2. Bundesliga

Matchday 12 round-up: Pauli take Hamburg derby spoils, Darmstadt move top

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St. Pauli took the derby spoils against city rivals Hamburg in the Matchday 12 opener on Friday night, scoring three second-half goals to down their visitors, who were reduced to 10 men early on.

Pauli 3-0 Hamburg
Goals: 1-0
Smith (61’), 2-0 Hartel (74’), 3-0 Otto (89’)
Sent off:
Schonlau (28’)

HSV went into the fixture top of the table and looking to extend their historic streak of eight consecutive away victories in Bundesliga 2. The opening period was a typically frenetic affair as both teams sought to assert their authority, with the best chance arriving for Etienne Amenyido following a sweeping team move, but his effort from 10 yards was brilliantly saved by Daniel Heuer Fernandes. The decisive moment of the game arrived a short while later when HSV defender Sebastian Schonlau was sent off for tugging back Amenyido, who was racing through on goal following a long ball forward.

The home side were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage before halt-time, but did so in clinical fashion after the break. Eric Smith broke the visitors’ resistance on the hour-mark with a well-taken header from a corner before Marcel Hartel doubled their lead in the 74th minute, sweeping home from 12 yards from Jackson Irvine’s cut-back. To their credit, HSV refused to give in and bravely sought a way back into the game but they were picked off once more just before the final whistle when Lars Ritzka crossed for fellow substitute David Otto to head in from close range and put the seal on a much-needed victory.

Match stats

  • This was Pauli’s biggest derby victory over HSV in 62 years, since recording a 4-1 triumph in February 1960.
  • It was also HSV’s biggest defeat under head coach Tim Walter.
  • Pauli have now won each of their last four home meetings with their city rivals.
  • Otto scored his first goal for Pauli. The last time his name was on the scoresheet was in February 2022 for Regensburg against his current employers.
  • With a goal and an assist here, Hartel now has a team-high seven goal contributions this season (three scored, four set up).
  • Smith’s goal was his first in Bundesliga 2, coming in his 32nd league appearance.

Teams

Pauli: Vasilj - Saliakas (Zander 80'), Dzwigala, Medic, Paqarada (Ritzka 86') - Aremu (Metcalfe 86'), Smith, Irvine (c) - Hartel - Amenyido (Daschner 71'), Matanovic (Otto 80')
Unused subs: Burchert, Fazliji, Boukhalfa, Eggestein
Out: Avevor (ankle)
Coach: Timo Schultz

Hamburg: Heuer Fernandes - Heyer (Bilbija 88'), Schonlau (c), Vuskovic, Muheim - Benes (Dompe 65'), Meffert, Reis - Jatta, Glatzel, Königsdörffer (Kittel 75')
Unused subs: Raab, Mikelbrencis, David, Amaechi, Suhonen, Krahn
Out: Heil (foot), Leibold (muscular), Megeed (metatarsal)
Coach: Tim Walter

Matchday 12 round-up

Karlsruher 1-2 Darmstadt
Goals: 1-0 Schleusener 19' (assist: Heise), 1-1 Pfeiffer 49' (assist: Kempe), 1-2 Tietz 88'

Darmstadt recovered from a goal down to earn a dramatic victory at Karlsruher that puts The Lilies top of the standings after Matchday 12. The hosts hit the front in the 19th minute through Fabian Schleusener but Darmstadt were able to draw level shortly after the restart when Patric Pfeiffer headed home Tobias Kempe's corner kick. With the game seemingly headed for a draw, Darmstadt countered late on and after Marvin Mehlem fed Phillip Tietz into space, the forward slotted the winner past Marius Gersbeck.

Watch: Darmstadt's late show in Karlsruher

Magdeburg 0-2 Eintracht Braunschweig
Goals: 0-1 Conde o.g. (51'), 0-2 Henning (90'+5)

Eintracht stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a victory over Magdeburg that left the hosts in the relegation zone. After a first half of very few chances, the visitors hit the front not long after the restart. Just when it seemed Immanuel Pherai was ready to pounce for Braunschweig, substitute Amara Conde got in ahead of his opponent to knock the ball past his own goalkeeper. Cristiano Piccini then missed a decent chance to equalise as Christian Titz's team probed for openings. It wasn't to be for Magdeburg, however, and they were put to the sword at the last when Bryan Henning netted for 2-0 to send Braunschweig into provisional tenth spot.

