Bochum & Kiel postpone promotion: Hamburger SV conceded again second division knockout.

Bochum & Kiel postpone promotion
Hamburger SV once again conceded a second division knockout.

The promotion race in the 2nd Bundesliga remains exciting until the end. Only one thing is certain: Hamburger SV will have to sit down for another year for the hoped-for rise. The Hanseatic League missed the boat, while Bochum, Kiel and Fürth continued to fight for a direct march through.

1.FC Nürnberg – VfL Bochum 1: 1 (1: 0)

VfL Bochum has awarded its first match point and missed promotion to the Bundesliga. On the penultimate match day at 1. FC Nürnberg, the team of coach Thomas Reis did not get past a 1-1 (0: 1) and must continue to tremble about the long-awaited return to the top division.

For the showdown at the end of the season on Sunday, VfL will still have everything in their own hands in the home game against SV Sandhausen. On Sunday afternoon, Nuremberg’s Georg Margreitter (38th) was spoiled for the game with a header in his last home game for FCN, the equalizer from Robert Zulj (76th) was too little.

The anticipation for the first play-off was huge among the Bochumers. “The euphoria is great, also among the fans. Of course we notice that,” said Reis. Indeed, on Saturday several thousand supporters said goodbye to the team bus on Castroper Strasse with Bengal fires and a deafening hoot of horns.

SC Paderborn – SpVgg Greuther Fürth 2: 4 (2: 2)

SpVgg Greuther Fürth can continue to dream of being promoted to the Bundesliga for the second time. The Franks won 4: 2 (2: 2) at SC Paderborn on the penultimate matchday and have already secured third place. Direct ascent is also still within reach.

Havard Nielsen (28th), Branimir Hrgota (42nd) and Paul Seguin (47th) ensured the away win in the turbulent game. An own goal by Paul Jaeckel (22nd) and Chris Führich (45th + 3) were not enough for Paderborn. Before the season finale, Fürth is three points behind league leaders VfL Bochum, and only one point behind second Holstein Kiel. On the last day of the match, coach Stefan Leitl’s team awaits Fortuna from Düsseldorf.

Karlsruher SC – Holstein Kiel 3: 2 (0: 1)

Promotion postponed: Holstein Kiel was unable to use its first match point for direct promotion. The cup semi-finalist lost at Karlsruher SC 2: 3 (1: 0) and could not decisively outrun their pursuers SpVgg Greuther Fürth. On the last match day, the storks received Darmstadt 98.

With his goal in the 41st minute, Jann-Luca Serra seemed to shoot his way into the club’s history. The midfielder was successful with a low shot. But goals from Malik Batmaz (52nd) and two times Philipp Hofmann (61st and 77th minutes) turned the game around. Alexander Mühling (84th) was able to shorten the penalty with a penalty. Most recently, the Kielers could not be stopped by a hunt after two corona-related forced breaks and diligently scored. In the Wildpark Stadium they ran out of breath a little.

VfL Osnabrück – Hamburger SV 3: 2 (1: 1)

The dream of promotion has finally burst, Hamburger SV will play in the second division for the fourth year in a row. The team of coach Horst Hrubesch embarrassed themselves with 2: 3 (1: 1) at the relegation candidate VfL Osnabrück and gambled away the last chance for the relegation place.

Robin Meißner (37th) and Tim Leibold (82nd) ​​scored too few goals. Osnabrück improved to 16th place thanks to goals from Christian Santos (34th), Maurice Multhaup (60th) and Marc Heider (84th). HSV found it difficult to get into the game. The ease of beating 1. FC Nürnberg (5: 2) was gone. Hamburg had a lot of possession against strong hosts, but lacked speed and ideas. So it took until the 23rd minute before Simon Terodde got his first good chance. The striker failed to VfL goalkeeper Philipp Kühn and missed his 23rd goal.

