Promotion hopefuls RB Leipzig made a winning start to the 2015/16 Bundesliga 2 campaign with a narrow victory at FSV Frankfurt, but Karlsruher SC were beaten by Greuther Fürth on Matchday 1. Elsewhere, FC St. Pauli and newcomers Arminia Bielefeld had to settle for a point apiece.
bundesliga.com rounds up Saturday’s Bundesliga 2 action…
FSV Frankfurt 0-1 RB Leipzig
Marcel Sabitzer scored the only goal of the game as promotion hopefuls RB Leipzig kicked off the new campaign with a 1-0 win away to FSV Frankfurt.
Leipzig’s play was pedestrian to start, but after Zlatko Dedic wasted a glorious chance to put FSV ahead in the 18th minute, the visitors slowly found their stride. Marquee summer signing Davie Selke flashed a header wide, before RB Salzburg loanee Sabitzer pounced on a defensive error to give Ralf Rangnick’s men a 55th-minute lead.
Frankfurt should have levelled in the final minute of normal time, but Joan Omari sent his effort over the crossbar from just four yards out.
FC St. Pauli 0-0 Arminia Bielefeld
Bundesliga 2 newcomers Arminia Bielefeld held last season’s strugglers FC St. Pauli to a goalless draw at the Millerntor.
The hosts enjoyed the better of the chances in the first 45 minutes and could have taken the lead before the interval, but both Lennart Thy and Marc Rzatkowski were guilty of squandering promising opportunities.
Despite being on the back foot for the majority of the first half, it was Bielefeld who thought they had gone in front on the hour mark. Florian Dick sent a teasing free-kick into the penalty area which Julian Börner stabbed home from close range. However, the 24-year-old was adjudged to be in an offside position. Bielefeld striker Fabian Klos sent a header straight into the arms of Robin Himmelman late on as both sides were forced to settle for a point.
Greuther Fürth 1-0 Karlsruher SC
An 89th-minute Marco Stiepermann goal earned Greuther Fürth a 1-0 victory over Karlsruher SC.
In a first half of few goalscoring opportunities, Rouwen Hennings went closest to breaking the deadlock with a low shot that trickled wide of Sebastian Mielitz’s right-hand post. The hosts, meanwhile, were working themselves into promising positions, only for their final ball to let them down.
Chances remained few and far between after the restart, but just as it looked like the game was petering out into a goalless draw, Zlatko Tripic sent a fierce ball into the box which evaded the Karlsruhe defence, but not Marco Stiepermann, who turned the ball home to earn Fürth a hard-fought win over Markus Kauczinski’s side.