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Friday evening stalemate
Löwen play out a 0-0 draw in Duisburg
On match-day 10, the Löwen played out a goalless draw away to the ‚Zebras‘. A crowd of 13,800 at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena saw little by way of chances on goal in the first-half. In the second period, both sides looked to create more offensively, but neither managed to make the ultimate breakthrough. In the end, the game finished in a performance reflecting 0-0 draw.
The overall balance in meetings between the two sides was slightly in Eintracht’s favour. The Zebras won four, eight games finished with the spoils being shared and the Blau-Gelben took all three points in the remaining eight matches. Overall, Braunschweig have scored more goals against Duisburg than any other side in the ‘2. Bundesliga’. Last season, Eintracht celebrated a 5-0 win in Duisburg – the highest ever away win in the club’s second-flight history. On the last match-day, MSV suffered a 1-3 defeat to Düsseldorf, whilst Eintracht slumped to a 0-2 home defeat to FC St. Pauli.
There was bad news for Eintracht during the week, when an inner-ligament injury to Mirko Boland’s right knee put the midfielder out of the reckoning for the rest of this year. Löwen coach Torsten Lieberknecht made three changes to his starting eleven, with Steve Breitkreuz, Robin Becker and Özkan Yildirim in front the outset. Jan Hochscheidt and Niko Kijewsiki took places on the bench, whilst Domi Kumbela missed out through injury (hairline fracture to the ankle). Host trainer Ilia Gruev made two changes to his side, with Stanislav Iljutcenko and Erat Tugrul making way for Borys Tashchy and Enis Hajiri.
26th minute: Free-kick for MSV. Moll gets to the ball ahead of his opponent, but the referee sees an infringement and awards the free-kick. Wolze lets fly from 25 meters out but Fejzic is quickly down to his right and turns the ball against the post. A let off for the Blau-Gelben!
43rd minute: A corner for Eintracht is initially, when not decisively, cleared. The ball is pushed back out wide to Hernandez, who fires a delivery across the face of goal. In the centre, Valsvik is unmarked, but the central-defender swipes over the ball and the chance goes a-begging.
Half-time summary: Both sides are determined to avoid conceding and duly lack the necessary courage on the offensive. The will is there, but genuine chances on goal were reduced to Wolze’s set-piece effort. Anything can happen here!
52nd minute: An opening for the Löwen. Hernandez breaks on the left and fires a delivery into the box. Unfortunately there are no takers and the cross eludes friend and foe.
61st minute: Stoppelkamp cuts in from the right and gets a shot away. In an attempt to block, Baffo deflects the ball towards goal, but Fejzic is alert and gets down to make the stop.
73rd minute: Samson dribbles though, with the pitch opening up in front of him. Zuck is completely unmarked to the midfielder’s right, but before Samson can make the pass, he is brought down by Hajri. Zuck fires the resulting free-kick high and wide of the mark.
Summed-up: The game in Duisburg finishes in stalemate! It was a tie during which both sides lacked the necessary ideas on the offensive and clear chances at either end were few and far between. At the end of ninety hard-fought minutes, the share of the spoils was ultimately the fairest result.
The game at a glance
Flekken – Hajri, Nauber, Bomheuer, Wolze, Fröde, Stoppelkamp, Schnellhardt (90‘ +2 Daschner), Souza (77‘ Engin), Onuegbu Tashchy (79‘ Iljutcenko)
Fejzic – Becker, Breitkreuz, Baffo, Valsvik, Reichel, Samson, Moll, Hernandez (64‘ Zuck), Yildirim (83‘ Biada), Abdullahi (64‘ Nyman)