New Lutheran coach Dirk Schuster predicted a match shaped by tactics. And he was right. In the 0-0 relegation match between 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Dynamo Dresden, the background was first-class, but the match was largely without chances. Dresden’s Michael Solbauer readily admitted that such a result could be more unfortunate for the neutral spectator than for the players themselves: “No one wanted to risk much here, which explains the lack of opportunities. From the background it was attractive today, otherwise perhaps not like that.” As Lutheran striker Terrence Boyd saw a certain discrepancy between the ranks and what was happening on the pitch: “What the fans did was mentally ill. We played well, and that makes you want more. Of course we planned more, especially with you wanting to earn such support” .
After all: in the first round, the third division was not only the most active, but also the best team. While Dresden shied away from all offensive risks and was content with securing the goals, Lautern initially acted with more courage than many expected. In the 13th minute, Daniel Hanslick and Terence Boyd missed a sharp cross from Marlon Ritter. It was also the midfielder who kicked off Lauter’s second half chance through Kenny Prince Redondo, who hit the ball over the goal. Boyd, who scored 15 goals in the just-ended third-division season, was then left to miss the last chance in the first half (44).
Dinamo, who accompanied 5,000 fans to West Palatinate, could feel certain in their tactics of hoping for the second leg in front of their home fans. The way in which the few offensive actions were implemented in the final third of the field also showed why the team could not achieve a single win in the second half of the entire second division. Dynamo veteran Chris Lowe warned his teammates before the match – especially in front of the opponent’s court. The defender spent three and a half years at Kaiserslautern before moving to Dinamo via Huddersfield. Lowe said that because of the atmosphere in “Betze,” FCK was “the strongest opponent we could have.”
Indeed, the joy of both camps in the prestige duel between the magnets of the spectators was palpable. The city was already full of parked cars two and a half hours before kick-off and tens of thousands were already waiting in front of the stadium to be accepted. The fact that there was lightning and a call an hour before kick-off appeared to have been organized by a club that called their magazine “In the Devil’s Name” and in which the Ultra squad was called “Generation Lucifer”.
Dresden is counting on its fans for the second leg
The FCK fans, who thanked the coaching staff led by Marco Antwerpen (“Thank you for your passion and commitment”), who were sent off before the relegation games with a banner, had to endure a moment of shock early in the match. The second half when Daferner hit FCK- Keeper Raab had to make a great save (56). Other than that, the offensive efforts of both sides were mostly fruitless as the pace of play was mostly leisurely even for a gray zone match between the second and third divisions and both teams repeatedly interrupted the flow of the match with tactical errors.
However, the Lotterer stadium announcer should not have announced any further targets until the final whistle, but he was also busy enough to warn both camps more than a dozen times, both urgently and unsuccessfully, not to light any fireworks.
Next Tuesday, in the second leg in Dresden, FCK is likely to face a more attacking Dynamo team. Fortunately, the match is also expected to be more exciting than the first leg in Luthern. “There will be fireworks on Tuesday,” Dresden’s Solbauer predicted. With 90 per cent of their fans behind them, they will also rise to the role of favourites: “We’re in the second division, we’re professional footballers.” But FCK coach Schuster gratefully returned this challenge: “Nothing happened today and we will be well prepared for Dresden.”