Robert Zitarsky was the illustrious man of the game. The midfielder made Lower Saxony celebrate with two goals (27, 78) and left the field in Berlin as a deserved winner. The long-awaited return to professional football after 25 years – now within reach of Oldenburg.
After the final whistle, Lower Saxony fans celebrated each other and celebrated their players for their brave performances and their phenomenal success. VFB captain Max Wegener said: “We were well prepared for the opponent and knew what to expect. It feels good, but we haven’t won anything yet.”
“We wanted to be brave. We became heroes – hiding here is not our thing.”
Oldenburg coach Dario Fossey
On June 4, in the second leg at the local Marschweg stadium (live on NDR TV and at the NDR Livecenter), the decision will be made on the promotion to the third division of the first division in Germany. “It’s going to be a very hot match,” Wegner said. “BFC will try everything again – and we will tackle it.”
Oldenburg sets the game, spooky BFC
While the tension of the hosts at the completely exhausted Berlin Sports Forum was initially noticeable, Oldenburg was not hiding. The 600 traveling VfB fans witnessed a good and offensive performance by their team, but failed to create clear goal chances from the match. As a result, a corner kick began in the deserved advance of Lower Saxony: Denis Engel’s cross, Zitarsky jumped from the top of the ball with his head from close range to the inner post, from which he jumped to the goal (28).
Two minutes later, the goal hit a shriek on the guests’ lips again, but BFC goalkeeper Dmitriy Staglia hit Wegner’s dangerous shot from the left corner. Command gave Lower Saxony more security, as well as in a defensive position. The BFC could not create any notable scoring opportunities in the first half, and the VfB defense was under the control of Berlin striker Christian Beck. “We were very strong in the first half, we were stable and we didn’t give up,” Fauci said, praising his team.
Oldenburg can hardly free itself
After changing sides, the hosts also discovered dead balls as an effective method. In the 49th minute, Oldenburg goalkeeper Billy Bovink saved after a corner kick against Niklas Brandt. It was the starting signal for a prolonged phase of pressure on the part of the house. As a result, VfB has hardly succeeded in providing relief.
Favorite capitals increasingly narrowed the guests and wanted to force a tie. In the 67th minute, he almost fell: after a cross, Beck was alone in the six-yard area – with his header wide. Then the top scorer of the regional league-Nordwest tore his hair lying on the floor, and Oldenburg took a deep breath.
Zitarski punishes goalkeeper mistakes by BFC
VfB only slowly released his grip, but he kept BFC away from his line with prickle-like counterattacks. And in the 79th minute, he coldly took advantage of a mistake by Berlin goalkeeper Staglia. The goalkeeper misjudged a Rafael Brand cross, allowing Zitarski to head the ball into the empty net from close range.
The rest was blue and white cheers. The double ran into the guest area and celebrated 2-0 with the crowd. After an unprecedented final stage, referee Nicholas Winter blew the whistle – and VfB supporters were delighted with their team’s big step towards promotion to the third league.
First round, 05.28.22 2:00 p.m.