Fürth (dpa) – Marc Schneider clenched his fists after the final whistle and then gratefully and happily hugged match winner Branimir Hrgota. The coach from Switzerland managed the urgently needed first win of the season with SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the 2nd Bundesliga under extreme pressure – and that against the previous leaders SC Paderborn. “It’s not just about me, everyone can be happy about this first win,” said Schneider.
Captain Hrgota was the celebrated player in the 2-1 (1-1) draw at Ronhof on Sunday after his winning goal in the 73rd minute in the previously unsuccessful Bundesliga relegated team, who initially moved up to the penultimate place in the table with seven points. The 8530 spectators in the Ronhof sports park celebrated their team after the end of the game.
“The team finally paid off,” said Schneider, who spoke of a “great relief”: “I’m just proud and happy that we were finally able to get our first win.”
Loud music then blared from the Fürth dressing room. “We really wanted to win, especially here at home. We wanted to show that we’re not that bad,” said the strong Hrgota, who said: “We played a very good game over the 90 minutes.”
Damian Michalski headed the lead after a cross from Simon Asta following a corner (43′). It was the new central defender’s second goal in the third game for the Franconians. Dennis Srbeny equalized for the guests shortly after the change of sides after a fine move from the best offensive in the league (49th).
In the international break, Fürth can now draw new strength to continue the turnaround afterwards. “We know nothing is gained with this victory. That’s the message,” said Schneider. After all, he can now work with the players in peace for two weeks. “The team brings so much with it,” he said of the existing potential.
The cloverleaf elf appeared determined and determined. She created a few scoring chances. The best was missed by Dickson Abiama, released by Hrgota with a crashing shot on the crossbar (20th). “I would have given him the goal with all my heart,” said Schneider about the attacker’s missed shot. Paderborn’s attack machine was slow to start, the Fürth defense was quite stable overall.
Goalkeeper Leon Schaffran, standing in for the ailing Andreas Linde, was powerless in his starting XI debut only when Srbeny shot low. Hrgota finally rewarded his team with his deflected shot from the turn. “You have to force luck too,” he said.
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