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A dignified loss for Friedrichsfelde

Borussia Friedrichsfelde vs. Viktoria 1889 Berlin 0:5 (0:2)
September 9, 2012 | attendance: 150 (approx.) | pictures |

Back when I went to school, the running track at Stadion Friedrichsfelde was where they sent us for track and field kind of exercises at gym class. And I hated it. I was bad at running or any of the drills we had to go through, each lap around the pitch dragged on endlessly. I returned later as an adolescent to play football with friends at some of the astro turfs and was bad at that, too – but at least it was fun.

I always wanted to return as a spectator, and today’s cup game between Borussia Friedrichsfelde of Kreisliga B (8th flight) and Viktoria Berlin of Oberliga Nordost Nord (5th flight) seemed like a good opportunity.

Borussia had lost their last two league games quite significantly, so the staff was hoping the beating today would not be too severe: if they would concede just a little under 20 goals that would not be so bad. Viktoria were certainly hungry, as their last two league games ended scoreless – not enough given their ambition to become Berlin’s #3 at some point.

Throughout the entire game, Borussia never really endangered Viktoria’s keeper, as they were constantly busy fending of the never ending attacks. However, they did not make it easy for Viktoria, fought well and did not leave many gaps in their defense. It took 39 minutes until Viktoria finally started scoring when Kristaps Grebis’s left the keeper no chance with a skilled header in the upper right corner. The Latvian striker would also notch the next two from the penalty spot in minutes 41. and 65.

Viktoria kept on pressing in the second half, and forced Borussia’s keeper to a number of excellent saves. In the end he could not avoid fishing the ball out of his net twice more, after Viktoria’s youngster Damantang Camara kindly put them there. The last one very skillfully so with a bicycle kick, after a corner taken by former Union player Adrijan Antunovic who knows how to contribute to scoring in the Berlin cup.

In the end, Friedrichsfelde did not get the beating everybody expected, and they can be proud of that. Union defender Christian Stuff can testify to that: he was there today, at the stadium where he started his career and played for 12 years, so we probably exercised here during the same stretch of time. Back then, he didn’t hate this place as much as I did, and made a name for himself in the football world, whereas I sit comfortably behind a desk now…

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