Fürth - SpVgg Greuther Fürth sounded off the calendar year on a winning note following a 1-0 victory over VfR Aalen.

Oliver Barth hit the woodwork with an early header for the 11th-placed visitors, who sat back and frustrated the promotion-chasing Clover Leaves for much of a disorderly first half. Ex-Fürth goalkeeper Jazmin Fezjic denied Zoltan Stieber from the spot after Barth brought down Ognjen Mudrinksi, but the home fans were celebrating on the hour mark as substitute Niclas Füllkrug headed home the only goal of the game to keep his side just four points behind league leaders 1. FC Köln.

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