Highlights

13:30
Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor
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Full-time: Darmstadt 0-1 Freiburg

Darmstadt’s hopes of avoiding relegation back to the Bundesliga 2 are all but over after they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at home against Freiburg. A moment of magic separated the two sides, as Ritsu Dōan buried a delightful strike from outside the area into the bottom corner shortly after the half-hour mark. Despite Die Lilien’s best efforts, they were unable to find an equaliser and are now 12 points adrift of Mainz in 16th and 13 behind Bochum in 15th. Freiburg, meanwhile, move up to eighth and remain in the mix for European qualification.
Full-time
90'
+ 6

Streich unhappy

Having just come on, Sildillia is played into plenty of space inside the box but his shot goes miles wild, much to the disappointment of his manager.
90'
+ 4

Last chance?

Riedel creates perhaps a last chance with a cross-shot into the middle of the area, but the final touch again goes missing.
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
87'

Goal attempts
11off target
2on target
5off target
3on target
87'

Another big chance for Seydel

Seydel has to get anything on a ball into the middle to put it in the net, but can't connect with his out-stretched boot and another chance goes missing.
81'

Holland in pain

Darmstadt captain Fabian Holland makes way after a nasty touchline fall. On comes Fabian Schnellhardt along with Fabio Torsiello.
78'

Chance!

Makengo is inches from his first Bundesliga goal as he hammers a far post cross just over the bar.
71'

Freiburg in control

A dominant period for the away side ends with a great chance for Yannik Keitel whose header goes just over the bar.
70'

Lieberknecht shakes things up

Darmstadt bring on Honsak and Pfeiffer for the final 20 minutes.
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Quiet day for Schuhen

Schuhen hasn't had much to do in the Darmstadt goal but his side's chances of three points are looking increasingly slim.
58'

Shots aplenty

It's just not going in for Darmstadt today
Goal attempts
4off target
2on target
2off target
3on target
56'

Three chances in one!

Darmstadt get three shots away, but two blocks and blast over the bar leave heads in hands.
52'

Chance for Seydel

The forward finds some space for a shot, and despite it being tame, it takes a deflection that almost tricks the keeper.
48'

Flare stoppage

There's a brief delay as we wait for smoke to clear from the home end.
46'

Freiburg get us restarted

Freiburg kick us off with Rohl on for Grifo and eight players standing on the half-way line ready to attack. Streich must have given them a stern team talk.
Kick-off!
45'
+ 4

Substitution

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Half-time: Darmstadt 0-1 Freiburg

Freiburg enter the dressing room a goal up thanks to a moment of brilliance from Doan, but Christian Streich's face paints a picture. The departing manager doesn't look happy as he's had to watch the home side squander a number of big chances.
Half-time
45'
+ 2

Chances for Darmstadt

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
It's not much on the xG side of things, but Darmstadt have certainly had the best of the chances, particularly the most recent effort from Holland.
xGoals
0
0.5
0.3
1
Goals
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The Ritsu Doan show

It's all been about Doan so far, but Darmstadt have certainly had their chances.
44'

Gigantic chance for the home side

Holland again robs Eggestein and this chance is even better, with a chance to slot the ball in Atubolu saves brilliantly from point-blank range.
39'

Almost two!

Doan and Gregoritsch link up again, this time the Japanses turns provider, the Austrian connects with his clever low pass but it's straight at the keeper.
37'

There it is from Doan!

He looked dangerous throughout and along comes Doan to open the scoring. He comes in from the right-hand side, exchanges passes with Gregoritsch and fires in a rather brilliant curling effort.
36'

Ritsu Dōan

GOAL!

0:1
Ritsu Dōan
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
8 %
Shot speed
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Shot speed
Shot speed describes the maximum speed in km/h that a ball reaches in a shot on goal. The distance is measured from the location of the shot to the centre of the goal.
108.08 km/h
Distance to Goal
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Distance to Goal
The distance to goal is measured at the time of the shot - from the position of the ball to the center of the goal.
19.07 m
34'

Gregoritsch should have scored!

Danger man Doan finds Gregoritsch with a brilliant pass to the far post but the Austrian sends it across the face of goal and out of play.
32'

First corner of the match

Darmstadt win the game's first corner, but keep up their worrying trend of not having scored from one all season.
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Ritsu Doan
Ritsu Doan33.58km/h
3.
Aaron Seydel
Aaron Seydel32.17km/h
28'

Darmstadt should be ahead!

