Cologne - VfL Bochum were the big winners of Matchday 3, going top of the standings after defeating previous leaders SC Freiburg. Elsewhere, SV Sandhausen showed SC Paderborn no mercy in a veritable goal festival, while TSV 1860 Munich and MSV Duisburg earned their first points of the season.
bundesliga.com rounds up the best of the Matchday 3 action from Germany's second tier...
SC Freiburg 1-3 VfL Bochum
Nine-man Freiburg slipped down the standings after coming unstuck in the second half at home to Bochum. An evenly-balanced affair swung in the guests' favour after Mensur Mujdza was sent off, with Onur Bulut opening the scoring and Simon Terodde grabbing a brace shortly afterwards. Marc Torrejon gave Freiburg brief hope of a comeback with a late strike, but was shown a red card moments later to compound a disappointing evening for the hosts.
SC Paderborn 0-6 SV Sandhausen
Andrew Wooten struck twice as Sandhausen continued their outstanding early season form with a clinical display to beat Paderborn 6-0. Denis Linsmayer, Jakub Kosecki, Aziz Bouhaddouz and Ranisav Jovanovic were also on target in a one-sided encounter, helping the guests to a third victory from as many games this season.
1. FC Heidenheim 1846 1-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Sleeping giants Düsseldorf continued their slumber in 2015/16, losing 1-0 away to Heidenheim to remain on just a single point from the nine available thus far. The visitors were unable to find a way through a well-organised home backline and succumbed to a sucker punch in the 77th minute when Mathis Wittek found the net for Heidenheim, who moved up to sixth as a result.
1. FC Union Berlin 2-2 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern are another side to have failed to live up to their own lofty expectations so far this season. The Red Devils went ahead in the capital through Ruben Jenssen, but Maxi Thiel and Bobby Wood struck for the hosts within five second-half minutes to turn the game on its head. With Lautern appearing to be heading for a second defeat of the campaign, Maurice Deville found the net in the 87th minute to salvage a point.
Eintracht Braunschweig 0-2 RB Leipzig
Promotion-hungry Leipzig sent out a statement of their intent for the 2015/16 season with another impressive performance in Braunschweig. A closely-fought match wasn't decided until well into the second half, when marquee summer signing Davie Selke broke the deadlock, with Emil Forsberg sealing the victory in the 76th minute.
1. FC Nürnberg 2-2 1860 Munich
The spoils were shared in a typically frenetic Bavarian derby on Monday evening. 1860 haven't started the season well but were the better side for long spells here, taking the lead through Kai Bülow and also hitting the woodwork three times. However, familiar defensive shortcomings allowed Nürnberg back into the tie in the second half, Guido Burgstaller and Niklas Stark scoring for the hosts, before Daniel Adlung ensured it ended all square late on.
FSV Frankfurt 1-2 Karlsruher SC
Having narrowly missed out on promotion last season, Karlsruhe have struggled to click this term and went into this game on the back of two league defeats. They looked to be on course for a third straight loss when Besar Halimi put Franfurt ahead inside the first minute, but KSC fought back and equalised through Erwin Hoffer. A Joan Omari own goal early in the second half was enough to hand Karlsruhe their first points of the season.
FC St. Pauli 3-2 Greuther Fürth
St. Pauli extended their unbeaten run this season to three games after winning a pulsating tie with Fürth, their first home victory over the Clover Leaves in 17 years. Marc Rzatkowski netted a double for the hosts and although Marcel Halstenberg also found the target for Pauli, Fürth never gave up and goals from Sebastian Freis and Robert Zulj gave them hope right up until the final whistle
MSV Duisburg 2-2 DSC Arminia Bielefeld
Both teams are still without victory this term after sharing the points in an entertaining fixture between the division's two promoted sides. Bielefeld will be the more disappointed with the result, however, after throwing away a two-goal lead after Christopher Nöthe and Florian Dick had scored. Kingsley Onuegbu and Stanislav Iljutcenko hit the net for the hosts in the second half to give Duisburg their first point of the campaign.