DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
David Yelldell put in another strong performance, combining with the Duisburg defense to hold Bielefeld to a single goal as his team's attack took care of business early to earn a win on Monday night.
The Zebras jumped out of the gates in a fashion more befitting of their equine cousins, effectively putting the game out of reach before even the first quarter-hour had passed.
Srdjan Baljak received a long ball in the left flank, which he crossed low in front of Dennis Eilhoff's goal, where Sefa Yilmaz slid in to knock just inside the lower left corner in the fifth minute.
Baljak was quick to increase the lead, hitting a fantastic curling shot from just outside the area just inside the upper right corner four minutes later, then the team made it three in the 15th minute as Bruno Soares was first to a deflected save by Eilhoff, casually sidefooting in the the short shot for the 3-0 advantage.
The hosts showed some signs of life through the remainder of the half, and would have taken at least one goal back were it not for a pair of sharp reflex saves from Yelldell.
They did succeed in cutting into the lead six minutes after the restart, with Arne Feick pulling down a long crossfield pass in the box, and taking advantage of close marking by his defender blocking Yelldell's vision to send a low shot out of the keeper's reach.
Both teams further threatened over the final 40 minutes, however strong work by both keepers kept the scoreline in tact, with the final whistle confirming Duisburg's strong victory.
The win takes Duisburg back into the league's top three, back on track in their quest for promotion to the top flight. They will look to further solidify their position, if not shoot for first place on Sunday afternoon when they host Luis Robles and Karlsruher SC.