The 1. FC Cologne has at least for one night taken the lead of the table in the 2. soccer Bundesliga. The relegated won to the prelude of the sixth matchday at the still victorious SV Sandhausen 2:0 (1:0) and made amends for the 3:5 home defeat against SC Paderborn last Sunday. With 13 points, FC took the lead ahead of Hamburger SV (12) and Greuther Fürth (11).
Louis Schaub (45th) with an artistic side-fall puller and Simon Terodde (54th) with his eighth goal of the season scored for the Cologne team, who had also won the last match in Sandhausen in February 2014 1-0.
On Sunday, the HSV (against Regensburg) and Fürth (in Heidenheim) can pass Cologne again, already on Saturday the VfL Bochum (in Kiel) and Darmstadt 98 (in Dresden), both with ten points, have the chance to first place. Sandhausen (2) is 17th and would already be new tail light with a draw of the MSV Duisburg on Sunday against Aue.
“We know that we got too many goals, and we know that we can defend it better”, Cologne coach Markus had said at the beginning before the kick-off at Sky, and in fact the guests stood in front of 13,237 spectators in the Hardtwaldstadion safer than against Paderborn. However, the SVS also defended its goal for a long time sovereign, only an unnecessary ball loss shortly before the break finally led to the worth seeing leading goal by Schaub.
In the second half Sandhausen showed himself further engaged, but harmless. Cologne had everything under control at the latest after Teroddes goal.
INGOLSTADT – ST. PAULI 0:1 (0:0)
St. Pauli prevailed at the former club of coach Markus Kauczinski with 1:0 (0:0). After a 6-0 defeat in Bochum, Ingolstadt thus experienced the next matchday forgetting, is 13th with only five points and also lost Konstantin Kerschbaumer (77th) with a yellow-red card. St. Pauli climbed to seventh place with nine points.
The substitute Ryo Miyaichi, who had not played in a second league game since May 2017 due to injuries, saved the Paulians in the 82nd minute. After a high ball from substitute Ersin Zehir, Japan’s opponent Benedikt Gimber sent off the ball and headed it into the goal before Marco Knaller.
The first half was marked by inaccuracies and small fouls. Both teams did not play any compelling goal chances. The hosts, whose coach Stefan Leitl has been criticized since the debacle against Bochum at the latest, have to wait for their second win of the season.
Thomas Pledl had the best chance in the 59th minute for the Ingolstadters, who had to play from the 77th minute on inferior after Kerschbaumer was put off the field, but his header after Paulo Otavio’s cross went just over the goal of guestkeeper Robin Himmelmann. For the Kiezkicker it was the first victory after three consecutive defeats. Read this if you want to know more about Grand Ivy.