Regionalliga: The ball rolls through the Elversberg defense for twelve minutes

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The ball rolled through Elversberg’s defense for twelve minutes

VfR Aalen vs.  SV 07 Elversberg, Southwest League, Football, Men's, 10/17/2021

One hundred percent success rate in the last minutes: SV Elversberg used a dubious method against Frankfurt to secure the promotion

Source: pa / Eibner press photo / Michael Schmidt / Eibner press photo

Scandal broke out on the penultimate day of Regionalliga Südwest. Since a tie is enough for both FSV Frankfurt and SV Elversberg, there are sights such as the disgrace of Gijon. Those involved are not aware of any guilt.

DrThe initial situation was clear to everyone involved. Sonnenhof Großaspach had to win its last home game of the season against second-placed SSV Ulm 1846 in order to continue to stay at Regionalliga Südwest. After 34 of the 36 games, Ulm were just two points behind leaders SV Ilversberg, who at the same time wanted to celebrate the promotion in Frankfurt, direct rivals of Großbach in the struggle for relegation. So far, so good.

After 76 minutes, Großaspach led 3-0 and could have had a chance to stay in the league by beating RW Koblenz on the final day of the match. Frankfurt was supposed to lose to Elversberg and next week to third-placed Kickers Offenbach.

On the other hand, Ulm only had a realistic chance of promotion due to the defeat in Grossbach if Frankfurt beat leaders Ilversberg and lose at home to FC 08 Homburg on the last day of the match.

But all these theoretical tricks and calculations became superfluous about twelve minutes before the final whistle between Frankfurt and Ilversberg. An unworthy spectacle ensued. Elversberg coach, Horst Steffen, brought his team back to their half when the score was 1-1. There, Saarland’s team happily pushed the ball back and forth for twelve minutes to the applause of their fans. Frankfurt waited quietly on the midfield. No player touched the ball again in the final stage.

On the final day of the match, Elversberg is now three points and 19 goals ahead at the top of the table and can only theoretically be caught by Ulm, while Frankfurt with three points and a goal difference of 14 are almost certain. stay awake.

Shame on Elversberg

The final minutes of the match are reminiscent of the ‘disgrace of Gijon’ when, after Horst Hrubesch made the 1-0 goal at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Germany and Austria agreed not to dribble the ball too close to goal anymore. Then both teams qualified for the next round.

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Thomas Brendel, sporting director of FSV Frankfurt, defended his ‘FAZ’ style after the final whistle: “Elversberger didn’t play forward and we didn’t want to win the ball. I think that’s understandable. Two other teams would have done the same. Everyone was closer to themselves there. “.

The coaches did not see any problem with the playing style of either team. Elversberg coach Stephen said: “It was clear that if we drew we would be as good as we did. Frankfurt coach Tim Gorner asked rhetorically: “The lottery was enough for us. Why should we attack there? “

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During the match, FSV tweeted about the strange sightings: “Madness. Since ELV would have gone up at the current table level and FSV was saved, ELV let the ball run in its own rows for 7 minutes. Incredible spectacle! The stadium honors this with applause!”

After the final whistle, both teams celebrated achieving their goals. Frankfurt player Marcel Heller confirmed after the final whistle, on the last day of the match, of course, you want to play it again.

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