SV Wehen Wiesbaden succumbed to a late defeat at the hands of SG Dynamo Dresden on Matchday 30 of the Bundesliga 2 season. Despite producing a decent display, head coach Rüdiger Rehm's charges were beaten 3-2 (2-2) by the men from Saxony. Daniel-Kofi Kyereh (24) and Moritz Kuhn (26) scored the two goals to give the Red & Blacks a short-lived 2-1 lead.
Having watched a good performance from his team away to Hamburger SV last weekend, Rehm made only one change to his starting XI. Tobias Schwede was brought in to play on the left side of defence. Dominik Franke, who had played there last time out, moved into the centre, with Benedikt Röcker dropping to the bench.
Both teams made a bold start to the match. Knowing they were in urgent need of three points, Dresden attacked with purpose from the beginning. But the first dangerous opportunity fell to the home side in the seventh minute. Sascha Mockenhaupt sprinted towards the byline but Manuel Schäffler could not control his cutback inside the six-yard box.
At the other end, several SVWW defenders combined to deny Jannis Nikolaou on the nine-minute mark. The hosts pressed Dynamo early and tried to disrupt the visitors while they were still in their own half. But that did mean there was more space available in front of their own goal.
Godsway Donyoh exploited that space in the 10th minute, crossing the ball into the Red & Blacks' penalty area. It hit Dominik Franke's standing leg as he attempted to make a clearance and sailed into the net. SVWW could hardly have fallen behind in more bitter circumstances – but they did not let their heads drop.
SGD now allowed Rehm's charges to have the ball and waited for the chance to counter. Meanwhile, SVWW patiently tried to pick out gaps in the opposing defence. Having so much of the ball allowed the Red & Blacks to find their way back into the game and create some good chances. Paterson Chato found Stefan Aigner with a cross towards the back post in the 21st minute, but Chris Löwe made a crucial intervention.
But the hosts were rewarded three minutes later when Schäffler won the ball back deep in the opposition half. He fed Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, who first used his body brilliantly to beat Ondrej Petrak and then coolly slotted the ball into the far corner. SVWW had tasted blood and now pushed to take the lead for the first time. Schäffler sent another cross in towards the SGD goal on the 26-minute mark and, when Kevin Broll punched the ball straight to the feet of Moritz Kuhn, he drilled it into the net. Two goals in three minutes – and now the hosts led 2-1.
SVWW almost extended their advantage a minute later, though Kyereh fired Aigner's whipped-in cross from the right wide of the target. The Red & Blacks continued to dominate proceedings and were well worth their lead. Marcel Titsch Rivero missed from close range in the 35th minute, as did Franke from outside the box two minutes later. Mockenhaupt then hit the bar from 16 metres in the 42nd minute.
The Black & Yellows struck back shortly before the interval, however, with Patrick Schmidt heading Löwe's cross past the powerless Heinz Lindner in the SVWW goal to make it 2-2 in the 44th minute.
Both coaches decided against making personnel changes at the interval, and SVWW started the second period in the same manner they had ended in the first. On the 49-minute mark, Kyereh played a cross towards the back post following a short corner, but Stefan Aigner's header narrowly missed the frame of the goal.
Dresden were quickly put under pressure, which meant that they were initially unable to apply any offensive pressure on the home defence. But following their bright start to the second period, the Red & Blacks started to struggle to get themselves into shooting positions too. The match was now taking place predominantly in the middle of the park, which was increasingly becoming a battleground.
The hosts continued to look alert, sensing their chance to claim an important home victory. But Schäffler's through-pass towards Schwede in the 62nd minute was dealt with by Broll at the last second.
Dynamo eventually started to look a little livelier midway through the second half, but it was again SVWW who made use of the slightly greater space available. Schäffler fed Aigner down the left and he brilliantly played substitute Maximilian Dittgen in on goal in the 76th minute. Dittgen, however, was excellently denied by Broll between the sticks for Dynamo. Another great opportunity followed two minutes later. Paterson Chato went for goal but his deflected shot eventually ended up at the feet of Kyereh, and once again he was denied a goal by the Dynamo shot-stopper.
SGD subsequently had opportunities of their own to turn the game in their favour. Lindner comfortably dealt with Simon Makienok's headed from 10 metres in the 84th minute, but the Austrian was powerless to prevent another Makienok effort four minutes later. The Dane did well in the box and fired home from close range to put the men from Dresden back in front.
A bitter blow for SVWW, who were unable to find a way back into the game and ultimately dropped three deserved points despite their good performance.
SVWW: Lindner – Kuhn (Tietz, 89), Mockenhaupt, Dams, Franke (Knöll, 89), Schwede – Chato – Aigner (Ajani, 85), Titsch Rivero (Dittgen, 68), Kyereh – Schäffler.