A POINT EACH
A fiercely-contested game between two clubs fighting for survival, and it ends in a point which neither side will be fully satisfied with, although it is enough to lift Bielefeld out of the bottom two.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Bryan Lasme 34.99km/h
Jamie Leweling 34.01km/h
Patrick Wimmer 33.38km/h
GOAL!2 : 2
PICK THAT ONE OUT!
Not just experience, but quite a useful left peg! Gonzalo Castro with the sweetest of connections with the ball on the volley to fire it into the far corner and bring Bielefeld back level! What a strike, what a goal, and what a final five minutes we have in store!
This is just the second time this season that Fürth have scored more than once in a game. The last time was a 6-3 defeat to Hoffenheim. Will they double down and take the points back to Bavaria this time?
The home fans are doing their best to lift Bielefeld to an equaliser, and Andrade got plenty of lift on his leap to meet that corner, but not enough power in his header to beat Burchert.
Interpret this as you will, but a clinical Fürth lead 2-1.
FRESH LEGS FOR THE HOSTS
Fresh legs here with the experience of Castro on for an exhausted Schöpf, and youngster Serra on for Krüger.
Fürth are not only giving themselves a big boost here, but they are doing a big favour to their Bavarian rivals Augsburg, as this result would deny Bielefeld the chance to climb above them and drop them into the relegation play-off berth.
Within a minute of entering, Havard Nielsen has helped the guests regain the lead! It's his header which hits Brunner's shoulder and it goes in - probably an own goal, but what an impact from the substitute!
GOAL!1 : 2
Bielefeld have their captain back with Prietl coming on after missing the first game of 2022 and the last of 2021.
BALANCE TIPPING BACK BIELEFELD'S WAY
Schöpf fires another effort wide as the hosts start to get back on top of this game after a slow start to this second half.
A low shot from Wimmer is a reminder to Fürth that they need to make the more of their possession and chances, or risk falling behind once again. Burchert gets down to make the save.
Leweling (r.) celebrate the goal which brought Fürth level.
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Ortega comes to the rescue for Bieelfeld to turn away a fantastic Tillman free-kick which was heading in. Almost the lead for Fürth!
In contrast to the first half, it is the guests who have made a more confident start to this second 45 minutes, getting their foot on the ball and passing it around well. Can they now transform this into chances and goals?
MORE TO COME!
Two teams scrapping for their lives at the foot of the table, but it's been anything but scrappy with enterprise and endeavour in abundance. It's level at the break, but plenty to suggest there are more goals in this game.
Nilsson dives low to meet a cross with his head and he's very brave among studs and laces, but he does not get the full reward as the ball flies wide.
Neither time done a great deal in front of goal according to xG, but both done enough for one goal apiece.
LITTLE IN IT
AGAINST THE ODDS
In German, the verb schöpfen means 'to exhaust', and an effort from Schöpf preceding that goal showed no sign of Bielefeld exhausting their opportunities, but they have just been hit by a sucker punch.
Goal out of nothing for Fürth, with Bielefeld having a succession of shots and then their guests hit on the break. Great pace and strength from Leweling, who holds off Andrade and still manages to pick his spot with composure. Game on!
GOAL!1 : 1
CLOSE FOR BIELEFELD!
A good chance for Bielefeld to double their lead and it's Krüger who flashes his shot just inches over the crossbar!
FIRST IN THE BOOK
Itter's name goes into the book after he hauls down Wimmer, the first yellow card of the afternoon and the first for Itter this season.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Bryan Lasme 34.99km/h
Sebastian Griesbeck 32.53km/h
Patrick Wimmer 31.82km/h
Okugawa in the background watches on as his shot nestles in the far corner.
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This time Okugawa sends in a delightful cross for Wimmer, but he sends his header high and wide.
The in-form Japanese attacking midfielder has seven goals this season. No other Bielefeld player has more than three.
This is what that goal means for Bielefeld, who move out of the bottom three.
FOUR IN A ROW!
This is a man in form! Okugawa scores for a fourth game in a row, showing how hot he is right now to tuck the ball into the far corner after skipping past two Greuther defenders!
GOAL!1 : 0
With Augsburg held at home by Frankfurt moments ago, Bielefeld know a win would take them out of the bottom three. It looks like they got the memo, the way they have come out of the blocks.
Bielefeld straight onto the attack and they've earned an early corner.
Bielefeld get us underway in a crucial game for both clubs' hopes of avoiding relegation this season.
FIVE MINUTES TO GO
It's almost time for kick-off at the SchücoArena...
Watch: Take a peak inside the Bielefeld dressing room
CAN GREUTHER PERFORM A MIRACLE?
Bottom club Greuther are, it's safe to say, up against it if they are to avoid relegation. A win today would move them to within eight points of their hosts and nine of the promotion/relegation playoff but defeat would leave them 12 adrift of VfB Stuttgart, who will slip into second-bottom if Bielefeld pick up all three points. It's feeling like now or never for the Cloverleaves.
SPOTLIGHT ON OKUGAWA
Bielefeld's Japanese midfielder has been in superb form this season. He has six goals to his name to top the club's scoring charts, and he's found the back of the net in each of Arminia's last three fixtures. The 25-year-old's latest strike sparked his side's two-goal turnaround as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Freiburg on Matchday 18.
Watch: Highlights from the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture
It took a little while coming but we have the Greuther XI in and they're unchanged from the side that picked up a point against VfB Stuttgart last weekend. That means former Bayern Munich man Julian Green is on the bench and fellow former Bayern midfielder Timothy Tillman starts.
GREUTHER STARTING XI
Burchert – Meyerhöfer, Griesbeck, Viergever, Itter – Seguin, Christiansen, Tillman – Dudziak – Leweling, Hrgota (c)
Linde, Asta, Bauer, Pululu, Abiama, Willems, Nielsen, Barry, Green
ONE CHANGE FOR THE HOSTS
Bielefeld make just one change from the side that drew 2-2 with Freiburg last time out. Bryan Lasme starts in attack and replaces Janni Serra, who drops to the bench.
BIELEFELD STARTING XI
Ortega (c) – Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Andrade – Schöpf, Vasiliadis – Wimmer, Okugawa, Krüger – Lasme
Kapino, Ramos, Laursen, Castro, Kunze, Prietl, Hack, Fernandes, Serra
ONE HOUR TO GO
There's a nudge over an hour to kick-off in our final game of Matchday 19 and it's a crucial one at the bottom of the table. Hosts Arminia sit second-bottom on 17 points, while visitors Greuther Fürth are back on six in last place. Team news is on it's way any minute...
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