Lions’ Payback


Posted by Salman Mitha

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Bundesliga 2nd Division 1860 Munich vs. F.C. Hansa Rostock

Grünwalder Strasse, Munich, March 30 – If there is any time in this season when teams are confident of collecting three points, it’s when they’re pitted against lowly FC Hansa Rostock.  The basement club has just two wins to their name and surprisingly one of those was at home to TSV 1860 Munich.

For Round 28’s fixture Hansa will embark on a 1500km trip to Munich with the hope that such a lengthy journey will bear the same fruit it did in the home fixture back in October when Rostock beat Sechzig 2-0, their first victory and their only win in the first half of the season!

Hanging onto thread-bear hopes of making the play-off spot, the Lions could within five points of third place with a win and St.Pauli draw with Dusseldorf on Monday.  Paderborn’s draw Friday night helps Munich’s slim chances.

Head coach Reiner Maurer doesn’t expect a high scoring win but a close game against Wolfgang Wolfs’ side.  “It’s nearly always a close game against Rostock,” says Maurer.  “There aren’t many scoring chances and silly mistakes have often cost them results.”

Attempting to stave off the threat of relegation has been made an even tougher task for Rostock with the news that 21-year-old goalkeeper Kevin Müller will miss the match with a thigh injury and captain Sebastian Pelzer has a problematic heel.

For the hosts they will be without suspended midfield duo Kai Bülow and Dominik Stahl.  Right now it’s not known who will occupy the vacancy in central midfield position.  The natural choice is Maximilian Nicu but Maurer could utilize Collin Benjamin or Christopher Schindler for an extra helping of defensive manpower.

Hopefully we won’t see such a negative formation although Maurer is reluctant to take any risks especially while he still harbours ambitions of climbing up the table into the play-off place and of hitting the target of 60 points he has set.  He is wary of under estimating the opposition.

One thing is for sure, Maurer and his team both on the pitch and in the backroom have, with limited resources, already achieved far more than expected.  They are on course for their best finish since relegation from the top flight when in 2005 they ended the season in 4th.  It does finally seem that progress could be made.

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Bundesliga 2nd Division Fixtures – Match Day 28

Eintracht Frankfurt lead the table before Saturday’s matches after their victory against Bochum.  SpVgg look to regain the top spot after their road match at Erzgebirge Aue.  FC Ingolstadt look to extend their 10-match unbeaten streak when they host MSV Duisburg.  The top match of the weekend is on Monday, FC St. Pauli is at Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Friday – Finals
Eintracht Frankfurt – VfL Bochum 3:0
Alemannia Aachen – Dynamo Dresden 0:1
Eintracht Braunschweig – SC Paderborn 0:0

Saturday 13:00 CET
1860 Munich – F.C. Rostock
Erzgebirge Aue – SpVgg Greuther Fürth

Sunday 13:30 CET
FC Ingolstadt – MSV Duisburg
Karlsruher SC – 1. FC Union Berlin
Energie Cottbus – FSV Frankfurt

Monday 20:15 CET
Fortuna Düsseldorf – FC St. Pauli

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