The promotion favorites slip up, the pursuers don’t win. Darmstadt remains leader despite defeat.
Hamburger SV did not take advantage of the moment and missed the lead in the table after the competition slipped up. In the race for places in the Bundesliga, none of the six top teams managed to win at the weekend.
After the surprising defeat of leaders Darmstadt 98 in Bielefeld, Hamburger SV did not manage to jump to the top with the 2:4 (0:3) at Karlsruher SC, just like 1. FC Heidenheim the night before after the 1:1 at pursuers Dusseldorf.
Ripped off KSC continues winning streak
After just half an hour, HSV, who had not been defeated in seven consecutive games, were 3-0 down thanks to goals from Paul Nebel (11th), Leon Jensen (17th) and Fabian Schleusener (32nd). A brace from Robert Glatzel (50th/80th) brought the guests back before Schleusener made it 4:2 (89th) and celebrated the fifth consecutive win with KSC. HSV coach Tim Walter saw the red card in the closing stages, before that Francisco Montero received a yellow-red card. “That was the worst thing that HSV has ever shown on the pitch in my time,” said Walter at the first half. “It was a total disaster,” said Hamburg’s double goal scorer Glatzel.
Bielefeld’s important victory in the table cellar
Darmstadt, who has been enthroned at the top for 13 match days, lost 3-1 to Arminia Bielefeld, where the new coach Uwe Koschinat gave hope again in the relegation battle. The 1:0 of the guests by Mathias Honsak turned Manuel Prietl, Benjamin Kanuric and Fabian Klos with their goals to the 3:1 victory. “In such a long season there are phases in which you have a small dent. We mustn’t badmouth everything, we want to get out of this dent calmly and clearly,” explained Darmstadt coach Torsten Lieberknecht after three games in a row without a win.
The East Westphalians, on the other hand, celebrated their head coach Uwe Koschinat, who had only signed on two days earlier, in front of 18,123 spectators. “It wasn’t that easy in the last few weeks. The change of coach was a new impetus, it brought fire and confidence to the players,” said goal scorer Prietl. Koschinat was overwhelmed with emotions. “I’m crazy,” said the 51-year-old.
Standstill in promotion battle, points for basement kids
The race for promotion is limited to the top trio. All pursuers failed to reduce the gap to third place with point losses. “I’m disappointed because we didn’t take a big chance,” said Fortuna Düsseldorf captain Andre Hoffmann after the 1-1 draw against 1. FC Heidenheim. The third-placed team thus retains its seven-point lead over the closest pursuer SC Paderborn (40), who had to settle for a 0-0 draw at 1. FC Magdeburg. But coach Lukas Kwasniok was not dissatisfied. “Better a point than a bang, even if we would have liked to have taken three points,” said the coach.
1. FC Kaiserslautern, which was plagued by a wave of illnesses and is one point behind Paderborn together with Düsseldorf, did not get past a 2-2 draw against relegation candidate SV Sandhausen. “I don’t want to whine, but we only had 19 players on the game report sheet. That shows that we were hit hard,” said head coach Dirk Schuster.
In the relegation battle, bottom Jahn Regensburg managed a 2-1 win at Holstein Kiel after ten games without a win and moved up to 16th place. After the 1-1 draw against Hansa Rostock, Hannover 96 remained without a win in their eighth game in a row.
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