In the relegation battle, Arminia Bielefeld celebrates an important success against VfB Stuttgart. Thanks to an outstanding goalkeeper Stefan Ortega and with the highest win of the season.
Bielefeld (dpa) – Little finesse, but a lot of passion – Armina Bielefeld has stopped VfB Stuttgart’s triumphant advance through foreign stadiums for the time being and taken another step towards staying in class.
With the 3: 0 (1: 0) against the so far strongest away team in the Bundesliga, the East Westphalia consolidated their position beyond the relegation places in the promoted duel and scored three goals in one game for the first time this season. “It’s a nice feeling that we as a team are able to score three goals in one game,” said Arminia captain Fabian Klos at Sky. “As far as the conversion of chances is concerned, it was our best game.” The last time Bielefeld scored three goals in the Bundesliga was in 2007 against Nuremberg.
Thanks to the third goal of the season from Klos (27th minute), the own goal by Marc-Oliver Kempf (47th) and the late final point by Ritsu Doan (86th), Arminia rewarded itself for a combative appearance in the Schüco Arena and made hers Upward trend with seven points from the last three games continues.
On the other hand, VfB, who had previously celebrated five victories abroad, initially lost touch with the international places as tenth in the table. The absence of their best goalscorers of the season Silas Wamangituka (nine goals) and Nicolas Gonzalez (six) due to a yellow card suspension turned out to be too heavy a mortgage for the Swabians. “Wipe your mouth and continue on Saturday,” said VfB professional Sasa Kalajdzic. With a lot of running work and high game speed at the beginning of the game they had achieved noticeable advantages.
The guests’ opening goal seemed only a matter of time, but didn’t want to fall. First, Sasa Kalajdzic (16th) failed from close range to the brilliantly reacting Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. Sky expert Lothar Matthäus attested a “world-class performance”. Then Philipp Förster (24th), who had moved into the team for Gonzalo Castro, was blocked at the last second after a solo by Mateo Klimowicz that was previously worth seeing.
On the other hand, the people from Bielefeld, who are normally known to be poorly qualified, turned out to be extremely efficient this time and took their first chance. After a flat cross from Jacob Laursen on the second post, striker Klos was spot on and had little trouble getting the ball into the net from a few meters. Only two minutes later VfB was threatened with the next setback when Sergio Cordova appeared free in front of the Stuttgart goal, but carried the ball just past the goal.
From now on it was over with the superiority of the Stuttgart. Both teams dueled at eye level. Only in the case of a direct decrease from Förster (39th) parried by Arminia keeper, the guests were close to equalizing before the break.
Immediately after the restart, VfB was caught off guard again despite all their good intentions. After a sharp cross from Bielefeld’s Ritsu Doan, Kempf pushed the ball into his own goal. And this time, too, the Bielefeld team was close to a double strike, but the shot by Klos (58th) was repulsed by the VfB defense to a corner in dire need.
On the other hand, the Stuttgart-based company despaired of Ortega again. After a cross from substitute Daniel Didavi Kalajdzic came to the conclusion, but Bielefeld’s strong goalkeeper parried quickly with a foot defense (72.). “It’s good to hold a ball like that,” said Ortega modestly. In the middle of an urgent phase of the Swabians, Doan removed all doubts after a counterattack.
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