Football – Forth Comes Down – “Safe to the End” – Sports

Fürth (AFP) – Captain Branimir Harjuta buried his face in his shirt and then led his team in front of the fans curve with a loud “Kleeblatt Fürth”. A few meters away, sporting director Rachid Azouzi wept bitterly after SpVgg Greuther Fürth’s relegation from the Bundesliga.

The Franconians, who have held last place in the standings since September, can no longer reach the relegation zone after 1:4 (1:2) against Bayer Leverkusen in the remaining three days of the match.

“I don’t feel good,” said coach Stephen Little. “I always believed until the end that we could do this miracle. That’s why I’m in such a bad emotional state today.” His team once again reached its maximum performance. “But unfortunately it is not enough to stay in the league,” said the 44-year-old.

“We will attack again next year.”

Unlike him, Azzouzi could no longer contain his feelings. “It hurts. You give too much and sometimes not enough,” Azzouzi said on Sky, wiping tears from his eyes. “It will go on again. We will attack again next year.”

Jetro Willems (5th minute) put Forth ahead by scoring his first Bundesliga goal in front of 11,579 spectators. But Patrick Schick (9th), Sardar Azmon (18th), Paulinho (58th) and Exquiel Palacios (84th) dashed the already low hopes of a football fairy tale in Fürth. “We fought all season,” Harguta said. “We tried everything. Especially the last matches showed that we were fighting.”

Mortgage devastating season starts very big

Spielvereinigung returns to the second tier after only one season, as happened after their first promotion to the Bundesliga in 2012. Despite a boost in performance in the second half of the season, the burden of a devastating start to the season was too great in the end. On the other hand, Leverkusen collected important points in their struggle for the Champions League places on Saturday.

Further still has goals in the remaining three matches. “Our goal is to win away from home. We will give everything,” Harguta said. So far, the Games Association has celebrated three victories – all at home.

The Franconians didn’t want to see them off without a fight and started the match furiously. A rebound bounced off Bayer goalkeeper Lucas Hradecky on Forth’s first ten rookie Jesek Njankam, who served the free-standing Williams. The Dutchman scored his first goal from close range in the 68th Bundesliga match.

The euphoria arising in the Runhof Sports Park was short-lived. After a corner kick, Schick, who had already scored four goals in the first leg to make the score 7-1, hit his heel. Since the ball came from the Forth Hargota captain, Schick was not offside.

Fatal mistake by goalkeeper Lindy

As a result, a live exchange of blows developed between two teams at eye level – even the big mistake of Forth goalkeeper Andreas Linde. The Swede played the ball straight at the foot of the approaching Azmoun – the Iranian thanked him by scoring his first goal in the Bundesliga.

With Werkself now in control of the game, Fürth has revealed more and more about weaknesses that have already cost them so many points this season: simply losing possession in the game while advancing a very weak defense.

After the break, the home team initially remained harmless. Leverkusen made the initial decision half an hour before the end. After a great match with Azmon, Paulinho faltered first. But on the second attempt, the Brazilian managed to push the ball over the line.

Although no one in Forth believed there was a miracle anymore, the Game Federation lobbied for the goal. But instead, Leverkusen scored the fourth goal.

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