Good news for FC Schalke 04, Werder Bremen and Co.: Darmstadt 98 may have crucial in the promotion thriller of the 2nd Bundesliga.
On the penultimate matchday at Fortuna Düsseldorf, the lilies lost 1: 2 (0: 2) after a completely sleepy start. The second in the table can thus be overtaken by Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV during the weekend.
"The boys are mostly crying because they want a dream. We are disappointed because we actually play an outstanding season," said Darmstadt coach Torsten Lieberknecht at "Sky": "But we will stay professional and will try again against Paderborn to knock everything out. "
Emmanuel Iyoha (3rd) and Matthias Zimmermann (10th) ensured long faces near Darmstadt, Tobias Kempe (60th), only the connection was made. After red against Fortuna against Fortuna Daniel Ginczek (89th) and yellow-red against Darmstadt Klaus Gjasula (89th), both teams ended the game with only ten men.
The Fortuna remained unbeaten in the twelfth game under coach Daniel Thioune.
FC Schalke 04 can make ascent perfect
It is also clear that leaders FC Schalke 04 can make the return to the upper house perfect on Saturday with a home win against St. Pauli.
In front of 31,622 spectators, the Fortuna caught a dream start: the 24-year-old Iyoha, who has been playing for the red and white since 2011, scored his first goal for the club from his hometown. A little later, Zimmermann even increased after a nice preparatory work by Felix Klaus.
The double strike caught cold, the team from Torsten Lieberknecht seemed completely unsettled and was lucky enough to only be in line with two goals until the break. After the change of sides, Darmstadt blew to catch up: First Marvin Mehlem gave the great chance to connect, then Kempe hit the point - but it was no longer enough for the draw.