- Hartmann strikes in second half.
- Ben-Hatira struck crossbar for hosts.
- Darmstadt lose fourth game in a row.
FC Ingolstadt 04 claimed their first win of the season in coach Maik Walpurgis’ first game in charge to inflict a fourth straight defeat for SV Darmstadt 98.
Goals: 0-1 Hartmann (68')
Ingolstadt had the game’s first chance when Darmstadt’s Leon Guwara cleared an early corner off the line, but Anis Ben-Hatira went even closer for the hosts when he crashed a free kick onto the crossbar. Michael Esser dropped low to his right to save a Markus Suttner free kick, but both sides looked nervous and lacked the quality required to break down their opponent.
Darmstadt looked to be asserting themselves after the break, and Ben-Hatira should have put them ahead when sliding in to connect to a Marcel Heller cross, but somehow the Tunisian sliced his effort over from six yards. And Moritz Hartmann made Darmstadt pay in fine style, latching on to a header from Lukas Hinterseer to lash in a brilliant, dipping volley from just outside the area for his first goal of the season. They hung on to claim all three points despite a late onslaught from the hosts, which even included a shot from ‘keeper Esser cleared from near the line.
Man of the Match
Pascal Groß continually drove his side onwards with a clever, forceful display that helped keep the home fans quiet and earned what could be a crucial three points.
Walpurgis made four changes to the side that had lost last time out, and his side looked refreshed and completely on board with his new approach. They dug deep in a frantic last few minutes and will need to call upon this spirited display in every game from here on in, but the signs are promising for the new man in charge.
Ingolstadt ran 111.07km compared to 109.10km by Darmstadt.
Pascal Groß completed 35 passes for Darmstadt, whole Ingolstadt’s best total was just 20, by Jerome Gondorf.
This was Die Schanzer’s first away win in the Bundesliga in 20 attempts.
Darmstadt: Esser - Höhn, Milosevic, Sulu (c), Guwara - Gondorf (Schipplock 75'), Jungwirth - Heller, Kleinheisler, Ben-Hatira (Sirigu 63') - Colak
Coach: Norbert Maier
Ingolstadt: Hansen - Hadergjonaj, Tisserand, Matip (c), Suttner (Hinterseer 44') - Cohen, Roger - Leckie, Groß, Jung – Hartmann (Kittel 78')
Coach: Maik Walpurgis