Mickael Pote scored the matchwinner in a closely-contested encounter, which referee Felix Brych temporarily suspended both before and, for around ten minutes, shortly after the goal due to fireworks being let off from the away fans' end of the ground.
Long time coming
Dresden started the livelier of the two sides, but from around the 20-minute mark Cottbus gained an increasing foothold on the contest and on the balance of half-chances, there was little separating the sides at the interval.
Dynamo seized back the initiative after the restart but there was a stroke of fortune to the goal that broke the deadlock, Pote's header to an Idir Ouali cross taking a slight deflection off Cottbus full back Alexander Bittroff on its way into the net. That would not have bothered the Dresden frontman in the slightest, heralding as it did the end of a year-long scoring drought. Cottbus pressed in vain for a leveller and the eastern derby ended with the hosts nabbing three precious points.
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