Some squads continue to struggle, while others bust out of slumps. Here are the results from Matchday 6:
Osnabrück 1 – Darmstadt 1 (Wednesday, October 28 – Stadion an der Bremer Brücke)
Osnabrück levelled things late in the match to take a point off Darmstadt in a make-up fixture from Matchday 4.
Darmstadt started the match brightly and came close on a handful of occasions. Lila-Weiß were beginning to get back into the match when Victor Pálsson scored the opener for the visitors. Osnabrück couldn’t clear their lines following a corner and Serdar Dursun scrounged the ball over to Pálsson to smash home.
Rain began falling in the second half and while Darmstadt maintained their edge, they couldn’t find a second, which allowed Osnabrück to gradually turn up the pressure at the other end. This culminated in substitute Luc Ihorst’s second goal in as many matches, when he headed in Sebastian Kerk’s 78th minute cross.
Mathias Honsak almost snatched the win late for Darmstadt, but his 81st minute header clipped off the crossbar and went over.
Hamburg 2 – St Paul 2 (Friday, October 30 – Volksparkstadion)
The first Hamburg Derby of this season was an entertaining, back-and-forth affair from start to finish.
Simon Terodde is already proving to be the signing of the most recent window, as he continued to add to his all-time 2. Bundesliga scoring record. Josha Vagnoman’s 12th minute cross was inch-perfect and Terodde headed home unmarked at the back post.
Kiezkicker were not fazed, however. St Pauli’s own Simon (Makienok), teed up Rodrigo Zalazar to score a bullet shot on the run-up in the 35th minute. It stayed 1-1 until the final 10 minutes of the match, when Makienok got to a through ball just ahead of a Hamburg defender, and managed to prod the ball past keeper Sven Ulreich to give St Pauli the lead!
But HSV’s man of the hour was quick to haul his side back to level terms in the 84th minute, when he latched on to a downward header by Jeremy Dudziak and scored confidently. St Pauli’s Leon Maximilian Flach nearly won it at the death, but he just couldn’t get to the ball at the back post.
St Pauli become the first side to deny Hamburg a win thus far this season, but considering how both sides get up for this derby, it wasn’t entirely unexpected.
Düsseldorf 1 – Heidenheim 0 (Friday, October 30 – Merkur Spiel-Arena)
Düsseldorf broke out of their recent funk at the expense of another disappointing showing for Heidenheim.
The visitors had several decent chances early, but couldn’t put the ball on target, a recurring theme for them thus far this season. Unlike last week, Düsseldorf were able to take advantage, through an excellent volley from left-back Marcel Sobottka in the 32nd minute.
The second half didn’t offer much in the way of chances, as Heidenheim’s offensive struggles continued and Düsseldorf did just enough to hold onto the lead until the final whistle, giving them a much needed win.
Erzgebirge Aue 1 – Holstein Kiel 1 (Saturday, October 31 – Erzgebirgsstadion)
An early red card dampened what started as a lively affair and ultimately resulted in shared points between Erzgebirge and Kiel.
Florian Krüger’s nifty back heel fooled Kiel keeper Ioannis Gelios and gave the hosts an early second minute lead. Janni Luca Serra made sure that his side didn’t trail for long when he turned in Jannik Dehm’s cross from the left just 7 minutes later.
But when Kiel’s Phil Neumann stupidly charged in elbow up while going for a header against Erzgebirge’s John-Patrick Strauß and caught his opponent square in the face, he was dismissed with a straight red card in the 15th minute. Afterward, Kiel didn’t really bother trying to go forward and instead did their best to limit Erzgebirge’s chances at the other end.
They managed to hang on for a point, but the final hour or so of this match was a real snoozer.
Osnabrück 2 – Sandhausen 1 (Saturday, October 31 – Stadion an der Bremer Brücke)
Osnabrück’s surprising start to the season continued at the expense of Sandhausen, who’s away form this season has been abysmal.
Sandhausen keeper Martin Fraisl made a meal out of Ken Reichel’s 42nd minute cross and allowed Timo Beermann to head it over the hapless keeper and in for 1-0. Bashkim Renneke doubled Osnabrück’s lead just two minutes later with a splendid left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Beermann nearly got a second early in the second half, but headed over. Kevin Behrens pulled one back for Sandhausen at the other end in the 61st minute and teammate Robin Scheu was denied by the crossbar moments later. Lila-Weiß doggedly held on to the final whistle, maintaining their 6-match unbeaten run to begin the season.
Paderborn 3 – Regensburg 1 (Saturday, October 31 – Benteler-Arena)
Paderborn grabbed their second win in three matches and handed Regensburg their first defeat of the season.
