FC St. Pauli 1-1 FC Ingolstadt
Andre Schubert and Tomas Oral both named unchanged sides in Saturday's afternoon encounter. Both players and fans paid tribute to St. Pauli legend Günter Peine before kick-off, inspiring a lively start to proceedings. The Kiezkicker squandered the first clear-cut chance when Marius Ebbers blazed over from close range after Ramazan Özcan had spilled Fin Bartels' initial shot.
Quickfire double fails to inspire
At the other end Philipp Tschauner had just as much trouble dealing with Pascal Groß's long-range effort but was able to smoother the ball at the second attempt. Ingolstadt were happy to sit deep and keep things tight in order to frustrate the hosts, but just when the chances looked to have dried up, Caiuby squeezed out a thumping drive that rattled the woodwork.
Pauli set their stall early in the second half by retaining possession but found themselves behind ten minutes after the restart. Caiuby burst past Florian Kringe to drill the ball across the box where Christian Eigler got the all-important touch to put Ingolstadt ahead. However, the visitor's joy was short-lived as Florian Mohr equalised less than a minute later when he headed home from Dennis Daube's curling free-kick. Both sides threw caution to the wind in the closing stages of the encounter and, though there was a flurry of chances at either end, neither outfit could clinch all three points.
SC Paderborn 4-0 VfL Bochum
Both sides struggled to settle into their rhythm during the opening exchanges, but it was the visitors who began carving out the early chances. Zlatko Dedic's first-time volley was well saved by Lukas Kruse, before Marcel Maltritz failed to capitalise on the keeper's uncertainty from the resulting corner.
Paderborn take no prisoners
However, it was Paderborn who drew first blood when Mario Vrancic's solo run had Bochum's backline in knots, allowing the midfield man to coolly slot the ball into the bottom corner. SCP grew in confidence and gave themselves a comfortable cushion going in at half-time as Alban Meha netted his second goal in as many games with a dipping free-kick that had Kruse beaten all ends up.
Bochum's hopes of a comeback suffered an early setback in the second half as Vrancic capitalised on Luthe's poor clearance by producing an exquisite lob to double his tally within minutes of the restart. Paderborn rarely relinquished their grip on the game and their promising passages of play regularly had the home fans on their feet. Lukas Sinkiewicz and Dedic both went close to pulling a goal back for Bochum late on, but when Luthe's sprawling save denied Vrancic his hat-trick, Denis Yilmaz was on hand to sweep home the rebound and wrap up an emphatic performance for the promotion hopefuls.