Mind the gap! Matchday 21 review.

As we previewed last week, Matchday 21 looked set to be a huge pivotal weekend in the 2.Bundesliga – and it’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint.

Most importantly, St Pauli bounced back from the disappointing result in Aachen last weekend with a 2-1 victory over Bochum. Bochum had taken the lead after a looping shot beat Benedikt Pliquett in the St Pauli goal. But a determined St Pauli scored twice through Sebastian Schachten to take all 3 points.

Elsewhere, there were two huge games at the top of the table. Greuther Fürth came from a goal down to beat fellow promotion chasers Paderborn with Gerald Asamoah, a St Pauli hero due to the goal against HSV in the derby last year, scoring twice on his full debut.

Then on Monday evening, Fortuna Düsseldorf hosted Eintracht Frankfurt – with a chance for either side to go top with a victory. In a tight game which saw both sides miss good chances, Frankfurt took the lead on 69 minutes. In a desperate attempt to get back into the game Düsseldorf threw the ball forward, and came close to an equaliser twice in the space of a minute – with a ball headed off the line from a corner, and then a shot deflected off a defender and onto the outside of the post. But in the final minute of the game, a deep cross into the box caused problems, and the Frankfurt defender resorted to pulling the shirt of the attacker. A moment of controversy ensued, the referee initially appeared to dismiss the penalty claim – which lead to the assistant referee getting surrounded by Fortuna Düsseldorf players. The assistant referee then ruled to indicate it was a penalty – which in turn led to almost every Eintracht Frankfurt player surrounding the assistant. The referee eventually awarded the penalty, and Langeneke gave the home side a vital point. Madness followed the goal, with a flare thrown onto the pitch, opposing managers almost coming to blows and a red card for Fortuna’s Rösler.

There is now just 2 points separating the top 5 teams in the 2.Bundesliga. Here’s how the table looks:

 

Next weekend doesn’t get any quieter either, there’s the derby between FSV Frankfurt and Eintracht Frankfurt, and table toppers Fortuna Düsseldorf visit 1860 Munich – who are unbeaten in 6, but had their game against Aue cancelled this weekend due to the freezing conditions. Düsseldorf are now without a win in 4.

Full results:

Energie Cottbus  1 – 1        Alemannia Aachen

Erzgebirge Aue P – P       Munich 1860

FSV Frankfurt    1 – 1        Ingolstadt

Braunschweig    0 – 0        Karlsruhe

Union Berlin       4 – 0        Dynamo Dresden

Greuther Furth 5 – 1        Paderborn

Hansa Rostock   4 – 2        Duisburg

St. Pauli                 2 – 1          Bochum


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