Stuttgart promotion virtually guartanteed
Stuttgart following their 5-1 win over Sandhausen in midweek with an even more incredible performance to destroy 1. FC Nürnberg 6-0, who themselves had won by the same margin in their last match. They will confirm their ascent against Darmstadt next week.
Silas Wamangituka, Atakan Karazor and Saša Kalajdžić scored in the first half, with a Nicólas González brace and another from Karazor coming in the second half. With Heidenheim winning against Hamburger SV, Stuttgart are three points clear of Heidenheim with a vastly superior goal difference, meaning they could celebrate promotion after the final whistle.
Nürnberg, who have gone from plaudits to disgrace in the space of six days, remain just above the bottom three and still need to beat Holstein Kiel next week to be sure of survival.
Only Karlsruher SC can drag them into the play-off place after coming from 3-0 down to draw with champions Arminia Bielefeld. After Uwe Neuhaus’s side had raced into a 3-0 lead, Philipp Hofmann pulled one back before scoring two penalties in the second half. They sit two points behind Der Club and play
Greuther Fürth next week.
Dresden and Wiesbaden fate sealed
Hofmann’s equaliser came almost simultaneously with a dramatic Marco Hartmann winner for Dresden at SV Sandhausen, but that goal isn’t enough for Markus Kauczinski’s side with Karlsruhe’s superior goal difference.
Both sides had finished the game with ten men, with Chris Löwe, following his passionate attack on the footballing authorities, and Erik Zenga, on the pitch for the first time since October, both getting their marching orders.
Wiesbaden meanwhile had hope of taking it to the final day after Manuel Schäffler scored an early goal against SV Darmstadt 98, before Tobias Kempe had a penalty saved by Heinz Lindner.
However in the second half, Serdar Dursun, Paik Seung-ho and Marcel Heller struck to seal Wiesbaden’s fate. They would need to beat St. Pauli and hope for a ten-goal swing with Karlsruhe to have any hope of salvaging a play-off.