After several upsets in Matchday 10, Matchday 11 featured many wins by favorites. Here are the results:
Bochum 3 – Paderborn 0 (Friday, December 11 – Vonovia Ruhrstadion)
Three rapid fire goals in the second half propelled Bochum to a deserved win over Paderborn.
Keepers Manuel Riemann and Leopold Zingerle were on form early in the first half as both sides created several good scoring opportunities. Over the final 20 minutes of the half however, things slowed down considerably and it remained scoreless at the half.
Bochum took control of the match across a 7-minute interval in the latter half. Gerrit Holtmann used some fancy footwork to elude 3 Paderborn defenders and set up teammate Robert Žulj, who opened the scoring in the 54th minute with a curled effort. The Austrian doubled his side’s lead from the penalty spot 6 minutes later after Simon Zoller was hauled down in the box by Paderborn’s Uwe Hünemeier.
Zoller nabbed Bochum’s third himself just one minute later and this effectively put the result to bed, although Bochum could’ve easily had more if not for Zingerle’s late heroics to keep out substitute Silvère Ganvoula M’boussy.
Greuther Fürth 3 – Sandhausen 0 (Friday, December 11 – BWT-Stadion am Hardtwald)
Fürth got back on track against Sandhausen after suffering defeat in Matchday 10.
After jaded opening half hour where neither side could figure out a way through the other, Kleeblätter seized control of the match around the 30-minute mark. Julian Green volleyed home Marco Meyerhöfer’s cross from the right to give the visitors the lead. Jamie Leweling, given a rare start in place of Branimir Hrgota, added a second just 3 minutes later.
Sandhausen were able to create some chances late in the first half, but as time went on, Fürth’s superiority became evident. Substitute Dickson Abiama scored his first goal for the club in the 87th minute to seal the 3 points for his side.
Hamburg 2 – Darmstadt 1 (Saturday, December 12 – Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor)
Hamburg nearly Hamburged again, but managed to pull out a desperately needed win against 10-man Darmstadt, snapping a 5-match winless run.
The first half featured more yellow cards than chances, including one doled out to HSV keeper Sven Ulreich who got a little too testy with the referee. Darmstadt’s defensive woes didn’t appear to be surfacing in this match, but instead they were undone by a mistake by their star striker. Serdar Dursun handled the ball following an Aaron Hunt free kick in the 70th minute and conceded a penalty, which Simon Terodde dispatched for his 10th goal of the season.
Darmstadt’s Patrick Herrmann picked up a second yellow card in the 74th minute and it seemed like Hamburg would cruise from then on, but then from seemingly nowhere Tobias Kempe volleyed home an equalizer in the 78th minute. Fortunately for HSV, Terodde wasn’t about to let them drop points this time, and his cheeky flick inside the near post in the 87th minute put them back in front for good.
Heidenheim 1 – Hannover 0 (Saturday, December 12 – Voith-Arena)
Heidenheim beat Hannover to take their second consecutive 1-0 win and third straight overall.
The hosts were on the front foot early on, with Robert Leipertz, Christian Kühlwetter, and Patrick Schmidt all having chances in the first 20 minutes. It was Kühlwetter who finally broke through in the 20th minute, picking up a loose ball in the center of the Hannover box and scoring in the bottom right corner.
Hannover managed to keep Heidenheim at bay for the remainder of the first half, but the second half was a slow death by strangulation at the hands of the hosts, who gave Die Roten few chances to equalize. And Hannover ultimately couldn’t do much with their few chances, failing to put a single shot on target the whole 90 minutes. Heidenheim duly saw out the match and climbed further up the table.
Holstein Kiel 3 – Regensburg 2 (Saturday, December 12 – Jahnstadion Regensburg)
Kiel erased a first half deficit on the road and outran Regensburg to stay top of the table.
A stuttering opening 15 minutes gave way to an action packed following 20. Albion Vrenezi put Regensburg ahead in the 17th minute with a long-range effort with his left foot. Kiel’s Lee Jae-sung levelled things in the 33rd minute by heading in Fin Bartels’ cross from the left. The South Korean international scored again 5 minutes later, again assisted by Bartels at the end of a fast break.
Lee would turn provider in the second half, setting up Bartels to score Kiel’s third on 66 minutes. Regensburg were never really out of things, but couldn’t put enough shots on target to threaten Die Störche. Substitute Jan-Niklas Beste did manage to score a second for the hosts in stoppage time, but by then it was too late. Kiel duly saw out the remaining seconds and took a deserved win.
