On the 20th matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga, SC Paderborn got off to a disastrous start - but the promotion candidate successfully survived the subsequent peat festival. 1. FC Nürnberg and 1. FC Magdeburg celebrate important victories in the table basement.
Hannover 96 - SC Paderborn 3:4 (2:2)
SC Paderborn continues to be involved in the promotion race in the 2nd Bundesliga. The East Westphalians won 4:3 (2:2) at pursuers Hannover 96 despite a quick clear deficit. The SCP inflicted the third defeat in a row on Lower Saxony in a goal festival. Before the game of the direct competitor 1. FC Kaiserslautern on Sunday, Paderborn took fourth place in the table, Hanover fell back to eighth.
Lower Saxony got off to a dream start against a negligent SCP defense: Cedric Teuchert shocked Paderborn with an early double strike (2nd/4th minute). However, the guests responded quickly through attacker Robert Leipertz (6th), Florent Muslija (26th) equalized with a penalty. After great preliminary work by substitute Maximilian Rohr, Leipertz (55th) deservedly turned the game around. Sirlord Conteh (71st), who also came into the game, increased. Shortly before the end of the game, Maximilian Beier (83.) caused renewed excitement with the home side's third goal.
During the course of the game, Hannover noticed significant weaknesses on the defensive. The year hadn't started well for the '96ers anyway. Against Kaiserslautern (1:3) and at FC St. Pauli (0:2) the team of coach Stefan Leitl conceded two defeats at the beginning of the year.
Holstein Kiel - 1. FC Magdeburg 2: 3 (1: 1)
1. FC Magdeburg caused an exclamation mark in the relegation battle. The promoted team won 3-2 (1-1) at Holstein Kiel despite falling behind twice and has moved up to 15th place with 21 points after 20 games. Daniel Elfadli (44th minute), Herbert Bockhorn (70th) and Moritz Kwarteng (86th) were successful for coach Christian Titz's team. Patrick Erras (33rd) and Fiete Arp (54th) scored for the hosts, who are secured in the middle of the table with 28 points. Kiel dominated the game from the start. Holmbert Fridjonsson (6th/7th) and Timo Becker (14th) had good chances. Midfielder Erras then made it 1-0: Fridjonsson headed in the direction of the Magdeburg goal from a corner, Erras deflected the ball into the net (33').
The guests only really got involved after falling behind and improved from minute to minute. Daniel Heber with a header (37th) and Baris Atik (40th) had opportunities. Elfadi did not deserve an equalizer just before the break (45'). After Kiel took the lead again through substitute Arp (54th), Holstein pressed for the decision. But again Magdeburg showed a reaction. First Bockhorn scored to make it 2-2 (70'). Then Kwarteng finally turned the game around (86'), much to the delight of the numerous Magdeburg fans. In injury time, FCM keeper Dominik Reimann brilliantly saved the first win since November 6, 2022.
1. FC Nürnberg - Jahn Regensburg 1:0 (0:0)
After the acclaimed entry into the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup, 1. FC Nürnberg also achieved an extremely important victory in the league. The Franconians scored three important points in the relegation battle in a 1-0 (0-0) win over Bavarian rivals SSV Jahn Regensburg. For FCN coach Markus Weinzierl (48) it was also a special victory personally because he had started his coaching career in Regensburg.
In a tense game in front of 27,118 spectators in the Max Morlock Stadium, Enrico Valentini provided the highlight of the game in the 56th minute. The full-back hit the right corner of the goal after a poorly cleared corner kick from 18 meters by Jahn defender Sebastian Nachreiner. With 22 points, the Nurembergers set themselves apart from Jahn (19), who has now been without a win for seven games.
Three days after the Nuremberg Cup tour de force against Fortuna Düsseldorfer, the playful element against unsettled Regensburgers largely fell by the wayside. The ball mostly flew around uncontrollably like a pinball. After an offside goal by Regensburg's Kaan Caliskaner (6th), it took until the 34th minute before the "Club" played a counterattack well via Kwadwo Duah. Jahn goalkeeper Jonas Urbig saved Valentini's low shot. After the break, Jahn captain Bnedikt Gimber shot wide of the goal (49th). The "Club" earned the home win.