Heated duel with Hannover 96
Hamburger SV countered the emergency brake with a great goal
08/26/2023, 10:35 p.m
Hamburger SV returns to the top of the table in the 2nd Bundesliga. The team prevails in the hard-fought northern duel at Hannover 96. After a red card, HSV played outnumbered for a long time and still won thanks to the brilliant long-range hit.
Hamburger SV has defended its lead in the 2nd Bundesliga with one man less. Despite a red card for defender Guilherme Ramos in the 53rd minute, HSV won an exciting northern duel at Hannover 96 1-0 (0-0) on Saturday evening. Bakery Jatta (68th minute) scored the winning goal fifteen minutes after being sent off. The winger took a full risk with his shot from 16 meters and welded the low right-footed shot into the bottom left corner.
“The fact that we succeeded shows the morale of the team,” said HSV board member Jonas Boldt in a Sport1 interview. He rated this victory and this appearance of the big promotion favorite as a “pointer to everyone” in the league. “We’re becoming even more resilient. We’ve improved a few points where we’ve had difficulties in recent years.” A crucial point: the defensive work. The HSV defense, which has been criticized so often, only allowed Derrick Köhn, who was born in Hamburg, to score one chance (89th).
Another factor: the great support. 49,000 spectators were in the sold-out Heinz von Heiden Arena. Around 20,000 of them were HSV fans. “Of course we benefited from the fact that we actually didn’t have an away game today, but a home game,” said midfielder Jonas Meffert. “This support has carried us incredibly.” With a view to Ramos’ red card, Boldt even claimed: “The support here, more than 20,000, has compensated for the loss.”
No points? “What an absurdity!”
The 49,000 saw a very entertaining and slightly paradoxical game in the first half. Because Hanover was the better team – but HSV had the better chances. In the 34th minute first Ludovit Reis and then Robert Glatzel missed out on 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. Two minutes later, Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer headed wide of the goal from close range. But the hosts, who had been convincing for a long time, could have taken the lead when Nicolo Tresoldi finished with a heel and HSV keeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes deflected the ball to the crossbar (40th).
Everything seemed to be going well for Hanover after the red card. The 19-year-old Tresoldi hit the crossbar again in the 59th minute – this time with a head. “To be honest, I can’t believe we left the field as losers today,” said Hanover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. “We played a really good game. We had a few chances. It’s absurd that we didn’t get anything countable in the end.” HSV couldn’t match their strong performances against FC Schalke 04 (5:3) or Hertha BSC (3:0). But he showed bite. “Everyone wanted to defend. Everyone really wanted to keep the zero,” said Meffert.