Draw in the top game: HSV’s millimeter luck is used up shortly before the end

Draw in the top game
HSV’s millimeter luck is used up shortly before the end

Hamburger SV makes the next attempt to return to the Bundesliga. And in the top game of the 22nd match day of the 2nd Bundesliga it looks like the next big step for the north Germans. Also because a very tight situation goes in their favor. In the end it was not enough to win against Darmstadt 98.

Hamburger SV won a point against leaders SV Darmstadt 98 in the fight for promotion to the Bundesliga with a 1-1 (1-0). In the top game of the 2nd Bundesliga, Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer (4th minute) took the lead. Filip Stojilkovic scored the equalizer in front of 16,800 spectators in the sold-out stadium at Böllenfalltor (81st). The Darmstadt team remained unbeaten in their 21st league game in a row.

The hosts were quickly caught off guard by the early HSV goal. Moritz Heyer passed to Königsdörffer, who sprinted into the penalty area on the right, and who took the lead past 98 keeper Marcel Schuhen. Königsdörffer had come into the starting XI for Bakery Jatta at short notice. As the HSV coach said on Sky, Jatta first had to go to the bench for disciplinary reasons. He was late for the team meeting and was substituted on after an hour.

After falling behind, Darmstadt initially found it difficult to find their game and create chances. They only gained the upper hand after 20 minutes and had a good chance after Heyer lost the ball to Frank Ronstadt (22nd), whose precise shot from almost 20 meters away was brilliantly parried by HSV goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes. Four minutes later, Phillip Tietz missed a Mathias Honsak free kick by just a few centimetres.

The Hamburgers were even luckier in the 41st minute when Honsak slipped into the ball after a cross and steered it to the post, from where it jumped onto the goal line, but was not quite over it. Darmstadt had to wait a long time after the restart before they scored a goal. Only substitute Stojilkovic scored the fair 1:1 in an entertaining top game after a strong solo.

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