1860 vs Jahn Regensburg – Tuesday 17:00BST/18:00 CEST – Allianz Arena, Munich.
For a long time, 1860 appeared to fall apart in the first leg—Jahn Regensburg had taken an early lead and were in control when Florian Neuhaus equalized for die Löwen in the 79 minute. Regensburg then missed a penalty, which means that 1860, despite a mediocre game, are now in the driver’s seat going into the second leg.
Now only 90 minutes remain between 1860 München rescuing the season or the worst-case scenario: relegation to Liga 3. But the 1-1 draw in Regensburg means that 1860, in theory, could preserve their status in Bundesliga 2 with a 0-0 draw. The European arithmetic used in the relegation playoffs and the fact that the second leg is at home in Munich are the biggest advantages 1860 have over Regensburg.
1860 head coach Vítor Pereira, in fact, remained calm after his sides’ poor performance in the first leg. The experienced Portuguese coach knows that the match will be decided in Munich. There 1860 have announced on Friday that 45,000 tickets were already sold for the showdown at the Allianz Arena. Taking the last few relegation showdowns that 1860 were involved in it would be no surprise if the Allianz Arena will be sold out on Tuesday night.
With 75,000 fans behind them die Löwen should have the advantage. Furthermore, the club is experienced to win matches in the last second. Two years ago against Holstein Kiel, it was Kai Bülow’s extra time goal that saved the club from relegation to the third division. Back then, however, 1860 failed to score away from home and were forced to score at the Allianz Arena after Kiel took an early lead. This time 1860 can sit back and control the match whereas Regensburg will have to open up and score.
This could be another advantage to 1860. At the same time, there is also an air of unease surrounding the club. The Blues have a history of failure, and it would not be a major surprise if they squander an opportunity to stay in Bundesliga 2. Inability to do so would be a major catastrophe for the club and its ambitious investor Hasan Ismaik. Hence, 90 minutes remain for the club to shake off the ghosts of relegation and remain an ambitious club in Bundesliga 2.
1860 vs Jahn Regensburg – Players to look out for:
Stefan Aigner #29 1860 München
Stefan Aigner is the heart and soul of 1860 München. Born and raised in the region Aigner was a diehard 1860 supporter before he became a professional player. It was, however, at Arminia Bielefeld that Aigner became a full-fledged professional player, and 1860 brought the Munich-born player home in 2009. But after three years at the club, and countless scandals involving 1860’s finances, Aigner moved on to Eintracht Frankfurt. Then investor Hasan Ismaik opened his coffers this summer, and among others signed Aigner for €3 million from Eintracht Frankfurt. The hope was that Aigner would become the new leader of the club, but the 1860 fan struggled with the responsibility and even had to take a short break earlier in the spring. 1860, however, will need Aigner at his best if they want to hope to survive the relegation battle.
Marco Grüttner #15 Jahn Regensburg
Marco Grüttner is Jahn Regensburg top striker. The forward with the number 15 has scored 13 goals in 36 Liga 3 games for Jahn Regensburg this season. Adapt to play the ball with both legs the 31-year-old his a typical lower league journeyman, who has played among others for Stuttgarter Kickers, VfB Stuttgart II, SSV Ulm 1846, and VfR Aalen.
1860 vs Jahn Regensburg – Match Stats
- 1860 is only one of two Bundesliga 2 teams to be successful in the relegation playoffs against a Liga 3 team—the other team is Dynamo Dresden (2013).
- This Jahn Regensburg’s second time in the relegation play-offs. In 2012 they defeated Karlsruher SC to be promoted.
- 1860’s record against Regensburg is W6 D2 L2.
- The clubs last met in the 2012-13 Bundesliga 2 season. The two matches ended 1-1 in Regensburg 1-0 for 1860 in Munich.
Prediction: 1860 vs Jahn Regensburg 1-0
1860 vs Jahn Regensburg – Possible Lineups
Ortega – Uduokhai, Ba, Weber – Lumor, Adlung, Liendl, Busch – Aycicek, Mölders, Aigner
Coach: Vítor Pereira
Pentke – Hofrath, Knoll, Nachrelner, Saller – Gelpl, Lals – Thommy, Pusch, George – Grüttner
Coach: Heiko Herrlich