Fortuna Düsseldorf – Erzgebirge Aue 3: 0 (2: 0)

Fortuna Düsseldorf has no chance of a direct Bundesliga return despite a mandatory win against FC Erzgebirge Aue. The 3-0 (2-0) was of no use to the relegated team, as Greuther Fürth, third in the table, won at SC Paderborn at the same time. In the safe Fortunen victory in Shinta Appelkamp (10th minute), Marcel Sobottka (18th) and Kristoffer Peterson (87th).

Before the season finale in Fürth next Sunday, the team of coach Uwe Rösler jumped to fourth place. With 56 points now, Fortuna can no longer achieve the relegation rank even with a victory in Fürth (61). It is considered likely that Rösler will be replaced as coach for the new season. In the game, Düsseldorf was clearly superior from the start and could have won significantly higher, but did not do more than necessary after the break at the latest to achieve the 16th win of the season. Peterson increased in the final phase to 3-0.

SV Darmstadt 98 – 1. FC Heidenheim 5: 1 (2: 1)

Darmstadt 98 has won its fourth win in a row thanks to its brilliant striker Serdar Dursun. In the 5: 1 (2: 1) against 1. FC Heidenheim, Dursun scored his goals 22 to 25 and thus overtook Hamburg’s Simon Terodde (23 goals) one match day before the end of the goalscorer list.

Before the break, the Dursun show began: First, the striker turned the game in favor of the lilies (40th), after the break he managed a flawless hat trick (54th, 59th, 83rd). The hosts remained undefeated in their sixth game in a row, including just one draw. Heidenheim could still be intercepted by Darmstadt next Sunday in sixth with still 51 points. In a lively first half, Oliver Hüsing gave the guests the lead with a rather involuntary header from a Florian Pick corner. Nicolai Rapp also equalized with a head (18th).

FC St. Pauli – Hannover 96 1: 2 (0: 1)

Second division soccer team Hannover 96 celebrated its first victory after three defeats last time – and put another damper on FC St. Pauli. Coach Kenan Kocak’s team won the duel on the penultimate matchday, which is insignificant in the table, thanks to two strange goals by Marvin Ducksch (13th) and Niklas Hult (59th) away 2-1 (1-0). Guido Burgstaller scored for St. Pauli (70th), in the final phase of Hamburg’s James Lawrence (80th) for a yellow-red foul.

For St. Pauli, until the end the best team in the second half of the season, it was the next setback in the season-end spurt after the 0: 4 against Holstein Kiel. Hannover won an away game for the first time since February.

SV Sandhausen – Jahn Regensburg 2: 0 (1: 0)

SV Sandhausen is close to being saved. SVS defeated table neighbor Jahn Regensburg 2-0 (1-0) and is one point ahead of relegation place 16 before the season finale on Sunday – but the difficult game at VfL Bochum is still waiting. But the goal difference is comparatively good. In the worst case, Regensburg is still threatened with relegation.

Sandhausen played for the rescue to win. Janik Bachmann (5th) headed in after a perfect cross from Alexander Shirow for the lead – a dream start. The Jahn had problems in a fight-stressed game until Sebastian Stolze started to kick the overhead kicks: Stefanos Kapino in the SVS goal saved brilliantly (18th). The pressure now came from Regensburg, but the hosts met again: Kevin Behrens made use of a counterattack after a pass from Nikolas Nartey (42nd). The final whistle brought the SVS a first relief, but there is still trembling on Sunday – both teams.

Eintracht Braunschweig – Würzburger Kickers 1: 2 (0: 2)

In the fight to stay in the second division, Eintracht Braunschweig suffered a major setback. Against the bottom of the table, Würzburger Kickers, the North Germans lost 1: 2 (0: 2) and are in the table-17. before falling into third class.

Guest striker Marvin Pieringer set the course for victory for the Franks in the first half. In the second minute, the attacker was successful with a header, before he scored his second goal in the 19th minute with a penalty kick. After changing sides, the hosts develop field advantages. But it was no longer enough for more than Yassin Ben Balla’s goal (79th). On the last day of the game, the Lower Saxony will face the away game at Hamburger SV. Dong-won Ji will be absent after his red card (90th + 1, gross foul play).