Lautern’s new coach Dirk Schuster had predicted a game that would be shaped by tactics. And he was right. In the 0-0 relegation match between 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Dynamo Dresden, the backdrop was first class, but the game was largely without chances. Dresden’s Michael Sollbauer readily admitted that such a result may be more deplorable for the neutral spectator than for the players themselves: “No one wanted to take too much risk here, which explains the lack of opportunities.
There was this moment, a good three weeks ago, when everything seemed to be going well in the Palatinate. 1. FC Kaiserslautern had just defeated 1. FC Saarbrücken 3-1, the old Saar-Palatinate derby from the days when Kaiserslautern became German champions and Saarbrücken played in the European Cup. Lautern won, even outnumbered, in front of almost 50,000 spectators on the Betzenberg – on paper it was the last difficult game of the current third division season. In the following games