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20.04.2024 / English

Matchday Compact: All Information for the Köln game

The Lilies are heading to 1. FC Köln – a feared opponent of SV 98? The last away game in Müngersdorf provides a glimmer of hope in the negative record against the Domstadt team: in 2019, the SVD won 2-1. On Saturday (April 20/3:30pm) there will be a duel under the motto “relegation battle” – The seventeenth place in the table receives the eighteenth. Before things get going in Köln, we will provide you with all the information about the game between the Lilies and the Effzeh.

Lilien-Spieler vor der Südtribüne
Foto: SV 98

The game day quote

We have an obligation not to give anything away under any circumstances. We are ready to approach and finish the games in a highly professional manner right up to the last match day. Our fans also had to go through a lot of disappointment this season: We also want to convey to them that we will never give up and will represent Darmstadt 98 well.

Torsten Lieberknecht before the game with 1. FC Köln

The venue

Müngersdorfer Stadium in Köln, an absolutely familiar term for several generations of football fans. The mayor of Köln at the time, Konrad Adenauer, later the first Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, pushed ahead with the construction of the “Sportpark Müngersdorf” in the early 1920s. In addition to the main stadium with around 80,000 spectator seats, two smaller stadiums, a cycling track, an outdoor swimming pool as well as tennis and hockey courts and an area for heavy athletics were planned. Until the Berlin Olympic Stadium was built, the sports facility in Müngersdorf was the largest in Germany.

Around 100 years later, over 800 Bundesliga games have taken place in what is now the “RheinEnergie Stadium”, the Effzeh has been able to celebrate German championships here, as well as five relegations to the second division. But the really big international football also found its way to Köln. After the city was not chosen as a World Cup venue in 1974, there were at least four group stage games and a round of 16 at the next home World Cup in 2006.

But it’s not just the big players who have delighted the Köln audience in terms of sport, the Müngersdorf stadium can also look back on some real top-class performers in the concert area. The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Guns N‘ Roses, Pink Floyd and AC/DC, among others, have already played in the Rhineland.

The capacity of the stadium, which has been rebuilt several times, is now 50,000 spectators. Pleasing for the Effzeh this season: despite the relegation battle, an average of 49,793 fans come per home game, which is the second highest average for Köln in the club’s history, only in the 2008/09 season there were an average of 220 more spectators.

DFL/Getty Images/Lukas Schulze
DFL/Getty Images/Lukas Schulze
DFL/Getty Images/Alexander Scheuber
DFL/Getty Images/Alexander Scheuber
DFL/Getty Images/Alexander Scheuber
DFL/Getty Images/Alexander Scheuber
DFL/Getty Images/Lukas Schulze

The last meeting:

In the first half of the season, the Lilies had to admit defeat at home to 1. FC Köln 0-1, after SVD had scored points in the previous two games.

In the first half there were hardly any highlights at the Böllenfalltor, the game between the two direct competitors mainly took place between the two penalty areas. It wasn’t until four minutes before the half-time whistle that some danger arose again: first a shot from Mathias Honsak was blocked, then Fabian Holland’s long-range shot sailed over the crossbar (41′). After a first half with few chances, we went into the dressing room without any goals.

After an hour, the guests took advantage of a set piece and took the lead: Selke pushed the ball over the line from close range after a corner (60th). Six minutes later, Köln celebrated again, but the VAR ruled it offside and the score remained 0-1 (66′).

Four minutes later, the VAR was once again the focus: after a shot by Fabian Nürnberger, referee Ittrich decided on a penalty for handball, after a consultation with the pitch side monitors, the decision was reversed (70th).

In the final phase, the 98ers continued to run and tried everything to keep something countable at the Böllenfalltor, but they rarely found the necessary space with their actions and had to narrowly admit defeat.

The opponent's opinion

Timo Schultz made a combative statement at the press conference before the duel with the Lilies: “We will do everything we can to get three points on Saturday. The focus should be entirely on us. We have to make sure we are more dangerous and create more chances. We approach every game like a final. We want to win against Darmstadt, then we’ll take another look at the table on Sunday. Then it goes week by week.”

The Officials

  • Referee: Dr. Matthias Jöllenbeck
  • Assistants: Robert Kempter and Jonas Weickenmeier
  • Fourth Official: Patrick Alt
  • VAR: Tobias Stieler and Markus Schüller

The Weather

In cloudy conditions in Köln-Müngersdorf, the temperature climbs to a maximum of 10 degrees Celsius in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent during the game, and in the evening it is even 95 percent.

Who will show Darmstadt vs. live on TV?

You can watch the Lilies‘ game against Effzeh live on Sky. Marcus Lindemann comments on the individual game. Jonas Friedrich comments on all the games on Saturday afternoon in the conference. The Sky conference is moderated by Britta Hofmann and the expert is Dietmar Hamann.

Software AG Matchcenter

Matchday! And so back into matchday mode. You can of course follow the duel between the Lilies and 1. FC Köln again on Saturday afternoon in the Software AG Matchcenter on our homepage. Just click on the orange button! There we provide you with lots of live data about the game. You can also be there live with our live ticker.

All fans of the Lilies can follow the game in full length via our live ticker as well as on the fan radio. Current pictures and highlights from the game are also available on Facebook and Twitter. You can get even more live photos on Instagram.

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