Eintracht Braunschweig made the league perfect. Despite a 2-1 (0-0) defeat at FC Hansa Rostock, who had previously been rescued, the Lower Saxony remain in the second Bundesliga.
The BTSV benefited from the simultaneous 0: 4 disaster of table 16. Arminia Bielefeld at 1. FC Magdeburg. The East Westphalians, who went into the season finale two points behind the “Lions”, now have to fight to stay in the league in the relegation against SV Wehen Wiesbaden. Eintracht, on the other hand, can now plan for another season in the Bundesliga lower house. “We are now brutally relieved. Of course, we also noticed the result from the other place and knew pretty early on that it was clear,” Braunschweig captain Jannis Nikolaou told NDR: “We never like to lose. But in the end, of course, that counts we held the class.”
His teammate Fabio Kaufmann took the same line. “We would have liked to have taken the point. But when we’re in the dressing room now and see the table, it doesn’t matter,” explained the offensive man.
“It feels a bit strange. But the mission was to stay up. And we did it.”
— Eintracht Braunschweig’s goalscorer Immanuel Pherai
Immanuel Pherai scored on Sunday with a penalty kick (69th) for coach Michael Schiele’s team, who had to play outnumbered for a long time. Anton Donkor was sent off in the 22nd minute with a yellow-red card. Lukas Fröde put Hansa in the lead (59′), Pascal Breier scored the winning goal for Mecklenburg (90′ + 3′) in added time, who have scored 16 out of a possible 18 points from the past six games. “What we’ve demolished in the last six games is amazing,” said Hansa captain Markus Kolke.
Kaufmann misses the 1-0, Donkor sees yellow-red
Eintracht showed from the start that they take their destiny into their own hands and not on blunders in table 16. Bielefeld (at 1. FC Magdeburg) and 1. FC Nuremberg (at SC Paderborn). In the 14th minute, Fabio Kaufmann had the Braunschweig lead on his feet, but failed to keeper Markus Kolke. The proper start was soon followed by the shock for the guests when Donkor saw the “traffic light card” for repeated foul play.
Outnumbered, the BTSV first had to rearrange itself and was lucky that referee Daniel Schlager (Hügelsheim) denied a Rostock goal by Kevin Schumacher after viewing the TV pictures because Lukas Hinterseer was offside when the offensive man finished and keeper Ron -Thorben Hoffmann had blocked the view (24th).
Ujah goal does not count, Braunschweig saved at the break
Take a deep breath at BTSV, who then acted at eye level with Hansa despite being outnumbered and were unlucky on their part that a goal by Anthony Ujah was taken back by referee Schlager (43rd). In this case, too, an offside position was the reason for the referee’s correct decision. So it went into the break with a performance-based draw. A result that the guests could live with. Especially since Bielefeld was 2-0 down in Magdeburg after 45 minutes.
At this point, the “Lions” had a lead of three points and six goals over East Westphalia. The fact that Nuremberg led 1-0 in Paderborn and thus overtook Eintracht in the live table was irrelevant for the relegation battle at that moment. “At half-time we heard for the first time that Magdeburg was in the lead. But we really wanted to keep the point,” said Nikolaou.
Pherai counters the Hansa leadership by Fröde
Before the start of the second round, there was already a lot to be said for Braunschweig’s relegation. And when Magdeburg made it 3-0 up against Bielefeld in the 50th minute, Lower Saxony no longer had to worry about falling back to the relegation zone. Is that why there was a small drop in voltage at the BTSV? hypothetical! The fact was: Hansa acted more resolutely and purposefully and took the lead through Fröde, who deserved a throw-in from Ryan Malone. Soon after, FCM’s 4-0 win over Arminia in the Ostseestadion made the rounds. Now Bielefeld needed a very, very big football miracle to turn the game around. It didn’t happen.
“We put our hearts on the pitch here today.”
— Eintracht Braunschweig captain Jannis Nikolaou
However, Eintracht did not give up the duel with the Rostockers, who now clearly set the tone. Own offensive actions were rather rare. Because Schumacher went to work against Kaufmann in his own penalty area and caused a penalty, the guests equalized. The courted Pherai transformed safely.
“Joker” Breier stabs
However, it was not enough for the Lower Saxony to win a point, because Breier, who came on as a substitute, scored from a few meters to make it 2-1 shortly before the end. “Somehow only football writes such stories, that he scores the goal in the last second. He’s had a hard time, has never given up. I’m really happy for him,” said Kolke about the “Joker”, who was injured for months had had to sit out. The keeper also paid tribute to coach Alois Schwartz, who had extended his contract until 2025 a few hours before kick-off: “He gave us confidence again and brought back our self-confidence. He found the right little adjustments.”
Schiele: “We had to put up with a lot internally and externally”
The liaison between Schiele and Eintracht is also a success story. After the 45-year-old had led the “Lions” to promotion last summer, he has now managed to stay up with the traditional club. “We always came back when it was difficult. We had to put up with a lot internally and externally. I think it’s fair that we held up the class over the 34 days of the game,” Schiele summed up and announced: “Let’s go today celebrate.”
Match statistics FC Hansa Rostock – Eintracht Braunschweig
Matchday 34, 05/28/2023 3:30 p.m
|FC Hansa Rostock||2|
- 1:0 Fröde (58.)
- 1:1 Pherai (69′, penalty kick)
- 2:1 Knitter (90. +3)
FC Hansa Rostock: Kolke – Ananou (60th Strauss), R. Malone, Roßbach (83rd Scherff) – T. Meißner, Dressel, Fröde (83rd Rhein), Schumacher – Pröger, Fröling (60th Ingelsson) – Hinterseer (83rd Breier)
Eintracht Braunschweig: R.-T. Hoffmann – Wiebe, Behrendt, Kurucay, Donkor – Krauße (60. Henning), Nikolaou – F. Kaufmann (71. Multhaup), Pherai (87. Lauberbach), K. Endo (87. Kijewski) – Ujah (71. Bonga)
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