Victory in the promotion duel: 1. FC Magdeburg escapes the specter of relegation

Victory in the promoter duel
1. FC Magdeburg escapes the specter of relegation

Second division football team 1. FC Magdeburg is taking a big step towards staying up. Coach Christian Titz’s team narrowly prevailed in the promoted duel at Eintracht Braunschweig and, five games before the end of the season, is seven points ahead of relegation rank 16.

Eintracht Braunschweig has to tremble again in the 2nd Bundesliga for relegation. After ten points in the previous four games, the Lower Saxony lost the promoted duel against 1. FC Magdeburg 1-2 (0-1). The lead over the relegation place could melt down to two points on Sunday. Magdeburg, on the other hand, is currently seven points ahead of 16th place.

Moritz Kwarteng gave FCM the lead in the 22nd minute. Tatsuya Ito made it 2-0 (63rd) shortly after coming on as a substitute. Anthony Ujah brought Eintracht back up (69th). With two big chances from Silas Gnaka (70th) and Leon Bell (74th), Magdeburg were closer to equalizing after a third goal than Braunschweig.

In front of 23,325 spectators, the guests had a good free-kick chance through Baris Atik in the 5th minute. And that gave the direction in this game. After the two setbacks against Jahn Regensburg (2:2) and SV Sandhausen (1:2), the team of coach Christian Titz was superior to the next direct competitor in the relegation battle this time in all respects. Magdeburg was better in terms of play, acted much faster and also won significantly more duels.

This time Eintracht fell far short of the recent strong performances. Despite the loud support from the fans, Michael Schiele’s team seemed restless, unfocused and inhibited for a long time. Only Jannis Nikolaou (43rd) and Ujah (58th) had good chances. The fact that playmaker Immanuel Pherai is not fit again had a particular impact on this game. Although he was back in the squad after his head injury, he was only brought on after an hour. Shortly thereafter it was 0:2.

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