Fernandez remains frustrated at Bielefeld

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A goalless away draw against Bradley Carnell’s Karlsruhe at the weekend indicates that Ernst Middendorp may have stabilized their sinking ship, following three defeats including an 8-1 thrashing by Werder Bremen, however, that can be small consolation to Fernandez who continues to play second fiddle to his captain Mathias Hain.

Carnell came on as a substitute in the 65th minute, but did not play against any of his compatriots, as Fernandez was on the bench and both Siyabonga Nkosi and Sibusiso Zuma were not selected.

The point lifted Karlsruhe into third spot with 19 points.

However, the pressure is still on former Amakhosi mentor coach Middendorp, whose side are just two points from the dreaded drop zone.

Delron Buckley’s Borussia Dortmund came from behind to snatch a point in an exciting 2-2 away draw with Bayer Leverkusen in front of a packed house.

Dortmund are now just ahead of Bielefeld with 13 points and next Sunday host leaders FC Bayern Munich, where 80 000 fans are expected.

In the Belgian Jupiter League, Westerlo, without the injured Masilo Modubi and Jeffrey Ntuka, who was on compassionate leave, thrashed Roeselare 6-0 on a cold Saturday night, to move up to 11th on the log.

There was also joy for Asanda Sishuba and Ashley Hartog after struggling St Truiden collected their first win of the season. But here again, the South Africans were not in the team that defeated Zulte-Waregem 2-1.

Despite collecting three points, the club still has lots of work to do to avoid relegation – they are still rock bottom of the pack with only four points from a possible 30.

Elrio van Heerden’s Club Bruges, on the other hand, are doing very well. They currently lie second in the 18-team League after recording a 2-0 home win over Dender.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder was in the reserve team squad and should soon be back after recovering from a serious injury.

On the other side of the continent in Greece, Glen Salmon was also not in the POAK side that lost 3-1 to Aris in a Salonika Derby at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium, leaving them in 11th position, with a mere four points.

However, Nasief Morris’ Panathinaikos are flying high in third spot, after a good 2-0 away win against Veria. He played the entire match and is now looking forward to the Uefa Cup clash against Aberdeen on Thursday.

The same cannot be said for Pierre Issa’s OFI Crete, who lost 3-0 at home to Asteras Tripoli and like POAK, lie in the lower half of the table.