Draw against Heidenheim is a missed opportunity

Edisappointment? Frustration? Annoyance even because of the late Heidenheim equalizer to make it 2-2, which cost SV Darmstadt 98 the lead in the second Bundesliga? None of this was noticeable after the final whistle, neither from the players nor from coach Torsten Lieberknecht. “We’re happy to take the point,” he said after the game on Saturday afternoon. Midfielder Tobias Kempe agreed with the coach: “Of course you want to win when you lead twice. But everything is fine, ”was his inventory.

If one or the other “Lilien” professional felt a grumble when leaving the field – it was hardly noticeable to them. But the course of the game would have justified a bad mood. The Darmstadt team had Heidenheim in third place under control in front of 13,280 spectators and also knew how to deal with setbacks.

“Good reaction”

The home team countered the 1-1 equalization of Heidenheim by Patrick Mainka in the 70th minute, who equalized the Darmstadt lead by Braydon Manu (36th) almost out of nowhere, with a goal from Frank Ronstadt just six minutes later.

But because Tim Kleindienst headed in again to make it 2:2 (82nd), the SVD had to settle for a draw. The “Lilies” had the significantly better numbers in terms of shots on goal (19:8), the percentage of won duels (62 percent) and in the corner ratio (12:2). Nevertheless, Lieberknecht was satisfied with his team’s “good reaction” to the game at Hamburger SV last weekend.



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