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Eintracht secure 2-0 win over Heidenheim
Second spot thanks to goals from Reichel and Boland
On match-day 2 of the still extremely young season, the Löwen convinced with a 2-0 (1-0) win over 1. FC Heidenheim. Ken Reichel fired the hosts into the lead in the 28th minute, with Mirko Boland adding the second ten minutes before the end. This it was the club’s oldest serving players who earned the Blau-Gelben the three points on the day.
In an intensive and evenly-balanced game, the Löwen deservedly took a point away to Fortuna Düsseldorf last Monday evening. For 1. FC Heidenheim, their opening game of the season lasted a mere twelve minutes, with their home clash against Aue abandoned due to torrential rain leading to an unplayable pitch.
Along with the injured Patrick Schönfeld and Domi Kumbela, Eintracht coach Torsten Lieberknecht was also without the suspended Quirin Moll. Maximilian Sauer had already sat out his suspension and was an option for the Blau-Gelben once again. Heidenheim coach Frank Schmidt had to make do without the long-term injured Denis Thomalla and the ill Dominik Widemann. The Löwen made three changes to their starting eleven from the opening game of the campaign, with Onel Hernandez, Christoffer Nyman and Louis Samson getting the nod ahead of Salim Khelifi, Kumbela and Moll. The visitors stuck with the eleven that began in their last, brief outing.
9th minute: Almost an opener for Heidenheim, but Griesbeck is unable to convert and the Löwen hit on the break. A delivery from Boland is initially cleared, but Hendrick Zuck takes position, breaks into the boxes and drives a shot just wide of the mark. The FCH keeper wouldn’t have had a chance.
16th minute: A great move: Hochscheidt plays through to Hernández, who looks to fire across the face of the goal, but FCH keeper Müller is down quickly to smother the ball.
22nd minute: Another break from the back by the Löwen, with Hochscheidt pressing forward. The winger’s cross to the centre is gathered by Müller, with Nyman looming.
26th minute: Nyman is felled 20 meters from goal and referee Daniel Siebert awards the hosts in a promising position. Both Jan Hochscheidt and Hendrick Zuck shape up to try a direct shot on goal, but the ball merely finds the outside netting.
28th minute: GOOOAAALLL for Eintracht by Ken Reichel to make it 1-0 1:0!!! There it is! Nyman wins possession in the FCH box and lays a pass out to the on-coming Reichel. The Braunschweig captain immediately fires on goal, nut-megging keeper Müller and nestling the ball in the back of the net – a very well taken goal!
35th minute: Another determined attacking move from the Löwen. A low, driven pass is cushioned off by Zuck for Reichel. The full-back bustles his way through to the by-line and looks to feed a pass back into the path of Hernandez, but the Heidenheim defence closes ranks and prevents Eintracht increasing their lead.
46th minute: Heidenheim with the first opening of the second period. A powerful shot by Feick is exceptionally dealt with by Fejzic.
59th minute: Another great stop by Jasmin Fejzic. Marc Schnatterer takes possession on the edge of the Eintracht box and drives an effort towards the bottom right corner, but the keeper is down quickly to turn the ball away for a corner.
68th minute: So close! Hendrick Zuck delivers a free-kick from the left to the head of Steve Breitkreuz. The central-defender’s attempt goes narrowly wide of the post.
80th minute: GOOOAAALLL for Eintracht by Mirko Boland to make it 2-0. Another excellently taken goal! Driving forward, Salim Khelifi threads an excellently weighted pass through to Mirko Boland, who keeps his cool and slams the ball past Müller into the far corner. 2-0 for the Blau-Gelben.
87th minute: Trainer Frank Schmidt’s men throw everything they have into attack and refuse to accept their fate, but there is no way through the solid Eintracht back-line today!
The coaches post-match comments:
"It was important for us to recognise Heidenheim’s weaknesses and make use of them. We were well aware of how good a side the opponents are and went into the game with the necessary respect. We are ultimately happy to have completed our opening fixtures in the league with four points. During the pre-season preparations, we worked on clearing the player’s heads and putting the play-off behind us. The next match in Kiel will be tough and we need to work towards that intensively now."
The game at a glance
Fejzic - Breitkreuz, Valsvik, Baffo, Hochscheidt (57‘ Becker), Boland, Samson, Reichel (C), Zuck, Hernandez (57‘ Khelifi), Nyman (73‘ Abdullahi)
1. FC Heidenheim
Müller - Strauß, Wittek, Beermann, Feick, Griesbeck, Titsch-Rivero (76‘ Halloran), Skarke, Pusch (60‘ Dovedan), Schnatterer (C), Glatzel (60‘ Verhoek)
1-0 Reichel (28‘)
2-0 Boland (80‘)
Photos: Agentur Hübner