Darmstadt are promoted!
They've done it! Some people are on the pitch. Bundesliga here they come, after six years outside the top flight! Congratulations, Darmstadt!
Schuhen with a big claim as a ball's swung in towards the back stick. Darmstadt inching closer...
FOUR added minutes
The countdown is on...
A defender and a forward for the closing stages. Promotion is tantalisingly close for the Lilies...
Magdeburg continue to circulate the ball with purpose. Can Darmstadt hold their nerve?
No faulting Magdeburg's effort levels
Schuhen to the rescue!
Darmstadt's No.1 does his best Superman impression, flying off his line to stop Schuler heading in from close range and then recovering to block Ceka's rising rebound.
Mehlem races into the box and aims for the near post from a tight angle, but Boss turns it round the upright.
Fresh legs for the visitors. Somewhat surprisingly, Atik is one of the men to make way.
Distance run (km)
Tobias Kempe Amara Condé
Big Boss man
The Magdeburg stopper appears OK to continue. Relief for Titz, who's already without No.1 Dominik Reimann.
Mehlem anticipates Lawrence's loose pass across the back line. He races into the box with the ball at his feet, but Boss dives bravely at his feet to make the block before Lawrence completes the clearance. The Magdeburg stand-in keeper stays down, though...
The Magdeburg playmaker bends a free-kick towards the far post, forcing Schuhen to bat clear at full stretch. He's proving a real handful for the home side...
The Japanese attacker replaces Bell Bell for Magdeburg. He's ex-Hamburg - can he do his former club a favour in the promotion race? Darmstadt are 45 minutes from a return to the Bundesliga...
Half time! Darmstadt 1-0 Magdeburg
Magdeburg carve open the home defence again. El Hankouri is the catalyst with a driving run and probing cross. Ceka meets it on the volley at the far post, but Schuhen gets down to beat the ball back out, Either side of the keeper, and that was in.
Against the run of play
Stats point to a home win
It's the goal they've been waiting for! Tietz nods down Kempe's left-wing cross. He gets lucky as it comes back to him off a defender, and he lashes in the rebound. There's a VAR check for a possible foul by the big striker, but it stands. Darmstadt are going up, if it stays this way!
Darmstadt don't get tight enough to Atik, who's allowed to carry the ball into a shooting position 20 yards from goal. He drags it wide, though.
Magdeburg's forward line continues to cause problems for Darmstadt on the break as El Hankouri barrels in off the right flank. He takes aim from 18 yards, but a deflection takes it wide.
Kempe sends over a free-kick from the right with real pace. Tietz attacks, but his towering header zings wide of the far post.
Decent chances at both ends
Breathless stuff in the opening exchanges as Schuhen's outstretched leg denies El Hankouri from close range. That all came about following a mazy Atik run.
Off the line!
So close to the opening goal. Magdeburg don't deal with Schuhen's long punt. Mehlem slips in Tietz, who rounds the goalkeeper, but there's Heber to clear off the line!
Atik sprays a diagonal ball into the Darmstadt area. It's cushioned down for Ceka, who's leaning back and blazes over from 12 yards. That was a very presentable chance...
Stojilkovic pounces on a mistake by Heber, who goes shoulder to shoulder with the Darmstadt striker in a bid to wrestle back possession in the box. He prevails, amidst loud penalty calls from the home side. Not given.
Karic does well to get in behnd the Magdeburg defence, but his cut-back into the area is hooked away.
We're under way at the Böllenfalltor, which is positively rocking!
A word on Magdeburg
Promoted as 3. Liga champions last season, Magdeburg were second bottom of Bundesliga 2, on 17 points from as many games, at the halfway stage. However, they've taken 23 points since to secure another campaign of Bundesliga 2 football with room to spare.
It's a case of three into two automatic promotion spots between Darmstadt, Heidenheim and Hamburg, with a play-off tie against 16th in the Bundesliga for the third-placed team. Leaders Darmstadt have already squandered two chances to confirm their top-flight place for 2023/24, but can make it a case of third time lucky today...
Darmstadt will be promoted if:
They win; they draw AND Heidenheim lose to Sandhausen OR Hamburg fail to beat Greuther Fürth; or Hamburg lose to Fürth
Heidenheim will be promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time ever if:
They win against Sandhausen AND Hamburg lose to Fürth.
Hamburg will be guaranteed third place if:
They get at least a draw against Fürth; or Paderborn, St. Pauli and Fortuna Düsseldorf all fail to win against Arminia Bielefeld, Holstein Kiel and Hannover respectively
More on those teams
With Müller sidelined, Manu and Bader suspended and Honsak dropping to the bench, Lieberknecht turns to Klaus Gjasula, the suspension-free Marvin Mehlem, Fabian Schnellhardt and Tobias Kempe. As for Magdeburg, Bayern Munich reserves loanee Jamie Lawrence is preferred to defender Cristiano Piccini in the only change to the 2-2 draw with Nuremberg.
Darmstadt starting line-up
Schuhen - Pfeiffer, Gjasula, Zimmermann - Karic, Schnellhardt, Kempe, Holland (c) - Mehlem - Tietz, Stojilkovic
Brunst, Isherwood, Riedel, Warming, Honsak, Ben Balla, Bennetts, Seydel, Torsiello
Magdeburg starting line-up
Boss - Bockhorn, Lawrence, Heber, Bell Bell - Gnaka, Elfadli, Conde (c) - Ceka, El Hankouri, Atik
Kruth, Piccini, Sechelmann, Bittroff, Cacutalua, Ullmann, Brünker, Schuler, Ito
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Magdeburg injury worries
Darmstadt have lost their last two fixtures - it is only the second time this season they have suffered such a dip. They had gone 21 matches unbeaten between July and March.
Magdeburg making a move
The visitors are on their best unbeaten run of the season - four without defeat. They lost 0-1 at home when they hosted Darmstadt in November, however.
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Watch: Hannover 2-1 Darmstadt
Third time lucky for Darmstadt?
Darmstadt missed the chance to seal promotion back to the Bundesliga in defeats to St. Pauli and Hannover. Can the Bundesliga 2 leaders get the job done at the third attempt against mid-table Magdeburg? A win will guarantee their place in the top flight, but anything else opens the door to Heidenheim and Hamburg, three and four points back respectively, and in action on Saturday.