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Hamburg Dominance and Red Card Prevalence

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The 2. Bundesliga finally gets a 9-match weekend, in addition to a make-up fixture in mid-week, and half the matches feature a red card. Here are the results from Matchday 5:

Hamburg 3 – Erzgebirge Aue 0 (Wednesday, October 21 – Volksparkstadion)

Hosts Hamburg scored a comprehensive win in their make-up fixture against Erzgebirge, after it was initially postponed from matchday 3.

HSV were on the front-foot early and often, and when Manuel Wintzheimer opened the scoring in the 17th minute, any hope Erzgebirge had of grinding the match into a slugfest evaporated. Khaled Narey came close to a second before the break, but couldn’t get the ball past keeper Martin Männel.

Wintzheimer set-up Hamburg’s second on 57 minutes, with teammate Sonny Kittel firing into the far corner. Narey made up for his earlier miss by being in the right place at the right time in the 72nd minute, smashing home the rebound after Aaron Hunt’s free kick rammed off the post.

Erzgebirge ultimately did little to trouble the hosts, who made it 4 wins in 4 matches.

Regensburg 3 – Braunschweig 0 (Friday, October 23 – Jahnstadion Regensburg)

Regensburg grabbed an early lead and pulled away from 10-man Braunschweig late.

Albion Vrenezi’s long-range effort in the 5th minute gave the hosts the lead, catching the Braunschweig defense and keeper out. Braunschweig worked their way back into the match and created several scoring opportunities, but couldn’t find the back of the net. And when Nico Klaß rather stupidly picked up a second yellow card in the 40th minute, Braunschweig’s momentum abruptly stopped.

Braunschweig kept the deficit at one goal for the beginning of the second half, but Regensburg finally nabbed a second in the 61st minute through Max Besuschkow. Vrenezi grabbed a brace in the 78th minute to put the contest to bed.

Nürnberg 1 – Karlsruher 1 (Friday, October 23 – Max-Morlock-Stadion)

10-man Karlsruher managed to hang on and earn a point at the expense of hosts Nürnberg.

Der Club took an early lead through a freak deflection. Felix Lohkemper’s long-range effort deflected off a KSC defender and looped high into the air and over keeper Marius Gersbeck. Lohkemper was credited with the goal, but it very easily could’ve been classified as an own goal.

Substitute Marvin Wanitzek levelled things in the 53rd minute with a fine header. But KSC’s task was made much harder when Dominik Kother picked up a second yellow card in the 75th minute, just before he was to be subbed off. Nürnberg failed to take advantage and had to settle for shared spoils.

Hamburg 3 – Würzburger 1 (Saturday, October 24 – Volksparkstadion)

A second half onslaught gave Hamburg a second win in 4 days at the expense of struggling Würzburger.

HSV struggled to get anything going in the first half, while the visitors were disciplined in defense. They even took the lead in the 40th minute when Dominic Baumann headed a corner back across goal for teammate Lars Dietz to sweep in. This would ultimately be Würzburger’s only shot on target in the match.

The second half was all HSV. Moments after Khaled Narey struck the woodwork, Simon Terodde resumed his scoring ways and equalized in the 65th minute. The striker gave his side the lead in the 82nd minute on the turn, and club captain Tim Leibold sealed the result in stoppage time.

With 5 wins in as many matches, it’s difficult to imagine a better start to Daniel Thioune’s tenure as Hamburg manager.

Hannover 3 – Düsseldorf 0 (Saturday, October 24 – HDI-Arena)

Düsseldorf’s sputtering start to the season continued as Hannover rolled over the 10-man visitors in the second half.

This one was all Die Roten from the opening whistle, but that had as much to do with Düsseldorf’s offensive ineptness as anything else. The visitors failed to register a shot in the whole 90 minutes.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Düsseldorf had not just 0 shots on target, but 0 shots overall, in the entire match.

Woof!

For all their dominance, it wasn’t until Düsseldorf substitute Matthias Zimmermann was sent off in the 53rd minute after picking up 2 yellow cards in the span of 4 minutes, that Hannover finally broke through. Florent Muslija was perfectly placed to smash in Genki Haraguchi’s 57th minute pass to give them the lead. Haraguchi won a penalty 5 minutes later and Marvin Ducksch converted from the spot before Düsseldorf keeper Florian Kastenmeier completed his side’s humiliation by scoring an own goal after mishitting a back pass.

Considering the expectations coming into the season, the pressure is undoubtedly increasing on Düsseldorf manager Uwe Rösler after his side have won just once in their opening 5 matches.

