An interesting game was delivered for us on Friday night in the 2.Bundesliga, one of the games saw a Darmstadt side unbeaten in twelve games travel to Erzgebirge Aue who are near the bottom. This wasn’t going to be easy for Die Lilien as Aue have won two on the bounce since the league resumed, both against tough opponents in RB Leipzig and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
The first chance of the game went to the home side, Aue’s Bobby Wood produced a lovely turn to allow him to charge into space towards the Darmstadt area, Wood managed to pick out Stefan Mugoša, who turned Fabian Holland and opted to shot rather than pass to the open Selçuk Alibaz, Mugosa’s shot was well blocked by Holland and the ball finally fell to Alibaz. The January signing’s effort was brilliantly saved by Christian Mathenia, the keeper reacted well to save with his feet.
One of the only chances in the first half for Darmstadt saw Dominik Stroh-Engel get on the end of a Marcel Heller cross and this presented a chance for Marco Sailer, his shot on the turn however was straight at Martin Männel.
Mathenia kept his side in the game in the first half and he made another good save after the half hour mark, this time denying Stipe Vucur, the Croatian managed to get his head on the end of Alibaz’s freekick, sadly for him Mathenia matched it.
Aue suffered a blow early on in the second half, the hero of their win over Düsseldorf, Wood suffered an injury when he was hit hard by a tough but fair tackle from Aytac Sulu.
Mugoša managed to get past two defenders and baring on goal he would’ve thought he was going to finally break the deadlock, unfortunately for him Sulu managed to get back and make an excellent challenge to clear the ball away from danger.
Aue were the better side and having plenty of chances, the most likely scorer for the home side was Alibaz, the former Karlsruher man tried his luck with a terrific effort from range and it narrowly went over the bar. The chances continued to fall to Aue and shortly after Alibaz’s attempt substitute Romario Kortzorg should’ve forced Mathenia into action, however he didn’t hit the target as he directed his shot across goal and wide.
The biggest threat from Darmstadt came from the left in the shape of Heller, the winger was a constant threat to Aue’s defence. Fortunately for the home side on so many occasions his crosses failed to pick out his team mates.
Ten minutes from time Darmstadt started to push for a winner and they came close through Sailer, the ball dropped nicely for Sailer just outside the six-yard box and his volley on the turn was blocked and deflected out for a corner by Michael Fink.
The late pressure from Darmstadt paid off as in the eighty-third minute they found a breakthrough. Maurice Exslager’s cross from the right picked out former Aue player Ronny König, at the back post he leapt well to head across goal and find Jérôme Gondorf, the midfielder gratefully took his chance and smashed it past the helpless Männel.
Things got worse for the hosts as they were reduced to ten men, Nils Miatke received his second booking of the game and a chance of a late equaliser looked slim.
With the late winner Darmstadt ended their run of draws and extend their unbeaten run to thirteen games. Until the action later this weekend they currently move up to third place. Up next for Darmstadt they host Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday. Aue stay in fifteenth place due to Aalen drawing to Ingolstadt, they have a vital game up next as they face bottom side and relegation rival, St. Pauli.