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2.Bundesliga MD32: SC Paderborn v SC Freiburg

A win for Freiburg would see them confirm their return to the Bundesliga. All that stood between them and their return was 17th placed Paderborn. I wrongly though they wouldn’t pose any significant problems, well I was certainly wrong about that. They more than put up a fight and came close to doing to Freiburg what Gladbach did to Bayern on Saturday, to making them wait for their celebrations. Freiburg needed a little bit of luck but they got there in the end, they may have gotten lucky in this game but luck alone didn’t get them this far. Luck didn’t score that all important first goal or so many of the others they’ve scored this season. It’s kind of fitting in a way that Freiburg confirm their promotion with a win against Paderborn, given that the last time they played they were both Bundesliga teams. At the moment their fates could not be more diametrically opposed with Freiburg returning to the top flight and Paderborn struggling to just stay in the second tier. Despite their very different situations Paderborn made life very difficult for Freiburg and it was not nearly as easy as their last encounter in which they won 4-1 and Nils Petersen scored a hat-trick.

SC Freiburg v SC Paderborn – 2.B MD15 – the complete match

It doesn’t matter that it didn’t go as well as the first encounter. Nor does it matter Paderborn had the better chances in the first half. Well truth is for the first fifteen minutes they had the only chances, because with their defensive discipline they managed to prevent the best offense in the league from even getting a shot on target. There was however little to be worried about, Paderborn couldn’t hold out forever and their discipline was no match for individual quality. There’s no point having all those chances if you’re not going to take them and they didn’t. All that work and they have nothing to show for it. The goal they did get only came about because of an error on Schwolow’s part. As for Freiburg it took until the 23rd minute before they got a decent scoring opportunity and unsurprisingly it was Petersen who got the chance. His shot was nicely hit but unfortunately just off target. They didn’t get many more chances in the remainder of the first half, the one good chance they did get was Philipp on the volley just before the end of the first half. Despite taking a deflection it still proved a little tricky for the keeper but he managed to deal with it. A minute or so later Günter took aim from long range, it wasn’t far off and with them struggling for opportunities then I guess he thought why not.

All in all the first half was most disappointing for Freiburg but the didn’t take long to fix that in the second half. It took just 17 seconds for Mike Frantz to score the opening goal. Whatever the missing piece was, whatever they needed to change or do differently they wasted no time in working it out and putting it into practice. A strong pass from Maximilian Philipp, Frantz took advantage of the slowness of the Paderborn defenders and just like that goal, 1-0 to Freiburg. Evidently their heads were still back in the dressing room. A fact made more apparent when Freiburg scored again just a few minutes later. Though that time they did get a little bit of luck. Paderborn once again caught napping, a defensive error which Petersen was all too keen to take advantage of. He did so and then chipped it over the keeper for what you have to say is a cheeky little goal, I think in fact it may be one of my favourites of the season and not just because it’s the goal which confirmed their return to the Bundesliga, Though you have to admit it’s very fitting that Petersen scored the goal. Even more fitting because he scored last time against Paderborn too, though that time they lost so it’s like putting things right. It’s all too perfect, he scored Freiburg’s last goal in the Bundesliga before relegation and he scores the goal to send them back there: Mike_Frantz_goal_SC_Paderborn_v_SC_FreiburgNils_Petersen_goal_SC_Paderborn_v_SC_FreiburgNo doubt feeling a lot more confident having a 2-0 lead behind them Freiburg looked a lot sharper in the second half and in the 51st minute Grifo came close to making it three. Paderborn however weren’t given up and they were gifted a goal in the 56th minute when Schwolow mishit the throw-in from Stenzel. Moritz Stoppelkamp was there to take full advantage and he did so, putting the ball past a helpless Schwolow. Unsurprisingly it made Paderborn think they had a chance of getting back into the game. They got an opportunity to equalise just a few minutes later, this time however Schwolow was there and took care of it with no problem. The next chance however was not so easy to deal with and in fact Schwolow could do nothing, the shot from Stoppelkamp hit the underside of the bar and left him standing there helpless. I wasn’t too worried in the first half about Freiburg being able to break though the defence but I have to admit to being a little concerned in the second half, Paderborn equalizing would have been a huge disappointment. Not as much as last time given that it’s a very different situation but still it would not have been cool.

