Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor
Darmstadt are the victors after Filip Stojilkovic's first-half double. The Lilies are back on top of the Bundesliga 2 standings - and with a two-point lead over Heidenheim - and their fans head into the night in high spirits. Kaiserslautern are in sixth, with their dreams of automatic promotion slipping away.
Lilies hit the woodwork
Torsiello sprints through on the right, shapes himself, and darts a low shot against the woodwork.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Lobinger up and over
A long throw in from the right is flicked on and suddenly Lobinger has a decent chance to score. The Kaiserslautern attacker volleys high and wide, however.
Phillip Tietz Marlon Ritter
Seydel's shot at glory
Seydel comes on and immediately has a chance to put this game well and truly to bed. The substitute is denied by Luthe, however.
Stojilkovic receives a rousing ovation as the two-goal Darmstadt hero makes his way off to be replaced by Aaron Seydel.
Tietz almost gets onto the end of a lovely Bennetts cross from the right but the Darmstadt forward was always stretching for that.
Ritter off target
Ritter with one more miss in this game, the Kaiserslautern No. 7 blasting over from the left.
Emir Karic goes into the book after sliding in on Opoku.
The Lilies make a triple change with Gjasula, Bennetts and Ronstadt all coming on.
8 off target
6 on target
6 off target
2 on target
Lobinger has a go
At the other end, Lobinger smashes into the side-netting from a tight angle.
Lilies go close
Manu is in in front of goals. His side-footed shot takes two deflections before flying over. From the resulting corner, Riedel's header draws a super one-handed stop from Luthe.
De Preville disappointment
Nicolas de Preville, who only came on at the break, heads off with a niggling injury. Durm and Lobinger are on for the visitors.
Mehlem latches onto a loose ball and curls a shot off target. Kaiserslautern are preparing some changes.
Kaiserslautern haven't really been able to respond to going in at the break with a two-goal deficit, a first for the Red Devils this season. Dirk Schuster's men have more than enough time to get back into this but they need to find a spark from somewhere.
Braydon Manu thumps a long-distance strike at goal that Luthe does well to claw out. Decent chance for the hosts.
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Tietz off target
Tietz turns and drills narrowly wide of the upright as Darmstadt go in search of a third.
Terence Boyd has been replaced by Nicolas de Preville at the break for Kaiserslautern.
Game back on
Away we go in the second half.
Darmstadt are currently sitting pretty atop the Bundesliga 2 standings and they'll stay right there if they can see this one out. The hosts are good value for their half-time lead.
Zolinski chops down Bader and that's the easiest yellow card decision the ref will have to make.
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Darmstadt are in control of this game now. Slautern give the ball away twice before Stojilkovic chases the long pass into the area. The Swiss forward is initially denied by Luthe, but a breaking ball offers a second bite of the cherry and Stojilkovic pokes this one home.
Rapp's wallop from distance hits Klement's outstretched boot and the ball pops up into Schuhen's hands! That could have gone anywhere. Darmstadt survive.
Mehlem drags Klement back and that's going to be a booking for the Darmstadt man.
Ritter has a pop
Ritter tries with a tasty drive from distance that bounces up in front of Schuhen, who swallows that one up.
Stojilkovic heads the Lilies in front! The corner from the left is floated towards the far post and Stojilkovic rises before nodding in off Zuck. Cue pandemonium in the stands.
Stojilkovic chases a long through ball but can't quite get there. Mehlem is back on.
Marvin Mehlem and Nicolai Rapp collide and both will need treatment. Mehlem hobbles to the touchline.
Filip Stojilkovic is suddenly through on the left but his cross is cut out by Boris Tomiak and Kaiserslautern look to counter.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Chance count rising
1 off target
1 on target
2 off target
0 on target
Ritter races into the area and meets a cross from the left with an angled header that flashes narrowly wide of the far post. Ritter really should have scored there.
Redondo limps out of the contest and is replaced by Ben Zolinski.
Kenny Prince Redondo pulls up while chasing for the ball and this doesn't look good at all for the Kaiserslautern man.
Darmstadt have the ball in the net after a bit of pinball inside the Kaiserslautern box. The referee's whistle had already sounded for a foul on Opoku, however.
Hosts playing keep ball
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Tietz has the home fans roaring momentarily as the Darmstadt No. 9 gets his head to a cross from the left. The ball drops harmlessly into Andreas Luthe's arms.
Opoku menaces down the right again and his cross takes a slight deflection, sending the ball looping narrowly wide.
It's been loose since that Kaiserslautern moment after a couple of minutes. Both teams looking a little nervous with so much at stake.
Strong Slautern start
Almost for Kaiserslautern, whose Aaron Opoku beats his man on the right before sending a loose ball through to Terence Boyd. Marcel Schuhen is quick off his line to snaffle possession and the former USMNT international's feet.
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Heidenheim moved top of the table after beating Karlsruhe 5-2 yesterday. They're now a point clear of Darmstadt and Hamburg, who could only draw with Kiel. Kaiserslautern can climb as high as fourth, and to within seven points of the promotion play-off spot, with a win today.
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More on those teams
Manu replaces the injured Honsak for Darmstadt. There are also starts for Müller in defence and Bader in midfield. Schuster makes four changes to the Kaiserslautern team that drew with Sandhausen, meanwhile. Luthe returns in goal, while midfielder Rapp and attackers Opoku, Klement and Redondo all get the nod.
Darmstadt starting line-up
Schuhen – Riedel, Zimmermann, Müller – Manu, Bader, Holland (c), Karic – Mehlem – Stojilkovic, Tietz
Brunst, Isherwood, Schnellhardt, Warming, Bennetts, Ronstadt, Seydel, Gjasula, Torsiello
Kaiserslautern starting line-up
Luthe – Zimmer (c), Kraus, Tomiak, Zuck – Ritter, Rapp – Opoku, Klement, Redondo – Boyd
Spahic, Schad, Bormuth, Durm, Niehues, Hanslik, Lobinger, De Preville, Zolinski
Lautern coach wants coolness
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Kaiserslautern outline ambitions
The former four-time German champions are facing a tall task to contend for promotion after one win in their past five. It has been an impressive first season back in the second flight though, with Lautern currently nestled in sixth, ten points behind Darmstadt with ten matches remaining - not an entirely insurmountable gap if they were to win tonight.
Darmstadt want to drive on again
A draw and two defeats in the past three games put a sudden bump in Darmstadt's wonderful season until then. The Lilies lost top spot on Friday to Heidenheim, who beat Karlsruhe 5-2, but the hosts know a win tonight should move them back to the top of the pile.
We will bring you up to date with all the goings-on in Darmstadt v Kaiserslautern, which promises to be an important encounter as the battle to earn promotion in Bundesliga 2 continues to heat up!