1. FC Union Berlin moved out of the bottom three with a hard-earned 2-0 win away to 1. FC Heidenheim 1846.

Heidenheim’s Jan Zimmermann was the busier of the two goalkeepers in a keenly contested first half, but he was unable to prevent Union taking a 27th-minute lead. The hosts were undone by a short corner routine and, while Andreas Voglsammer did his utmost to scramble clear after Zimmermann saved from Damir Kreilach, it was not enough to stop the ball from going over the line.

Kreliach was involved again as Union doubled their lead out of nothing early in the second half. The Union midfielder launched a long ball up to Steven Skrzybski, who outpaced Mathias Wittek and rounded Zimmerman to give the visitors a bit of breathing space. Union defender Toni Leistner was forced to make a goal-line clearance from an Arne Feick free kick, but that was the closest Heidenheim came to getting on the scoresheet.