Cologne – VfL Bochum's unbeaten start to the season came to an end as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to 1. FC Kaiserslautern, allowing SC Freiburg to move to the top of the standings with a 2-0 win over FSV Frankfurt.
bundesliga.com rounds up the Bundesliga 2 action on Matchday 9.
Braunschweig 0-1 Fürth
Four was the magic number for SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Monday night. They extended their winning run to four games in a row, taking fourth place from Eintracht Braunschweig in the process. The visitors were set up perfectly in the first half, looking to hit Braunschweig on the counter attack. They duly did so in the 14th minute, Robert Zulj putting Fürth ahead. In the second half, Braunschweig came out fighting, but it wasn't to be their night. A whole host of chances went begging and, just minutes from time, Saulo Decarli was sent off after a heated scuffle. It was Braunschweig's first defeat since Matchday 3.
SC Freiburg 2-0 FSV Frankfurt
SC Freiburg moved to the summit of the standings with a 2-0 win over FSV Frankfurt. It was a more laboured win than the hosts might have hoped for, with Nils Petersen partly to blame for that as he missed his first penalty of the season. The hosts did not have long to wait for the opening goal, however, with Maximilian Philipp driving the ball in from 25 yards – the first goal FSV have conceded on the road this season. They conceded another just after the break with Amir Abrashi putting the points and top spot under lock and key for Freiburg.
TSV 1860 Munich 2-2 RB Leipzig
TSV 1860 Munich are still waiting for their first win of the season, after a 2-2 draw at home to RB Leipzig on Matchday 9. Twice the Lions came from behind to pick up a point and dent their opponents' promotion aspirations. Emil Forsberg put the visitors in front with Marius Wolf responding two minutes later, before Davie Selke's goal was cancelled out 11 minutes later by Rubin Okotie's first goal of the season.
1. FC Heidenheim 1-1 Karlsruher SC
Enrico Valentini scored a stunning late equaliser to earn Karlsruher SC a deserved 1-1 draw at 1. FC Heidenheim. The Baden-Württemberg derby got off to a lively start with Arne Feick heading the hosts in front, but KSC built up a head of steam and sustained the pressure on their rivals right up to stoppage time, when Valentini curled in a direct free-kick which Jan Zimmermann could not keep out, despite getting a hand to it.
SC Paderborn 0-0 FC St. Pauli
High-flying St. Pauli will be left with mixed emotions following an entertaining goalless draw at the Benteler Arena. One the one hand they picked up another point and kept a clean sheet for a fourth successive game, but on the other they failed to take full advantage of league leaders Bochum's defeat on Friday. The visitors were the better side, especially in the first half, but could not make their dominance count and had to be content with the stalemate come the final whistle.
1. FC Union Berlin 3-2 MSV Duisburg
Union Berlin came out on top in the battle of the struggling sides in the capital thanks to a strong first half performance. Bobby Wood opened the scoring in the fourth minute, with further goals from Sören Brandy and Damir Kreilach giving them a 3-0 lead at the break. Duisburg staged a fightback in the second period and reduced the deficit through Victor Obinna and Kingsley Onuegbu, but were unable to find an equaliser, allowing Union to pick up their first home win of the campaign.
VfL Bochum 1–2 1. FC Kaiserslautern
New 1. FC Kaiserslautern coach Konrad Fünfstück got off to a winning start in charge of the Rhineland-Palatinate club with a 2-1 win that ended VfL Bochum's unbeaten start to the season. Two goals in five minutes put Kaiserslautern in the driving seat, as first Antonio Colak and then Marcus Piossek taking advantage of defensive mistakes. Fünfstück watched on as his side wasted chances to put the result beyond doubt, and they had to hold on for the final 20 minutes after Peniel Mlapa pulled a goal back for the hosts, who could not find an equaliser.
1. FC Nürnberg 2–2 DSC Arminia Bielefeld
Two late goals from Guido Burgstaller rescued a point for 1. FC Nürnberg, who had appeared to be on course for their first home defeat of the season against DSC Arminia Bielefeld. Fabian Klos put the visitors in front four minutes in and struck again early in the second half, but they could not withstand a late fightback from the hosts, and had to settle for their seventh draw of the campaign.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 0–1 SV Sandhausen
SV Sandhausen continued their excellent start to the 2015/16 season with an impressive 1-0 victory away to Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday evening - their third triumph on foreign soil already this term. Ranisav Jovanovic bagged the winner in the 50th minute, taking his tally to three goals so far and condemning a struggling Düsseldorf side to a fifth defeat of the season.