The final twenty minutes were very nervy indeed, especially when Schwolow accidentally punched a Paderborn player in the head, no way was it a penalty but it was a very few nervous minutes whilst he was still on the floor anyway. Even more nerve-wracking was the fact the header in question rattled off the underside of the crossbar. Two shots both off the underside of the crossbar, you got the feeling Freiburg’s luck might run out before the game was over. Especially seeing as how they didn’t look threatening enough to score a third and put the game beyond doubt. Other than how uncomfortable the last 15 minutes of the game was the only thing to put a damper on the impending celebrations was Pascal Stenzel’s double yellow and subsequent red card.  Understandably things got a little heated in the final few minutes of the game, when Grifo ended up being upended some of the Paderborn players got impatient and started a shoving match. The stakes for them could not be higher, Freiburg were hanging on for their return to the Bundesliga, but those three points for Freiburg would send Paderborn to 18th place, the foot of the table where up till now Duisburg had lived.

A whole five minutes of extra time was a nightmare to sit through, even more so when Paderborn were gifted an opportunity to get level with a free-kick right on the edge of the box. A free-kick I’m happy to say was blasted over the bar by Stoppelkamp. The corner in the third minute of extra time got them no closer, it being headed out immediately, safety first. The final two minutes were every bit as heated as the previous few had been, Christian Streich being his usual hot headed self. He has that in common with Jogi and Thomas Tuchel, he can be relied upon to provide great GIF material:

Angry_Christian_Streich_SC_Paderborn_v_SC_FreiburgIt was a painful final two minutes, waiting for the inevitable. Unlike last season it’s a good thing you were waiting for but it only makes it a little easier. Seeing the rest of the squad standing on the touchline waiting for the final whistle made it even harder. And then finally what we’ve spent all season waiting for, party time. Revenge over Paderborn again, another three points for Freiburg and another goal for Petersen in his quest to once again be the 2.B top-scorer:

SC_Freiburg_the_promotion_train_2015_16SC_Freiburg_celebrate_promotion_29_04_2016I was wrong in expecting Paderborn not to provide a difficult challenge but I was right about one thing on MD32, Arminia Bielefeld did manage to hold RB Leipzig to a draw meaning they have to wait for confirmation of their promotion status. Though it’s a dead cert anyway thanks to Nürnberg screwing up on Saturday against Eintracht Braunschweig:

2.Bundesliga MD32 2015-16 results 2.Bundesliga MD32 2015-16 table 1 2.Bundesliga MD32 2015-16 table 2Videos, the match, interviews and highlights of the other games:

SC Paderborn v SC Freiburg 2.B MD32 2015-16 – the full match

SC Paderborn v SC Freiburg MD32 highlights

RB Leipzig v Arminia Bielefeld MD32 highlights

Duisburg v Fortuna Düsseldorf MD32 highlights

FSV Frankfurt v 1.FC Kaiserslautern MD32 highlights

Union Berlin v VfL Bochum MD32 highlights

St Pauli v 1860 MD32 highlights

Pictures from the game:

Nicolas Höfler – Paderborn v Freiburg 1Vincenzo Grifo – Paderborn v Freiburg 1Nils Petersen – Paderborn v Freiburg 1Vincenzo Grifo – Paderborn v Freiburg 2Vincenzo Grifo – Paderborn v Freiburg 3Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 1Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 2Nils Petersen – Paderborn v Freiburg 2Maximilian Philipp – Paderborn v Freiburg 1Vincenzo Grifo – Paderborn v Freiburg 4Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 3Marc-Oliver Kempf - Paderborn v Freiburg 1Amir Abrashi - Paderborn v Freiburg 1Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 4Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 5Maximilian Philipp – Paderborn v Freiburg 2 Maximilian Philipp – Paderborn v Freiburg 3 Amir Abrashi – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 Nils Petersen & Mike Frantz – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 Nils Petersen & Mike Frantz – Paderborn v Freiburg 2 Höfler, Petersen & Philipp – Paderborn v Freiburg Nils Petersen – Paderborn v Freiburg 3 Mike Frantz – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 SC Freiburg celebrate Frantz goal against Paderborn 1 SC Freiburg celebrate Frantz goal against Paderborn 2 Mike Frantz & Maximilian Philipp – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 Mike Frantz & Maximilian Philipp – Paderborn v Freiburg 2 Christian Streich – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 Vincenzo Grifo & Nils Petersen – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 Christian Streich – Paderborn v Freiburg 2Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 6 Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 7 Vincenzo Grifo – Paderborn v Freiburg 5 Maximilian Philipp – Paderborn v Freiburg 4 Maximilian Philipp – Paderborn v Freiburg 5 Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 8 Alexander Schwolow – Paderborn v Freiburg 9 Patric Klandt & Vincenzo Grifo – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 1 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 2 Christian Streich - Paderborn v Freiburg 3 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 3 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 4 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 5 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 6 Nils Petersen – Paderborn v Freiburg 4 Nils Petersen – Paderborn v Freiburg 5SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 7 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 8 Christian Streich – Paderborn v Freiburg 4 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 9 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 10 Frantz, Günter & Grifo – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 Christian Günter & Mike Frantz – Paderborn v Freiburg 1 Christian Günter & Mike Frantz – Paderborn v Freiburg 2 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 11 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 12 SC Freiburg celebrate promotion 2016 13

