Stuttgarter Kickers vs Holstein Kiel

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The TV Tower looms over the Waldau Stadion

As to be expected from a basement battle in Germany’s third tier, the 3. Liga, Stuttgarter Kickers and Holstein Kiel did not serve up a classic football feast under the Friday night floodlights.

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Terracing behind the goal

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Pre-match warm up

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Fixing the mascot’s gear

The 11,410 capacity Waldau Stadion was probably three-quarters full, and the 0-0 result did neither side any favours. The Kickers are still mired in the bottom three, despite picking up 8 points from 15 since the return from the winter break. A drop to the fourth, regionalised, level of German football would be disastrous.

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View from the press box

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The camera man captures the action

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A beer whilst watching the game. Unheard of in England’s top six tiers

The visitors are a little higher up the table but still in with a chance of being sucked into the dogfight. They appeared to be the better side throughout, denied several times by last-gasp saves from the Kickers’ keeper, as well as their own poor finishing.

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You don’t know what you’re doing linesman!

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Players and officials leave the field at half-time

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The captain

Kickers grew into the game in the second half, driven on by their enthusiastic jack-in-the-box of a manager, but never truly threatened to breach Holstein Kiel’s goal.

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The manager’s instructions

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The most vocal section of the stadium

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Late substitution

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Post-match questions

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