Düsseldorf (dpa) – Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1. FC Heidenheim are firmly in the running for promotion to the second round of the German Bundesliga. On the other hand, long-time sovereign SC Paderborn slipped out of the promotion ranks on Saturday with a 0:3 (0:1) in 1. FC Heidenheim.
Jan-Niklas Beste (min. 35/90+1) and Dennis Tomala (76) netted Heidenheim’s deserved win thus bypassing SCP for third in the standings table. After 15 games with 27 points, the Frank Schmidt-managed side is one point ahead of the East Westphalians, who have not won for the third time in a row.
Only Fortuna leads from the back, who celebrated their fourth straight win in a 1-0 (1-0) win over FC St. Pauli and is now fifth on points with Paderborn. Former St. Pauli striker Rowan Hennings (22) capped coach Daniel Theon’s first win over Hamburg. St. Pauli have not won since their furious 3-0 derby win over Hamburg on October 14 and are gradually getting bogged down in relegation trouble with 15 points. St. Pauli also weakened himself on Saturday, as Betim Vazligi headed David Konaki and saw a red card.
In front of 36,430 enthusiastic spectators in Düsseldorf, Fortuna fought with passion and achieved victory over time. Fortuna is still missing six potential regular players.
In addition, Karlsruher SC is sliding further and further down the table after its third consecutive loss. The Badners also lost to Holstein Kiel 1:4 (0:2). The North Germans, who managed to get to the first third of the table, benefited from a special goal by Tim Braithaupt (16th place). In addition to this, Kwasi Ukiere, Reddt (30/90 +2) and Fabian Reis (67) succeeded. KSC, for whom only Simon Raab (72) scored, is stuck in midfield six points behind Kiel and 17 points behind. KSC played the last stage with only ten men, as Stefan Ambrosius had to leave the field injured and coach Christian Eichner had already changed five times.
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