With coach Felix Magath, Hertha BSC is close to staying up in the Bundesliga, while Arminia Bielefeld, on the other hand, has to tremble more than ever despite a late goal. Due to the 1:1 (0:1) in the basement duel of the 32nd match day with the East Westphalians, “fireman” Magath missed the final rescue with his Berliners, but kept the direct pursuers Bielefeld and VfB Stuttgart at a distance.
The Arminia Bielefeld players dropped onto the pitch and their Hertha BSC opponents shook their heads. The 1: 1 (0: 0) in the Bundesliga relegation thriller left many disappointed faces. While the Berliners missed the mega-chance for a two-goal lead shortly before the end of the game and thus the decisive step to stay up in the league, the draw for Arminia is only a faint glimmer of hope despite the equalization by Joakim Nilsson (90.+1).
“You have to smile a little at how you can squander such a chance,” said Hertha trainer Felix Magath on Sky about the slapstick scene by Luca Wollschläger and Maximilian Mittelstädt, who frittered away freely in front of the goal in the 88th minute. “Apparently he wanted to say thank you for the nice pass and passed it back,” said Magath sourly.
Hertha, for whom Lucas Tousart (54th) scored to lead, is six points ahead of table 17 with two games left. Arminia. The cushion on VfB Stuttgart on the relegation place is four points. In the home game against FSV Mainz 05 next Saturday, “Fireman” Magath can make everything clear and successfully complete his difficult mission.
But the trainer fox is wrong – because champions Bayern Munich, VfB’s next opponent, took it easy on Saturday in Mainz. “The situation is still worrying. Bayern are champions. I don’t know if they have stopped playing football. It’s not nice,” said Magath.
For Kevin-Prince Boateng, on the other hand, “nothing has changed”. The Hertha leader appealed to “take the positive with you”. Magath made “machines” out of the team, they would manage to stay up in the league.
On the Arminia side, who wore a special anthracite jersey, Kostmann made four changes to the 3-1 draw at 1. FC Köln. Among others, 18-year-old Burak Ince was the only striker to make his starting eleven debut.
Both teams started courageously, but didn’t put enough effort into their offensive actions. Especially Arminia was insecure in the last third, as is so often the case, on both sides there were many errors.
Nilsson gives Arminia Bielefeld hope in the relegation battle
Visiting striker Davie Selke provided the first dangerous offensive action, keeper Stefan Ortega cleared his header from close range but reacted quickly with his foot (23rd). Shortly thereafter, he also parried a turning shot from the Hertha striker. The Bielefeld team waited in vain for serious chances in front of the opposing goal among the 26,021 spectators, instead there was a lot of idle time.
In the second round, Arminia increased the risk, veteran Gonzalo Castro had by far the greatest opportunity, but his powerful shot went just over the bar (52nd).
The Berliners did better in the person of Tousart just two minutes later: the Frenchman nodded a corner from Marvin Plattenhardt past the hopeless Ortega into the net. After that, the game became more and more divided: Bielefeld reacted with furious attacks, Hertha remained dangerous with counterattacks. Then Nilsson struck.
Arminia Bielefeld – Hertha BSC: The lineups
Bielefeld: Ortega – de Medina, Ramos, Nilsson, Laursen (72nd Bello) – Prietl (66th Krüger), Kunze – Wimmer, Castro (83rd Robin Hack), Okugawa – Ince (66th Serra). – Trainer: Kostmann