Triumph and despair for SA duo


Delron Buckley equalised for Dortmund after Thorben Marx’s early penalty for the home side, but Bielefeld looked to be heading for a vital win in their bid to avoid relegation when Artur Wichniarek struck.

But an unfortunate own goal from Bielefeld and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez meant the points were shared.

An unfortunate moment for Rowen Fernandez

Buckley, who has been playing at leftback in recent matches, was on hand to tap home from Giovanni Frederico’s pass to score his first goal of the season.

But the Bafana midfielder had been substituted by the time Dortmund won a free-kick in the 82nd minute, and as Alexander Frei curled the ball over the wall, it struck the post and rebounded onto the head of Fernandez and into the net.

It was an unfortunate end to the match for the stopper, who had otherwise had a good game and at times kept his side in the match.

There could have been a third South African scorer in match as Sibusiso Zuma fired over with the score still at 2-1 in favour of the home side.

The result leaves Bielefeld two points above the relegation zone, but with a vastly inferior goal-difference to Nurnberg below them, and they face a tricky trip to Stuttgart on the final day of the season, while Nurnberg host Schalke 04.