No unbeaten or winless teams remain after Matchday 8. Here are the results:
Düsseldorf 1 – Sandhausen 0 (Saturday, November 21 – Merkur Spiel-Arena)
It took nearly an hour, but Düsseldorf eventually took a deserved home win over Sandhausen.
A dull first half produced as many fouls as chances, but Düsseldorf took control of the match in the second half. The pressure paid off in the 58th minute, when Kevin Danso drew a foul from Aleksandr Zhirov in the box and was awarded a penalty. Rouwen Hennings duly dispatched the spot kick to give Düsseldorf the lead.
Sandhausen did well to hold the hosts to just one, whereas they were impotent at the other end of the pitch, failing to put a single shot on target throughout the whole 90 minutes.
Paderborn 2 – St Pauli 0 (Saturday, November 21 – Benteler-Arena)
Paderborn have hit their stride in recent weeks, scoring their fourth win in five matches.
St Pauli had a golden opportunity to take the lead early after VAR awarded them a penalty for handball in the 19th minute, but Rodrigo Zalazar put the spot kick too close to keeper Leopold Zingerle, who saved with his legs. Zalazar then compounded his mistake by conceding a penalty at the other end of the pitch 20 minutes later. Robin Himmelmann saved Dennis Srbeny’s shot, but the rebound went right back to Srbeny, who tapped in to give the hosts the lead.
Paderborn turned up the wick in the second half and Dortmund loanee Chris Führich doubled their advantage in the 56th minute. The hosts ultimately proved too much for Kiezkicker and ran out the winners in convincing fashion.
Holstein Kiel 2 – Heidenheim 2 (Saturday, November 21 – Holstein-Stadion)
A late collapse allowed Heidenheim to steal an away point from Kiel, who had controlled the match.
Die Störche were able to break through late in the first half when Alexander Mühling’s run into the box resulted in Heidenheim defender Jonas Föhrenbach putting the ball past his own keeper for a 1-0 Kiel lead. Norman Theuerkauf made things much harder for the visitors when he gave away a penalty after the hour mark. Mühling scored in the top corner and put Kiel two-nil up.
But Heidenheim were given a late reprieve when VAR adjudged Kiel captain Hauke Wahl to have handled the ball in the box following a Heidenheim corner. This resulted in a penalty that Christian Kühlwetter converted in the 87th minute.
Then things went from bad to worse when Kiel’s Johannes van den Bergh was given a straight red card for a challenge on Kühlwetter in stoppage time. Kühlwetter then struck home the equalizer in the goalmouth scramble that resulted from the subsequent free kick and gave Heidenheim a precious point.
Karlsruher 3 – Braunschweig 1 (Saturday, November 21 – Eintracht-Stadion)
A clinical performance from Karlsruher gave them an away win over Braunschweig.
KSC took the lead in the 14th minute when Braunschweig center-back Robin Ziegele deflected Kyoung Rok Choi’s long-range effort past keeper Felix Dornebusch. Marvin Wanitzek then made it 2-0 just four minutes later with a curling free kick from just outside the box.
Nick Proschwitz pulled one back for Braunschweig in the 31st minute with a splendid long-range strike, but Kyoung put the match out of reach in the 63rd minute with a side-footed effort at the back post. Kyoung’s strike and Wanitzek’s free kick were ultimately the only two shots on target KSC recorded during the whole match, but they were enough to give them the win.
Bochum 3 – Hamburg 1 (Sunday, November 22 – Volksparkstadion)
After beginning the season with 5 straight victories, Hamburg are now winless in their last 3 after suffering their first loss of the season against Bochum.
The visitors were on the front foot from the get go. Simon Zoller and Robert Žulj both spurned good chances in the first half before teammate Robert Tesche won a penalty off HSV keeper Sven Ulreich just after the half hour mark. Žulj made up for his earlier miss and converted from the spot to give Bochum the lead.
Hamburg managed to claw their way level in the second half when Bochum’s Maxim Leitsch fouled Aaron Hunt in the box on a free kick. Simon Terodde added to his league leading goal tally and tied the match at one. But despite their new lease on life, HSV couldn’t stop Bochum when they needed to.