DFB Pokal – 2nd Round 2015/16 – Wednesday

Unlike Tuesday there was to be no major surprises on Wednesday night. No giant slaying taking place here. SSV Reutlingen lost 4-0 to Eintracht Braunschweig and Carl Zeiss Jena lost 2-0 to VfB Stuttgart. In addition Viktoria Köln lost 6-0 to Bayer Leverkusen. In a curious turn of events Sandhausen who progressed to the second round after winning a penalty shoot-out against their neighbours Bahlinger SC were knocked out after losing a penalty shoot-out to fellow 2.B side and neighbours FC Heidenheim. Dortmund after an early moment of embarrassment involving Roman Bürki beat SC Paderborn 7-1 and I’m happy to say that Gladbach beat Schalke 2-0, though I’m obviously not so happy at Freiburg’s 3-0 defeat to Augsburg.

On Tuesday night I was thinking how great it was that Wolfsburg were out, that way in the event of Freiburg progressing to the last 16 they wouldn’t face the team who knocked them out last season. But of course it doesn’t matter now. A curious match-up in the sense that Augsburg are currently bottom of the Bundesliga and Freiburg are top of the 2.Bundesliga. Going by their recent form Freiburg should have had at least a shot at winning this game, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Outgunned and completely outclassed. I can have no complaints bar Christian Günter not deservedly being awarded a penalty, but I don’t think it would have made much difference anyway. At the moment Nils Petersen is the competition’s top scorer with four goals, pity, it’s one list he won’t be top of now come the season’s end.

Strange fact, this year’s competition sees three teams from Munich progress to the last 16. Bayern of course, 1860 München and SpVgg Unterhaching who are also being from the fourth tier of German football the lowest ranked team left in the competition. The other lowest ranked team is third division Erzgebirge Aue. So whilst Munich has three teams left in the competition the whole state of Baden-Württemberg has only two teams left, VfB Stuttgart and 1.FC Heidenheim. Neither of whom I’ll be rooting for, I should root for one of them but I can’t. Personally I’ll be rooting for the two Borussias, I think it would be great if they both get through to the final. It would be nice to see again someone other than Bayern in the final and with Gladbach playing the way they are, it’s not an impossible dream. The draw for the last 16 is on Sunday night and despite the fact Freiburg are out, I still can’t wait. Also Jogi and Hansi both have one team a piece through to the round of 16, VfB Stuttgart for Jogi (amusing because it is of course VfB who he not only got his first job as coach with but who he won his first trophy with, that trophy being the DFB Pokal) and of course Bayern for Hansi.

