Maina pulls Rostock down: Hamburg throws away the victory in Dresden

Maina pulls Rostock down
Hamburg throws away the victory in Dresden

With a win in the game in Dresden, Hamburger SV can lay the foundation for a successful second half of the season with the big goal of promotion. But once again the former Bundesliga Dino gives up the lead. Chaos-Klub Hannover 96 succeeds in liberating Hansa Rostock.

Dynamo Dresden – Hamburger SV 1: 1 (0: 1)

Hamburger SV started the new second division year with a meager 1-1 (1-0) win at Dynamo Dresden. Coach Tim Walter’s team initially defended third place in the tight race for promotion, but could be overtaken by up to five teams over the course of the weekend. Robert Glatzel gave HSV the lead shortly before the break (37′) with his tenth goal of the season. The striker scored in the third HSV game in a row. Christoph Daferner (61st) equalized in the second half. The two teams had already drawn 1-1 in the first leg.

Dynamo got off to a better start in front of 1000 admitted fans. “Those who are there today have to set the mood for 10,000,” said Dresden’s sports director Ralf Becker before kick-off on Sky. The hosts started with the appropriate motivation, but remained too harmless in the end. The HSV waited patiently and hit the first good chance ice cold. After a counterattack, Glatzel happily got the ball and hit it with a lob. After the break, he missed the chance to score a second goal (49′) before Dynamo was rewarded for his effort. Daferner was spot on with a cross at the far post and headed in.

Hansa Rostock – Hanover 96 0: 1 (0: 0)

Hannover 96 managed to break free in the relegation battle at the start of the new year. Coach Christoph Dabrowski’s team won 1-0 (0-0) against their direct competitor Hansa Rostock. With 23 points, the Lower Saxony advanced to twelfth place, the lead over the relegation place is six points. Linton Maina scored the decisive goal (58th) for the guests, who lost to Werder Bremen at the end of the year. Before that, the new coach Dabrowski got two wins at the start. After only three draws from the last six games, Rostock fell back to 15th place with 20 points.

The hosts caused big problems for Hannover in the early stages with high pressure. Haris Duljevic should have given the cogs the lead in the eighth minute, but the energetic Bosnian fired from five meters over the goal of Rio world champion Ron-Robert Zieler. Rostock remained more active until halftime, the Dabrowski team hardly took part in the offensive. In front of empty seats in the Ostseestadion, Hannover came out of the break much better. Maina rewarded the visitors’ pressure phase with a shot into the right angle. Hannover, who started with newcomer Cedric Teuchert, remained more dangerous as a result. Rostock paid tribute to the high pace of the first round.

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