Cologne - 1. FC Kaiserslautern maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a draw at home to Eintracht Braunschweig, 1. FC Nürnberg got off the mark with victory over 1. FC Heidenheim, but MSV Duisburg and FSV Frankfurt are both still without a win this term after sharing the points in a goalless draw.
bundesliga.com rounds-up the Matchday 2 action from Friday night...
1.FC Kaiserslautern 0-0 Eintracht Braunschweig
Kaiserslautern were unable to make it two wins from two at home to Eintracht Braunschweig, who squandered a number of decent chances to snatch victory themselves.
The Red Devils had kicked off the 2015/16 season in style last week with a thumping display to beat league newcomers MSV Duisburg 3-1, but Braunschweig quickly proved that they were made of sterner stuff. Ken Reichel very nearly put the guests in front in the seventh minute, only to see his header flash wide. Kacper Przybylko was lively at the other end for the hosts, but did not have the same clinial touch he had shown last week.
The teams continued on an even footing after the break, with Braunschweing seeking to pack numbers at the back before breaking forward quickly. Yet chances were a rarity, and although both sides could have sealed victory late on, neither Braunschweig's Orhan Ademi nor Lautern's Daniel Halfar could apply the finishing touch. The hosts now have four points from their first two games, but the Lions have just the one.
1. FC Nürnberg 3-2 1. FC Heidenheim
1. FC Nürnberg bounced back from a heavy 6-3 opening defeat against SC Freiburg on Monday by beating 1. FC Heidenheim 3-2 at home on Friday evening.
The hosts began the match as if intent to make amends right away, and they put their guests the back foot. It wasn’t long before the der Club’s pressure took its toll, as Danny Blum finished from close range in the 13th minute. However, Heidenheim bit back almost straight away through Robert Leipertz, who headed in from a corner.
After the initial hectic of the opening period the intensity of the match died down until just before half-time, when Leipertz hit the back of the net at the other end of the pitch, inadvertently scoring following a quick Nuremberg counter-attack. Smail Morabit hauled Heidenheim level again in the second period, but home captain Jan Polak ensured the points stayed in Nuremberg with a fierce drive late on.
DSC Arminia Bielefeld 0-0 FSV Frankfurt
DSC Arminia Bielefeld and FSV Frankfurt played out a frustrating goalless draw at the Schüco Arena on Matchday 2 of the new Bundesliga 2 season.
The home side had started the campaign off by drawing a blank in a 0-0 draw at FC St. Pauli a week ago, and their struggles in front of goal continued in the first half, with Michael Görlitz spurning his team’s best when he shot over just before half-time.
After the interval, FSV came out of their collective shell somewhat, and Lukas Gugannig was desperately unlucky to see his curling free-kick strike the post. With both sides struggling to create much in front of goal, Bielefeld passed up a half-chance to perhaps win an uneventful game when Manuel Junglas fired with with ten minutes remaining.