Arminia Bielefeld breaks the spell, and Düsseldorf is also in a goal mood
Arminia Bielefeld has ended its negative streak since. The East Westphalians celebrated their first win in more than half a year against Braunschweig. Regensburg conceded the next severe bankruptcy. The 0:6 against Karlsruhe was followed by a similar disaster in Düsseldorf.
FThis second division season was already five match days old, but Arminia still hadn’t won. An unusual starting balance, especially for a relegated team. Across the seasons, the negative run had even grown to 16 league games since a 1-0 win against 1. FC Union Berlin on February 19, 2022.
Now, on the 17th attempt and after more than half a year, the long-awaited victory finally came and it was a liberating blow. With the first success of the season under new coach Daniel Scherning, the East Westphalians were also able to leave the relegation zone in the second division. “A lot of people were longing for a win. The boys played a great game,” said the coach, who came from third division club VfL Osnabrück.
At the same time, the negative series of opponents Eintracht Braunschweig extended. The newly promoted and Bundesliga relegated Greuther Fürth remain the only teams in the league without a win. Arminia won the basement duel with Lower Saxony 4:1 (3:0) on Friday evening and initially improved to 15th place in the table. Braunschweig remains at the bottom with just one point.
In front of 18,057 spectators in the SchücoArena, the Arminia team, who had made three changes and included new signing Martin Fraisl in goal, got off to a good start and celebrated Bryan Lasme’s 1-0 lead in the 30th minute. The Frenchman headed in after a corner kick from Bastian Oczipka. A double strike by Oliver Hüsing (36th) and Robin Hack (39th) put the hosts on the road to victory early on. Arminia’s new keeper was unable to parry a corner kick from Braunschweig’s Immanuel Pherais to make it 1:3 (58th). Masaya Okugawa (69th) scored to make it 4-1 for Bielefeld.
Rgensburg with ten goals in two games
The SSV Jahn Regensburg, on the other hand, suffered the next serious bankruptcy and fell into crisis. A week after the 6-0 debacle against Karlsruher SC, coach Mersad Selimbegovic’s team also lost 4-0 (0-0) at Fortuna Düsseldorf. After their top start, the Oberpfälzer suffered their third defeat in a row in front of 20,745 spectators and did not score a goal.
After the home clap against KSC, Selimbegovic changed his starting lineup to two positions, Aygün Yildirim and Konrad Faber started. The Regensburg team also started powerfully, but then the Düsseldorf team picked up the pace. They also had the greatest chance of scoring in the first half through Felix Klaus, who was denied by goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic (44′).
It was only after an hour that Daniel Ginczek (59th) scored the opening goal for the determined hosts in the Düsseldorf Arena with a right-footed shot. Six minutes later, Dawid Kownacki made it 2-0 for Fortuna with a penalty kick.
“We missed a face like today for a long time. We put passion on the pitch for 90 minutes and then played our way into a rush,” said Gincezk. He later gave way to Kownacki when it came to a penalty kick. “I told him you can decide the game,” Ginczek explained after the game.
In the final phase, Klaus (78′) and Shinta Appelkamp (85′) increased against a sometimes chaotic Regensburg back line. Selimbegovic watched the final whistle on the sidelines with his arms crossed and his expression petrified.