It’s been a really disappointing season for Greuther Fürth and visiting them today were Darmstadt, who after defeating Karlsruher on Monday were in the driving seat for promotion to the Bundesliga. So could Fürth wreck the Darmstadt party and allow Kaiserslautern and Karlsruher the chance to pounce?
There weren’t many chances in the opening twenty minute’s, however Fürth started showing their intentions after two long range shot’s from Johannes Wurtz and then Florian Trinks, despite their effort’s they didn’t test Christian Mathenia in goal as both shots were straight at the Darmstadt keeper.
Right on half time Darmstadt had a good chance as Marco Sailor picked out Tobias Kempe to his right and last week’s hero fired a good shot at goal and Wolfgang Hesl saved well. The resulting corner created an even better chance as the corner went all the way to the back post to the unmarked Hanno Behrens, he was kicking himself as he couldn’t sort out his body and put the ball wide.
There were barely any highlight’s in the first half and both keeper’s had very little to do. However it was still a good contest between the two side’s as they battled for control.
The second half started the same as the first with no chances which were noteworthy, but ten minutes in Stephan Schröck produced a lovely back heel to find Trinks, who then picked out Marco Stieppermann, however once more the quality lacked as the shot curled away from goal and wide.
The game finally had a bit of quality and it was from the host’s, Stieppermann stepped up to take a freekick in a dangerous position and he excellently curled it over the wall and out of the reach of Mathenia to give Fürth the lead.
Darmstadt almost equalised straight away, a cross from long range picked out Ronny König and the striker’s header forced Hesl into a great save as it headed for the bottom corner.
As the game edged towards the last twenty minutes Darmstadt had a shout for a penalty and replay’s showed it could’ve been given, Sailer’s cross struck a hand and nothing was given.
With fifteen minutes remaining Darmstadt had a glorious chance to level things, Romain Brégerie managed to find space at a corner and his free header was well held by Hesl, who adjusted quickly.
Fürth took the lead thanks to a freekick and Darmstadst came very close to levelling thanks to one. Brégerie unleashed a great freekick and it whistled just past the post.
Moment’s later the centre back was given his marching order’s, Stieppermann charged towards the area and Brégerie tripped him on the edge of the area to pick up his second booking.
Another freekick caused trouble again it was Darmstadt, Milan Ivana stepped up this time and Hesl got across goal well to save.
It was a massive victory for Fürth as they gave their fan’s something to cheer for. Up next for them they face RB Leipzig. As for Darmstadt they stay in second place, but with Karlsruher winning their breathing down Darmstadt necks. They’ll be hoping they can see off St. Pauli at home next week and earn promotion.