Lions Lack Killer Instinct

1860 blew an early lead.Allianz Arena, February 7 - 1860 Munich were again made to pay for negligence in front of goal, conceding a sloppy late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against mid-table Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Unfortunately for the dominant home side, the game took a similar pattern to recent affairs at the Allianz Arena. 1860 have not won at home for four games. The Lions were rampant early on but failed to finish off the plucky visitors with a second goal.

TSV started in aggressive fashion and deservedly went ahead on 13 minutes when Kai Bülow headed home after a whipped-in set piece from Kevin Volland.

Minutes later, Volland should have doubled the lead. A punt by Hungarian goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly found Benny Lauth to tee up Volland, who missed the target with the goal gaping.

Serbian striker Djordje Rakic looked totally bereft of confidence and accordingly stretched his goalless streak to 15 games.

1860 were punished for sloppy defending when substitute Marcel Gaus squeezed in a shock equaliser on 77 minutes.  Top scorer Lauth poked wide on 87 minutes as the Lions searched frantically for a winner - to no avail.

Later, former German international Lauth summed up a déjà -vu performance, "that was exactly the same as last week. We were bossing the game, could have gone 2-0 up and then conceded a goal totally out of the blue.''

The result will do nothing to cheer 1860's new president Dieter Schneider in front of another poor Monday evening crowd of 15,800.

Next Monday the Lions travel east to take on Aue in another live TV game.


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