VfB Oldenburg took a big step towards the third football league on Saturday. The champions of the Regionalliga Nord won the promotion first leg at the champions of the Regionalliga Nordost BFC Dynamo 2-0 (1-0).
Robert Zietarski was the shining man of the game. The midfielder made Lower Saxony celebrate with his two goals (27th, 78th) and left the pitch in Berlin as a deserved winner. The long-awaited return to professional football after 25 years – it is now within Oldenburg’s grasp.
After the final whistle, the fans of Lower Saxony hugged each other and celebrated their players for their courageous performance and an enormously important success. “We were really well prepared for the opponent and knew what to expect,” said VfB captain Max Wegner: “It feels good, but we haven’t won anything yet.”
“We wanted to be brave. We became champions – hiding here is not our thing.” VfB Oldenburg coach Dario Fossi
On June 4th, in the second leg at the local Marschweg Stadium (live on NDR television and in the NDR Livecenter), the decision will be made about promotion to the third highest German division. “It’s going to be a very hot game,” said Wegner. “The BFC will try everything again – and we will hold against it.”
Oldenburg determines the game, BFC nervous
While the nervousness of the hosts in the sold-out Berlin Sportforum was clearly noticeable at the beginning, Oldenburg did not hide. The 600 VfB fans who traveled saw a good and attacking performance by their team, who, however, failed to create clear goal chances from the game. Consequently, a corner initiated the deserved lead of Lower Saxony: Dennis Engel crossed, Zietarski jumped the highest and headed the ball from close range to the inside post, from which he jumped into the goal (28th).
Two minutes later, the guests had the goal scream on their lips again, but BFC keeper Dmitri Stajila fished Wegner’s dangerous shot out of the left corner. The leadership gave the Lower Saxony even more security, also on the defensive. The BFC couldn’t create any notable scoring chances in the first half, the VfB defense had the Berlin striker Christian Beck under control. “We were very strong in the first half, we were stable, we didn’t let anything burn,” Fossi praised his team.
Oldenburg can hardly free itself
After the change of sides, the hosts also discovered dead balls as an effective means. In the 49th minute, Oldenburg’s goalkeeper Pelle Boevink saved after a corner against Niklas Brandt. It was the starting signal for a long-lasting phase of pressure from the home side. As a result, VfB hardly managed to provide relief.
The favored capitals increasingly constricted the guests and wanted to force the equalizer. In the 67th minute, he almost fell: After a cross, Beck was all alone in the six-yard box – and headed wide of the goal. The top scorer of the Regionalliga-Nordost then tore his hair lying on the ground, the Oldenburgers took a deep breath.
Zietarski punishes goalkeeper mistakes by BFC
VfB only slowly broke free from their grip, but kept BFC away from their goal with pinprick-like counterattacks. And in the 79th minute he coldly exploited a mistake made by Berlin goalkeeper Stajila. The keeper misjudged a cross from Rafael Brand, allowing Zietarski to head into the empty goal from close range.
The rest was cheers in blue and white. The double packer ran to the away block and celebrated 2-0 with the fans. After an unspectacular final phase, referee Nicolas Winter blew the whistle – and the VfB supporters were happy about their team’s big step towards promotion to league three.
1st matchday, 28.05.2022 2:00 p.m
0-1 Zietarski (28′)
0-2 Zietarski (78′)
BFC Dynamo: Stajila – Wiegel, Reher, M. Blum, Hertner – N. Brandt (69. Kleihs) – Breitfeld (69. Steinborn), Siebeck (88. Klump), Pollasch (46. Schulz), Bolyki (46. Geurts ) – Beck
VfB Oldenburg: Boevink – De. Engel, Appiah, Siala, L. Deichmann (70th Knystock) – Zietarski – Schmidt, Kaissis (88th Herbst) – Brand (87th Saka) – Adetula (71st Lukowicz), Wegner (65th Ifeadigo)