Aue with double packer Nazarov in the Sachsen-Derby: Erzgebirge Aue is back on the road to success before the Sachsen-Derby at FSV Zwickau. Thanks to Dimitrij Nazarov, who scored two penalties safely, the Saxons swapped places in the table with their neighbor Rot-Weiss Essen and climbed to eleventh place. The guests did not manage more than the connection goal by substitute Thomas Eisfeld in the 2:1 of the Erzgebirge. Nevertheless, Aue's coach Pavel Dotchev summed up that "we were a bit lucky to win". The way back to the Dotchev buddy type is paying off more and more for Aue. The former sporting director, who previously brought the club back to the second division, currently has an average of 2.11 points per game.
On the other hand, Essen's coach Christoph Dabrowski fumed about the referee's decision: "Tell me here where that is a penalty. The referee is back in the dressing room and apologizes. But actually I'm already saying too much again... I'm tired of it."
So Aue was still worried about victory after the connection. "There wasn't a second where I thought the game was decided. Essen did a lot of things very well." But Nazarov could have made everything clear, Essen keeper Gerhard Golz saves with a fist. "It would be well deserved to at least equalize the game," said Dabrowski.
Zwickau gives away victory in the last second: Bitter outcome for Zwickau who played bravely at Viktoria Köln. With the last action in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Jamil Siebert from Cologne prevented West Saxony from winning away in the third game under new coach Ronny Thielemann. Johan Gomez put the guests ahead at 1-1. With 24 points, Zwickau remains on a relegation zone and is now challenged in the Saxony derby against Aue.
Cologne were the more active team in the first half, but completely harmless in front of the FSV goal. The Zwickau team were more efficient and immediately took the second chance to take the lead. A long ball from Jan Löhmannsröben reached Dominic Baumann in the opposing penalty area, who headed the ball to Gomez. The 21-year-old American shot from around 14 meters into the far corner and gave Cologne goalkeeper Ben Voll no chance with his fifth goal of the season.
"Viktoria had more parts of the game, which we defended well. Of course, it's annoying that a mistake happened in the last action. But we'll get up again," said FSV coach Thielemann and added: "It would have been our new strength if we would have taken three points." That should now be proven against Aue: "We want to get the next points in the English week. In the derby, it's the day's form that counts."
Halle remains unbeaten under Ristic: Hallesche FC remained unbeaten in their fourth game under new coach Sreto Ristic. Now the next challenge awaits with Viktoria Köln. The people of Saalestadt already separated from SC Verl 2:2 on Friday and caught up a 0:2 deficit. By winning the point, the Halle team have passed newly promoted Bayreuth in the table and are now in 15th place. "I didn't think we would sleep so much in the first 20 minutes. The team wasn't even on the pitch. After that we showed what we were made of. We became brave and had nothing left to lose," said Ristic and emphasized: "It's a great honor that we're coming back here away from home, so a huge compliment to my team."
Without the injured captain Jonas Nietfeld, Halle was totally insecure on the defensive. The HFC only woke up after half an hour. Thanks to the involuntary support of Niclas Thiede: A harmless long-range shot by Deniz slipped through the hands of the Loser keeper. Zimmerschied managed to equalize. "In the first half hour we didn't see any land, you have to be honest. After the lead you felt a certain uncertainty. Then a lot of things didn't work out. But then we started out braver and tried more."
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