SV Wehen Wiesbaden wins its home fixture 4:2 (0:2) on the 16th match day of the 3rd Liga. Despite going behind 0:2 against VfB Lübeck, the Red and Blacks showed huge courage to secure three important points. In addition to Dominik Prokop who scored on his debut for SVWW (68’), Dennis Kempe (45’+1), Phillip Tietz (71’ penalty) and Jakov Medic (89’) also found the net for the hosts.
After their defeat in Duisburg, manager Rüdiger Rehm changed four positions in his starting team. Ahmet Gürleyen, first-time in the starting XI and returning Dennis Kempe, Michael Guthörl und Phillip Tietz started instead of Michel Niemeyer, Benedict Hollerbach and the injured Paterson Chato and Florian Carstens (both torn muscle).
The Red and Blacks made it clear right from the start that they meant business and they put VfB under pressure far into the opposition half. After winning the ball, Guthörl switched quickly, passed to Gianluca Korte who slipped the ball through to Tietz. But, Lukas Raeder was at the post in the Lübeck goal and managed to grab the ball just in front of the SVWW number 9 (5’).
The guests had difficulty finding their game in the first 15 minutes. Agile and ferocious in their challenges, the Red and Blacks initially refused to allow the white jerseys from Lübeck to settle into the game. Nonetheless, after 15 minutes VfB surprisingly almost went into the lead. Pascal Steinwender’s shot was blocked by the SVWW defence, but the deflection sailed pass keeper Tim Boss and towards the goal. Lucky for SVWW, Marvin Ajani smelt the coffee and scraped the ball off the line.
Both teams attempted to move forward and a lively game developed with good opportunities on each side. A cross from Korte landed in the box at the feet of Maurice Malone, but the youngster got such a shock that he failed to convert it (17’).
At the opposite end of the pitch, a set piece resulted in a hairy situation for the hosts. After a bit of a scrap among a tangle of players, referee Franz Bokop pointed to the spot - penalty for Lübeck. Ersin Zehir took the penalty and converted to put the guests ahead (23.).
SVWW didn’t give up but looked to move up the field and get the equalizer as quickly as possible. But this gave Lübeck space again and again, which they used for counter attacking. Apart from that, almost all VfB set pieces were dangerous. A free kick by Martin Röser tested Boss from a sharp angle but the keeper prevailed, both with the free kick and a corner shortly after that (31’ and 34’).
Driven on by being in the lead, the Lübeck team were now fully engaged. Both teams threw everything into the direct duels and didn’t give an inch, with the result that emotions were soon running high in the game. Tietz extended a Korte corner to Kempe, who headed on but just missed the host goal. Lübeck remained composed. Thorben Deters who hit the post moments before, volleyed a cross from Marvin Thiel to make it 0:2 from a SVWW point of view (38’). Once again, Boss hadn’t a chance.
Shortly before the break, the Red and Blacks managed to claw back a goal with great will and drive. Korte again put a dangerous corner into the centre. Dennis Kempe again jumped the highest and this time nodded the ball into the Lübeck net (45’+1). Only 1:2 at the break.
Rehm brought on the first substitute going into the second half. Dominik Prokop, who had only signed a few days beforehand, made his first appearance for his new club, coming on for Michael Guthörl. Prokop settled into the SVWW game straight away and they increased the pressure on the Lübeck defence. After a series of passes, Kempe took a shot from the edge of the box, but the ball sailed over the goal (56’).
The men from Schleswig-Holstein continued to focus on the switching moves and the space provided to them by SVWW when moving forward. It was only after an hour that Röser took heart and kicked from about 16 metres - just putting it over the bar. An unlucky scene in the Red and Black defence gifted the next good opportunity to the Lübeck team. Marvin Ajani cleared a cross from Lübeck to Boss, who picked up the ball believing that ball was cleared. The ref’s decision: Back-pass and indirect free kick just in front of the SVWW goal. With combined strength, the hosts managed to clear the ball from their own danger zone and were rewarded for it (63’). Prokop, who had already set up his teammates with a few smart passes, now hit the ball from about 18 metres out. The slightly deflected shot was unstoppable for VfB keeper, Raeder, going into the bottom left of the net - a dream debut (68’).
And, it got even better for the hosts. Malone was brought down in the box when attempting a header. Referee Bokop once again pointed to the penalty spot. As was the case with previous penalties this season, Tietz kept his nerve. Raeder got to the ball but even the keeper couldn’t prevent his team from going behind for the first time in the game (71’).
Lübeck were forced to go forward once again and took no time to do so. After an attack up the left wing, Pascal Steinwender appeared in the centre, took a shot from ten metres, but Boss helped to hold onto the lead with a strong reflex reaction (74’). Manager Rolf Martin’s XI didn’t give up but attempted repeatedly to put their mark on the game and therefore had the greater possession. SVWW now lay in wait for a counter opportunity and attempted to strengthen their defence. Five minutes before the end of normal time, Michel Niemeyer came on as additional support for Korte and the Rehm XI ensured that nothing else would happen. Jakov Medic then finished things off in the 89th minute. A counter attack through Tietz and Malone was converted by “Medo” with a cool flick to make it 4:2, the final score.
SVWW: Boss –Ajani (90’ Kuhn), Mockenhaupt, Gürleyen, Kempe – Medic, Lais – Guthörl (46’ Prokop), Korte (85’ Niemeyer), Malone – Tietz.