Even Start – FC Ingolstadt v. FC Energie Cottbus
Bundesliga Second Division Match Day 1
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Audi Sport Park, Ingolstadt, August 3 – “The match is 90 minutes long,” stated FC Ingolstadt head coach Thomas Oral the obvious after his team’s Bundesliga second division season opener. He was obviously made that statement in frustration after Ingolstadt gave up a late two-goal lead and ended up drawing with FC Energie Cottbus.
Stefan Leitl gave the home side the 2-0 lead after 28 minutes, but Boubacar Sanogo led Cottbus back with two in the closing stages of the game to finish the game even at 2-2.
“That is not a positive start for us,” said team captain Leitl. “We played well, and built a lead. It’s bitter that at the end we gave up a couple of goals.”
After last season’s strong finish, expectations are high coming into this season for “Die Schanzer” and the match could not have started out any better. Both clubs went through their opening paces but Ingolstadt seemed eager to get a score early.
Nothing done, until Leitl was able to chase down a pass that the Cottbus defense let go, which led to one-on-one opportunity with Energie’s goalkeeper Thorsten Kirschbaum. Leitl finished with his right foot past the keeper to the back of the net, and the 6,517 at the arena could celebrate the league’s first goal after 18 minutes.
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Cottbus had a singular chance immediately after, but Ingolstadt were able to turn it away and they controlled the tempo for the rest of the half. And it paid off.
With the ball bouncing in the area, Cottbus defender Ivica Banovic played a ball with his arm and a penalty was called. Leitl once again bested Kirschbaum, placing the ball past him to the bottom right corner, 2-nil after 28 minutes.
Cottbus head man was lucky the score wasn’t worse at halftime, and he used the break to motivate his club.
“It was the first match of the season, maybe we were a little surprised,” admitted Sanogo. “In the first half, we were static and just watching. Coach lit a fire under us at halftime and we played better after that.”
Bommer made two substitutions at the beginning of the half, which took time to take any effect on the match, as Ingolstadt were still controlling the pace. However, after the hour mark, Cottbus started playing with more purpose, applying pressure on the offensive side.
Sanogo is back in the Bundesliga after battling injuries and moving clubs. He started his career with a bang, scoring 120 goals in his first 250 appearances. Since 2009, he’s only netted twice in 44 matches. Until Friday evening.
The former Hamburg, Bremen and Hoffenheim striker was able to give Cottbus hope, scoring a header off a pass from Marco Stiepermann, one of the subs that came in at the beginning of the half.
Cottbus kept the pressure, and only minutes before the final whistle, Sanogo netted another header, shocking the home side.
“I am not satisfied how we started, we were too passive,” said Bommer. “But we stayed in, believed and then slowly we got back in. Our substitutes gave us new energy.”
“I’m happy for Sanogo, I told him to continue attacking in the 2nd half,” Bommer continued, talking about his new Ivorian offensive weapon. “Don’t stop, I told him, it will pay off.”
While Cottbus can be happy to go home with a point, there was obvious frustration for Ingolstadt.
“The team played well,” assessed Oral. “But in the end, I have to honestly say it was an unlucky draw, we deserved a win, but it wasn’t so. But we know that we are on the right way and not let this affect us. There’s a lot of positives to take out of this.”
Ingolstadt travel north to Hamburg to face FC St. Pauli next Saturday and return home on August 26th against FSV Frankfurt. Cottbus open up their home schedule against Erzgebirge Aue on Friday and host St. Pauli on Saturday, August 25th.
Here is the full list of fixtures and results for this weekend:
FC Ingolstadt 2-2 FC Energie Cottbus
Erzebirge Aue 0-0 FC St. Pauli
Hertha BSC Berlin 2-2 SC Paderborn
1860 München 1-0 Regensburg
VfL Bochum 2-1 Dynamo Dresden
Sunday 13:30 CET
MSV Duisburg – VfR Aalen
Sandhausen – FSV Frankfurt
Sunday 15:30 CET
Eintracht Braunschweig – 1. FC Cologne
Monday 20:15 CET
1. FC Kaiserslautern – Union Berlin