Wuppertal continued their revival in the Regionalliga West, as they came away with a ruthless 3-0 away win at VfB Hüls. It wasn’t easy, but it was just the type of match a non-focused club would have lost last season. Interestingly enough, coach Bruns left 30 goal scorer Christian Knappmann out of the starting 11, not sure about that decision.
The hosts started decently, but WSV’s defense was prepared. WSV started getting stronger, and after 20 minutes, they seized the lead. Moosmayer floated in a freekick, and Andre Wiwerink out-jumped everyone to head home. The hosts reacted with new vigor, and WSV hardly created any more chances in the half. Instead, GK Christian Semmler had several excellent saves tp preserve the lead.
In the 2nd half, Hüls continued to attack furiously. The equalizer seemed inevitable. Moosmayer cleared off the line, Semmler pushed a wicked shot off the crossbar, and Mutluer managed to miss an open net from 2 yards. Luck seemed to hold, and then on a breakout, Marcel Landers (celebrating his birthday) blasted a rocket home to up the WSV lead. This was the setup that led to the knockout a few minutes later. Landers corner, Moosmayer heads on, and Knappman nods it in. Game-set-match.
Not a great performance, as certainly the hosts might have gotten something out of this. But a cold-blooded, solid performance by WSV to bring home the bacon. They needed the win, since leaders Viktoria Köln continued their perfect start, 5 for 5. The Regionalliga is the only thing happening for WSV, as the squad was eliminated in the regional Cup against FC Remscheid on Tuesday (0-1), and therefore can’t qualify for the DFB Cup next season.
VfB Hüls - Wuppertaler SV 0:3 (0:1) 0:1 Wiwerink (20.) 0:2 Landers (63.) 0:3 Knappmann (74.) Attendance: 700, Badeweiherstadion VfB Hüls: Rantzow - Jasmund, Schlüter, Weßendorf, Schurig - D. Piorunek, Köse - Vennemann, Mutluer, Okumak - Erwig Subs: Diericks (55., Weßendorf) Pavlovic (55., Köse) Kyei (71., Vennemann) Trainer: Schmidt WUPPERTAL: Semmler - El Hammouchi, Reichert, Wiwerink, Moosmayer - Fleßers, Meier - Landers, Abel, Wassinger - Quotschalla Subs: Knappmann (46., Quotschalla) Cornelius (66., Wassinger) Wolf (82., Abel) Trainer: Bruns