Sunday, April 26, 2009

Borussia plays Bielefeld to draw

Borussia's fight to avoid relegation suffered another set-back as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Arminia Bielefeld. In conjunction with Energie Cottbus and Karlsruhe upset victories over the weekend, Hans Meyer's side drops to seventeenth in the table and faces a difficult run of matches with Bayern and Schalke over the next two weeks.

Knowing full well that a win by either side would catapult them to safety defending took precedence. DSC weren't about to let Borussia advance without challenge with Marko Marin feeling the brunt of the punishment. At the twelfth minute Alexander Baumjohann surged down the left flank, withstood a heavy challenge before sending the ball to Karim Matmour who finished from the edge of the area. Borussia were clearly the aggressor with the schwarz-weiß-blauen patiently waiting for the opening. That opening came just past the half-hour as DSC took advantage of Borussia defending problems on the flank with Thorben Marx waltzing past Michael Bradley without challenge and just as he approached the area Paul Stalteri slid in but assisted in deflecting the ball towards Robert Tesche who then squeezed the ball past Logan Bailly. A charging Tomáš Galásek, playing with the work-rate of someone half his age came close to clearing the ball before it crossed but was just a stride behind as Bielefeld had the goal it needed. Borussia controlled the majority of attacking efforts could not break through with Bielefeld clearly playing for the draw. Searching for the needed goal Hans Meyer called for Oliver Neuville, sixty-nine minutes late and despite his efforts the match ended as a draw.