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2nd division: Alexander Zorniger remains undefeated with Greuther Fürth

Herbstmeister Darmstadt 98 extended their impressive series to 18 competitive games without defeat on the last day of the first round of the 2nd Bundesliga – but lost the lead over their pursuers. Arminia Bielefeld and 1. FC Nürnberg celebrated important victories.

Coach Torsten Lieberknecht’s team had to settle for a 1-1 (1-1) draw against SpVgg Greuther Fürth despite being outnumbered.

Emir Karic (2nd) scored early for Lilien, who are only two points ahead of Hamburger SV. Fürth, who were relegated to the first division and started with three wins under new coach Alex Zorniger, at least equalized through Damian Michalski (42nd) and passionately defended the point after being sent off against Gideon Jung (yellow-red/48th). The Franconians are in the middle with 20 points.

Darmstadt got off to a great start in front of 15,080 spectators at the Böllenfalltor. After Karic’s crack in the corner, the Hessians withdrew, however, and the Fürth team, who had a miserable start to the season, took control. To equalize, however, the cloverleaf needed a corner kick to Michalski’s head.

Shortly before the change of sides, Armindo Sieb even had the guest lead on his feet, but the in-form junior national player failed at the post. With the dismissal of Jung, the balance of power shifted again. Fürth moved skillfully and passionately.

Bielefeld celebrates Klos – and leaves the direct relegation zone

Arminia Bielefeld, on the other hand, celebrates club icon and record goalscorer Fabian Klos – and manages to move away from the direct relegation places during the winter break. Before the 3-1 (1-0) home win against 1. FC Magdeburg, Klos was honored for his 400th competitive game in Arminia’s dress against Paderborn during the week and sung about it as a “football god” – after that a Bielefeld homegrown player took care of it for a good mood.

Jomaine Consbruch gave the relegated Bundesliga team the lead with his first goal in the second division (30′), Christian Gebauer (65′) and Robin Hack (72′) followed in round two, Tatsuya Ito (73′) scored for the guests. Bielefeld climbed to relegation rank 16 and thus overtook Magdeburg.

Klos is only seven games away from catching up with DSC record player Wolfgang Kneib. The now 69-year-old played in the Arminia goal from 1980 to 1993.

As during the week, the East Westphalians showed themselves to be much improved in the 2-0 win in Paderborn compared to the beginning of the season and started dominantly. Consbruch rounded FCM keeper Dominik Reimann and deliberately pushed the ball into the corner to take the lead.

Magdeburg came out of the break better, but failed several times because of the strong Arminia keeper Martin Fraisl. Gebauer and top scorer Hack made the preliminary decision, Ito’s goal came too late.

1. FC Nuremberg jumps out of the relegation zone

1. FC Nürnberg also avoided spending the winter in the relegation zone. Coach Markus Weinzierl’s team beat SC Paderborn 2-1 (1-0), celebrated their first home win since the beginning of September and jumped into midfield.

Kwadwo Duah lobbed the ball in the 36th minute to put the club ahead. In the second round, the Swiss followed up from a distance (55′), before Julian Justvan reduced the effort (64′). The guests conceded their fourth defeat in a row and lost touch with the leading group. Paderborn’s Marvin Pieringer saw yellow-red shortly before the end (88th).

FCN put in a committed performance in front of 25,527 spectators from the start, but Paderborn also had the chance to take the lead. Keeper Christian Mathenia deflected a shot from the strongest guest player Justvan onto the crossbar (30′). After the goal, East Westphalia pushed for an equaliser, with FCN waiting for the decision.



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