Goalkeeper Stefan Ortega saves Arminia Bielefeld from making a false start against SC Freiburg with several brilliant saves. After the goalless draw, the man of the day stays cool.
After his work, Stefan Ortega calmly took off his gloves, took a long swig from his water bottle and did not move a face even at chants dedicated to him. Only when head coach Frank Kramer gave him a hug did the outstanding Bielefeld goalkeeper smile. Previously, Ortega had saved his Arminia from a false start in the goalless draw against SC Freiburg with several brilliant saves.
With that, the Freiburg coach Christian Streich missed a perfect start to the season, in the previous two years Freiburg had started with wins. The SC has never managed a Bundesliga three in five games on the Alm, where 13,750 spectators on Saturday created a great atmosphere.
“The fans are elementary for football and for me personally and most of the players in the Bundesliga, that is what football is all about,” said veteran Fabian Klos on Sky: “On the first day of play, it felt like a thousand degrees against a, positively meant, dirty one Freiburg team, a draw is okay. We could have caught one, but we could also have made one. “
Arminia for the first time in front of spectators: “Oh, how beautiful is that”
“Oh, how nice it is,” it rang through the Schüco Arena shortly after kick-off. For the first time since their return to the Bundesliga in the previous season, Arminia played a home game in front of more than 10,000 fans. Both teams started out on the pitch with great motivation.
Klos, the coach Frank Kramer, as in the DFB Cup at the regional league team SpVgg Bayreuth (6: 3) despite numerous offensive newcomers, came to the first dangerous conclusion (8th). Overall, however, the guests had slight technical advantages and gradually made better use of them.
First, Yannik Keitel (17th) moved from the edge of the penalty area. Then Nicolas Höfler (19th) and Nico Schlotterbeck (31st) forced Bielefeld goalkeeper Ortega to do two brilliant acts.
The Arminia lurked in an increasingly intense game due to quick discounts of the technically strong Ortega on switching moments. Often the SC only suppressed this with tactical fouls. Masaya Okugawa, who suddenly appeared free in front of SC keeper Mark Flekken (31st), should have taken the lead, but referee Sven Jablonski (Bremen) would have blown for foul play.
As a result, Ortega was once again the focus of attention twice against Lucas Höler: First he parried from close proximity (38th), then during a distance attempt (55th) by the Freiburg man. Previously, Bielefeld had good opportunities to take the lead thanks to the bustling Okugawa (48th / 50th), later the Japanese had to be replaced with an injury (67th).
The game was respectable even after the break, both teams played to win and gave nothing to each other in tough but not unfair duels. The footballing quality of the game diminished somewhat in summer temperatures, but the tension remained high.
Arminia Bielefeld – SC Freiburg: The lineups
Bielefeld: Ortega – Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson (77th van der Hoorn), Laursen (77th de Medina) – Prietl – Kunze, Schöpf – Okugawa (67th Robin Hack) – Klos (90th Serra), Lasme (77th Krüger) . – Trainer: Kramer