Both sides ended up with ten men in a game that was fiercely contested right from the off. Fabian Klos brace’s set the guests on their way, only for Mickael Pote’s 65th strike for Dresden to set up a grandstand finale in which Robert Koch pulled the hosts level. However, Bielefeld’s Kacper Przybylko sealed the points late on to give the guests a last throw of the dice in the battle against the drop.
The teams were level on points going into the encounter, but Bielefeld needed a victory to have any chance of survival owing to their inferior goal difference. As was to be expected in an all-or-nothing match of this magnitude, the players began furiously, closing down the spaces and biting into tackles. While it made for a gripping spectacle, goalmouth action was hard to come by until shortly before half-time, when a sending off for Bielefeld’s Thomas Hübener for a second bookable offence changed the complexion of the game.
Yet far from retreating into their shell, the visitors went on the front foot and took the lead just four minutes later when Klos received Przybylko’s flick-on to slot home from close range. Stunned, it was all Dresden could do to ensure they did not concede another before the break.
The drama continued after the interval when Dresden’s Cheikh Gueye was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card. That precipitated another strong spell from Bielefeld, who extended their lead when Klos tucked in his second of the afternoon. However, Pote soon ramped up the tension inside the Glücksgas Stadion by pulling a goal back for the hosts shortly afterwards.
Koch’s leveller five minutes later had Dresden fans cheering their club’s survival, but Przybylko broke their hearts in the 86th minute with a back-post finish to hand Bielefeld a 3-2 victory and a place in the relegation play-offs next week, while consigning Dresden to life in the third division in 2014/15.
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