It’s the same old story for 1860 München this season as they find themselves struggling at the bottom end of the table was once. They host Karlsruher tonight looking to pick up their first win of the season, they’re the only team in German professional football yet to win, picking up six draws and four losses.
Karlsruher are in a daze and last season is a distant memory, they narrowly missed out on promotion last season as Hamburg defeated them in the play-offs. Disappointingly for the club they’ve struggled to get going this year and go into the game third from bottom.
Both sides could really do with a victory and a win for Karlsruher would see them leap up into twelfth place, while a home win for 1860 would see them jump above Karlsruher thanks to goal difference.
The first chance of the match fell to Karlsruher as the away side made the brighter start. A corner to the near post from Enrico Valentini saw Dennis Kempe attempt a lovely flick with his heel, an effort which bounced just wide of the post.
The first chance for the home side came just before the ten minute mark, a long ball forward picked out Rubin Okotie and after being held up by Kempe the Austrian fired a great effort towards goal, unfortunately for him Dirk Orlishausen more than matched it with a great save.
In a similar instance this time for Karlsruher the keeper wasn’t needed, a long pass forward saw Erwin Hoffer go through on goal, however Sertan Yegenoglu managed to quickly recover to touch the ball and force Hoffer wide before the move broke down.
Both continued to press for the opener and 1860 almost had a breakthrough after fifteen minutes. Daniel Adlung picked up the ball in plenty of space, the midfielder then played a lovely chipped pass to Stephane Mvibudulu, sadly for the striker the ball wouldn’t sit down and the chance was quickly gone.
Not too long after that chance the home side went even closer to scoring, Michael Liendl clipped the ball into Okotie and after some confusion in the area Okotie was allowed to spin and his effort took a deflection off Martin Stoll before going agonisingly across goal and wide.
The home were the team on top, however they were wasting their opportunities and just after the half hour mark they were punished for those misses. Hiroki Yamada picked up the ball in the middle of the park and he delightfully slipped the ball perfectly through to Hoffer and the Austrian made no mistakes and comfortably slotted the ball past Vitus Eicher.
The last chance of the half came from a corner and after Karlsruher failed to clear their lines the ball fell to Gary Kagelmacher and the defender could only blast the ball well over the bar.
Karlsruher wasted no time in trying to double their lead and they almost carved open an early opportunity, Hoffer charged down the left and his cut back was cleared for a corner as Boubacar Barry approached his shot.
Karlsruher weren’t happy with the officials and 1860 ten minutes into the half, one of their players were down with a head injury and play continued. During that time Kagelmacher unleashed a great effort from range and Orlishausen had to be at his best to fantastically flick the ball over the bar.
As the game ticked past the hour mark chances started to dry up as 1860 lacked idea’s in attack and Karlsruher were happy to defend and wait for the counter attacks.
The home side were reduced to long range efforts and crosses which never really caused any problem’s for the visitors. Despite that one effort from range saw Orlishausen make a mess of punching clear an effort from Liendl.
The host’s once more managed to create a half chance after being cancelled out on so many occasions, a freekick from the right was well delivered in by Liendl and Okotie managed to rise the highest, unluckily his header from six yards wouldn’t dip down quick enough as it flew narrowly over.
Karlsruher had a rare chance two minutes from time, a cross into the area picked out a free Manuel Torres. The substitutes effort was blocked and then his pull back to Grischa Prömel saw the youngster fire wide from the edge of the area.
That proved to be the last opportunity of the game and Karlsruher managed to see out the victory. It’s a huge win for Karlsruher who now move up to twelfth and that win also gives Markus Kauczinski more time. Some attacking training is in order for this young 1860 München side, they are still without a win and despite having more of the ball they struggled to break down Karlsruher and they couldn’t create the chances needed to score.
1860 travel away for their next match and they’ll be hoping to catch Greuther Fürth at a bad time, their Friday night host’s suffered a 5-2 loss at the hands of league leaders Freiburg. For Karlsruher they host Kaiserslautern on Saturday and they’ll be looking to make it two consecutive wins and move up the table even more.
Article for VAVEL Bundesliga.