Düsseldorf 2 – Karlsruher 1 (Sunday, December 13 – Wildparkstadion)
Düsseldorf seem to be making a habit of winning ugly, hanging on to defeat hosts Karlsruher despite a man disadvantage.
KSC were the better side on the whole, but they went behind in the 12th minute when Düsseldorf’s Luka Krajnc headed in from Edgar Prib’s corner. The remainder of the first half was fairly static and the second half started almost identical to the first. Karlsruher missed their chances and Düsseldorf scored at the other end, this time courtesy of Kristoffer Peterson.
It looked as if Düsseldorf would hang on, but then 20 minutes from time, keeper Florian Kastenmeier brought down KSC’s Daniel Gordon in the box and, after a VAR check, a penalty was awarded and Kastenmeier was given his marching orders. Philipp Hofmann scored the penalty and all of sudden, KSC were on the front foot.
But try as they might, KSC couldn’t find an equalizer from open play over the remaining minutes and their 5-match winning streak came to an unceremonious end. Düsseldorf on the other hand, gratefully escaped with the points.
Osnabrück 2 – Braunschweig 0 (Sunday, December 13 – Eintracht-Stadion)
Osnabrück scored an easy win over a largely hapless Braunschweig side.
A 3rd minute goal from Sebastian Kerk put Lila-Weiß ahead and they would not relinquish their hold on the match the whole way. Braunschweig were fortunate not to concede further goals in the half thanks to some acrobatic work by keeper Jasmin Fejzić.
Braunschweig ultimately became the second side in the weekend to fail to put a shot on target and when Osnabrück finally made it 2-0 in the 65th minute through substitute Maurice Multhaup, that was essentially all she wrote. It was ultimately very easy for the visitors, who continue their strong start to the season, while Braunschweig lavishes down in 16th place.
Nürnberg 2 – Würzburger 1 (Sunday, December 13 – Max-Morlock-Stadion)
Nürnberg left it extremely late, but managed to find a late winner against bottom-side Würzburger.
Both sides traded chances over the opening half hour or so, with neither able to find the back of the net. Finally, Nürnberg striker Manuel Schäffler had enough of the profligacy and put his side ahead with a thumping header in the 36th minute. Der Club almost went 2-0 up immediately after, but Fabian Giefer stopped Felix Lohkemper’s effort. Dominic Baumann then hit the post for Würzburger at the other end just before the half.
Baumann made up for his earlier miss by tying the score in the 56th minute off a corner. The points were there for the taking over the final half hour, but neither side could seem to find a breakthrough until stoppage time. It was center-back Asger Sørensen who provided the winner for Nürnberg, heading in Johannes Geis’ corner to give the hosts the win and the 3 points.
St Pauli 2 – Erzgebirge Aue 2 (Sunday, December 13 – Millerntor-Stadion)
Erzgebirge surrendered a late two-goal lead, allowing St Pauli to salvage a point at home.
Kiezkicker’s Philipp Ziereis struck the woodwork with a 2nd minute header, which allowed Erzgebirge to take the lead on 10 minutes through Pascal Testroet. The visitors were on the front foot for the remainder of the first half, although St Pauli did cause some concern near the break from some set pieces.
Erzgebirge were content to sit back and play the counter in the final 45 minutes and they finally grabbed a 2nd in the 78th minute when Florian Krüger caught keeper Robin Himmelmann off his line and lobbed the ball over him. But substitute Max Dittgen pulled one back for St Pauli just 3 minutes later and Erzgebirge ultimately couldn’t hang on as Simon Makienok pounced on a rebound after James Lawrence’s header struck the post in the 89th minute, and scored the equalizer.
1. Kiel – 22 points
2. Fürth – 21 points
3. Bochum – 20 points (+9 GD)
4. Hamburg – 20 points (+5 GD)
15. Sandhausen – 11 points (-9 GD)
16. Braunschweig – 11 points (-13 GD)
17. St Pauli – 8 points
18. Würzburger – 4 points
1. Simon Terodde (Hamburg) – 11 goals
2. Christian Kühlwetter (Heidenheim) – 9 goals
T3. Serdar Dursun (Darmstadt) – 7 goals
T3. Robert Žulj (Bochum) – 7 goals