Paderborn - A 1-0 defeat at SC Paderborn 07 leaves rock-bottom FC Energie Cottbus eight points adrift of safety going into the New Year.

A dour first half littered with errors produced very little goalmouth action, an early effort from Cottbus midfielder Erik Jendrisek aside. Paderborn did have the ball in the net shortly before the break, but Mahir Saglik’s header was ruled out for a foul against Christian Strohdiek. The hosts were not to be denied a year-ending victory, though, as captain Uwe Hünemeier headed Paderborn up to sixth in the standings with 23 minutes to play.

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