Hertha celebrates their Tabakovic: Schalke, who have gone wild, work their way to victory

Hertha celebrates their Tabakovic
Schalke went wild and fought their way to victory

FC Schalke 04 is deep in crisis, has already lost touch with safety in the 2nd Bundesliga – and then this: the team celebrates a remarkable resurrection against the top team Hannover 96. Meanwhile, fellow relegated Hertha BSC continues to crawl its way up.

FC Schalke 04 – Hannover 96 3:2 (1:0)

In the home debut of new coach Karel Geraerts, Schalke 04 landed the liberation they were longing for and stopped their series of defeats in the 2nd Bundesliga. After four defeats in a row, the Bundesliga relegated team won 3-2 (1-0) against Hannover 96 in a very intense game, but is now still in the relegation zone with ten points. Hannover, on the other hand, missed getting closer to the promotion ranks. A week after Geraerts’ completely botched entry in the 3-0 defeat in Karlsruhe, Bryan Lasme (42nd) gave Schalke the lead. Enzo Leopold (52′) equalized shortly after the break, but Lino Tempelmann (72′) made it 2-1 and Kenan Karaman (77′) increased. Marcel Halstenberg (90th) shortened the score with a penalty kick. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann ran over Andreas Voglsammer while defending his fist.

Compared to the debacle at KSC, Geraerts changed his starting eleven to six positions. Among other things, the recently unsuccessful defense chief Timo Baumgartl had to go to the bench. Schalke had the first good chance, after a pass from Karaman, who had returned after a yellow-red ban, Lasme (8th) was denied by Ron-Robert Zieler in the Lower Saxony goal. Hannover then gained an advantage, Halstenberg (18th) headed over, Cedric Teuchert’s shot was parried by Fährmann (20th). Shortly before the break, Lasme struck on the other side. Leopold managed to quickly equalize: Schalke’s Henning Matriciani lost the ball in his own penalty area, Derrick Köhn played to Leopold, who scored effortlessly. Hannover now took control again and pushed for the second goal. Voglsammer (59th) and Jannik Dehm (67th) each shot just wide – then the strong Tempelmann scored for Schalke, who fought like wild men and the way to victory was paved. The final whistle after an exciting injury time was a powerful relief. On the lawn and in the stands.

“What I wanted to see was there. We played together as a team and helped each other. For me it’s a small step. The three points help us and give us a little self-confidence,” said Geraerts on Sky

Hertha BSC – SC Paderborn 07 3:1 (2:0)

First division relegated Hertha BSC has made up some ground on the top teams in the chasing duel. The Old Lady won the home game against SC Paderborn 3-1 (2-0) in the 2nd Bundesliga, goal scorer Haris Tabakovic (11th/55th) set the course for victory with his eight and nine goals this season. Jonjoe Kenny (45th + 3) increased Hertha’s lead to 2-0 before the break. Florent Muslija (47th) scored the 1-2 goal after 72 seconds in the second half. Thanks to the three points, Hertha moved past East Westphalia in the table. Berlin’s Toni Leistner was shown a yellow-red card for repeated foul play (86′).

Tabakovic had the first good opportunity for the hosts in the Olympic Stadium in the third minute, but the ball went just wide of the goal after a throw-in from Fabian Reese. Reese was also the preparer for the 1:0 and 3:1 by the Swiss Tabakovic. In the initial phase, the Berliners had the reins of action in their hands, the SCP found it difficult to create danger in the Hertha penalty area with quick switching play. It was only after almost half an hour that the Paderborn team was able to make the encounter more open, but without being able to create any great chances. Filip Bilbija (27th) narrowly missed the best. Kenny’s goal to make it 2-0 came as a bit of a surprise and didn’t necessarily correspond to the way the game was going. The connecting goal shortly after the restart was well deserved for the SCP. But Tabakovic once again restored the old two-goal gap for the capital club.

FC St. Pauli – Karlsruher SC 2:1 (0:1)

FC St. Pauli has managed to return to the top of the table. . The Millerntor team achieved a hard-fought 2:1 (0:1) against Karlsruher SC. Substitute Philipp Treu (90+2) scored the winning goal for the hosts with a brilliant shot. For a long time it even looked like the Kiez-Kicker’s first defeat of the season. Ex-St. Paulian Igor Matanovic (43rd), who played for Hamburg for a total of 13 years, scored the opening goal for Baden. However, out of respect for his former club, the 20-year-old refrained from celebrating his goal. Johannes Eggestein (80th) then redeemed the hosts with his equalizer.

On Friday evening, Fortuna Düsseldorf took first place with a 4-1 win in Braunschweig and has now been overtaken again. In the evening (8.30 p.m./Sky and Sport1) Hamburger SV could draw level again with St. Pauli at 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Fabian Schleusener had already taken the lead for the guests in the eighth minute, but his shot was missed by goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj. The guests were by no means hiding and kept finding gaps in the opponent’s defense. The home side had a hard time, the game was too static. In addition, the Hamburgers were hardly able to create gaps at the KSC with ball relays. The guests were impressed with a good room layout and a willingness to walk. In the end, however, the pressure from the St. Paulians was too great.

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