Darmstadt (dpa / lhe) – The late equalization in the draw against Bundesliga relegated Arminia Bielefeld really hurt the professionals of SV Darmstadt 98. Due to the 1:1 (1:0) the Hessians missed the leap to second place in the table of the 2nd Bundesliga. “It was a blow to the neck,” said Lilien coach Torsten Lieberknecht.
With 14 points, Darmstadt is in fourth place but still within striking distance of leaders SC Paderborn. In front of 13,860 spectators, Braydon Manu put the home side ahead in the 8th minute, which Robin Hack equalized in the fourth minute of added time. “It hurt and shouldn’t happen like that,” argued lead shooter Manu.
Especially since Bielefeld was outnumbered at the time because veteran Fabian Klos had to leave the field injured after 86 minutes and coach Daniel Scherning had changed five times before. “We should have let the ball run better with a majority,” complained Darmstadt striker Phillip Tietz.
Darmstadt’s dominance in the early stages was rewarded with the striker’s early goal, which slotted the ball through the legs after a pass from Arminen goalkeeper Martin Fraisl by Fabian Schnellhardt. In return, Bryan Lasme missed the quick equalizer when he fired the ball from a few meters after a defense by 98 goalkeeper Marcel Schuhen came too short.
Ten minutes later, Schuhen saved the superior hosts from conceding a goal when he deflected an Oliver Hüsing header. In a hard-fought game, Marvin Mehlem (39th) missed Darmstadt’s second goal. The midfielder failed at Fraisl.
Even after the half-time break, the game remained open. Bielefeld tried to score, but Hack first failed on shoes (52nd) and later only hit the outer post. Almost with the last action, Hack scored with a fine flick and robbed Darmstadt of the success they believed to be sure.
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