SSV Ulm dominates the league, promoted SGV Freiberg also lost out. In the second game on Sunday, VfB Stuttgart II won against VfR Aalen.
Working against the ball: VfB Stuttgart (white) beat VfR Aalen.
On Sunday, SGV Freiberg lost 2-0 to SSV Ulm 1846. Freiberg played with commitment against the leaders of the table, so a duel developed at eye level, in which great scoring chances were rare. In the middle of the second half, the “Sparrows” increased the pressure and were rewarded for it. De Sousa acted as the can opener, converting a strong assist from Grözinger to make it 1-0 (74′). On the other side, the Freibergers managed just one aluminum hit. In an intense final phase, the league leaders finally countered the decision: Oelsner got the ball to Schmidts, who had no trouble making it 2-0 (90+2). Ulm remains undefeated in the league.
In the second game on Sunday, VfB Stuttgart II beat VfR Aalen 3-1 at the same time, putting them in fourth place. VfR got off to a good start and promptly took the lead: with the help of VfB keeper Schock, Abruscia made it 1-0 for the guests (2nd). The Stuttgarters first had to collect themselves, then found their game in the course of the first half and equalized with a penalty kick to make it 1-1, Kastanaras was the scorer (30th). After the break, the VfB juniors were superior to the rest of the field, and Boziaris then turned the game in favor of the home team with his attempt from distance (55′). Substitute Drakas made the decision clear in front of keeper Witte with his 3:1 (88th). A deserved success for VfB against too harmless Aalener.
Homburg remains in second place
After poor performances on opposing pitches so far, Kickers Offenbach was allowed to play on their home Bieberer Berg again on Saturday. With second-placed FC 08 Homburg, the Hessians had a hard time drilling in front of 5,499 fans. At first, the OFC came closer to 1:0, but when Mendler started a solo run in the 12th minute and just missed, some home fans blew through. The guests had more chances up until half-time. Even after the restart, Homburg remained dangerous. In the 69th minute, Eisele took a low shot and Richter just got his fingertips on the ball. While the home attacks were usually too imprecise up to that point, Offenbach made it really strong in the 73rd minute: Hermes pushed through on the right flank , put it back in the middle, where Breitenbach shot in from close range to take the lead.
The joy lasted ten minutes, then a harmless-looking free-kick from Perdedaj sailed into the opposing five. Matuwila splashed in between and poked the ball over the line. Goalkeeper Richter and the men in front acted very sleepy here. That’s not all, the guests cheered again in the 86th minute. Richter fended off a ball at Gösweiner’s feet, who thanked him in the style of a goalscorer. The OFC never recovered from this double whammy, and the atmosphere in which the mood is slowly sinking to the temperature of a freezer. Because instead of great promotion ambitions, the DFB Cup winner from 1970 is sinking more and more into gray mediocrity. Homburg, on the other hand, remains second in the table with the win.
The U23s from FSV Mainz 05, who went into the match against FC Rot-Weiss Koblenz as the clear favorites, are also in the top group. And that’s exactly how the Mainz talents went to work. In the 9th minute, Schmidt overcame guest goalkeeper Leonhard with the back of his head. Shortly before the break, the home team won the ball in the opposing half, Bobzien and Jung played a remarkable one-two and the latter pushed the ball into the net to make it 2-0 (43′). The Mainzers were also able to put up with the physically robust gait of the Koblenz team. After an hour, a low shot by Bobzien landed in the goal to make it 3-0. In the previous week, the 05ers gambled away a 2-0 lead against Worms despite their initial superiority, so it was exciting how the 1: 3 – a header from Stark after a corner kick in the 71st minute – strained the nerves of FSV this Saturday should. But this time the young Rheinhessen remained calm, continued their successful style of play and scored the 4:1 after a counterattack through Petö (88th). The guests were already a man down after Zobel was red (81st).
TSV Steinbach Haiger also wants to look up. Fourth in the table played at home against FSV Frankfurt, who hadn’t scored anything away from home so far. It seemed to be the same on Saturday. In the 19th minute, Strujic used a rebound to give TSV the lead, in the 27th minute Korte, who had to be injured before the break, flicked the ball into the net to make it 2-0. But it is also true that this lead was solely due to Steinbach’s merciless efficiency, because Frankfurt had even had a little more of the game up to that point. With an own goal, Kober involuntarily brought excitement back into the game after a good half hour. The equalizer came in the 34th minute, Peters headed in after a corner. At the beginning of the second half, the home side increased, but now the yield was missing. In the 70th minute, the efficiency was finally gone, Tehe headed over the Frankfurt goal from three meters. But even if another Steinbacher lead would have been performance-based, the final whistle showed a 2:2 on the scoreboard.
Eintracht Trier and Wormatia Worms faced each other in the promotion duel. The hosts started the match much better. Kinscher’s long-range shot and König’s shot from the corner of the penalty area were cleared, but in the 19th minute König circled a free kick from a good 20 meters into the net. This gave the home side a bit of confidence, but almost equalized in the 41st minute, but Grimmer fired his shot at Heinz, who heroically threw himself in the shot. Worms invested more from the 60th minute, while Trier could rely on their strong goalkeeper Wieszolek. And offensively, König did his job. After a long ball, the striker pulled in from the wing and put the ball in the goal (72′). The doubts in the camp of the Moselstadt team became smaller and smaller, especially because Worms’ Ferjani had to leave the field in the 77th minute for repeated foul play with yellow-red. The final point was set in the third minute of added time by Wrusch, who was served in an exemplary manner by Debrah after a nice solo run. The home three was Trier’s first win in the league since August 6, when they also celebrated a 3-0 win against Astoria Walldorf in front of their home crowd.
Speaking of FC-Astoria Walldorf: The Walldorf team lost 2-0 to TSG Balingen on Saturday. The Balingen team got going right from the start. Almeida Morais took the lead after a Kuhn assist in the 13th minute. A precise cross from Akkaya was headed in by Vochatzer in the 68th minute for the second and last goal of the afternoon.
With its third win in a row, Bahlinger SC has left all relegation worries behind for the moment. Against TSG Hoffenheim II it took up to the 72nd minute for Novakovic to redeem the home fans. And how! He volleyed a cross from the right and the ball dropped into the far corner. Twelve minutes later, Pepic served Novakovic with a short free-kick, who shot in to make it 2-0.
Kassel further in the deep
It’s not going well for Hessen Kassel: At the start of the 8th matchday on Friday evening there was a 0:3 defeat against the promoted baroque city of Fulda. The battered home team was given a cold shower early on: Reinhard headed the 1-0 for the guests with an arc lamp (6th) – it was the first chance in the game. Durna only hit the crossbar on the other side, but it wasn’t enough for more in the first round. Immediately after the restart, another blow to the neck shocked the home team: a penalty was awarded after a foul on Pomnitz, and Grösch converted it to make it 2-0 for the guests (49th).
As a result, Kassel lacked the ideas and means to make the game exciting again. Fulda was initially able to manage the result and made it even clearer towards the end of the game: Wüst countered the 3-0 into the net (74th) – an efficient performance by the promoted team, who initially climbed to fourth place. Hessen Kassel remains bottom of the table without a win,