The results and the teams left in the competition:

DFB Pokal 2015-16 2nd round results - Wednesday DFB Pokal 2015-16 - last 16 1 DFB Pokal 2015-16 - last 16 2Highlights of each game:

Post-match interview with Nils Petersen:

And seven of the matches from Wednesday night in their entirety, SC Freiburg v FC Augsburg, Schalke v Gladbach, Reutlingen v Braunschweig, Carl Zeiss Jena v Stuttgart, Viktoria Köln v Leverkusen, Bremen v 1.FC Köln and Borussia Dortmund v SC Paderborn:

Pictures from Freiburg’s game:

Julian Schuster - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 1 Julian Schuster - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 2 Julian Schuster - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 3 Julian Schuster - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 4 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 1 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 2 Nils Petersen and Mike Frantz - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 Patric Klandt - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 1 Patric Klandt - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 2 Patric Klandt - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 3 Christian Günter & Maximillian Philipp - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 Patric Klandt - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 4 Amir Abrashi - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 3 Nils Petersen - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 4 Alexander Schowlow & Christian Streich - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 1 Alexander Schowlow & Christian Streich - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 2 Alexander Schwolow & Christian Streich - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16 3 Vincenzo Grifo - SC Freiburg v FCA - DFB Pokal 2015-16And a few pictures of Roman and Matze from Dortmund’s game:

Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 1 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 2 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 3 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 4 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 5 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 6 Goal celebrations - third goal - BVB v SCP 1 Goal celebrations - third goal - BVB v SCP 2 Ilkay Gündogan & Matthias Ginter – Dortmund v Paderborn –DFB Pokal 15-16 1 Ilkay Gündogan & Matthias Ginter – Dortmund v Paderborn –DFB Pokal 15-16 2 Ilkay Gündogan & Matthias Ginter – Dortmund v Paderborn –DFB Pokal 15-16 3 Ilkay Gündogan & Matthias Ginter – Dortmund v Paderborn –DFB Pokal 15-16 4 Ilkay Gündogan & Matthias Ginter – Dortmund v Paderborn –DFB Pokal 15-16 5 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 7 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 8 Roman Bürki – Dortmund v Paderborn – DFB Pokal 15-16 9

Four nights/Four stars/Four and a half games

I’ve done what I haven’t been able to do for several weeks, four whole uninterrupted nights of sleep. I hope I can keep it up, three more and I get to seven. I’ve seen four and a half games this weekend, first Dortmund v Hoffenheim on Friday, Paderborn v Freiburg on Saturday and then Bayern v Leverkusen. On Sunday Hamburg v Mainz. And the first half of Frankfurt v Bremen.

I know the score already so I know what a treat I’m in for. 5-2, good, plenty of excitement plus it’s good for Freiburg that Bremen lost after they could only manage a draw against Paderborn on Saturday. I didn’t get to see Paderborn’s equalizer (or the last 10 minutes of the game), but I knew it was coming, Paderborn are good at pulling one back when they need to, as soon as Kachunga came on, I knew it was just a matter of time.

I haven’t seen the second half of the Frankfurt game yet because tonight in Germany, Jogi Löw is on TV, as is Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinstiger and regrettably Christoph Kramer. And as I type this I am actually watching it, the internet is a wonderful thing. Bastian Schweinstiger is on right now. And Christoph Kramer just joined them, I’m going to watch a Roman video as long as he’s still there, I hope he’s not there when Jogi Löw is, which should be soon.

Because of this wonderful and unexpected development I am understandably absurdly happy at the moment, I just hope that I’m not too hyper to sleep later. Plenty of excitement this weekend apart from this, I found two signed Jogi photos on eBay which were signed at the Cars and their Stars event in Stuttgart, I also won a new and sealed World Cup 2006 Monopoly and some clippings of Roman Weidenfeller.

And just in case things couldn’t get even better, I’m working on a new chapter of the Jogi und Hansi adventures. I’m also having a lot of fun designing my own version of Cluedo, yes a die Mannschaft themed version of Cluedo. My characters are unsuprisingly: Jogi, Hansi, Manuel, Roman, Thomas and Bastian. I haven’t come up with all the possible murder weapons yet, that’s proving a little tricky but I already have one and it’s the best one, Jogi’s scarf. I’m also having trouble deciding upon a victim, I have two possibles so far, one of them a suggestion from someone else, their suggestion is not a bad one, I quite like it actually, I just don’t think it’s right even if I don’t like the person in question.

Even though Roman didn’t play on Friday, I did at least get two nice pictures of him for my collection (he looks sweet all bundled up like that):

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If my alternate universe crisis isn’t over, at least it’s not the foremost thing on my mind. I’m aware that I may just be deceiving myself, but as Bjarne says in one of my favourite Danish films Green Butchers, “insanity is only a problem when you’re not aware of it.”