The fans in the sold-out stadium on Grünwalder Strasse witnessed nine goals in the final game of the 2021/22 third division season. TSV 1860 München led 2-0 after around twenty minutes before BVB's U23s managed to make the score 2-2 before the end of the first half. In the second half, the hosts took advantage of a strong phase of play to win the match 6-3.
The opponent: For the hosts, it was still about achieving fourth place in the table. After the defeat against champions Magdeburg on the previous matchday, coach Michael Köllner's team had to bury their faint hopes of promotion.
Personnel matters: BVB coach Enrico Maassen made three changes to his starting eleven. Antonios Papadopoulos, Justin Njinmah and Ole Pohlmann replaced Ted Tattermusch, Richmond Tachie and Berkan Taz.
The match & analysis: In front of 15,000 fans at the Grünwalder Strasse stadium, BVB enjoyed the better start. The Black & Yellows profited from a bad pass in the build-up play and had their first chance after only 40 seconds when Christian Viet, Franz Pfanne, Timo Bornemann and finally Justin Njinmah all combined for a shot on goal. The second chance belonged to Guille Bueno, who shot just wide of the far post from 16 metres.
The Black & Yellows were able to pass their way out of trouble and won many second balls. The hosts often resorted to long balls and shots from distance. One of these actions brought the opening goal for 1860. Stefan Lex took advantage of a mistake in the Dortmund back line and found the net from close range on 18 minutes. Only three minutes later, Marcel Bär doubled the lead after another moment of confusion in the BVB defence.
But the Black & Yellows did not allow their heads to drop and fought their way back into the game. Antonios Papadopoulos converted a direct free kick to reduce the arrears to 1-2 from BVB's point of view in the 23rd minute. BVB pressed for the equaliser and had a great chance to make it 2-2 through Justin Njinmah in the 33rd minute, but the Dortmund attacker's shot was cleared off the line.
One minute before the end of the first half, BVB went on the counter attack: Timo Bornemann played in Justin Njinmah, who only had to slot in from close range. The two sides went into the half-time break level at 2-2.
The home side got off to the better start in the second half and took the lead again in the 54th minute. Merveille Biankadi was the quickest to react to a throw-in and beat Stefan Drljaca from close range to give 1860 a 3-2 lead. Justin Njinmah then had a great chance to make it 3-3, but it was the “Lions” who scored the next goal. Marcel Bär scored in the 59th to make it 4-2 and restore the two-goal advantage.
Despite finding themselves behind again, the Black & Yellows never stopped trying and increasingly pushed the home side back into their own half. In the middle of this phase, 1860 launched the game-deciding counterattack: Yannick Deichmann scored a quarter of an hour before the end to make it 5-2. the Black & Yellows managed to reduce the score to 3-5 seven minutes before the end through Haymenn Bah-Traore, but Dennis Dressel added the final goal of the game a minute later for 1860.
BVB ends the season in ninth place in the 3rd division with 49 points.
BVB U23s: Drljaca – Bueno (78. Bah-Traore), Maloney, Hober, Bornemann (73. Tattermusch), Papadopoulos, Pohlmann (59. Taz), Finnsson, Viet, Njinmah, Pfanne
Goals: 1-0 Lex (18.), 2-0 Bär (21.), 2-1 Papadopoulos (23.), 2-2 Njinmah (44.), 3-2 Biankadi (54.), 4-2 Bär (59.), 5-2 Deichmann (75.), 5-3 Bah-Traore (83.), 6-3 Dressel (84.)