DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, November 2, 2010
David Yelldell nearly maintained yet another shut-out for Duisburg, however was done in thanks to a late own-goal by Olivier Veigneau as the Zebras were bested by Fortuna Düsseldorf on Monday evening.
Duisburg had been one of the division's better goalscoring teams heading into the contest, however a game nearly entirely lacking in style saw both teams neutralizing the others' attack, with the final decider appropriately coming due to one's misfortune.
Each team was sloppy and uncreative in their approach, with Duisburg's best chance of the half perhaps on a 21st minute free kick by Srdjan Grlic which Goran Sukalo missed by just inches.
Despite the overall dour play, neither coach opted to make any halftime adjustments to the lineup, with play continuing much in the same vein for the remainder of regulation.
Düsseldorf had perhaps reason to complain after 54 minutes when Grlic appeared to have handled the ball in his own 18-yard box, but referee Knut Kircher's whistle stayed silent.
The result was finally secured for the hosts with seven minutes left as Patrick Zoundi escaped defender Daniel Reiche and sent a shot towards goal which Veigneau attempted to clear off the line but ended up knocking into his own net.
While the Zebras attempted to pick up the pace for the final minutes with forward Maurice Exslager brought in the final minutes a they threw everything forward, they were unable to make up for the mistake and went home empty-handed.
Duisburg drop to third place with the loss, now two points behind Erzgebirge Aue however still occupying the promotion playoff spot. They face a vital six-pointer on Saturday whey they host SpVgg Greuther Fürth, who they lead by just two points in the standings.