Gonzalo Castro saves Arminia Bielefeld

Back in the limelight with a dream goal – Gonzalo Castro’s gloom about the six-month forced break suddenly vanished.

His striking goal to make it 2-2 (1-1) in the basement duel with tail light Greuther Fürth made the Bielefeld newcomer the most sought-after interview partner.

The flattering words of his coach should have improved the mood of the 34-year-old former German international. “Gonzo knows when he has to be there and when the team needs him,” praised Frank Kramer.

In great need in Bielefeld, the experienced player who was committed during the winter break and was previously without a club plucked up courage and shot the ball in the 83rd minute from around 20 meters at full risk with a dropkick in the direction of the opposing goal. “I said the ball either goes over the stadium or in the goal. Thank God it went in the goal,” commented Castro.

Retirement at VfB

Just a few weeks earlier, the native of Wuppertal was threatened with oblivion after an eventful professional career with stations in Leverkusen, Dortmund and Stuttgart. After his retirement from VfB last summer, no other club seemed interested until Arminia remembered his qualities.

Already at the second Joker use he thanked for the trust. Thanks to his goal, he can hope to be in the starting XI in the near future. “The 15 minutes were exhausting because it went back and forth. I’m slowly noticing in training that it’s getting better every day,” said the German-Spaniard.

But neither Castro nor his teammates and his coach were really satisfied. Finally, the new table-16 missed. from Bielefeld the possible jump to rank 15 and thus out of the relegation zone.

The question of whether his team hadn’t lost two points in the fight to stay in the class was considered inadmissible by football teacher Kramer and spoke of a “partial success”: “You can’t lose anything that you don’t already have. We’ll take the point happy to follow the course of the game. First of all, we climbed a place.”

Leitl disappointed

His counterpart Stefan Leitl saw it a bit differently. “I think we lost two points today,” said the Fürth coach after his team’s courageous performance, which came close to their second win of the season after goals from Jamie Leweling (35th) and Havard Nielsen (67th).

Nevertheless, he also had reason to be satisfied: “That was another step forward today. I’m satisfied with the development of the team.”

To the delight of the football teacher, the bottom team confirmed their upward trend in Bielefeld. Since the 7-1 defeat on matchday 14 in Leverkusen, they have managed to beat Union Berlin and draw three in five games with just one defeat in Dortmund.

Despite the still large distance to the relegation place, goalscorer Leweling has not yet given up hope of remaining in the league and is hoping for further progress: “In the past games we have shown that we are a disgusting opponent and that we have earned respect. We have shown that that we can too.”


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