Regensburg keeper Alexander Meyer effectively gave Paderborn the lead in the 20th minute, when he charged off his line after Julian Justvan’s lofted free kick. He didn’t get to it, which gave center-back Uwe Hünemeier an empty neat to calmly head into. Regensburg struck back almost immediately however, with Sebastian Stolze squaring to Andreas Albers who tapped in from close range.
Marco Terrazzino was in the right place at the right time in the 62nd minute, when Dennis Srbeny’s deflected cross made it all the way across the box to the substitute, who slotted home coolly at the back post. Hünemeier sealed the result in the 79th minute when he notched his second headed goal of the day.
Braunschweig 3 – Nürnberg 2 (Saturday, October 31 – Eintracht-Stadion)
Braunschweig seized their second win of the season in the final moments against Nürnberg.
Danilo Wiebe scored the goal of the weekend with a 30-yard cracker into the top corner in the 21st minute to give the hosts the lead. Der Club struck back 10 minutes later through Pascal Köpke*, who expertly controlled a long-ball forward and dinked it past ex-Nürnberg keeper Felix Dornebusch.
*If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Pascal is the son of former Nürnberg and Germany star, and current Germany goalkeeping coach, Andreas Köpke
Köpke struck again in the 42nd getting on the end of a cross at the back post, only for Braunschweig’s Martin Kobylański to level things once more in the 52nd minute. It stayed even until second half stoppage time, when Nürnberg’s Lukas Mühl tripped Lasse Schlüter in the box as the Braunschweig player looked the cut the ball back. Nick Proschwitz made no mistake from the spot and gave Braunschweig the win.
Greuther Fürth 4 – Hannover 1 (Sunday, November 1 – Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer)
Fürth made it two wins in a row with a dominant home display against Hannover.
This one was all Kleeblätter from the opening whistle, as Hannover would only manage 1 shot on target in the whole 90 minutes. Keeper Michael Esser was under siege all day and managed to keep Fürth out for the opening 22 minutes. But when Julian Green pushed home a loose ball in the box to finally give his side the lead, it was all downhill from there for Die Roten.
Paul Seguin made it two just four minutes after Green’s opener. Hannover tried to push forward in the second half, but that left them susceptible to the counter, which Fürth executed to perfection in the 52nd minute, Branimir Hrgota getting the goal. Hendrik Weydandt did manage to convert on Hannover’s lone shot on target in the 58th minute, but Hrgota put whatever hopes Die Roten had to bed ten minutes later and restored Kleeblätter’s three goal cushion.
Bochum 3 – Würzburger 2 (Sunday, November 1 – flyeralarm Arena)
The lone goal of the second half was enough to lift visiting Bochum over struggling Würzburger.
The hosts grabbed a 7th minute lead through striker Ridge Munsy, but Bochum struck back with two goals in the span of 10 minutes. Soma Novothny grabbed the first by dispossessing Würzburger center-back Douglas in his own half and Danilo Soares gave Bochum the lead in the 32nd minute with a nifty finish.
Patrick Sontheimer levelled things for Würzburger only moments after going behind, smashing through a sea of bodies after Bochum failed to clear a corner. But Bochum proved to be too much for the hosts, and Simon Zoller put them back in front in the 73rd minute. That was where it finished, leaving Würzburger still winless on the season.
Darmstadt 4 – Karlsruher 3 (Sunday, November 1 – Wildparkstadion)
The match of the weekend featured four lead changes and a last-minute winner.
Tobias Kempe’s mis-hit dribbler somehow managed to sneak inside the post to give Darmstadt a 9th minute lead. KSC’s Philipp Hofmann equalized in the 22nd minute, after keeper Marcel Schuhen spilled his initial shot. Hofmann hit the post in the 43rd minute, only for KSC to be awarded a penalty when Nicolai Rapp’s high boot caught the striker in the face. Marvin Wanitzek converted from the spot to give Karlsruher the lead at the half.
Victor Pálsson’s diving header tied the match in the 65th minute and Serdar Dursun put Darmstadt back in front on 77 minutes with a header from Kempe’s corner. But Hofmann wasn’t done, and he reacted fastest to a loose ball and bashed home KSC’s third in the 81st minute, tying things once more.
But unfortunately for KSC, Christoph Kobald left his arm extended in the box and it stopped Erich Berko’s stoppage time effort, necessitating a penalty. It looked to be inadvertent, but Kobald was given a second yellow card and sent off as a result. Kempe stutter-stepped his way to his second goal of the match, and gave Darmstadt the win in an exciting affair.
1. Hamburg – 16 points
2. Bochum – 11 points (+3 GD)
3. Kiel – 11 points (+2 GD)
4. Osnabrück – 10 points
1. Simon Terodde (Hamburg) – 8 goals
T2. Simon Zoller (Bochum) – 4 goals
T2. Serdar Dursun (Darmstadt) – 4 goals
T2. Branimir Hrgota (Fürth) – 4 goals