Even 96 does not stop Holstein: The incomprehensible is now within Kiel’s reach

96 does not stop Holstein either
The incomprehensible is now within reach for Kiel

A club from Schleswig-Holstein has never been part of the Bundesliga. Holstein Kiel can change that shortly – against all odds. The series of the quarantine-plagued team also continues against Hannover 96.

Holstein Kiel made the hoped-for jump to second place in the 2nd Bundesliga. In the first of two catch-up games coming up this week, the Kiel team struggled to beat Hannover 96 1-0 (1-0) and pushed Greuther Fürth’s previous second (58) to relegation rank with 59 points. Kiel also won the third league game after returning from quarantine.

The first competitive game after the forced break went completely in the pants: In the cup semifinals, it was 0: 5 against Borussia Dortmund after 45 minutes, then came the quick turnaround, at the end of which, with increasing probability, the promotion could be. This would make Kiel a piece of German football history: a club from Schleswig-Holstein has never played in the Bundesliga, which was founded in 1963.

Fin Bartels (44th minute) scored the goal of the sixth home win in a row for Holstein, which Jahn Regensburg welcomes on Thursday (3.30 p.m. / Sky) in the Holstein Stadium. Three days after the glamorous 4-0 win over FC St. Pauli, the home side found it surprisingly difficult in the 50th championship duel with Lower Saxony. The guests, who sometimes acted with a five-man defensive chain, consistently disrupted the build-up game and thus prevented the dreaded Kiel combination football.

So it took until shortly before half-time before the completely free-standing Bartels got his ninth goal of the season after Fabian Reese’s measured cross. Even after the change, the Kielers, to whom the opening goal did not give a tailwind, could not trump as last. Hanover even took the initiative, but was still barely able to earn clear opportunities for a bullet. So it remained exciting in the moderate game thanks to the tight score. Finn Porath (89th) missed the decision, but in the end Kiel cheered, which survived the seven-minute stoppage time with luck and skill.