadt: Schuhen - Bader, P. Pfeiffer, Isherwood, Holland (c) - Manu (Goller 59'), Kempe, Gjasula (Celic 87'), Honsak (Karic 72') - L. Pfeiffer (Seydel 72'), Tietz (Mehlem 87')
Subs: Behrens, Ronstadt, Riedel, Berko
Out: Schnellhardt (not included), Starke (groin)
Coach: Torsten Lieberknecht
Matchday 13 round-up
Nuremberg 1-2 Werder Bremen
Goals: 1-0 Dovedan (19'), 1-1 Füllkrug (80'), 1-2 Bittencourt (88')
Mid-table Werder Bremen ended a run of three games without a win after coming from behind to beat promotion candidates Nuremberg. After Christian Mathenia pushed a Marvin Ducksch effort onto the bar, the hosts took the lead through Nikola Dovedan's header. Erik Shuranov missed a great chance to add a second, and there were further openings not taken at both ends, before Niclas Füllkrug met Milos Veljokovic's cross to level with 10 minutes remaining. Substitute Leonardo Bittencourt completed the turnaround late on to hand Werder a well-earned win, and Nuremberg their first home loss of the campaign.
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Holstein Kiel 2-1 Dynamo Dresden
Goals: 0-1 Mörschel (31'), 1-1 Pichler (pen. 65'), 2-1 Reese (66')
Holstein Kiel scored twice in the space of 96 seconds to record a welcome comeback win over Dynamo Dresden. Heinz Mörschel gave Dynamo a deserved lead following a mistake by Simon Lorenz, before Kiel spurned a golden chance to leve when Alexander Mühling's penalty was brilliantly saved by Kevin Broll. Benedikt Pichler didn't make the same mistake with his spot-kick, though, after Antonis Aidonis had brought down Phil Neumann. A minute-and-a-half later, substitute Fabian Reese thundered in the decisive goal to end a run of four games without a Kiel win.
Jahn Regensburg 2-3 Hansa Rostock
Goals: 1-0 Singh (34'), 1-1 Verhoek (43'), 1-2 Behrens (49'), 1-3 Verhoek (52'), 2-3 Makridis (90')
Second-placed Regensburg surrendered a 1-0 lead in defeat to Hansa Rostock. Bayern Munich loanee Sarpreet Singh appeared to have put the hosts on course for top spot when he fired in a superb 18-yard strike with 34 minutes gone. Hansa hadn't read the script, though, and were back on level terms late in the first period thanks to John Verhoek. Hanno Behrens beat Alexander Meyer in a one-on-one for 2-1, before Verhoek turned in his second of the contest and eighth goal of the season with only seven second-half minutes on the clock. Jahn upped the ante as Benedikt Gimber struck the woodwork. Substitute Charalampos Makridis reduced the deficit in the 90th minute, but Hansa held on.
Paderborn 2-1 Ingolstadt
Goals: 1-0 Michel (56'), 2-0 Platte (65'), 2-1 Kaya (70')
Paderborn kept pace with the promotion-chasing pack, courtesy of a slender win over rock-bottom Ingolstadt. The visitors shaded the first half, and were desperately unlucky not to be ahead early in the second as Stefan Kutschke had a penalty saved and Maximilian Beister a goal ruled out for offside. It proved a turning point in the contest. Sven Michel broke the deadlock with a superb solo goal, with Felix Platte doubling Paderborn's lead nine minutes later. Fatih Kaya's goal from the bench was purely academic as Paderborn inflicted a 10th defeat of the campaign on promoted Ingolstadt.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-1 Hannover
Goals: 1-0 Klarer (5'), 1-1 Muslija (90'+2)
Florent Muslija scored in stoppage-time as Hannover extended their unbeaten run to three matches with a 1-1 draw away to Fortuna Düsseldorf. After Christoph Klarer converted from a corner to give the hosts the early lead, Marcel Sobottka spurned a decent chance to add a second with only 17 minutes gone. Gael Ondoua and Felix Klaus went closer still, but couldn't bring Hannover level before the half-time whistle. Substitute Muslija managed to do just that in the second minute of second-half injury time, following sustained Hannover pressure. In one final dose of drama, VAR denied Fortuna a last-gasp penalty for a possible handball against Valmir Sulejmani.
Karlsruhe 1-1 Hamburg
Goals: 0-1 Kittel (14'), 1-1 Hofmann (18')
Hamburg missed the chance to put the pressure on the top three after being held to a 1-1 draw by Karlsruhe. HSV took the lead through Sonny Kittel, but not before surviving a couple of scares from set-pieces. The Red Shorts were ahead for just four minutes, though, with Philipp Hofmann meeting Philip Heise’s cross to bring the hosts level. Hamburg’s Bakery Jatta missed an open goal, while Marvin Wanitzek and Hofmann went close at the other end. Kittel missed with a close-range attempt in a keenly contested second half, but the visitors were ultimately indebted to goalkeeper Marko Johansson for pushing a late strike from Wanitzek onto the woodwork.
Erzgebirge Aue 2-0 Heidenheim
Goals: 1-0 Jonjic (34’), 2-0 Jonjic (45’)
Aue got only their second win of the season to move to within two points of outright safety thanks to a first-half brace from Antonio Jonjic, although the Violets remain 17th and in the drop zone. Heidenheim had beaten Schalke the previous week and had a number of early chances before Jonjic showed them how it’s done at the other end when his shot from the left went in off the far post. The visitors had a goal ruled out because of a foul moments later but it was the home side who struck on the counter when Jonjic slotted in Nicolas Kühn’s through ball on the stroke of half-time. Despite a number of attacking changes, Frank Schmidt’s side failed to find a way back in the second half, and the three points remained in Aue.
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