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3rd league: Hallescher FC climbs out of the relegation zone after a win against Viktoria

As of: November 5th, 2023 9:37 p.m

Hallesche FC won against Viktoria Köln after falling behind. This meant that the Ristic team climbed out of the relegation zone. The Saalestadt team showed a strong performance and celebrated their third win in eight days.

At the end of the 14th matchday in the 3rd league, Hallesche FC celebrated a 2-1 (0-1) win against Viktoria Köln after falling behind. Coach Sreto Ristic’s team climbed to 16th place in the table and left the relegation zone behind. After the 3-2 win at SSV Ulm and the 6-0 win in the state cup against MSV Börde, the HFC also achieved its third win in eight days across all competitions.

Marseiler puts Viktoria in the lead

The hosts, whose coach Ristic sent the same starting eleven onto the field as a week ago in Ulm, started courageously and enthusiastically. Erich Berko sent Dominic Baumann on his way, who made another mistake and tested Viktoria goalkeeper Ben Voll (3rd). At first there was little from Cologne – then Moritz Schulze, who again replaced the sick HFC regular keeper Sven Müller between the posts, parried against Luca Marseiler (23′).

At the same time, the guests revealed large gaps in the defense, which gave the HFC further opportunities through Baumann (24th), Tunay Deniz (25th) and Berko (26th). But then the shock for the Halle team: Donny Bogicevic drove a Cologne counterattack and then put Marseiler in the spotlight at exactly the right moment – and he stayed cool in front of Schulze and made it 0-1 (36th). So we went into the cabins with a narrow deficit.

Berko scores a dream goal, Eitschberger turns the game around

But even after the break, the HFC remained active. Aljaz Casar headed just wide after a corner (49′), Julian Eitschberger tested Voll with two long-range shots (59’/60′). Finally, the Halle team rewarded themselves with an absolute dream goal: Voll made a bad pass, Casar quickly switched and fed Berko, who simply shot from 30 meters and heaved the ball over the stunned Voll into the far corner to make it 1-1 (64th).

So the HFC was back – and finally turned the game around completely: Eitschberger shot from 20 meters after a one-two and scored in his third attempt to give the deserved 2-1 lead (76th). Substitute Marco Wolf even had the chance to score the third goal (82nd). In the final phase, Cologne tried everything again, but David Philipp and André Becker missed their last chances in added time.


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