Moments after Zoller struck the post on a counter, Danny Blum caught Ulreich off his line and curled in a long-range lob to put the visitors back in front on 78 minutes. Substitute Raman Chibsah rounded out the scoring four minutes later, giving Bochum a well-earned win.
Erzgebirge 3 – Darmstadt 0 (Sunday, November 22 – Erzgebirgsstadion)
The Erzgebirgesstadion remains an imposing fortress for away teams to overcome, as Darmstadt discovered to their detriment.
Pascal Testroet scored the opener after just 7 minutes, heading in from a John-Patrick Strauß free kick from the right. The striker would be the danger man for the hosts all day and he narrowly missed a second header later in the half. Darmstadt meanwhile, couldn’t put their few chances on target and struggled to get things going in the attacking third.
Erzgebirge took a two-nil lead early in the second half after Calogero Rizzuto’s shot struck Darmstadt’s Lars Lukas Mai on the arm just inside the penalty area. Testroet scored from the spot in the 56th minute to extend Erzgebirge’s lead. Testroet nearly bagged a hat trick moments later, but could only strike the crossbar on the counter. Instead, it was substitute Dimitrij Nazarov who scored the final goal in second half stoppage time, capping off a big win for the hosts.
Würzburger 2 – Hannover 1 (Sunday, November 22 – flyeralarm Arena)
It took 8 matches, and two managerial changes, but Würzburger finally notched their first win of the campaign at the expense of Hannover.
Die Roten actually took the lead in the 17th minute when Marvin Ducksch’s header was deflected in by Würzburger’s Ridge Munsy. But it was the hosts that looked the better side in the first half; they just lacked the final touch to capitalize on their chances.
That changed in the second half. Hannover let a long ball forward in the 53rd minute fall to Munsy who took a touch and slid the ball past keeper Michael Esser into the far corner for the equalizer. Würzburger then executed a brilliant counter later in the match, with David Kopacz scoring with a sublime finish to give them the lead. Patrick Sontheimer almost made it three for the hosts, but was denied by Esser.
Nevertheless, it was enough to give Würzburger and new manager Bernhard Trares three points, at last.
Greuther Fürth 3 – Regensburg 1 (Sunday, November 22 – Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer)
It’s 4 wins in a row for Fürth after they dispatched visiting Regensburg.
Kleeblätter grabbed the lead in just the 3rd minute, when Regensburg failed to clear a corner and Paul Jaeckel raced under it to head in off the bar from close range. Fürth had several chances to go further ahead, but couldn’t put the ball in the net in any of them. This allowed Regensburg to level things in the 33rd minute, when Benedikt Saller’s long-range shot struck Jaeckel’s chest and bounced in past keeper Sascha Burchert.
But Fürth proved too much for Regensburg in the second half. Paul Seguin continued his hot streak to begin the season and put Kleeblätter back out in front in the 56th minute. Julian Green then curled a beautiful free kick in off the far post 7 minutes later to give Fürth a two goal lead they would not relinquish.
Nürnberg 4 – Osnabrück 1 (Monday, November 23 – Stadion an der Bremer Brücke)
Nürnberg snapped Osnabrück’s unbeaten run to begin the season with a comprehensive victory.
After having a 4th minute goal ruled out due to offside, Manuel Schäffler grabbed the opener in the 25th minute from an Enrico Valentini cross from the right. Fabian Nürnberger followed up the striker’s efforts just 4 minutes later, doubling the visitors’ advantage and when Felix Lohkemper made it 3-0 just before the break, Der Club were firmly in control.
Lila-Weiß didn’t offer a lot going forward throughout the match and Nürnberg effectively put the result to bed when Schäffler notched his second of the match in the 71st minute. Sebastian Kerk scored Osnabrück’s lone goal in second half stoppage time, but that was little consolation to the hosts, who were thoroughly beaten on the day.
1. Hamburg – 17 points
2. Fürth – 15 points
3. Paderborn – 14 points (+7 GD)
4. Bochum – 14 points (+3 GD)
1. Simon Terodde (Hamburg) – 9 goals
T2. Paul Seguin (Fürth) – 5 goals
T2. Dennis Srbeny (Paderborn) – 5 goals
T2. Christian Kühlwetter (Heidenheim) – 5 goals