In a turbulent and exciting match, BTSV had previously equalized a 0: 2 deficit, but then closed in the third goal shortly before the end. And that despite the majority: Meppen’s Max Dombrowka had seen the yellow-red card for handball (79th).
BTSV is still promising in the race. The next chance for early promotion comes on Sunday, when 1. FC Kaiserslautern visit Viktoria Köln. If the third-placed team loses its last game of the season, the “Lions” are through. Otherwise, Braunschweig will have it back in their own hands next Saturday against Cologne (13.30, live on NDR). If they win at home, coach Michael Schiele’s team will definitely move up.
“Of course we are all disappointed. The pressure was there, you could see that in the first 25 minutes,” said the coach. “But we have match points again next week and then we play at home. We get up, we come back and then start the week positively.”
Leugers meets the SVM management at the end of his career
The battle in Meppen had started with an ice-cold shower for the promotion aspirants. After a long pass and a successful return, Mike Feigenspan got the ball in the six-yard box and was brutally stopped by BTSV’s center-back Michael Schultz.
A clear penalty after just 35 seconds, which Thilo Leugers of all converted safely. The captain was back after many injuries for the first time since October 2020 and got a few minutes of playing time in his last career match. The 31-year-old took charge, scored and was then scheduled after seven minutes replaced by Meppen’s top scorer Luka Tankulic to applause and cheers.
After a quick start, Meppen was already ahead 2-0
The emsländerne, no longer concerned, continued to play freely and dominated the action. Braunschweig did not get access for a long time and allowed too much. In the tenth minute Jonas Fedl made it almost 2-0, six minutes later it happened: The strong Richard Sukuta-Pasu headed in from a Markus post. Ballmert ind.
Even after that, BTSV did not necessarily get ahead of the hosts’ goal – but they at least had their first real chance to connect. Lion Lauberbach scores from close range following a cross from Jan-Hendrik Marx (34 ‘).
Braunschweig Ko in the final minutes
A glimmer of hope for the Schiele team, who embarked on their work with much more pressure and aggression after the break. And it was also rewarded: Lauberbach headed a long ball to Enrique Pena Zauner who shot from 14 yards out. The jerky Marx extended the ball with his toe – 2: 2 (68th)!
Would Eintracht still make it? The signs were good. Especially when Meppen’s Dombrowka had to leave the pitch. But substitute Rene Guder (87th) scored the winning goal for Meppen after a counter-attack, which celebrated the first three after twelve games without a win and gave Braunschweiger’s head hanging.
SVM coach Schmitt: “Big game”
“Leugers take a penalty kick in their farewell match, God the last goal – only football writes such stories,” said SVM coach Rico Schmitt: “I saw a team fighting passionately for this victory. It was a painful time in 2022, and then a biscuit game. “
Game day 37, 07.05.2022 14:00