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No victory again! Only Zieler convinces at VfB

Playingly poor, weak in the end: VfB Stuttgart, who started the season with European Cup dreams, is still waiting for their first victory. The harmless Swabians could not get past a disappointing 0:0 against the courageous promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf, the air for coach Tayfun Korkut is a bit thinner.

Stuttgart had a hard time in the game forward as in the matches before and missed some surprises. Düsseldorf acted from a safe defensive and was even closer to the trio. But 2014 World Champion Ron-Robert Zieler in the VfB goal saved his opponents with strong parades before the next bankruptcy.

“I have respect for the performance of Düsseldorf, they played it very courageously. It was partly wild from us, we should have played more cleverly, especially as we could have used the three points well”, said the outstanding goalkeeper at Eurosport: “We have to put our heads together and form a unit, we have to score points”.

“Everyone knows that we have the right to win the game,” Korkut had said immediately before the game at Eurosport. His line-up reflected this: With Chadrac Akolo instead of Dennis Aogo in midfield, he opted for the somewhat more offensive orientation that many critics had long wished for.

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Dennis Aogo Honours

International

Germany
  • FIFA World Cup Third Place: 2010
  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2009

Individual

  • Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2010

However, in front of 54,410 spectators in the Mercedes-Benz Arena this was hardly noticeable. Although Stuttgart was anxious to take over the game, it remained poor in terms of play. Akolo, unlike Joker, did not bring the hoped for momentum at the 3:3 in Freiburg and had to make way for Erik Thommy after less than an hour.

Düsseldorf, surprisingly formed by coach Friedhelm Funkel with a defensive chain of four and captain Adam Bodzek as a “sixth”, had few problems with this VfB. At first, danger threatened only from a distance.

But Fortuna was not only in the back, as feared by Korkut. It went also engaged to the front, often over Benito Raman on the left side. Raman was Funkel’s only new player after the 2:1 against Hoffenheim. Marvin Ducksch, the only leader, on the other hand, rarely found a real connection to his colleagues.

For Stuttgart, the committed Nicolas Gonzalez (34th) and Mario Gomez (41st) missed the possible lead. Düsseldorf was very close to 0:1 shortly after the break, when Kaan Ayhan (51st) and Marcel Sobottka (52nd) failed at the well reacting goalkeeper.

With increasing duration the game became more wild, hotter, more open. Both teams were now looking for the Lucky Punch. Gonzalez almost landed him (69.). On the other side, Alfredo Morales also failed against Zieler (82.), who also saved against Ayhan in highest trouble (87.).  Genesis Casino has a wide variety of games.

Cologne wins 2:0 – goal no. 8 for Terodde!

The 1. FC Cologne has at least for one night taken the lead of the table in the 2. soccer Bundesliga. The relegated won to the prelude of the sixth matchday at the still victorious SV Sandhausen 2:0 (1:0) and made amends for the 3:5 home defeat against SC Paderborn last Sunday. With 13 points, FC took the lead ahead of Hamburger SV (12) and Greuther Fürth (11).

Louis Schaub (45th) with an artistic side-fall puller and Simon Terodde (54th) with his eighth goal of the season scored for the Cologne team, who had also won the last match in Sandhausen in February 2014 1-0.

On Sunday, the HSV (against Regensburg) and Fürth (in Heidenheim) can pass Cologne again, already on Saturday the VfL Bochum (in Kiel) and Darmstadt 98 (in Dresden), both with ten points, have the chance to first place. Sandhausen (2) is 17th and would already be new tail light with a draw of the MSV Duisburg on Sunday against Aue.

“We know that we got too many goals, and we know that we can defend it better”, Cologne coach Markus had said at the beginning before the kick-off at Sky, and in fact the guests stood in front of 13,237 spectators in the Hardtwaldstadion safer than against Paderborn. However, the SVS also defended its goal for a long time sovereign, only an unnecessary ball loss shortly before the break finally led to the worth seeing leading goal by Schaub.

In the second half Sandhausen showed himself further engaged, but harmless. Cologne had everything under control at the latest after Teroddes goal.

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INGOLSTADT – ST. PAULI 0:1 (0:0)

St. Pauli prevailed at the former club of coach Markus Kauczinski with 1:0 (0:0). After a 6-0 defeat in Bochum, Ingolstadt thus experienced the next matchday forgetting, is 13th with only five points and also lost Konstantin Kerschbaumer (77th) with a yellow-red card. St. Pauli climbed to seventh place with nine points.

The substitute Ryo Miyaichi, who had not played in a second league game since May 2017 due to injuries, saved the Paulians in the 82nd minute. After a high ball from substitute Ersin Zehir, Japan’s opponent Benedikt Gimber sent off the ball and headed it into the goal before Marco Knaller.

The first half was marked by inaccuracies and small fouls. Both teams did not play any compelling goal chances. The hosts, whose coach Stefan Leitl has been criticized since the debacle against Bochum at the latest, have to wait for their second win of the season.

Thomas Pledl had the best chance in the 59th minute for the Ingolstadters, who had to play from the 77th minute on inferior after Kerschbaumer was put off the field, but his header after Paulo Otavio’s cross went just over the goal of guestkeeper Robin Himmelmann. For the Kiezkicker it was the first victory after three consecutive defeats. Read this if you want to know more about Grand Ivy.

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