Greuther Fürth 3 – Holstein Kiel 1 (Saturday, October 24 – Holstein-Stadion)

Fürth notched their first win of the season away to 10-man Kiel.

Paul Seguin got things going for Kleeblätter in just the 7th minute when he scored from a long-ball forward by left-back Marco Meyerhöfer. Meyerhöfer grabbed his second assist of the match 20 minutes later when he set up Branimir Hrgota to make the score 2-0 in favor of the visitors.

Håvard Nielsen scored Fürth’s third of the match when he headed in Julian Green’s free kick in the 58th minute. Alexander Mühling continued his fine start to the season by pulling one back for Kiel in the 65th minute, but any chance Die Störche had disappeared when substitute Fabian Reese was given a straight red card for a rash challenge in the 72nd minute.

Kleeblätter duly saw out the match and handed Kiel their first loss of the season.

Darmstadt 2 – St Pauli 2 (Saturday, October 24 – Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor)

Darmstadt’s defense let them down late and allowed St Pauli to steal a point on the road.

Kiezkicker had an early penalty whistle overturned by VAR and Darmstadt were in the ascendancy for the remainder of the first half. Then St Pauli’s Finn Ole Becker clipped Tobias Kempe’s heel just before halftime and gave away a penalty. Serdar Dursun pulled a Jorginho and rolled the ball into the corner from the spot to give his side the lead.

Dursun notched a brace in the 76th minute from a Kempe free kick and it appeared that the result was sealed, but as happens, Darmstadt took their foot off the gas too soon. Kiezkicker substitute Rico Benatelli pulled one back in the 81st minute and in the waning moments of second half stoppage time, Darmstadt’s Adrian Stanilewicz gave away a penalty when he kicked St Pauli’s Lukas Daschner in the box.

Rodrigo Zalazar tied it from the spot with practically the last kick of the match and St Pauli took an unlikely point.

Heidenheim 1 – Osnabrück 1 (Sunday, October 25 – Voith-Arena)

Heidenheim’s winless run stretched to 4 matches as they drew with visiting Osnabrück.

Florian Pick had a 17th minute goal for the hosts chalked off by VAR and neither side could find a goal in the opening 45 minutes, despite each having several decent chances.

Christian Kühlwetter finally opening the scoring for Heidenheim in the 54th minute with an assist from club captain Marc Schnatterer. But Etienne Amenyido had a 61st minute corner fall directly at his feet and he scored in the top corner to level things. Lila-Weiß nearly won it late, but Luc Ihorst’s shot was saved by Heidenheim keeper Kevin Müller.

Sandhausen 1 – Paderborn 1 (Sunday, October 25 – BWT-Stadion am Hardtwald)

There was nothing that could separate Sandhausen and Paderborn on Sunday afternoon.

Sandhausen’s Denis Linsmeyer committed a handball in the box in the 26th minute and Paderborn’s Dennis Srbeny scored the resulting penalty. Robin Scheu equalized for the hosts just 10 minutes later and it stayed like that through halftime.

The second half ultimately featured few chances as both sides were unable to break down the opposing defense. Sandhausen will be happiest with the result, as Paderborn have now just one win in their first 5 matches of the season.

Bochum 2 – Erzgebirge Aue 0 (Sunday, October 25 – Vonovia Ruhrstadion)

It was a bad week for Erzgebirge as the East Germans were shut out on the road for the second time in 5 days, this time by Bochum.

Bochum started the match well, but things turned testy around the 25-minute mark. A series of fouls by both sides resulted in Erzgebirge’s Calogero Rizzuto committing the worst of the bunch and earning himself a straight red card. The visitors thus had to play the remaining hour or so with 10-men.

The hosts owned the ball from then on out, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net. It wasn’t until the 74th minute that they finally broke through, when Robert Žulj scored from Thomas Eisfeld’s set-up. They made it two 7 minutes later when Danny Blum’s cross was turned in by Silvère Ganvoula M’boussy, which sealed the win and the 3 points.

Table

1. Hamburg – 15 points

2. Holstein Kiel – 10 points

3. Hannover – 9 points (+6 GD)

4. Regensburg – 9 points (+4 GD)

5. Bochum – 8 points

Top Scorers

1. Simon Terodde (Hamburg) – 6 goals

T2. Daniel Keita-Ruel (Sandhausen) – 3 goals

T2. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (St Pauli) – 3 goals

T2. Christian Santos (Osnabrück) – 3 goals

T2. Simon Zoller (Bochum) – 3 goals

T2. Serdar Dursun (Darmstadt) – 3 goals

T2. Alexander Mühling (Kiel) – 3 goals