The fight for promotion in the 2nd Bundesliga remains exciting. Darmstadt and Heidenheim lose, HSV is getting closer and can still make direct promotion.
The decision in the battle for promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga has been postponed, Hamburger SV is the big winner of the third to last match day. The Hanseatic League, who were previously without a win in six away games in a row, easily won 5-1 (4-0) at relegation candidate Jahn Regensburg.
With 60 points, Hamburg are in third place, just one point behind 1. FC Heidenheim, who lost 2-3 (2-1) at SC Paderborn. Table leaders SV Darmstadt 98 missed out on early promotion with a 1: 2 (1: 2) at Hannover 96.
“We were really good on the accelerator in the first half. We wanted to show that only one team can win here,” said HSV coach Tim Walter after the success with goals from Robert Glatzel (5th minute), Sonny Kittel (17 ./foulelfmeter/45.+1), Miro Muheim (30.) and Filip Bilbija (81.). Before the game against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, the coach relies on home strength. “We are a force at home, we want to show that on Saturday,” said Walter.
Ascension party will have to wait
Darmstadt (64 points), which received two dismissals, had to postpone the early championship party, but can complete promotion this Friday with a home win against 1. FC Magdeburg. The Heidenheimers gave up the game in Paderborn after a 2-1 lead and now need two more wins to ensure direct promotion in any case. “We now have two finals. And with all due respect: We’re playing against the penultimate and the last. We have to win both games,” said midfielder Norman Theuerkauf.
HSV was also able to shake off its closest pursuers, as fourth-placed FC St. Pauli and fifth-placed Fortuna Düsseldorf drew 0-0 and both – like Paderborn now – are six points behind third place. Only a win could have brought one of the two tied teams closer to Hamburg. The disappointment was particularly great for the hosts. “We still have two games left. That means we can get six points – and that’s what we want to do,” said St. Pauli defender Karols Mets.
Everything in it for Bielefeld
In the relegation battle, Arminia Bielefeld was able to move up two points to 15th place with a 2-1 win in Kaiserslautern in the seventh minute of injury time. This means that the East Westphalians (33 points) can still stay in the class. “What we were able to prove today was morality. And that was great, said Bielefeld’s veteran Fabian Klos.
The situation for 1. FC Nürnberg, which after the 2-2 draw at 1. FC Magdeburg is only two points ahead of East Westphalia, has deteriorated due to the Bielefeld victory. “We’re trying to hopefully get the three we need against Rostock. It’s up to us to get the necessary points in the last two games,” said coach Dieter Hecking. Regensburg and SV Sandhausen are on the two relegation places with 28 points and only have a small mathematical chance of the relegation place.
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