Cologne - There was plenty of movement in the Bundesliga 2 table on Matchday 4, but high fliers VfL Bochum and FC. St. Pauli continue to set the pace after maintaining their unbeaten starts to the new season.
bundesliga.com rounds up the action from around the second tier grounds...
1. FC Kaiserslautern 1-0 SC Paderborn
Kaiserslautern continued their unbeaten start to the new season with a 1-0 victory at home to struggling Paderborn on Monday evening. Captain Chris Löwe scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 15th minute to lift the Red Devils on to eight points and fourth in the table.
VfL Bochum 2-1 1. FC Nürnberg
League leaders Bochum came from behind against Nürnberg to maintain their perfect start to the Bundesliga 2 season. The visitors started brightly and went in front through Guido Burgstaller in just the second minute, but Simon Terodde levelled matters eight minutes before half time. Janik Haberer was the match winner for Gertjan Verbeek’s team, netting the decider in the 64th minute to consolidate VfL’s position at the top of the table.
RB Leipzig 0-1 FC St. Pauli
Last season’s strugglers St. Pauli continued their impressive start to the season with a narrow victory at promotion hopefuls Leipzig. The hosts started strongly at the Red Bull Arena, but Ewald Lienen’s side grew into the game and took the lead just before the interval when Lennart Thy slotted past Fabio Coltorti for his first goal of the season. Leipzig piled forward late on in search of an equaliser, but the visitors held on.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-2 SC Freiburg
All three goals came in a six-minute spell towards the end of the first half as Freiburg bounced back from their 3-1 defeat to Bochum on Matchday 2 with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf, who slip to 17th in the table. Vincenzo Grifo put Christian Streich’s charges in front just after the half-hour mark, but Mathis Bolly notched the equaliser just four minutes later. Düsseldorf’s joy was short-lived, though, as Nicolas Höfler netted what turned out to be the winning goal just two minutes later and lift Freiburg up to third.
SV Sandhausen 0-0 1. FC Heidenheim 1846
Sandhausen missed the chance to go top of the Bundesliga 2 table after being held to a goalless draw by Baden-Württemberg rivals Heidenheim. Both teams cancelled each other out in an uneventful first half and although Arne Feick and Marc Schnatterer went close to giving the visitors an unlikely three points in the second half, a draw was a fair result on the balance of play.
Karlsruher SC 2-0 MSV Duisburg
A goal either side of half-time earned Karlsruhe all three points against Duisburg, who remain stranded at the foot of the standings. Erwin Hoffer opened the scoring for Markus Kauczinski’s side on the stroke of the interval, before Manuel Gulde sealed the points ten minutes into the second period. The win lifts KSC, who lost last season’s promotion play-off to Hamburger SV, to seventh in the league.
Greuther Fürth 0-2 FSV Frankfurt
Frankfurt leapfrogged Fürth in the table with a 2-0 success at the Stadion am Laubenweg. After weathering an early Clover Leaves storm, Besar Halimi’s second goal of the season gave the Hessian outfit the lead with their first attack of the match. The hosts dominated after the restart but failed to make their pressure count, allowing Timm Golley to put the result beyond doubt in the 88th minute and hand Frankfurt their first win of the season.
Arminia Bielefeld 0-2 Eintracht Braunschweig
Second-half goals from Adam Matuschyk and Salim Khelifi earned Braunschweig their first three points of the campaign at promoted side Bielefeld. Chances were few and far between in a goalless first half, but both sides became more adventurous after the restart and former 1. FC Köln player Matuschyk opened the scoring after 57 minutes, before Khelifi’s superbly-executed lob three minutes from time earned Torsten Lieberknecht’s side a deserved win.
TSV 1860 Munich 0-0 1. FC Union Berlin
1860 Munich registered their first point of the campaign against Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena. The hosts were handed a gilt-edged chance to win the match when Benjamin Kessel was shown a straight red card for a professional foul inside the penalty area, but Daniel Adlung struck his spot-kick against the post as the Lions’ wait for their first league win of the campaign continues.