As we said in our preview prior to this weekend’s fixtures, it was a chance for the top 6 to prove themselves against challenging opposition. Some stood up to the challenge, whilst others faltered.
Unfortunately, St Pauli did the latter. The game on Sunday against Eintracht Braunschweig was remarkably poor, and passed almost without any notable incidents. Infact, the most interesting part of the game was the pre-match choreography by ‘Ultra Sankt Pauli, a video of which can be seen here:
It’s clear that St Pauli miss Marius Ebbers, who hopefully be fit for the huge game away against 1860 Munich next Monday evening. Without him the attacking plays seem disjointed and lightweight, it’s no surprise that we barely troubled a defensive minded Braunschweig who were clearly happy to settle for a point.
In the biggest game of the weekend, Paderborn bounced back from two poor performances and results in recent weeks to beat leaders Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2. This put Paderborn back to within a point of top spot, now occupied by Greuther Furth.
Furth have been unstoppable at home recently, scoring an incredible 23 in their past 5 home games. They thumped Bochum 6-2 on Saturday, including a brace for Gerald Asamoah. Furth now lead the table by a point.
The other winners from the top 6 this weekend were 1860 Munich, who continued their brilliant form with a 1-0 victory away to Union Berlin. 1860 Munich have fought their way into the title race with 7 wins and a draw from their last 8 games. They now sit in 6th place, only six points off the top – with an important game in hand, which is against struggling Aue.
The final game involving the top 6 this weekend saw Fortuna Dusseldorf host Aachen – who had become draw specialists of late and were unbeaten in 7 coming into this game, having drawn 5 of those. Dusseldorf on the other hand are struggling, without a win in 5. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the game ended goalless.
Elsewhere, Hansa Rostock lost the vital relegation ‘six-pointer’ at home to Ingolstadt. Rostock were the better side for the majority of the game, but ended up losing 2-1. Dynamo Dresden continued their decent run with a victory of strugglers Duisburg with a 2-0 victory at home. Energie Cottbus pulled away from the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory against Aue. And finally, FSV Frankfurt won the other relegation battle 2-1, with a victory over Karlsruhe.
Here’s the table. Is there a closer league in Europe?
Furth – 47 points
Eintracht Frankfurt – 46 points
St Pauli – 46 points
Paderborn – 46 points
Fortuna Dusseldorf – 45 points
1860 Munich – 41 points (+ game in hand)
Onto next weekend, and a trip to Munich for St Pauli!