No goals, but plenty of tennis balls thrown at the fan protest in Borussia Park. Darmstadt liked their fighting spirit, Gladbach didn’t show enough.
Bottom of the table SV Darmstadt 98 has earned a point in the relegation battle, but has now extended its negative streak to 14 games without a win. The Hessians drew 0-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach and are still in 18th place with 12 points. The game was interrupted for several minutes due to fan protests against the German Football League.
Three days after the canceled cup semi-final in Saarbrücken, the Gladbachers remained winless in their fourth game in a row and are on the edge of the relegation zone. In front of 46,121 visitors at Borussia Park, the hosts dominated the game for long periods, but had too little attack. The guests were particularly convincing in their fighting spirit.
The people of Gladbach were warned. In the first leg there was a 3-3 draw after a 3-0 deficit, and the previous year there was a cup exit in Darmstadt. Borussia’s coach Gerardo Seoane recalled the newcomer’s grit, aggressiveness and tenacity. After the defeat at FC Bayern, he changed his team to four positions and was able to rely on his regular defenders Ko Itakura after four months and Maximilian Wöber after two months.
Compact guest defense line
The guests, with Mehlem and Klaus Gjasula back in the starting line-up, proved to be the expected unpleasant opponents with a compact defensive line. Winter newcomer Sebastian Polter celebrated his debut in the starting line-up. “He seems fitter than I thought,” said Darmstadt coach Torsten Lieberknecht, explaining his decision.
Polter was supported by the dangerous Tim Skarke, who played his 100th competitive game for the guests but will miss the next game due to his fifth yellow card. Both attacking players provided some good actions for the guests. Darmstadt’s Bartol Franjic had to leave the field injured early on, and Andreas Müller came into the game to replace him.
Before halftime, the game had to be interrupted for 13 minutes due to tennis balls being thrown from the Gladbach fan block. Up until then there had been few dangerous penalty area scenes on either side. Jordan Siebatcheu missed the hosts’ best chance from ten meters, but had to be substituted shortly afterwards injured before the break, as did his teammate Robin Hack.
The hosts had more of the game, but it didn’t really flow due to many interruptions. Florian Neuhaus and Honorat had two good chances with long-range shots after an hour, but Darmstadt keeper Marcel Schuhen was on the spot and saved his team the draw.
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