A look back on another exciting weekend of 3. Liga action.
As matchday 12 concluded in the German third division, supporters were treated to three 5-goal games, an eight-goal thriller, and much more. With just five points separating 2rd and 11th, the 3. Liga shows no signs of settling down just yet. Here's your review and scores from spieltag 12.
Viktoria Berlin 2 - 1 VfL Osnabrück
All of the action in this one came in the first half. The Berliners got off to a flying start when Kapp's stunning 30-yard effort put them 1:0 up after just seven minutes. Coming off the back of three defeats, many wouldn't have held their breath for Osnabrück. However, just six-minutes later, the away side found a way back into the game via Heider. The Lila-Weiß weren't finished there though. Just after the half an hour mark, the boys in purple and black took the lead via a headed effort by Köhler. Having got himself in front of the first man, the midfielder put the ball into the far net where the keeper had no chance. From there, Osnabrück saw the game out and move up to 5th on 20 points. Berlin on the other-hand slip all the way down to 8th.
Eintracht Braunschweig 4 - 2 Borussia Dortmund II
In the Bulinews 3. Liga preview, it was mentioned that this game could see plenty of action and goals. Braunschweig and Dortmund II certainly did not disappoint. In the first 15 minutes of the game, we were treated to three goals! The hosts took the lead courtesy of a Pfanne own goal only for Dortmund II to draw level just two minutes later. As the old saying goes, anything you can do, I can do better. And that's exactly what Braunschweig did. Two minutes after being pegged back, the host were back in front via Henning. Things got even better for Braunschweig just after the hour mark when Henning turned provider for Pena Zauner who put the home side 3-1 up. Dortmund II weren't going to give up without a fight however. with 16 minutes left on the clock, the away side pulled one back through Manloney to step up an interesting finish. An interesting it provided to be as well! Just two minutes from time Dortmund II were awarded a penalty. Boo's echoed around the Eintracht-Stadion who's fans couldn't believe what they were seeing. Up stepped Berken Taz who's effort was saved onto the post by keeper, Jasmin Fejzić, before being cleared to safety by the on-rushing defenders. Queue eruption from the stands. Into added time and Braunschweig put salt into the wounds of the away side with a fourth goal through Kobylanski. The win puts Braunschweig up to 4th, joint level with Dortmund II who stay in 2nd.
Hallescher 2 - 3 Saarbrücken
Both Hallescher and Saarbrücken have both scored and conceded many goals already this season. Was it any wonder that we were treated to a 5-goal thriller on Saturday? On the 25th minute, the boys from the Saarland were awarded a penalty from a dangerous high foot. Grimaldi confidently stepped up and sent the away fans into song with his goal. Halle rallied on and found the equaliser just minutes from the break. The keeper somewhat blindsided by Shcherbakovski shot, spilt the ball into Eberwein's path who gladly put the game level. Halle weren't down there. They took a big advantage just before the half time whistle when Boyd smashed the ball into the roof of the Saarbrücken net. Just four minutes into the second half and Saarbrücken responded with a goal of their own. A well-worked move down the right-hand-side was cut back and smartly converted by Jacob. The right wing of Saarbrücken proved to be a common theme as another move down that side assisted Grimaldi for his second and the away side's winner. It was a fantastic headed effort by the forward who's brace leaves Saarbrücken 3rd and Hallesher 11th.
Kaiserslautern 3 - 0 SC Freiburg II
FCK named it four wins from four in the 3. Liga and scoring 13 goals in the process. In the 12th minute, Götze's shot from the edge of box but the ball beyond the Freiburg keeper and gave the home side a well deserved lead. Freiburg II did have their own chances to draw level though. However, an in-form Raab in the FCK goal made several great saves to keep his team in the lead. In the 48th minute, the hosts doubled their advantage when Freiburg II failed to clear their lines from a corner, leaving Tomiak to put the ball into the roof of the net. The game was put beyond any doubt when Wunderlich scored possibly the best goal of the match from the edge of the box. The ball was cut back from the byline when he hit it first time into the far corner, giving the keeper no chance and sending the FCK faithful into pandemonium. This run of wins has put FCK into 7th place on 18 points and keeps Freiburg II just above the relegation zone.
SC Verl 5 - 3 TSV Havelse
As the scoreline suggest, there wasn't too much defending going on during the Monday night game. It was the away side who took the lead in this one when a scrappy shot from the right-hand-side wasn't cleared but tapped home by Fölster. One thing new boys Havelse have failed to do this season though is to keep their opposition out. Just two minutes later, Verl found themselves level thanks to Putaro who was unmarked inside the six yard box. It was this negative trend that followed for Havelse who then found themselves 2:1 down just another two minutes later. The goal was created with some fine work down the right before Petkov hammered the ball into the net. Just passed the 20 minute mark and things got even better for Verl who were seeking a much needed win. A clever ball through was latched on by Rabihic who took it around the keeper and a defender before laying it off to Putaro who gladly made it 3:1. In the second period and Havelse did try to mount some sort of a comeback but to no avail. Not long after had Damer made it 3:2, the away side were once again pepped back as Schmitt restored verl's two-goal cushion. However, once again, Havelse huffed and puffed before getting themselves back into it for a second time! Fölster's headed effort made it his second of the night and 4:3 with 25 minutes to play. But as we've mentioned before, defending isn't a strong point for either side, especially Havelse. The game was finally put to bed when Schwermann made it 5:3 on the 71st minute. The result keeps Havelse rock bottom on 7 points whilst Verl move up to 12th with 16 points.
The remaining results of spieltag 12 in the 3. Liga were as followed:
FSV Zwickau 3 - 2 MSV Duisburg
A stoppage time winner for the host catapults them into 13th and keeps Duisburg in the relegation places. New MSV manager, Hagen Schmidt, clearly has some worked to do.
SV Meppen 2 - 3 FC Magdeburg
A spirited effort from the home side wasn't enough to stop table-toppers Magdeburg from scoring a winner two minutes from time. The win puts Magdeburg five points clear at the summit, meanwhile, Meppen drop to 14th.
Türkgücü München 1 - 0 SV Wehen Wiesbaden
Despite being down to nine men in the first half, Wiesbaden looked like they were going to hold on for an impressive 0:0 draw. However, an 88th minute strike from Türpitz sealed all three points for the home side. The win puts Türkgücü München into 10th with Wiesbaden just in front of them of goal difference.
Viktoria Köln 1 - 1 Würzburger Kickers
It was honours even in this early season relegation clash. Both goals coming in the first half leaves both sides neither happy or disappointed. It's as you were for both V.Köln and the Kickers.
Matchday 12 in the 3. Liga certainly did not leave football lovers disappointed. A total of 35 goals were scored over the course of all the games and that's without 1860 and Waldhof's match going ahead. The league table is still as close as ever with many twists and turns still to come. Stay tuned for more action from one of Germany's most competitive divisions.