FC Ingolstadt 04 came from behind to clinch a 3-1 win over SV Darmstadt 98 in a battle between the Bundesliga’s newly-promoted sides in Matchday 13’s curtain closer.
Neither side shirked their challenges, but it was Darmstadt who got the better of the early exchanges before taking the lead when Aytac Sulu beat his marker to Konstantin Rausch’s corner. The visitors sat deep after opening the scoring, limiting Ingolstadt’s chances of carving out an equaliser. Christian Mathenia produced a fine save to keep out Pascal Groß’s free-kick before Lukas Hinterseer headed off target from a tight angle shortly before the break.
Determined to overturn the one-goal deficit, Ingolstadt were much improved after the restart and turned the game on it’s head before the hour-mark courtesy of a quick-fire double. Robert Bauer levelled the scores with a sensational chest-trap and volley, before Moritz Hartmann put the hosts in from the spot after Groß was brought down in the box by Junior Diaz. Darmstadt threw bodies forward late on, but were caught out in the dying stages when Hartmann headed home to wrap up the victory.
Man of the match
A perpetual motion machine throughout the 90 minutes, Hartmann’s endeavour was justly rewarded with a two-goal salvo that saw him become the first Ingolstadt player to score more than once in the 2015/16 campaign and thereby the first for the club in the top flight.
While Ingolstadt were slow out of the blocks and Darmstadt proved the makers of their own downfall, Sunday’s encounter was yet another demonstration of how both newly-promoted sides will not be relinquishing their top-flight status without a fight.
- Aytac Sulu scored Darmstadt’s 100th Bundesliga goal of all-time in his 100th appearance in all competitions for the club.
- In five of their six away games this season, Darmstadt have taken the lead within the opening 17 minutes.
- Seven of Darmstadt’s 14 goals this season have come by way of a set-piece situation – a league high.
- Robert Bauer scored with his first-ever shot in the Bundesliga to become Ingolstadt’s youngest ever goalscorer in Germany’s top flight at 20 years of age.
Ingolstadt: Özcan – Levels, Hübner, Matip, Suttner (Bauer 16’) – Groß, Roger, Bregerie (Lex 57’), Morales – Hartmann (Cohen 89’), Hinterseer
Darmstadt: Mathenia, Garics, Sulu, Caldirola, Diaz (Rajkovic 86’) – Niemeyer (Vrancic 77’), Gondorf – Heller, Rosenthal (Kempe 68’), Rausch – Stroh-Engel