Greuther Fürth 2-2 Hansa Rostock
Goals: 1-0 Hrgota (20’), 1-1 Fröde (57’), 2-1 Ache (60’), 2-2 Malone (90’+3)

Fürth were left frustrated on Friday evening after conceding a late equaliser against 10-man Rostock. The Clover Leaves took the lead in a hard-fought game through captain Branimir Hrgota’s thunderous left-footed drive, but they were pegged back just before the hour mark when Lukas Fröde headed in from a corner. Parity was short-lived, however, as the hosts restored their advantage with the next attack, Ragnar Ache nodding in from Simon Asta’s right-wing cross. Fürth appeared to be on course for all three points when Rostock striker John Verhoek was sent off shortly afterwards, but the away side snatched a point in stoppage time when Ryan Malone held his nerve to convert from the penalty spot.

Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-1 Nuremberg
Goal: 0-1 Duah (47’)

Nuremberg picked up their first win under new coach Markus Weinzierl to end a run of three straight defeats by beating Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-0. Kwadwo Duah scored the only goal of the game early in the second half, doing just enough to turn in Castrop’s cross as he fell to the ground. It came against the run of play, with Fortuna wasting chances in the first half, but it gave the Bavarians some second-half momentum which saw them through to a precious win and three priceless points.

Hannover 2-0 Arminia Bielefeld
Goals: 1-0 Teuchert (4'), 2-0 Nielsen (86')

Hannover claimed all three points by bookending the visit of Bielefeld with goals four minutes into the game and four minutes from the end. Cedric Teuchert provided the opener, playing a neat one-two with Havard Nielsen on the edge of the box before curling home his fifth goal of the season. Nielsen initially thought he'd added a second on the stroke of half time, but his effort was ruled out after the referee consulted the pitch-side monitor. The Norwegian eventually had his goal, however, as he Nielsen headed home late on to wrap up all three points for his team.

Paderborn 3-0 Sandhausen
Goals: 1-0 Pieringer (10'), 2-0 Leipertz (47'), 3-0 Heuer (54')

Paderborn raced out of the traps on Sunday, needing just 10 minutes to open the scoring against Sandhausen. Marvin Pieringer was the man who provided the opener, with his seventh goal of the campaign to pull the Paderborn No.9 level with Robert Glatzel at the top of the league's scoring charts. Robert Leipertz put the home side 2-0 up just two minutes after the break with his fifth of the season, with Paderborn in complete control. That control soon turned into dominance as Jannis Heuer flicked in a corner seven minutes later as Lukas Kwasniok's team breezily moved into second-place, just two points off top spot.

Kaiserslautern 0-3 Jahn Regensburg
Goals: 0-1 Albers (8'), 0-2 Albers (57'), 0-3 Osei Owusu (85')

In Kaiserslautern, it was the visitors who took and early lead thanks to Andreas Albers' eighth minute effort - his fourth goal of the campaign. Albers then doubled both his and his team's tally early in the second period - raising highest at the near post to head Charalambos Makridis' corner beyond Andreas Luthe and into the back of the net. Prince Osei Owusu added a third with five minutes to play to wrap up all three points for the away team. The victory moves Regensburg up into 11th, while defeat stretches Lautern's winless run to seven matches but they do still remain in the top half.

Holstein Kiel 3-1 Heidenheim
Goals: 0-1 Thomalla (31'), 1-1 Skrzybski (45'), 2-1 Skrzybski (51'), 3-1 Okyere Wriedt (66')

Looking to keep pace at the top of the table, Heidenheim took the lead shortly after the half hour mark through Denis Thomalla's tap in from close range. The 30-year-old was given a simple finish thanks to Jan-Niklas Beste's ball across the face of goal from the left that perfectly teed up his teammate in front of goal. Kiel hauled themselves level on the stroke of half time, however, as Steven Skrzybski rattled home an exquisite right-footed volley from the edge of the box after Heidenheim failed to clear a corner to safety. Skrzybski added a second six minutes after the break - this time turning home a far scrappier finish - before Kwasi Okyere Wriedt added a third to turn the game fully on its head.