1860 Munich moved into third place with a resounding 4-0 win over struggling SV Sandhausen, but Energie Cottbus missed the chance to leapfrog league leaders Eintracht Braunschweig, falling to a surprise 3-1 loss at 1. FC Union Berlin on Saturday afternoon.

1860 Munich 4-0 SV Sandhausen

1860 were in no mood to surrender their seven-match unbeaten start to the season, taking the lead as early as the tenth minute when Daniel Halfar collected a long throw, held off three Sandhausen shirts and directed a stunning effort into the far corner.

That set the tone for a miserable afternoon for 13th-placed Sandhausen, with Mortiz Stoppelkamp and Daniel Bierofka adding their names to the scoresheet before half time. Benjamin Lauth stretched his side's lead with another goal born on the left-hand flank as 1860 saw out a one-sided encounter with minimum fuss.

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1. FC Union Berlin 3-1 Energie Cottbus

Looking to move ahead of table-topping Eintracht Braunschweig, Energie Cottbus were left with it all to do after Union's Simon Terrode took advantage of Energie keeper Thorsten Kirschbaum's mistake to head Union in front. Daniel Adlung's close-range header made it 1-1 early in the second half, before Terrode turned provider for Christopher Quiring to restore his side's lead five minutes later.

Fabian Schönheim picked up a straight red card as Cottbus threw the kitchen sink at their hosts, but Boubacar Sanogo fluffed his lines from the spot as the two sides were forced to see out the final 16 minutes with ten men apiece after Adlung talked his way into the book. It got worse still for Cottbus, with Björn Jopek adding a breakaway third goal at the death.

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