SVWW narrow defeat to Champions in season finale
SV Wehen Wiesbaden lost its away fixture 1:4 to FC Ingolstadt on the 9th match day of the 3rd Liga. At the Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt and behind closed doors, Phillip Tietz scored from the penalty spot to make it 2:1 (23’).
SVWW manager, Rüdiger Rehm, had made two changes to the starting XI after the home defeat against Bayern Munich II. Michel Niemeyer and Moritz Kuhn were included in the starting team for the injured Dennis Kempe and for Benedict Hollerbach.
Both teams were restrained at the start of the match, both the hosts and SVWW getting a feel for the other side. FCI capitalised on the first mistake. After a long ball in the SVWW game opener, Dominik Franke started the direct attack with a header. Fatih Kaya then passed to Stefan Kutschke who was lucky to put the ball inside the post to put Ingolstadt in the lead (13’).
It got worse: After a challenge with Niemeyer, Ilmari Niskanen fell to the ground in the SVWW penalty area - Thorben Siewer ruled that it was a penalty. Kutschke stepped up to convert but was stopped by SVWW keeper, Tim Boss who hadn’t a chance, however, against the quick-thinking Marcel Gaus who scored on the rebound (17’).
A shock for the Red and Blacks who didn’t lose heart but tried to get back into the game as quickly as possible. And, it only took six minutes, referee Siewer awarded another penalty - this time to the guests. Phillip Tietz grabbed the ball and sank it safely in the back of the net, bringing SVWW within a goal of the hosts (23’). SVWW was now playing well and were putting more and more pressure on the Ingolstadt defence. On the other hand, Ingolstadt were still dangerous and countered with the fast-moving Kaya and Niskanen and the skilful Marc Stendera.
While the Red and Blacks had the next good opportunity, after FCI keeper, Fabijan Buntic, shoved a header from Jakov Medic over the crossbar, the XI from Upper Bavaria struck a third blow. After a quick counterattack by Niskanen, Gaus was stopped by the brilliant reaction of Boss, but Marc Stendera curved an unstoppable rebound into the back of the net for the 3:1 (32’).
The Rehm XI now attempted to put a clear structure on their game, but Ingolstadt was able to concentrate on what was already a strong defence having again gone into a two-goal lead. Despite every effort to find a gap in the Ingolstadt defence, SVWW had difficulty creating attacking opportunities. There were no more goals before the break.
Directly after the restart, it became clear that Rüdiger Rehm had chosen the right words for his team talk in the dressing room. Much more concise in their challenging and clearly more targeted on the way to attack, the Red and Blacks were playing towards a quick goal to narrow the difference. Paterson Chato tested FCI keeper Buntic who had no problem stopping the low shot (48’).
SVWW kept a tight defence in the first few minutes of the second half, but the hosts were not really pressing at full force for their fourth goal. But, the initial euphoria of the guests trailed off and the game in midfield balanced out on each side without any spectacular goal chances.
Little happened in either penalty area for about 20 minutes until Chato again marched through the Ingolstadt defence. The SVWW number 6 once again found his match in Buntic, who managed to grab the shot from a sharp angle from the near post. The Red and Blacks had greater possession during the entire second half, but the hosts understood how to close off the dangerous areas.
And, up front, FCI was impassive. After a deflected free kick, Kutschke got the ball on the right wing, drove past substitute Tim Walbrecht, and crossed directly to Björn Paulsen in the goal area. Paulsen was unmarked and had no problem heading the ball in for the 4:1 (74’) – the final score.
SVWW: Boss – Mockenhaupt, Carstens, Medic, Kempe – Chato, Lais (53’ Walbrecht, 79’ Gürleyen) – Kuhn (71’ Hollerbach), Korte, Malone – Tietz