Plenty of thrills and spills in the 2. Bundesliga as on Saturday it was wins for the home teams as HSV defeated Heidenheim, Karlsruhe comfortably defeat an out-of-sorts Nürnberg team, and Paderborn and Dresden battle to a stalemate.
SSV Jahn Regensburg 2-3 FC St. Pauli
Regensburg gave themselves a mountain to climb after early goals from Etienne Amenyido and Gudio Burgstaller put St. Pauli in the driving seat to end their poor run of form. The first goal was poor marking from Jahn as Amenyido was left wide-open to start the scoring. Then, Regensburg keeper Alex Meyer fouled Amenyido in the penalty area, Burgstaller netted his 16th goal of the season. On 56 minutes, Andreas Albers thought he’d given Jahn a lifeline with a goal from a corner, but the 2-goal-lead was restored with Daniel-Kofi Kyereh’s goal just 10 minutes later. Jahn would fight back, and an Albers header found David Otto to make the match 2-3. After St. Pauli’s recent dropping points from winning positions, this was to be a real test for Timo Schulz’ sides resolve. That test was, just about, passed. After 15 Jahn Regensburg attempts in the second half, St. Pauli went on to win after 5 games of disappointing results.
Hamburger SV 2-0 Heidenheim
If you would’ve told Hamburger SV fans that their team had beaten three promotion battlers in the last three games, they would finally believe. For the first time this season, HSV were in the top 2 for a couple of hours, only until their neighbors St. Pauli narrowly defeated Jahn Regensburg. A sold-out Volksparkstadion witnessed a very close game between HSV and Heidenheim, a match which didn’t see its first goal until the 63rd minute. Alidou’s original effort was parried by Müller and fell to Sonny Kittel for a simple tap-in. HSV doubled their lead with a penalty, Bakery Jatta was fouled and Kittel’s double sealed the three points for Die Rothosen. HSV continue unbeaten at home this season while Heidenheim’s lackluster away record drags on.
Karlsruher SC 4-1 FC Nuremberg
After respective disappointments in their recent games (Karlsruhe losing 2-0 to Sandhausen, Nürnberg beaten 5-0 by Ingolstadt) this match was to see who would respond the better. The question was answered quite fantastically: Karlsruher SC. Even after Johannes Geis’ goal on 29 minutes which gave Nürnberg the lead, Karlsruhe dominated affairs. Phillip Hofmann’s half-volley kick-started the Kalrsruhe onslaught, which resulted in another three goals. Benjamin Goller netted on 55 minutes, Hofmann gave KSC a 3-1 lead just 4 minutes later. The win would be capped off with a Marvin Wanitzek penalty just before full-time. Exceptional performances from Philipp Hofmann, Marvin Wanitzek, Benjamin Goller, Philip Heise and Marco Theide spurred KSC on to their first victory in five 2. Bundesliga matches. As for FCN, they have conceded 9 goals in their last two league games, and face the Sport 1 cameras for a Topspiel slot next weekend.
SC Paderborn 0-0 Dynamo Dresden
Elsewhere in the league, there were to be no goals at the Benteler-Arena as Paderborn and Dynamo Dresden battled. Paderborn did dominate the match with 19 efforts, but they couldn’t score and Dresden take a well-needed point back home.