Cologne – VfL Bochum extended their lead at the top of the Bundesliga 2 standings with a fifth successive victory, while SC Freiburg and 1. FC Heidenheim also earned maximum points to ensure they stay within touching distance..
bundesliga.com rounds up the Matchday 5 action from Germany's second tier...
VfL Bochum 1-0 1860 Munich
VfL Bochum maintained their perfect start to the new season by making it five wins from as many games with a 1-0 victory over 1860 Munich on Monday evening. Simon Terodde took his goal tally for the season to five - making him the league's joint-top scorer so far - when he netted the winner in the 48th minute, clinically finishing from 18 yards out from Janik Haberer's cross. The visitors lacked creativity going forward and as such were unable to muster a response, leaving them down in 16th place, while Bochum remain top.
Eintracht Braunschweig 6-0 Karlsruher SC
A second-half capitulation from promotion hopefuls Karlsruhe allowed Braunschweig to record the most eye-catching result of the weekend. The visitors started strongly but the Lions were soon on top through goals from Emil Berggreen and Ken Reichel. An own goal from KSC’s Dominic Peitz shortly after the restart opened the floodgates, with Berggreen and Reichel each scoring again and Marc Pfitzner also getting his name on the scoresheet with a spectacular overhead kick.
1. FC Nürnberg 1-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf’s woeful start to the season continued away to Nürnberg as they slumped to a fourth successive league defeat that leaves them bottom of the table. The hosts gained the initiative from the off against their cautious, deep-lying guests but initially struggled to find a way through. Nürnberg eventually got the goal their dominance deserved midway through the second half, when Hanno Behrens prodded home the winner on the rebound after Kevin Möhwald’s shot hit the post.
FSV Frankfurt 1-0 FC St. Pauli
High-flying St. Pauli’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat away to FSV Frankfurt. Following an uneventful first 45 minutes, the second period began with a bang when Frankfurt midfielder Besar Halimi hammered in a stunning long-range effort. The visitors increased the pressure as the match wore on but were unable to penetrate their hosts’ backline despite a number of promising attacks.
SC Paderborn 07 1-2 DSC Arminia Bielefeld
SC Paderborn 07’s disastrous start to the season was further compounded as they fell to a fourth defeat of the campaign courtesy of Arminia Bielefeld’s come-from-behind 2-1 win. Nick Proschwitz had opened the scoring with Paderborn’s first goal on home soil in 2015/16, but having failed to extend their lead, two stunning second-half strikes from Brian Behrendt and Michael Görlitz saw Bielefeld pick up their first win of the season.
MSV Duisburg 2-2 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Marco Stiepermann scored with the last kick of the game to rescue Greuther Fürth a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with MSV Duisburg, who are still without a win. Rolf Feltscher had put the hosts ahead in the first half only for Jürgen Gjasula to equalise from the spot five minutes after the restart. The Zebras looked on course to move out of the drop zone with a win when Steffen Bohl headed home, but were undone by Stiepermann’s last-gasp leveller.
SC Freiburg 4-1 SV Sandhausen
In a battle between the Bundesliga 2’s free-scoring sides it was SC Freiburg who kept apace near the top of the table after beating high-flying SV Sandhausen in a five-goal thriller. First-half efforts from Mike Frantz, Nils Petersen and Vincenzo Grifo had the hosts comfortably in front at the break before Grifo bagged his brace ten minutes from time to ensure that Florian Hübner’s late strike was nothing more than a consolation effort for the visitors.
1. FC Heidenheim 3-1 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1. FC Heidenheim overturned a one-goal deficit against promotion hopefuls 1. FC Kaiserslautern in a 3-1 win, their third successive victory on home soil this season. Kacper Przybylko’s third goal of the campaign put the Red Devils ahead, but when Jean Zimmer had a goal ruled out three minutes after the restart, the game turned on it’s head as Smail Morabit, Marc Schnatterer and Robert Leipertz all scored to hand the hosts all three points.
1. FC Union Berlin 1-1 RB Leipzig
Despite leading for the majority of the match, 1. FC Union Berlin were unable to pick up a first win of the season and instead had to settle for sharing the spoils for a fourth time in 2015/16 following a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig. Sören Brandy headed the capital city side in front with 25 minutes played, but Leipzig’s relentless pressure ultimately proved too much for the hosts as Michael Parensen put into his own net seven minutes from time.