Both sides going into this game have struggled to find consistency, however they’re both in good league positions with a point separating the two. Greuther Fürth are in 7th place with eighteen points following last weeks win against Union Berlin, while Karlsruher are in 8th place with seventeen points after drawing with Sandhausen.
After a couple of early half chances that were comfortably dealt with by Tom Mickel, Karlsruher had a great chance to take an early lead when Hiroki Yamada played the ball from the left to Rouwen Hennings and his first time effort sees Mickel once again comfortably save.
Greuther Fürth struggled to create early on, however they managed a shot on target when Marco Stiepermann’s effort from outside the area deflected off Yamada, fortunately for Karlsruher the deflection went straight into Dirk Orlishausenn’s arms. After this effort Fürth woke up and the game became a much more even encounter.
Just past the half hour mark Karlsruher came close to breaking the deadlock, a corner was whipped in and Daniel Gordon directed it towards goal with his knee, Mickel was quick to react and managed to keep the effort out. Not long after the corner Karlsruher came close once again, Hennings went down in the area and he got up just in time to block team mate Manuel Torres’ shot, luckily the ball stuck with Hennings, his effort was blocked by a defender and this gave Reinhold Yabo the chance to have an effort of his own, it was a good strike which went just wide.
The away side broke the deadlock when they made a great start to the second half. Hennings broke down the right and he managed to pick out Yamada with his cross, the Japanese midfielder was all on his own and he directed his diving past Mickel.
Karlsruher could’ve made it 2-0 a couple of minutes later when they hit Fürth on the break, a through ball found Hennings, with his one-one-one chance he tried chipping Mickel and the keeper was just able to catch the effort.
Karlsruher were the better side in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half and they deservedly doubled their lead as the game ticked towards the hour mark. A corner in saw Hennings flick the ball on at the near post and the header looped up to the back post and Gordon won the race to head into the empty net.
Despite Fürth putting on more pressure after conceding a second, it was Karlsruher who came close to getting another. Another corner from the right was met by the head of Gordon, this time it was straight at Mickel.
Fürth struggled to create clear cut chances throughout the game and they were finding it difficult to deal with Karlsruher’s quick counter attacks. Karlsruher confirmed all three points when they grabbed a third, Dimitrij Nazarov surged forward and slipped the ball through to Yamada, who calmly fired past Mickel for his second of the game.
Enrico Vaelntini came close to getting on the score sheet when he took charge of a freekick from distance, he was able to curl the ball round the wall and it narrowly went wide and into the side netting.
The game went quiet after the third goal as Fürth looked lost for ideas and Karlsruher were happy to see out the result.
The two sides are normally very tough to separate when they meet and in the first half it looked to be heading for another draw between these two, however Karlsruher turned up the style and tempo to get a comfortable victory, their first win over Fürth since December 2009 where they won 4-1.
Article for VAVEL.