Monatsarchiv: September 2007

Three in a row

I’m a tad lost for words right now, as Magdeburg have lost their last three matches, largely due to incompetence and lack of power in the attack.

RW Ahlen – FCM 3-1
FCM – BVB II 0-2
Kickers Emden – FCM 1-0

Let’s see what happens in the FSA-Cup next week when FCM travel to Wernigerode on Wednesday, while the U23 play fourth-tier team Sangerhausen at home.

One goal is enough

Again, FC Magdeburg have proven that football isn’t necessarily about scoring goals. In the match against then-league leaders Fortuna Düsseldorf a single goal by Dennis tornieporth was sufficient to secure a 1-0 win. Düsseldorf conceded their first goal of the season, and luckily for Magdeburg they also lost.
Overall the game was an entertaining affair, although that was only in part due to the performance of Fortuna. During the first half it was plain to see how they had achieved their remarkable series of 8 unbeaten games without conceding: Defense, defense, defense. Hardly ever was there any danger in front of Magdeburg’s goal, and if there was, Kallnik (in one of his better games) and Beer (ditto) solved the problem.
On the other hand, Magdeburg didn’t exactly produce a festival of goal opportunities either. This improved in the second half, when Kullmann missed a cross only by a few inches. In the dying minutes of the game, a Düsseldorf player must have been dreaming, anyhow Neumann was easily able to intercept the pass and start a run down the flank. His cross found Dennis Tornieporth standing lonely in the box and he had no problem to score. After that, Düsseldorf did everything to equalize, but Beer and their own inability came back to haunt them, as they fired the ball across the bar or almost had it in goal, only to see Kallnik hoof it off the line.
In the end it was a deserved victory for Magdeburg, as Düsseldorf had done too little to justify even one point.

Lineups
1. FC Magdeburg: Beer – Wejsfelt, Kallnik, Prest – Gerster, Habryka, Neumann, F. Müller, Lindemann (90′ A. Müller) – Kullmann (85′ Agyemang), Tornieporth

Fortuna Düssesldorf: Melka – Palikuca, Heeren, Langeneke, Christ – Anfang, Cebe (69. Hampel), Lambertz (77. Kastrati), Cakir – Hergesell (64. Heidinger), Lawaree

Score summary
82′ Tornieporth 1-0

Attendance
12,492

Video
The ARD Sportschau has a short video of the match online here.

On Monday, I went to see a 2. Bundesliga match. One of the clubs I have a soft spot for (courtesy of my dad and a friend of mine, I think) played at Erzgebirge Aue: Five time German champions Borussia Mönchengladbach. In an exciting match, Borussia dominated the first half and deservedly went two goals up. Just before halftime, they were given a penalty which German international Oliver Neuville failed to convert, heralding bad things to come.
Gladbach’s fans are used to suffering, especially in away games…what with three away wins in the past three Bundesliga seasons. And in Aue, they were also in for suffering: After the break Aue played much better and Gladbach completely lost control, resulting in a quick equalizer. The 2-2 was offside though, as shown on the stadium’s videoscreen (I’d always thought exactly these situations were the reason you don’t show game scenes on the screen, oh well), but sensationally Gladbach held on and got another goal off a corner. The remaining 24 minutes were sheer terror though, as Gladbach proved unable to defend decently – and with their history, the about 2,000 fans knew the equaliser could come any time. In the end, it was all bliss though and the 600 km round trip had not been in vain. Now I’ve seen two away matches involving Gladbach, and they’ve won one of them, a ratio many a fan would envy. 😉

What a weekend…

Our first team lost 1-2 at Oberhausen, with an own goal by our keeper helping Oberhausen.

Our reserve lost 0-1 against Grün-Weiß Wolfen who had been deducted 3 points for subbing in a non-eligible player on the first matchday of the season. When everyone was just coming to terms with the nil-all draw, the referee blew for a blatant penalty, after a Wolfen player had fallen down in the box. He had collided with a Magdeburg player, there was no foul play. Anyway, Wolfen converted the penalty, so Magdeburg’s U23 (as that’s what the reserve is nowadays) dropped down to second place.
At the end of the season, all the first-placed team will be promoted to the Oberliga, the second-placed team will face the vice-champion of Berlin’s 5th tier in a play-off. All other teams stay in the Verbandsliga, but the league will drop to tier 6, due to the league reform.

To make the day of defeat complete, our third team lost as well…
The U19 and U17 teams did not play, due to other competitions taking precedent.

Here’s hoping that the first team’s match against unbeaten league leaders Düsseldorf will be as successful as the Lübeck match.

Goal, Goaaal, Goaaaaaal!

Finally, a somewhat convincing game by FC Magdeburg. After weeks of dietary products, quality-wise, Magdeburg were able to beat and outclass VfB Lübeck yesterday. Still no goals by our forwards, but as long as Björn Lindemann can compensate, that doesn’t really matter.

The first half of the game was similar to the Cottbus and Dresden matches, with the notable difference that this time the club had more opportunities to take the lead. And just 120 seconds after Lindemann had only hit the post, he scored off a deflected Kullmann pass from the goal line. A wonderful lob into the right top corner left Lübeck’s goalie short of ways to prevent the goal.
Shortly before halftime, Prest had the opportunity to make it 2-0, but he showed his defensive abilities by only putting the ball low outside the far post. Exactly after 45 minutes the ref signalled for the break, prompting an outburst of anger from Kullmann, as Magdeburg had just gotten another attack on the way. The referee awarded him a yellow card for that…

After the break, Lübeck tried to push for the equaliser and Magdeburg’s defense offered them some opportunities, but nothing could be gained from that. In the 57th, Kullmann had another opportunity, but Lübeck’s defender Hirsch scratched the boal off the line. In the ensuing corner, Gerster crossed the ball precisely onto Christian Prest whose header was unstoppable and brought the 2-0, just when Lübeck had seemed to be gaining onto Magdeburg.
In the 70th, new Magdeburg player Ivica Jaraković was subbed in, and while he didn’t have any decisive actions, it was plain to see that he is a good buy, he has vision, technique and just knows where to be, just like a forward ought to. After his substitution, Lindemann headed a Wejsfelt freekick towards the goal, and when Tornieporth got hold of the deflected ball, Lindemann was still standing alone in front of goal and had no problems scoring his 5th goal of the season, making him FCM’s top goalgetter and 2nd in the league.
Magdeburg with a deserved win against a weak Lübeck, for whom it was the second 0-3 defeat within 5 days.

Lineups:
1. FC Magdeburg: Beer – Wejsfelt, Kallnik, Prest – Neumann, Gerster, Lindemann (88. Agyemang), Habryka, F. Müller – Kullmann (70′ Jarakovic), von der Weth (79′ Tornieporth)

VfB Lübeck: Rott – Hirsch, Tuerkmen, Müller – Rump, Joof, Hoffmann, Imaya (46. Markow), Caruso (55. Noutsos) – Karadas (58. Laumann), Heun

Score summary:
34′ Lindemann 1-0
58′ Prest            2-0
85′ Lindemann 3-0

Attendance: 9,878