Paderborn uses the last chance: Fortuna first with chaos, then with a reward

Paderborn uses last chance
Fortuna first with chaos, then with reward

Now the 2nd Bundesliga is back from the long winter break. At the restart, Fortuna Düsseldorf initially makes its fans despair – and then cheer. 1. FC Magdeburg is resisting for a long time, but now 18th place is threatened. SC Paderborn only gets through very late in Karlsruhe.

Karlsruher SC – SC Paderborn 0: 1 (0: 0)

SC Paderborn won the crisis duel to restart the 2nd Bundesliga with a last-minute goal. Ostwestfalen won 1-0 (0-0) at Karlsruher SC and thus celebrated their first win in five league games and since October last year. Striker Robert Leipertz only scored the winning goal in injury time (90+2).

Under the eyes of 15,151 spectators in the Karlsruhe wildlife park, including 2,000 Paderborners who traveled with them, the guests of coach Lukas Kwasniok got more out of the game overall. Leipertz failed twice in the first half within a few minutes – first to KSC keeper Marius Gersbeck (21st), then his header was taken back for offside (23rd).

Neither team made much progress in the second half either. KSC had the best chance, but Marvin Wanitzek was unable to punish a bad pass from Paderborn’s defender Uwe Hünemeier, and was saved free-standing by Paderborn’s keeper Jannik Huth (73′). In added time, the guests managed to score the decisive goal.

With 29 points, Paderborn is keeping up with the promotion ranks and is only four points behind third place. Karlsruhe, on the other hand, continues to fall into the crisis, is now without a win in seven games and, with 18 points, is only one point ahead of a direct relegation zone.

Fortuna Dusseldorf – 1. FC Magdeburg 3: 2 (2: 1)

At the start of the second half of the season, Fortuna Düsseldorf again took a cautious look at the promotion places. One day after the contract extension with coach Daniel Thioune, the Rhinelanders defeated 1. FC Magdeburg 3-2 (2-1) and reduced the gap to the relegation rank to four points for the time being.

Dawid Kownacki with a brace (9th and 34th) and Shinta Appelkamp (84th) scored the goals for the former Bundesliga club, who had not given up their goal of promotion despite a disappointing seventh place during the winter break. Moritz Kwarteng (6th and 59th) also scored twice for newly promoted Magdeburg.

Kownacki was the center of attention from the first few minutes. The Pole was knocked off his feet by Cristiano Piccini on the edge of the penalty area, referee Frank Willenborg decided on a penalty after looking at the video images – Kownacki took the initiative himself and shot wide of the goal (5th). Less than a minute later, Magdeburg took the lead as chaos reigned in Fortuna’s defence.

Kownacki headed in from an Appelkamp corner and equalized just three minutes later. Shortly before his opening goal, his header also went wide of the left post after a corner kick. Seconds later, the 25-year-old scored after a mistake by Daniel Heber.

After the change of sides, Düsseldorf did not use its superiority at first, Magdeburg equalized. But in the end Fortuna cheered.

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