The unbelievable happened in the 2.Liga playoff as 3.division Darmstadt pulled the sensational upset and defeated Arminia Bielefeld in extra-time, gaining promotion to the 2.Liga and sending Bielefeld down.
Bielfeld had won the match in Darmstadt with a solid 3-1 result, so this match in Bielefeld was supposed just to be a celebration of Zweite Liga status. But apparently nobody told Darmstadt, and the Lilies struck hard and pulled off an amazing comeback that nobody – perhaps no even themselves – thought possible.
The guests came out attacking, as expected, but Arminia seemed to have things in control. Even when goal machine Dominik Stroh-Engel put Darmstadt in the lead, things still seemed pretty stable. Indeed, Bielefeld had a slight advantage and kept the 98ers away from goal. In the second period things started heating up. Darmstadt grabbed another goal quickly, but they were barely done celebrating when the hosts scored, gaining the advantage. The guests needed to press forward, and they did. A hammer by midfielder Gondorf gave them a 3-1 advantage and equalized the global mark. They had a few other chances to finish things off, as Bielefeld seemed shell-shocked.
In overtime, both teams relaxed a bit, but soon Darmstadt started to press for the winner. They came close a couple of times, but instead got kicked in the balls: an Arminia counter led to a blast by Przybylko and Bielefeld looked to have survived. In desperation Darmstadt through in everything, including the keeper and kitchen sink. The hero was da Costa, who had only come on for the last assault in the 2nd period of injury time. He fired from 20 meters, and it looked like it bounced off another player into the net. An injury time goal that meant everything! But it wasn’t over. In the last gasp attack before the whistle, Bielefeld’s Feick headed against the post.
With this sensational 4-2, the overall stand was 5-5, but Darmstadt wins on away goals and is promoted to the 2.Liga. Arminia is probably still in shock, but when they revive, they’ll be back down in the 3rd division…
ARMINIA BIELEFELD: Ortega - Strifler, Burmeister, Salger, Feick - Schütz - K. Przybylko, C. Müller, Riese, Sahar - Klos Subs: 17. Schönfeld for C. Müller 72. Hille for Sahar 87. Appiah for Klos SV DARMSTADT 98: Zimmermann - Sirigu, Sulu, Gorka, Stegmayer - Behrens, Gondorf - M. Heller, Ivana - Sailer - Stroh-Engel Subs: 70. Landeka for Ivana 98. Berzel for Sirigu 112. da Costa for Gondorf Scoring: 0:1 Stroh-Engel (23., Gondorf) 0:2 Behrens (51., Ivana) 1:2 Burmeister (53., Schütz) 1:3 Gondorf (79., Sailer) 2:3 K. Przybylko (110., Strifler) 2:4 da Costa (120. + 2) Attendance: 26,200 - Schüco-Arena, Bielefeld (sold-out)