3rd league: Viktoria Cologne wins late against Meppen at the bottom

Status: 03/17/2023 9:14 p.m

FC Viktoria Köln has solved the mandatory task SV Meppen and has worked its way up the table with a home win.

The Domstädter sat down on Friday evening to kick off the 28th matchday of the 3rd league 3: 1 (1: 1) against the bottom of the table Meppen and climbed to eighth place, at least temporarily.

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Delayed kick-off due to Pyro

Compared to the 2-2 draw against Hallesche FC, there was a change in Viktoria’s starting XI: Mike Wunderlich replaced Christoph Greger, who was also not in the squad due to a muscle injury.

Shortly before kick-off, so much pyrotechnics was ignited in the Meppen block that referee Mario Hildenbrand sent the players to the other side of the field again and the game started a few minutes later.

Meppen takes the lead, Meissner equalizes

It was just as hot on the pitch in the first few minutes. Both teams met with open visors. The Meppen team recorded the first big chance through David Blacha, who was denied by Viktoria keeper Ben Voll (5th). On the other side, Robin Meißner narrowly missed a cross from Marcel Risse (12′). In the 19th minute, the guests took the lead with a perfectly executed counterattack. After preparatory work by Morgan Faßbender, Sascha Risch only had to push in.

However, the Viktoria was not really dangerous. Instead, the Meppener countered again and again and in the 33rd minute, David Vogt had a great chance, but his volley was just blocked. Marvin Pourié also narrowly missed making it 2-0 (39′). Shortly before the break, Viktoria managed to equalize after all: Meißner met Patrick Koronkiewicz’s preparatory work to make it 1-1 (44th).

Meißner meets late to victory

In the second half, Viktoria made two changes and brought on Lars Dietz and Jamil Siebert for Hanza Saghiri and David Philipp. Meppen almost took the lead again in the 53rd minute when a cross from Yannick Osée flew dangerously towards the goal and Voll steered the ball over the crossbar in dire need. Wunderlich had the lead for Viktoria in the 62nd minute, but he lobbed over the goalkeeper and not into the box.

After that, both teams once again delivered an open exchange of blows with a lot of speed and slight advantages in Viktoria. Again, Wunderlich just missed the Cologne lead (68th). Shortly thereafter, Janßen took the two experienced players Wunderlich and Risse off the field and brought in André Becker and Luca Marseiler (75′). Viktoria continued to increase the pressure and was rewarded with the 2:1 with Meißner’s second goal of the evening. The striker scored well from 15 meters with a flick (82nd). Patrick Sontheimer made it 3-1 in injury time (90+1).