Fan riots in the Bielefeld debacle in Wiesbaden
The essentials in brief: Arminia Bielefeld is facing relegation from the 2nd Bundesliga after a bitter defeat in the relegation first leg at SV Wehen Wiesbaden, which was overshadowed by fan riots. The game at the third division, which East Westphalia lost 0:4 (0:1) on Friday, had to be interrupted for 21 minutes shortly before the end. Referee Benjamin Brand sent the teams into the dressing room after Wiesbaden’s fourth goal. Bielefeld fans had thrown firecrackers and tried to storm the square.
A year after being relegated to the Bundesliga, the East Westphalians are about to fall again. Ivan Prtajin (6th minute), Johannes Wurtz (50th), Benedict Hollerbach (60th) and John Iredale (82nd) scored the goals for the Hessians, who have the best chance of promotion in Bielefeld before the second leg next Tuesday have the 2nd Bundesliga.
The first leg of the relegation to the 2nd Bundesliga
SV Wehen Wiesbaden – DSC Arminia Bielefeld
06/02/2023 | 8:45 p.m
Before second division relegation: Balance speaks for Wehen Wiesbaden
In the duel for the last free place in the 2nd Bundesliga between SV Wehen Wiesbaden and Arminia Bielefeld, the record clearly speaks for the Hessian third division team. Since the introduction of the relegation between the table third in the 3rd league and the table 16. In the 2nd division in the 2008/09 season, the lower-class club prevailed ten times. The second division team was only able to avert relegation four times.
The third division teams that have been able to celebrate promotion in the past also include the Wiesbaden team. In the 2018/19 season they had the better end against FC Ingolstadt after a 1-2 home defeat and a 3-2 away win.
So it’s no wonder that Bielefeld’s coach Uwe Koschinat warned before the first leg in the Hessian state capital this Friday: “It’s often said that the second division team is the favorite because of the higher individual quality or something. But that is not the case, as history has shown. There are no favorites in these games, it starts straight away.”
Accordingly, one is confident in Wiesbaden that the third promotion after 2007 and 2019 will succeed. “The relegation showed that anything is possible. The lower-class team also has the chance to cross the finish line,” said SVWW trainer Markus Kauczinski. However, he also expects an open duel. “It will be a tough fight by hook or by crook for 180 minutes,” predicted the 53-year-old.
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