Wednesday 27 August 2014
MSV Duisburg 1-1 Arminia Bielefeld
A crowd of over 13,000 spectators comprised of fans from two of the league’s best-supported teams – Bielefeld’s considerable vocal army certainly made their presence known – watched a keenly fought game in which both goals came in the first half. Nigerian forward Kingsley Onuegbu opened the scoring for the home side following a defence-splitting pass that allowed him to receive, from a team-mate, a short ball onside to tap in, though things were levelled 14 minutes later in the 38th minute by a powerful header from Julian Börner. Duisburg’s goalscorer Onuegbu was substituted off just after the hour-mark, giving Venezuelan defender Rolf Feltscher 30 minutes to help shore up the defence in what was his second match and home debut for the sleeping giants.
Saturday 30 August 2014
Fortuna Köln 0-1 MSV Duisburg
Feltscher must have done something right in the 40 or so minutes he had played for his new side as he was named in the starting line-up for this match and played 83 minutes of a game that Duisburg were at a man-disadvantage for around two-thirds. Indeed, Christopher Schorch was given his marching orders after conceding a penalty in the 33rd minute that Köln’s Michael Kessel was unable to convert. Impressively however, Duisburg did not give in to defeatist thoughts and instead showed their hosts how it is done by taking the lead five minutes into the second half from a Zlatko Janjić penalty that the Bosnian-born forward himself won. Despite Köln throwing everything forward, this goal proved to be the difference and Janjić could well have had a second at the death as he took advantage of the space afforded to him by running unchallenged towards the goalkeeper and yet, rather than slotting it home, he casually and somewhat embarrassingly hit a weak chip that was easily caught. Regarding Feltscher’s late substitution, while it is possible that the manager felt it was a necessary tactical switch, there is also a strong chance that the Venezuelan was lacking in match fitness, having played very little in pre-season. Nevertheless, Feltscher can take considerable pride in the fact that his side have not conceded a goal at any point in the three games he has played a part in and that, for the time-being at least, Duisburg sit 8th in the league after six games.