Hanover loses again: Kiel overtakes the second half of the front runner

Hanover is losing again
Kiel overruns the leader in the back of the season

The long break is apparently not a disadvantage for Holstein Kiel. The storks roll over the strongest team in the second half of the season and act like a Bundesliga promoter. Hannover 96, on the other hand, is stumbling towards the end of a disappointing second division season.

Holstein Kiel – FC St. Pauli 4: 0 (2: 0)

Holstein Kiel is increasingly targeting promotion to the Bundesliga. The mercilessly effective North Germans defeated FC St. Pauli 4-0 (2-0) and thus underpinned third place. Hamburger SV is four points behind in fourth place ahead of the other games on the 32nd matchday, and coach Ole Werner’s storks still have two catch-up games up their sleeves.

Ahmet Arslan (22nd), double packer Fin Bartels (24th / 49th) and Janni Serra (67th) scored the goals for the hosts, who with 56 points also have direct promotion in their own hands. SpVgg Greuther Fürth (57) in second place is only one point ahead of Kiel, who will play their remaining two catch-up games against Hannover 96 (Monday) and Jahn Regensburg (Thursday) next week. The front runner VfL Bochum stands at 60 points.

In the Holstein Stadium, it didn’t look at all like Kiel’s success at first. The guests from Hamburg, with ten wins in 15 games, the strongest second half team in the league, had clear field advantages and the best chances, just one goal did not jump out for coach Timo Schultz’s team.

Arslan then led the hosts out of nowhere, and Bartels followed suit shortly afterwards. Then the game was open, and more hits could have been made on both sides. Shortly after the restart, the cold-tempered Bartels made the preliminary decision before Serra made the final score.

Hannover 96 – SV Darmstadt 1: 2 (0: 0)

Hannover 96 is still in a downward spiral. In the first game after the club announced that the contract with coach Kenan Kocak will be terminated in the summer, Lower Saxony were defeated by Darmstadt 98 despite the lead with 1: 2 (0: 0). The 96ers won only one of the past eleven games. The lilies, on the other hand, have only suffered one defeat in the last nine games and occupy ninth place ahead of the other games on matchday 32.

After an uneventful first half, Marvin Ducksch put the hosts in the lead (50th). Marvin Mehlem (55th) replied immediately before Mathias Honsak (58th) scored the guests from Darmstadt with his fourth goal of the season for an away win.

In front of the ghost backdrop in Hanover, the Darmstadt team came into play better, Honsak failed in the second minute because of the 96 goalkeeper Michael Esser. As a result, both teams largely neutralized each other, the unsettled Hanoverians hardly developed any danger in the offensive game.

That changed immediately after the break: A deflected shot by Hendrik Weydandt landed at Ducksch, who only had to hold out his foot. But the hosts were not happy for long after Mehlem equalized immediately after a great pass from Fabian Holland. Honsak then turned the game around 13 minutes later in favor of Hessen.