Match Report: 1.FC Nürnberg Defeat 1.FC Kaiserslautern in Battle of Last Season’s Underachievers

It was the opening match of the season for 1.FC Nürnberg and 1.FC Kaiserslautern who after both underachieved massively last season – finishing 12th and 13th respectively were looking to push the thoughts of last season out of their mind and start the new season on a positive note.

Kaiserslautern had been the better team in the opening exchanges, but received a crushing blow after Nürnberg against the run of play scored thanks to captain Hanno Behrens who pounced on a Marius Müller error and defensive mix up in the 13th minute. This goal was followed by Müller, who was returning to the Kaiserslautern goal for the first time since his departure to RB Leipzig 12 months ago, compounding his bad return by punching a Sebastian Kerk corner under no pressure into his own net on the 25th minute mark. Kevin Möhwald finished off the scoring on the 54th minute mark with an impressive 25 yard shot into the corner of the goal.


Marius Müller’s errors for the first 2 goals. Kaiserslautern had made a strong start to the match, but in the space of 12 minutes, the club ended up being 2-0 down thanks to the 2 errors from Müller – especially his second error when he punched a corner from Kerk straight into his own goal.

Man of the Match:

Hanno Behrens (Nürnberg). He scored the opening goal against run of play, but his presence in midfield – especially his defensive work that was particularly impressive from the new Nürnberg captain – with his high passing accuracy, as well as leading the team in interceptions, and second in tackles.

Key Stat(s):

FCK now hasn’t won a game after conceding the first goal in any of their last 16 attempts (!). FCK hasn’t managed to turn a deficit into a win since MD33 of the 15/16 season when it turned a 1-0 deficit at home to Greuther Fürth into a 3-1 win, and haven’t managed to do it away from home since MD 32 of the 15/16 season when they turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 win away to FSV Frankfurt. And once Nürnberg hit the front today, it didn’t look in doubt that this streak would continue for Kaiserslautern.

Talking points:

1.FC Nürnberg

  1. Nürnberg seemed keen to put last season’s poor 12th place finish behind them and mount a promotion challenge, and a 3-0 home start was the perfect start for this goal.
  2. Kerk had 2 assists on his return to Nürnberg, eclipsing his assist figures from all of last season with Kaiserslautern. Nürnberg needs him to be his 15/16 self, rather than his 16/17, self if it have a chance in promotion battle.
  3. Can Nürnberg get goals from its strikers? While a 3-0 win was a good start, all the goals came from midfield. After Burgstaller left Nürnberg in January, the club has struggled for goals from its strikers (the now-departed Tim Matavz was best after Burgstaller with 5 goals last season). FCN needs contributions from Teuchert, Ishak and new signing Zrelak this season to fill that void.

1.FC Kaiserslautern

  1. Kaiserslautern coach Nobert Meier declared Müller as the #1 GK for this season; however, after a less than stellar first performance and a proven 2.Liga goalkeeper in Weis waiting in the wings, will he stick to his word?
  2. Goals. After having a historically bad offense season last year, Kaiserslautern are desperate to do better this season. However, despite creating chances against Nürnberg, FCK couldn’t find the back of the net. An all-to-familiar story for Kaiserslautern.
  3. Giuliano Modica was subbed out in the 34th minute with an injury, and with Marcel Correia already out, Kaiserslautern’s top 2 centerbacks are now injured and questionable for next Friday night’s home opener against Darmstadt.
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Simon Johann

Simon currently lives in Australia, having recently finished up his studies at university. More importantly, he's been a Kaiserslautern fan since 2005, thanks to his dad who's been a fan since the 50's (he saw the likes of Fritz Walter play!). In the 13/14 season, Simon managed visited Germany to attend the opening 3 games of FCK's season in person (3 wins too!) -- one of the greatest experiences of his life He also supports Newcastle United and roots for the NHL's Anaheim Ducks), MLB's Anahiem Angels, and follows Formula 1.

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