Hamburger SV is back in the middle of the promotion race in the 2nd Bundesliga. The Hanseatic League won 4-0 (2-0) at FC Ingolstadt, who were already relegated, and moved up to third place with 54 points. The first three HSV goals came from headers. However, Darmstadt 98 can overtake Erzgebirge Aue again on Saturday evening (8.30 p.m. / Sky and Sport1).
The ex-Ingolstadt player Sonny Kittel (27th) and captain Sebastian Schonlau (29th) scored twice for Hamburg, who scored their third win in a row, and set the course for victory before the break. Robert Glatzel (57′) on Kittel’s assist increased the lead to 3-0 with his 19th goal of the season, Mikkel Kaufmann (81′) scored the final point.
Newcomer Hansa Rostock managed to stay up in the league early. The team coached by Jens Härtel drew 0-0 (0-0) against SC Paderborn on the 32nd match day and thus eliminated the last doubts on their own. Hansa now has 40 points, Paderborn (48) will probably end a decent season in the upper midfield.
Big disappointment at Werder
Already on Friday evening there was disillusionment in Bremen, but great emotions at FC Schalke: A week after the 4-1 triumph at Schalke, the Werder supporters were able to save their jubilation after the 2-3 defeat against Holstein Kiel. “It’s a blow to the neck, we don’t have to talk about it,” said Werder coach Ole Werner, whose team missed out on victory and the big step towards the Bundesliga after a 2-0 lead by Niclas Füllkrug and Marvin Ducksch.
“We played with fire after the 2-0 lead. Of course, if we play like that, we don’t get promoted. We have to be aware of that for the last two games,” said Bremen defender Marco Friedl before the games at FC Erzgebirge Aue and against Jan Regensburg. “But we’re still looking ahead. We’ll work things out, we’ve found the right answers to backlashes in the past and now we have to find an answer again,” said coach Werner.
Schalke wins in overtime
Hurricane-like cheering erupted in Sandhausen after Simon Terodde’s winning goal in injury time. “It’s unbelievable what happened here. The fans pushed us to victory,” the Schalke striker croaked into the microphone. The 34-year-old didn’t know what to do with the emotions. “I would have preferred to run out of the stadium,” said Terodde, who scored both goals for Schalke and was able to regain the lead in the table with his team.
Coach Mike Büskens and sporting director Rouven Schröder were overwhelmed by the cheering of almost 10,000 Schalke fans. “It’s unbelievable what they’re ripping off here. It’s like ecstasy. The boys deserved it so mercilessly that we scored exactly this goal so late. It goes down like oil,” said Schröder. Büskens, who has experienced a lot with the club, couldn’t believe it. “I saw 25,000 fans with Schalke at the Uefa Cup victory in Milan. But that was a second Milan today,” said the 54-year-old. Nevertheless, the ascent is not yet bagged. “That was an important win for us. But we still have two difficult games against FC St. Pauli and 1. FC Nürnberg,” emphasized Büskens.
Also in stoppage time, FC St. Pauli lost a better position in the promotion race in a 1-1 draw against 1. FC Nürnberg. A week before the game against table leaders Schalke 04, confidence at Millerntor is no longer particularly high. “We lost 1-1 today,” said coach Timo Schultz in consternation: “Even as the chief optimist, it’s difficult for me to get the curve around.”