Paderborn storms to the top of the table

Florent Muslija (2nd from right) scored the first goal in Paderborn's win against KSC.  (Image: dpa) Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa

Florent Muslija (2nd from right) scored the first goal in Paderborn’s win against KSC. (Image: dpa)
(Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa)

Paderborn – SC Paderborn started the new season with a brilliant home win and is the first table leader in the 2nd Bundesliga.

Thanks to an outstanding second half, East Westphalia won 5-0 (0-0) against Karlsruher SC and celebrated the long-awaited success in their own stadium. After a weak first half, Florent Muslija scored the deserved success of Paderborn with a penalty kick (56th), Robert Leipertz (65th), Julian Justvan, Felix Platte (72nd) and Sirlord Conteh (75th) in front of 9399 spectators literally rolled over the declining KSC at the end.

Penalty as the initial spark

Coach Lukas Kwasniok’s team struggled at the beginning and showed a weak first half. Karlsruhe appeared self-confident, tried to stop the Paderborn game flow and even had the two best chances through new signing Mikkel Kaufmann (4th) and Cueto (45th + 1).

However, the half-time break and the penalty kick immediately after the restart turned the course of the game upside down. The foul on Platte and the subsequent penalty kick acted as an initial spark on the Paderborn side. Muslija opened the scoring with his lead. Leipertz, Justvan, Platte and Conteh shot themselves warm for the coming opponents against guests who were weakening in terms of strength and defensively becoming weaker.

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