It was a dramatic start to life for Konstantin Kerschbaumer at Arminia Bielefeld as Andraz Sporar struck in injury time to give ten-man DSC an opening day win in the 2.Bundesliga while Jack Bonham helped Carlisle United end their pre-season campaign unbeaten after a 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Brunton Park.
After his loan switch in the summer, Konstantin was thrown straight into the starting line-up for the visit from newly-promoted SSV Jahn Regensburg to the Bielefelder Alm. Despite dominating the opening stages, DSC fell behind midway through the first-half when Jann George beat the offside trap and coolly converted Marco Gruttner’s throughball. A quarter of an hour later and they were level as Keanu Staude bent home a leveller from the edge of the box after excellent work by Julian Borner. Konstantin was replaced with ten minutes to play and that was when the drama really began. Firstly, Bielefeld’s Nils Teixeira was shown a straight red for a late, high challenge with four minutes to play before, in added time, Sporar capitalised on a weak back header to nip in and secure the points for the ten men.
Jack Bonham may have conceded his first goal since joining Carlisle but Keith Curle’s men still went on to record an impressive 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on Friday night. A Ryan Nyambe own-goal put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes but Rovers’ hit back through Danny Graham five minutes later. Graham and Dominic Samuel both then saw efforts excellently saved by Jack before Reggie Lamb restored United’s advantage on the stroke of half-time. Jack was withdrawn at the interval with Carlisle going on to wrap up the win in injury time thanks to Shaun Miller. After five wins and a draw building-up to the new campaign, United will hope to carry that form into the league season when Swindon Town make the long trip North on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Emiliano Marcondes, who will become a Brentford player in January, proved to be the hero for FC Nordsjaelland as he scored one and set one up in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Aalborg BK which keeps them top of the Alka Superligaen. After going in level at the break, Emiliano set up Ernest Asante to make it 2-1 and he then struck the winner 17 minutes from time after Viktor Tranberg had put into his own net to level the scores. The win maintains FCN’s perfect record so far this season and leaves them three points clear at the top of the table.