Cologne - VfL Bochum 1848 remained top of the Bundesliga 2 standings after a dramatic Friday evening of action to kick off Matchday 7.
Elsewhere, there were wins for 1. FC Nürnberg, SC Paderborn 07 and Greuther Fürth, while promotion hopefuls Eintracht Braunschweig and FC St. Pauli played out a goalless draw.
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FC Union Berlin 1-2 Greuther Fürth
Greuther Fürth recovered from a goal down to win 2-1 at 1. FC Union Berlin and move up to seventh in the standings. The visitors began brightly at the Stadion an der alten Försterei, but Sascha Lewandowski’s charges took the lead after 17 minutes courtesy of Steven Skrzybski. Jürgen Gjasula’s sweetly-struck free-kick restored parity two minutes into the second half, however, before the Albanian midfielder doubled his personal tally with 20 minutes remaining to hand the Clover Leaves all three points.
MSV Duisburg 0-1 FSV Frankfurt
MSV Duisburg remain at the foot of the Bundesliga 2 table after slumping to a 1-0 defeat to FSV Frankfurt. Manuel Konrad scored the only goal of the game on 32 minutes after Duisburg had failed to clear a corner from the right. The hosts improved after the restart, but despite registering 21 attempts at goal during the 90 minutes, they were unable to find a way through FSV, who climb into the top half of the table.
Eintracht Braunschweig 0-0 FC St. Pauli
In-form FC St. Pauli were held to a goalless draw by fellow promotion hopefuls Eintracht Braunschweig. The visitors, who went into the match in third place, almost took the lead when Waldemar Sobota’s effort was parried against the post by Eintracht keeper Rafal Gikiewicz after 17 minutes. The Lions weren’t without chances of their own, though, and could have secured all three points in second-half stoppage time, but Orhan Ademi failed to hit the target from a promising position.
SC Paderborn 07 2-0 Karlsruher SC
SC Paderborn 07 picked up their first win of the season thanks to a 2-0 victory at home to Karlsruher SC. Second-half headers from Niklas Hoheneder and Hauke Wahl decided the contest as Markus Kaucinski’s men fell to their fifth defeat of the campaign, slipping to within three points of the relegation zone as a result.
1. FC Nürnberg 2-0 SV Sandhausen
1. FC Nürnberg bounced back from their derby defeat to SpVgg Greuther Fürth with a deserved 2-0 win over SV Sandhausen. After Alessandro Schöpf hit the post, Hanno Behrens was on hand to tuck away the rebound with 18 minutes gone. The home side carved out plenty of chances to extend their lead, before substitute Jan Polak made the game safe late on.
1860 Munich 1-1 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Struggling 1860 Munich pulled off a major surprise on Saturday afternoon by holding promotion hopefuls 1. FC Kaiserslautern to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena. The hosts went in front in the first half through Milos Degenek but were unable to keep the Red Devils at arm’s length after the break, conceding the equaliser just shy of the hour-mark when Ruben Jesnsen struck. The draw keeps 1860 near the bottom of the standings, while Lautern are mid-table.
VfL Bochum 1-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
A dramatic late equaliser secured Fortuna Düsseldorf a deserved point away to league leaders VfL Bochum 1848. Fortuna bossed the opening stages but were hit with a sucker punch when Tim Hoogland put the hosts a goal to the good after 26 minutes. Although the scoreline had changed, the pattern of play remained intact, with Düsseldorf on top and creating chance after chance. It took until Mike van Duinen’s dramatic 92nd-minute equaliser, however, to ensure that Frank Kramer’s side left with a share of the points.
SC Freiburg 2-2 Arminia Bielefeld
SC Freiburg and DSC Arminia Bielefeld played out an entertaining draw at the Schwarzwald Stadion. After a nip-and-tuck first period, Bielefeld captain Fabian Klos’ superb volley on the stroke of half-time sent his side into the break a goal up. Within four minutes of the second period, Florian Dick’s third goal of the season had doubled the lead, although Nils Petersen halved the deficit in the 67th minute. Freiburg’s late pressure finally told when Lucas Hufnagel finished calmly in injury time to rescue a point.
1. FC Heidenheim 1-1 RB Leipzig
Promotion-chasing RB Leipzig were held to a draw away at 1. FC Heidenheim 1846. Summer signing Marcel Halstenberg gave dominant Leipzig a deserved lead after 36 minutes. Frank Schmidt’s hosts improved after the break, however, and restored parity when former Leipzig forward Daniel Frahn netted from the spot in the 62nd minute. Despite pushing hard for a winner in the closing stages, Leipzig were forced to settle for a point.