1. FC Kaiserslautern 1-1 Hertha Berlin
On a noisy and intense afternoon at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion, it was Hertha BSC Berlin that looked more confident as they controlled large portions of the match. The in-form Ronny tested Tobias Sippel from 30 yards shortly before Änis Ben-Hatira should have scored from close range following a neat Adrian Ramos assist.
The second half started in highly competitive fashion, Mahamadou Idrissou should have capitalised on a defensive error, but Kaiserslautern were lucky to lead ten minutes later when the striker converted from the penalty spot. However, Ronny pulled Hertha level only three minutes later from long range to score his fourth goal of the season as the sides shared the spoils.
Jahn Regensburg 0-1 Energie Cottbus
Despite missing Bundesliga 2's best goalgetter Boubacar Sanogo through injury, Energie Cottbus got off to a good start as Dennis Sörensen gave them the lead four minutes in when Michael Hofmann let the midfielder's effort slip between his legs. It took Regensburg a while to find a way through the deep-lying hosts, Francky Sembolo wasted their best opportunity when his attempt came back off the crossbar.
Regensburg maintained the pressure after the interval, but the guest's keeper Thorsten Kirchbaum brillantly denied both Sembolo's shot from close range and Marco Djuricin's header on the hour mark. The home side had numerous good opportunities in the dying minutes, with Ramon Machado and Oliver Hein hitting the woodwork, but it wasn't to be for Regensburg.
SC Paderborn 3-0 SV Sandhausen
Paderborn enjoyed more possession in the first half, but failed to convert a number of opportunities. Daniel Ischdonat saved Alban Meha's free-kick, but the Albanian international proved particularly influential in the opening stages, almost providing an assist for Deniz Yilmaz, who's header flew just past the post.
The home side's breakthrough finally came in the 49th minute when Tobias Kempe picked up a ball in midfield to outplay Sandhausen's defence and neatly finish from a tight angle. Kempe and Yilmaz should have doubled the lead when the former's lob hit the post before Yilmaz failed to convert the rebound. However, 19-year-old Philipp Hofmann did better 15 minutes later when he nodded a cross into the back of the net. Kempe's late lob decided the encounter when he put the finishing touches on a counter-attack five minutes from time.