Newly-promoted 1 FC Heidenheim didn’t have quite the successful pre season that they’d hoped, losing 4-3 to Borussia Dortmund and losing 2-4 to Stuttgart but got key experience playing the top quality players. Meanwhile, Benno’s FSV Frankfurt, beginning their seventh season in Germany’s second division, had an extremely successful run of test matches, highlighted by a 10:0 thumping of 1.FC Hösbach and the 11:0 thrashing of Spvgg. Bimbach. But on Sunday, it was newcomers Heidenheim who came out victorious on the first weekend of Bundesliga 2. play, downing FSV Frankfurt 2-1 at Voith Arena.
Heidenheim’s Jan Zimmermann, the longtime goalkeeper at SV Darmstadt 98, was tested from a long-range shot from FSV Frankfurt midfielder Manuel Konrad, and Björn Schlicke followed it up and slotted home putting Frankfurt in the lead, after just ten minutes of the game.
Frank Schmidt, who has coached Heidenheim since 2007, saw his club create chances of their own. Florian Niederlechner’s shot was no problem for veteran FSV goalkeeper Patric Klandt, who made an easy save, and two minutes later, Marc Schnatterer’s shot from long-range missed the target. But Heidenheim pushed for the equaliser, as Sebastian Griesbeck met Marc Schnatterer’s corner but his header missed the target. After half an hour, it was all Heidenheim, Tim Göhlert wasted his chance following Philip Heise’s corner. Heidenheim pushed on before half time and three minutes before the break Heidenheim’s captain Marc Schnatterer equalised with their first goal in 2.Bundesliga following good build up play and incisive passing leading to the finish. Heidenheim had one more push before half time to go in at the break, leading, but Florian Niederlechner’s shot straight into the hands of Klandt.
FSV Frankfurt were fortunate to go into intermission with a chance following the bombardment of Heidenheim pressure at half time, with the score knotted at one goal apiece.
Four minutes after restart Frankfurt’s task of a win or saving a draw was made all the harder following Manuel Konrad’s second yellow card and was sent for an early bath.
Heidenheim started the second half as they ended the first; with Philip Heise’s long shot rocketed wide of the mark.
Frankfurt dug deep and finally created opportunities but midfielder Vincenzo Grifo’s long shot wasn’t troubling Zimmermann and on sixty six minutes, Edmond Kapllani met Grifo’s corner but his header sailed over the bar. (Grifo is on loan from Hoffenheim).
Heidenheim continued efforting for their first-ever win in 2.Bundesliga Marc Schnatterer had two attempts on goal but neither was a real threat to Klandt. Another chance fell for Niederlechner but he failed to take it scuffing his shot wide of the mark. Moments after the Niederlechner chance, Manuel Janzer’s shot trickled wide. With six minutes to go, Heidenheim got their deserved second goal after Zafer Yelen gave away possession in a dangerous area, substitute Adriano Grimaldi pass cut through the Frankfurt defence and striker Patrick Mayer scored as he slotted a left footed with a slight deflection taking it away from Klandt, making Heidenheim’s second division debut a very successful one.
Heidenheim’s win was well-earned, as they outshot FSV 23-4, had 56% of possession, and won 55% of tackles.
Heidenheim line up: Zimmermann, Göhlert. Wittek, Heise. Strauss, Schnatterer, TitschRivero, Griesbeck, Leipertz (Janzer 66′), Morabit (Mayer 72′), Niederlechner (Grimaldi 81′)
FSV Frankfurt line up: Klandt, Schlicke, Huber, Bittrof (Epstein 81), Beugelskijk, Kruska, Konrad, Kauko, Grifo (Roshi 67′), Kapplani (Yelen 66′), Schembri
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