SV Wehen Wiesbaden shared the points in the final match of the 3rd Liga in 2020. After going ahead 2:0 through goals by Ahmet Gürleyen (17’) and Dominik Prokop (52’), the game at TSV 1860 Munich ended in a 2:2 tie.
Following their home win during the week against VfB Lübeck, manager Rüdiger Rehm made only one change for the starting team. Celebrating his debut in the starting XI, Dominik Prokop game onto the left wing for Michael Guthörl.
The Red and Blacks began with huge commitment and put 1860 considerably under pressure in building up their game. As a result, TSV had real problems in the beginning in imposing its own attacking game on the pitch. But, the Munich defence stood firm, and as a result, while SVWW continued to combine well they were brought to a halt again and again at the latest at the edge of the box. So, the distance shots by Gianluca Korte and Dennis Dressel were the first actual attempts of the match (11’/13’).
As is so often the case when neither defence can be breached from open play, a set piece after quarter of an hour secured the first goal. Marvin Ajani put a corner from the left into the box, as he had done against Lübeck, but there was a different taker this time: Ahmet Gürleyen broke free from the 1860 defence and headed in from a short distance to put the guests ahead (17’).
But, this didn’t put the Munich “Lions” off their stride at all. Manager Michael Köllner’s men patiently looked for gaps in the SVWW defence, but the Red and Blacks were careful not to offer any to these strikers, the most dangerous in the league. Dressel tested Tim Boss again but the SVWW keeper had no problem dealing with the second distance shot by the TSV midfielder (22’).
In a direct counter attack, Phillip Tietz set up Maurice Malone but Marco Hiller in the TSV goal defused the striker’s left shot (23’). The game continued to ebb and flow. The fact that the Red and Blacks could not rest on their laurels was underlined by the first goal opportunity from 1860 top striker, Sascha Mölders. After a steep cross from midfield, the striker popped up in front of Boss, but then could only put the ball past the SVWW goal (28’).
At the other end of the pitch, Ajani made his mark repeatedly in attack with his accelerated moves. After a good pass from Prokop on the right wing, Ajanai sprinted off, leaving behind one of the Munich players, and crossed to Tietz who attempted to score on a difficult volley, but couldn’t quite get the ball into the goal (34’).
Both teams constantly tried to move forward, resulting in an entertaining final phase of the first half, marked not only by good combinations but also cracking challenges. Apart from a powerful kick by Philipp Steinhart that sailed over the bar, there were no real goal opportunities before the half-time whistle.
1860 came out after the break fired up for an attacking game. First Dressel and then Quirin Moll sought to put the ball directly in the net, however, both were denied by the foot and hand of Gürleyen and Boss (48’). And then, the hosts were caught napping again by SVWW in a counter attack. Tietz made a clever pass to Malone on the left wing, who saw Prokop running in parallel in the centre. One sharp cross later and Prokop had an easy job slotting in the ball to make it 2:0 (52’).
The “Lions” were clearly not going to take this lying down. Mölders took courage with a direct reply but shot the ball from the edge of the box past the goal (53’). Richard Neudecker asked questions of Boss with a shot from 14 metres but the Red and Black number 1 deflected the ball for a corner (56.).
With their 2:0 lead, the Rehm XI concentrated more and more on their work in defence, waiting around for an opportunity to counter attack. 1860 kept attacking but still didn’t manage to create any top-class opportunities.
The match continued to be well-balanced and SVWW provided for a number of relief shots. With a strong solo run, Korte left the TSV midfield behind him, passed to Prokop whose shot was deflected by Hiller in a flying save for a corner (70’). Shortly after that, Tietz looked for Gürleyen who had moved up but the cross from the SVWW striker went nowhere (72’).
In contrast, 1860 made full use of their next opportunity. Neudecker hit a shot from half-way to the mid line, high into the penalty area where Mölders scored the 1:2 from a short distance (74’).
TSV now threw everyone forward, and at the same time created space for SVWW to counter attack. A Marc Lais header and an active Tietz had an opportunity to make it 3:1, but 1860 was rescued first by Hiller and then by the post (78’/79’).
The bad luck for SVWW at one end was repeated at the other end of the pitch. After a free kick, the Red and Blacks failed to clear the ball, and a deflected shot from the substituted Lorenz Knöfern hit the inside post for the equaliser (83’).
Right up to the end of the match, both teams tried to turn the game around for their own team but neither SVWW nor 1860 had the strength for a final, dangerous attack. So, in the end, the points were shared.
SVWW: Boss –Ajani, Mockenhaupt, Gürleyen, Kempe – Medic, Lais – Prokop, Korte (84’ Niemeyer) , Malone (75’ Guthörl) – Tietz.