On the 36th match day in the 3rd division, 1. FC Kaiserslautern lost 1: 3 (0: 1) against Dortmund II. After the defeat, FCK will have to fight for the relegation spot.
After the defeat to SV Wehen Wiesbaden and yesterday’s victory against Magdeburg, there was a lot of pressure on FCK before the match against Dortmund II. Coach Marco Antwerpen also had to do without his suspended defender Kevin Kraus.
In front of 48,000 spectators at the sold-out Betzenberg, the Red Devils tried to push from the start. In the eighth minute, however, it was Dortmund who came dangerously into Lauter’s penalty area. René Klingenburg only hit his opponent Justin Njinmah when he tried to clear, and FCK were lucky that referee Osmers did not award penalties in this situation.
FCK too hesitant towards Dortmund’s opening goal
As a result, a balanced game developed in which both teams lacked the ultimate precision. This was also the case after almost half an hour, when Pfalz had a great opportunity to take the lead. Hanslik was free to head the ball from a short distance after Wunderlich’s corner kick. But the ball hit the goal in the middle and Dortmund’s goalkeeper Unbehaun was able to parry the header with a nice reflex (26 ‘). With 32 minutes played, Hendrick Zuck could have brought this one home for Christian Viet as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high. Due to a severely mistimed tackle, Alexander Winkler of Viet Clerk spent some time on the grass writhing in agony before he could get up and continue the game. Bradley Fink was spot on there and pushed the ball over the line from a short distance – 1: 0 to Dortmund.
The Antwerp team found no real answer and struggled to put any real pressure on. In the 44th minute, Hikmet Ciftci lobbed the incoming Terrence Boyd into the sixteen, but Dortmund goalkeeper Unbehaun was careful and grabbed the ball in front of the American. The Red Devils could not do more in the first half. “It’s just sad,” Boyd said after the match. “I’m just a little lost for words.”
Dortmund II brings Kaiserslautern the second home defeat
After the break, FCK coach Antwerp brought in two new players into Kenny Redondo and Neal Gibs for Hendrick Zuck and Alexander Winkler. However, the Lauterers continued to fight, Dortmund defended wisely and repeatedly put forward needle sticks. As in the 59th minute, Pherai wonderfully turned his corner kick to goal from the right. Raab stretched out and somehow wiped the ball away. Justin Njinmah, however, speculated precisely in this and dusted off from seven yards to 2-0.
Götze with a late goal for FCK
Suddenly it was very quiet on the Betzenbergen. The hosts continued to run but had no clear ideas. FCK did not succeed in overcoming the Dortmund defense. Dortmund, on the other hand, had a terrible day. Tattermusch sent Pherai, who rounded FCK goalkeeper Raab and scored to make it 3-0. More than the late hit to 1: 3 by Felix Götze was not possible for FCK (90 + 3). “We planned to turn the match around. But now we stand there, it stinks today,” analyzed a disappointed Philipp Hercher. After the second home game defeat of the season, the Lauters are in the relegation zone and want to secure it in the last game of the season next Saturday in Viktoria Cologne.