Kaiserslautern - Jean Zimmer scored the only goal of the game as a dominant 1. FC Kaiserslautern side maintained their good start to the year with a 1-0 win over VfR Aalen.

The Red Devils controlled proceedings from the off and should really have scored more against an Aalen side that found no way of dealing with their hosts' pressing and attacking verve. Inspired by Simon Zoller, back at the club on loan from 1. FC Köln, the home side repeatedly tested the visiting keeper in the first half, with Zimmer converting Zoller's pass from close range midway through the first half.

Kosta Runjaic's men went close to a second on numerous occasions through Zoller and Philipp Hofmann, but one goal proved enough to seal the points. It was an important victory too, as leaders FC Ingolstadt's 3-1 defeat to SV Sandhausen means that the gap between Lautern and the top is now just five points.

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