Cologne - 1. FC Kaiserslautern and VfL Bochum 1848 enjoyed handsome wins, while RB Leipzig and 1. FC Nürnberg played out a veritable goal fest at the weekend.
bundesliga.com provides an overview of the action so far...
MSV Duisburg 1-0 SC Paderborn 07
MSV Duisburg picked up their first win of the season against fellow strugglers Paderborn. New signing Giorgi Chanturia made an instant impact after coming off the bench at the break to make his debut, finding the net with nine minutes left to condemn the visitors to a sixth defeat in eight games.
RB Leipzig 3-2 1. FC Nürnberg
RB Leipzig shaded a five-goal thriller against ten-man 1. FC Nürnberg. The floodgates well and truly opened after Georg Margreitter saw red for a professional foul on Davie Selke and Leipzig’s Dominik Kaiser stuck away the ensuing penalty with the game just eight minutes old. Selke’s quick-fire brace appeared to have the contest wrapped up, but Nürnberg rallied in the second half as Dave Bulthuis and Niclas Füllkrug reduced the arrears. Füllkrug thought he had levelled at the death, but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Karlsruher SC 1-1 SC Freiburg
SC Freiburg were knocked off the top of the table after being held to a 1-1 draw in the Baden-Württemberg derby away to Karslruher SC. Despite having struggled for form and consistency so far this season, the hosts were the livelier of the two sides but simply could not find an end product to their ventures forward. Freiburg looked to have snatched an unlikely late winner in the 89th minute when Nils Petersen struck his ninth goal of the season, but substitute Vadim Manzon equalised in stoppage time to salvage a deserved point for Karlsruhe.
Eintracht Braunschweig 2-1 1. FC Union Berlin
Eintracht Braunschweig bounced back from last week’s defeat to Greuther Fürth with a 2-1 victory over Union Berlin to continue their rise up the table. A fiercely-contested encounter was played out largely in midfield, with goalscoring opportunities limited at both ends. Mirko Boland broke the deadlock for the hosts in the first half, only to see his effort cancelled out when Benjamin Kessel converted a penalty. Boland had the last laugh late on, however, scoring the winner to hand Braunschweig a fifth win from their last seven games.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth 0-5 VfL Bochum1848
VfL Bochum moved back to the top of the Bundesliga 2 standings following a thumping win away to SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Simon Terodde scored twice in the space of 22 first-half minutes, before Fürth’s Benedikt Röcker put through his own net to give Bochum an unassailable 3-0 half-time lead. Terrode completed his hat-trick soon after the restart, with substitute Peniel Mlapa getting in on the act at the death.
FC St. Pauli 1-3 SV Sandhausen
FC St. Pauli paid the price for a slow start as visitors SV Sandhausen raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to quick-fire efforts from Jakub Kosecki and Ranisav Jovanovic. A comeback appeared to be on the cards when South Korean midfielder Kyoung-Rok Choi reduced the arrears with 15 minutes remaining, but Pauli’s hopes of turning the tide were dashed moments later as Sandhausen substitute Aziz Bouhhadouz added a third from the penalty spot.
1. FC Kaiserslautern 3-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
New Kaiserslautern coach Konrad Fünfstück made it two-from-two with a win in his first home game in charge. Marcus Piossek gave his new boss a great start at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion with his 11th-minute strike, and Stipe Vucur doubled their advantage nine minutes into the second half. With the visitors pushing, Antonio-Mirko Colak extinguished any hope of a comeback with a third two minutes into added time to leave Düsseldorf winless in four and with just one victory all season.
DSC Arminia Bielefeld 1-1 TSV 1860 Munich
Struggling TSV 1860 Munich picked up a hard-earned point away at mid-table DSC Arminia Bielefeld at the Schüco-Arena. The Bavarians went into the game second-bottom in the standings, but a positive start saw them take an eighth-minute lead through Marius Wolf. Parity was restored before the break when Fabian Klos nodded in from close range, and although Bielefeld pushed for a winner, the tenacious Lions held on for a deserved share of the spoils.
FSV Frankfurt 0-4 1. FC Heidenheim 1846
The points were effectively sewn up by half-time for 1. FC Heidenheim thanks to three clinically-taken first-half efforts. After Norman Theuerkauf opened the scoring with a cool finish from a Ben Halloran cross, Haji Safi’s own goal then doubled the visitors’ lead, with Sebastian Griesbeck volleying in a stylish third with 40 minutes played. Substitute Smail Morabit then added a final flourish by scoring with his first touch to complete a superb evening for the away side.