Absolutely nothing went VfL Onsnabrück's way on Thursday evening at the Audi-Sportpark. Die Lila-Weiß find themselves on the precipice of relegation to the 3. Bundesliga after dropping the first leg of the relegation-promotion playoff to FC Ingolstadt 0-3.
And yet, where there are fans there is always hope. Two thousand live fans will be allowed into the Bremer-Brücke on Sunday afternoon. Coach Markus Feldhoff and midfielder Ulrich Taffertshofer promised them a show in his post-match interview.
One-time top tier club FC Ingolstadt 04 appears to have one foot in the 2. Bundesliga after a very convincing 3-0 victory over the league's 16th-placed team, VfL Osnabrück. Three goals for die Schanzer appear to indicate that the third time is the charm for the Bavarians. Ingolstadt have lost their last two promotion-relegation playoffs in the last two seasons.
Osnabrück trainer Markus Feldhoff and midfielder Ulrich Taffertshofer aren't quite ready to concede defeat yet, however. The duo expressed confidence that, before 2,000 live fans on Sunday afternoon, they could still turn a steep aggregate scoreline around.
"Anyone who thinks it's over now is very much mistaken," Taffertshofer told German broadcaster DAZN after the full-time whistle, "All we need is an early goal to get the house rocking. Then it will get exciting again."
The 29-year-old's trainer conveyed similar sentiments. Three home goals will do the trick to at least force extra time. According to Feldhoff, that mountain will look considerably less insurmountable if the Westphalian-Saxons come out guns blazing.
"We just have to come out on fire like Ingolstadt did and take our destiny in our own hands," the head-coach noted, "We'll do everything we can to go for the sensation."
Osnabrück's home form this year has been nothing short of disastrous. The team actually lost 13 consecutive home fixtures in a row at the empty Bremer Brücke. The stadium shall nevertheless sit empty no more at kickoff on Sunday.
One can expect that the passionate NRW area supporters will scream down the house for their club.