Fürth - SpVgg Greuther Fürth moved to within a point of table toppers 1.FC Köln, courtesy of a 1-0 win over ten-man FC Energie Cottbus.

The Clover Leaves’ first meaningful foray into Cottbus territory yielded the breakthrough goal just five minutes in, when Florian Trinks lashed past Robert Almer from eight yards out. With Zoltan Stieber pulling the strings, the hosts were always a threat, but their good work was almost undone when Christian Bickel pulled into space, only to see his goalbound strike beaten away by Wolfgang Hesl. Cottbus’ hopes of turning the contest were all but ended with 20 minutes to go when Michael Schulze picked up a second bookable offence, leaving Stephan Schmidt’s side bottom of the table and without a win since Matchday 9.

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