Darmstadt claims first place: HSV gambles away the lead and catches up

Darmstadt claims first place
HSV lost the lead and caught up

In the promotion race of the 2nd Bundesliga, Hamburger SV missed an important victory – and thus kept a direct competitor at bay. A later dismissal doesn’t change that. In the second game of the evening, leaders Darmstadt extend their lead over HSV.

Fortuna Dusseldorf – Hamburger SV 2: 2 (2: 1)

Hamburger SV is still treading water in the promotion race of the 2nd Bundesliga. In an entertaining top game at Fortuna Düsseldorf, the North Germans couldn’t get more than 2: 2 (1: 2) and have now been three games without a win. An own goal by Christoph Klarer (75th) saved HSV a point after Dawid Kownacki (21st) and Felix Klaus (28th) stopped the game in front of 52,200 spectators in the sold-out Düsseldorf Arena after Laszlo Benes (5th ) initially rotated. Hamburg’s Francisco Montero (89th) saw the yellow-red card shortly before the end.

Coach Tim Walter’s team from Hamburg remain third after matchday 26, but are in danger of losing direct contact with the direct promotion places for the time being. Fortuna is still seven points behind the former Bundesliga Dino – and must bury their already tender dreams of promotion.

The batch required no start-up time. Jordy de Wijs brought down Robert Glatzel in the penalty area. Although Benes shot the penalty kick that was due, he was successful in the follow-up shot. As he cheered, he held up a Mario Vuskovic jersey. His team-mate was banned for two years on Thursday for a doping violation.

Fortuna shook themselves briefly and used their chances very effectively: After a corner, Kownacki was completely free to head the ball, then Klaus ran alone to HSV goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes after a template from Rouwen Hennings – and kept his nerve. The turning point brought the Rhinelanders noticeable self-confidence. HSV, on the other hand, looked battered. Only after the break did the guests take more and more control of the game, but chances remained scarce. Fortuna was waiting for changeover situations.

1. FC Nuremberg – SV Darmstadt 98 0: 1 (0: 1)

Darmstadt 98 is still aiming for promotion to the Bundesliga. Coach Torsten Lieberknecht’s team won 1-0 (1-0) at 1. FC Nürnberg and extended their lead at the top of the table. Darmstadt now have a five-point cushion over Hamburger SV, who are third.

The SVD took the lead through an own goal by Nuremberg’s Christopher Schindler (31st), but otherwise remained without a shot on the Nuremberg goal in the first round. The club was superior overall but didn’t take their chances.

Nuremberg, who had the second-worst offensive in the league at the start of the day, didn’t bother with tactics from the start and consistently played forward. Lino Tempelmann (15th) narrowly missed the opportunity to make it 1-0 after a cross. Darmstadt made it 1-0 out of nowhere – Schindler unfortunately steered the ball into his own goal.

While Darmstadt relied on the strong defense to make it 1-0, the club tried to come back: Visiting goalkeeper Marcel Schuhen reacted strongly to a deflected shot by Johannes Geis (57′). The Hessians then offered more and more space for counterattacks.

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