RECAP: MIDWEEK GERMAN ACTION
Amaechi Igwe started and played a full 90 for Babelsberg in a disappointing tie while Preston Zimmerman failed to get off the bench for Darmstadt
Preußen Münster 1 - 1 SV Babelsberg 03
Amaechi Igwe went the distance in defense as Babelsberg lost the lead late in their midweek match against newly-promoted Preußen Münster.
Babelsberg coach Dietmar Demuth shook things up a bit after losing this past weekend, with striker Markus Müller and midfielder Ronny Surma getting the nods in attack in place of striker Admin Civa and the injured Hebisch; Igwe was given the start in what has become his normal position of left fullback under coach Demuth.
Sitting on ten points from four games and a goal difference of plus 4, coach Marc Fascher's boys from Münster were looking to continue their fine run of play to start the season. Despite playing in front of their home crowd, it was the guests who struck first shortly before the break.
Defensive midfielder Benjamin Kaufmann crossed from the wing and found a wide open Dominik Stroh-Engel, who calmly controlled before finishing firing past Preußen keeper Daniel Masuch in the 37th minute. Babelsberg took the well-deserved 1-0 lead into the dressing room.
The first 40 minutes of the second half saw Babelsberg intent on defending and Preußen lacking any attacking ideas. The closing five minutes, however, had plenty of action.
It all started in the 85th minute when Münster striker Jose Pierre Vunguidica got into a shoving match with a central defender. The verbal spat became physical and Vunguidica took a swing and a miss, for which referee Benjamin Brand rightly sent him off.
Now a man down and less than five minutes to play, Münster was staring their first defeat of the year right in the face. But in the 88th minute, defender Patrik Kirsch managed to get a toe onto the ball and put it into the net to equalize after a scrum in front of keeper Marian Unger's goal.
Shortly thereafter, Babelsberg were also reduced to ten as striker Anton Makarenko was sent off for a studs-up challenge in the last minute of regulation. Brand blew the whistle just a few seconds later and both teams had to settle for a point that will feel like a victory for the home team and a loss for the visitors.
Babelsberg have a total six points from five games and are currently in 12th place. This weekend Igwe and the boys will be hungry for all three points as they take on 2nd place FC. Heidesheim on Saturday.
Preston Zimmerman failed to get off the bench again as Darmstadt won 1-0 away at Wehen Wiesbaden on Tuesday.