SV Darmstadt 98 defeat Erzgebirge Aue in the 2nd Bundesliga

Ein a fishing hat as a climbing accessory? It could happen in Darmstadt. When Braydon Manu reached the ball from the right half of the penalty area and immediately kicked it into the top corner, the jolt that went through the stadium was palpable. Because the return to the Bundesliga suddenly seemed closer than ever.

A “Lilien” team playing like crazy, a delighted public and competitors losing points in the battle for promotion, these are the ingredients that made up an emotionally charged Saturday evening at the Böllenfalltor. When Manu put the ball in the net in the 19th minute, it was 3-0 in the 6-0 home win over Aue. It was the third goal in just four minutes.

Offensive man Manu asked the bank to give him a fisherman’s hat and threw a fashionable extravagant solo celebration. A reminiscence of a fun incident the previous week in the 2-1 win at St. Pauli. When Manu, who hung there, ran onto the lawn in celebration – wearing a fisherman’s hat and smart shoes – the stewards didn’t take him for a Darmstadt winger, but for a speedster.

The “lilies” not only advanced directly to second place on the day of the match, which went so well for them, but also improved their goal difference. A factor that could be invaluable in the final tally in 13 days. Werder and St. Pauli are outclassed in this respect in what seems like the way to go – a four-way battle.

“The atmosphere carried us”

Head coach Torsten Lieberknecht described the evening as an “exceptional victory against an exceptional backdrop”. He perceived his players as “very greedy”. 6:0 – the “lilies” sent a clear sign of strength ahead of the last two rounds, which should be furious for the SVD final. “Come down, relax and then play in Düsseldorf with everything we have” is the program until Friday evening in the eyes of Tobias Kempe. The central midfielder, who is enjoying a solid season, sealed the point with a direct free kick in the dying second against the hapless Auer, who found himself facing raging support after the final whistle that sealed relegation.

“The atmosphere carried us. We were all there, all ready. There was a huge desire to see how the team lives,” Kempe said.

The 13,850 spectators at the sold-out stadium construction site couldn’t even catch their breath during the half-time break that evening under the floodlights. The president of the club, Rüdiger Fritsch, moderated the farewell of Serdar Dursun, the striker of Darmstadt last year (27 goals), in a hoarse voice. What was not possible at the time due to corona, the professional who emigrated to Fenerbahce Istanbul and became a Turkish national striker, who scored 59 goals in three SVD years, has now caught up under the cheers from the fans.

Lieberknecht had demanded an “icy attitude” from his current pros ahead of kick-off. She was given a team that coldly took advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves. In these four exhilarating minutes, Luca Pfeiffer scored his 14th goal of the season (16th), a good one to boot; Tim Skarke made it 2:0 (18), before not even a sleight of hand later, as mentioned, Manu stepped in massively to score.

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Darmstadt then playfully increased by hitting the bullseye. Skarke only had to complete a well-placed cross from the little free spirit Manu to make it 4-0 (39′), then substitute Mathias Honsak was only allowed to push the ball over the line ( 74′) only after solid preliminary work by Luca Pfeiffer.

“We are a team,” said coach Lieberknecht, “who wants to make a dream come true. I wish my boys that because apart from three players they only know the Bundesliga from television.” The competitors in front of the television have had to follow Darmstadt’s performance with concern. Four points from the remaining two games are enough for the “lilies” to secure the relegation place. In the season finale, the Darmstadt team wears its (fisherman’s) hat, therefore, to say.

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