A counter sees Vilhelmsson and Seydel in a great position, but the Swede's pass comes off his standing foot before his fellow forward fails to tap-in the ball across the face of the goal.
27'

Chances hard to come by

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
Not much in terms of chances so far, with Darmstadts two shots off target.
xGoals
0
0.19
0.0
0
Goals
24'

Darmstadt fury

Holland catches out Eggestein on the edge of his own box and then goes down under a challenge. The referee isn't interested and Darmstadt aren't happy.
22'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
SituationNo penalty
ReviewFoul?
DecisionNo penalty
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20'

Blooper reel chance

Seydel has some possession on the edge of the Freiburg box and his attempted pass trickles through everyone and almost catches out the keeper.
20'

Dōan the danger man

Dōan is clearly going to be Freiburg's outlet up front today, but SCF haven't found him in the right place so far.
14'

Eggestein in control

Freiburg's key man in the middle of the pitch is making sure nothing comes of the early Darmstadt threat.
Duels won
3
5
Matej Maglica Maximilian Eggestein
10'

Penalty shout!

Dōan finds some space in the Darmstadt box and just before shooting Holland gets between him and the ball. The Japan international goes down but referee Stegemann quickly waves it off.
9'

A good start from the home side

Darmstadt are dominating the ball and the chances so far.
Possession (%)
6238
6'

Freiburg's first attack

Freiburg get the ball in the box for the first time but Schuhen makes easy work of the cross. It's all been down the wings so far.
3'

Another home chance

Darmstadt again show their threat from the wings with a cross that Vilhelmsson attempts to hit overhead before Seydel sends the follow up wide. An encouraging start.
1'

We're underway

Darmstadt kick things off at the Stadion am Böllenfalltor and almost take the lead in the first minute!
Kick-off!
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Lieberknecht surveys

With six changes Lieberknecht needs to see three points today. No team in Bundesliga history has ever overcome a nine-point relegation deficit at this stage of the season to survive.

Two attacking changes for Streich

Christian Streich shuffles his attacking trio by replacing the men behind second top scorer Gregoritsch. Rohl and Holer make way after the 4-1 defeat to Leipzig last time out and they're replaced by Sallai and Grifo.

Lieberknecht rings the changes

Torsten Lieberknecht has made a whopping six changes to the team that lost 4-0 to Mainz last week. Isherwood, Justvan, Manu, Franjic, Skarke and Honsak make way for Maglica, Karic, Riedel, Kempe, Gjasula and Seydel.

Darmstadt starting XI

Schuhen - Bader, Klarer, Maglica, Holland (c) - Riedal, Gjasula, Kempe, Karić - Vilhelmsson, Seydel

Darmstadt subs

Behrens, Isherwood, Zimmermann, Müller, Schnellhardt, Honsak, Pfeiffer, Holtmann, Torsiello

Freiburg starting XI

Atubolu - Kübler, Keitel, Gulde - Dōan, Eggestein, Höfler, Günter (c) - Sallai, Grifo - Gregoritsch

Freiburg subs

Müller, Szalai, Sildillia, Makengo, Muslija, Röhl, Adamu, Philipp, Breunig
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Probable line-ups

Who's set to play this weekend? Who's going to miss out? Keep up to date with all the latest team news right here!
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Streich's view on Darmstadt

"Darmstadt make mistakes every now and then, but they have scoring chances in every game they play. None of us are thinking, 'Darmstadt don't have many points, this is going to be easy.' We need to be switched on and avoid mistakes we've made in past games."
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Lieberknecht's view on Freiburg

"Freiburg want to be in Europe. That is their agenda for Sunday. Our opponents are very dangerous in attacking areas with their crosses from the half-field. But we also have our ideas of how we want to play. It will be crucial that we show that we want to go all out in all areas."
0:30
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2:03
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Watch: Freiburg 1-1 Darmstadt - previous meeting

Darmstadt took the lead at Freiburg in November via Honsak, only for Höler to level the encounter and seal a point.

Lieberknecht on brink of unwanted history

Darmstadt coach Torsten Lieberknecht has one last chance to avoid an unwanted new Bundesliga record. Having failed to win his last 21 matches, he is on the verge of surpassing Bernd Hoss (in 1986/87 with Blau Weiß Berlin) and setting a new mark for most successive matches without a win as a coach.
2:03
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Watch: Mainz 4-0 Darmstadt

Darmstadt's survival hopes took another blow with a big defeat in Mainz that leaves them nine points shy of a relegation play-off spot.
2:03
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Watch: Freiburg 1-4 RB Leipzig

Freiburg dropped down to ninth with defeat to top-four chasing Leipzig but remain very much in the hunt for a European qualifying spot.

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