In the extremely exciting promotion race in the 2nd league, Darmstadt missed in Düsseldorf and thus gave Schalke the first match point on Saturday night against St. Pauli. HSV is seriously involved again, Bremen intervenes on Sunday.
Thanks to a home win against Hanover, they are again happily involved in the promotion race: HSV (left).
HSV now in the middle of the promotion race
With the prospect of at least a temporary jump to second place, HSV placed Saturday afternoon against Hannover 96 kicked off. Rothosen, however, had to thank goalkeeper Heuer Fernandes, who made two strong saves against Weydandt (4th, 12th). HSV-Knipser Glatzel presented himself colder, who shot Hamburg in the lead with a double shot (13th, 20th) – Kerk shortened immediately (22nd). In the second period, when Hannover was not at stake purely sportingly, Hamburg remained the better team. Reis (56th) and Kaufmann (76th) missed the preliminary decision, but Rothosen took the lead over time and remains at least third after the match day.
Mainka with the back of the head
In Regensburg, Jahn was lucky twice that two Heidenheim strokes on the post (4th, 20th) did not control a match between two teams from the middle of the table in one direction early. Shortly before the break, the home team suddenly celebrated, but a little later, Albers’ presumed lead was shut in due to an offside position. At the beginning of the second period, the goal spoke – the first for FCH: After a corner kick, Mainka scored with the back of his head to give Heidenheim the lead (51 ‘), which after Zwarts’ header to Regensburg Mohr, extended with a powerful right-footed shot to 2- 0 (82.).
Gaus missed the farewell victory
In the last second division’s home game so far, FC Ingolstadt did not present themselves as particularly dangerous, and the guests from Hansa Rostock, who had already been saved, joined. In the first half hour there was not a single shot on goal, Duljevic then had a great chance for Kogge – Jendrusch made a strong save (35 ‘). After the break, Gaus missed the goal for Ingolstadt (55th) in front of Kolke and thus a very forgiving finish in front of his own audience in the relegation season.
2. Bundesliga, 33rd match day
Schalke cheers against corona-plagued quarterbacks?
By Saturday evening (20.30) then there is promotion between Schalke 04 and FC St. Pauli. Schalke are the only team that could already celebrate early promotion on the 33rd day of play: After Darmstadt lost in Düsseldorf, Knappen would be back in the Bundesliga with a victory. The royal blows’ hopes rest especially on Simon Terodde’s shoulders. The top scorer in the lower house with 28 goals pushed Schalke back to first place with his last minute goal in the 2-1 victory over SV Sandhausen last weekend and thus in the comfortable starting position. FC St. Pauli completely played their more than good situation away after the first series in 2022, seven points ahead of third place was three points behind.
To make matters worse, Kiez kickers were hit by a corona outbreak last weekend and ten professionals are in isolation. FCSP does not feel sorry for itself, but wants to compete in Schalke: “We do everything we can to get a competitive group together,” said sports director Andreas Bornemann. But it is also certain that those responsible for the players do not take any health risks, which is why there is a big question mark behind the line-up for Saturday night.
Kempe goal too little: Darmstadt sleeps first half in Düsseldorf
SV Darmstadt 98 lost on Friday night 1: 2 at Fortuna Düsseldorf and suffered a setback in the promotion race. At the same time, the lilies made it possible for Schalke to get their first match point on the 33rd match day thanks to their defeat. In Düsseldorf, SVD slept completely through the initial phase, Iyoha (3rd) and Zimmermann (10th) scoring for the early lead for Fortunes. The lilies were even lucky that aluminum prevented a possible 0: 3 at the break in a Klauss shot. After the restart, Darmstadt took command, Kempe scored the goal from the point (60th). The visitors now pressed hard for the equalizer, but this should not fall any more. In fact, both teams lost a man in a hectic final phase: Düsseldorf’s Ginczeks saw a straight red, Darmstadt’s Gjasula yellow-red (every 88th).
Paderborn wins the last home game of the season
SC Paderborn won the parallel match 2-0 against SV Sandhausen and thus celebrated a triangle in the last home game of the season. SCP took the lead with a wonderful long shot from Muslija (27 ‘), Klement, who had already set up the opening goal, made it 2-0 in the 60th minute. After that, nothing more happened. At Sandhausen, the series of eight foreign matches broke without defeat in the last away match.
Realism reigns in Nuremberg – Werder is addicted to “something crazy”
By Sunday (13.30) the last two promotion candidates, 1. FC Nürnberg and Werder Bremen, intervene. For the club, the hopes are only theoretical with six points behind in second and third place and the significantly worse goal difference compared to the competitors. “Under normal circumstances, we still lack a bit to finish at the top,” Sports Director Dieter Hecking gave a realistic assessment before the final two matches. And then Hecking, together with sports director Olaf Rebbe, are already planning the squad for another attack on Oberhaus: Tom Krauß was unstoppable, but Linus Tempelmann stayed for another year. However, the main focus is on strengthening the attacking department, only 48 goals scored is by far the lowest number in the top six in the table. Kiel, on the other hand, has stabilized after a troubled first series and coaches Ole Werner’s departure under his successor Marcel Rapp and has long been guaranteed relegation after only one defeat from the last six league games (2 wins / 3 draws / 1 loss). Holstein uses the calm water and allows Denys Miroshnichenko, who fled Ukraine, to stay in shape during training with KSV.
Behind Werder Bremen lies a trough of emotions. After the 4-1 victory over Schalke, the Hanseatic League was almost celebrated as a promotion team, after the 2-3 loss by Holstein Kiel Werder suddenly found itself in a valley of tears. “The truth lies in the middle,” coach Werner emphasized, and before the duel at relegated Erzgebirge Aue, he was deliberately unimpressed by all the ups and downs that now play SVW in their hands again. Due to Darmstadt’s defeat in Düsseldorf, Bremen has directly flared up again in their own hands. Even though the subject, of course, is not over yet, as Werner knows: “Something crazy usually happens again.”
Confidence in relegation: Will Dresden finally achieve its first victory in 2022?
In terms of table, the match between Karlsruher SC and Dynamo Dresden is very small. However, KSC was still able to work its way up a few seats, thus improving its position for the distribution of TV money. Not insignificant, as Baden will be looking for a replacement for Philipp Hofmann from summer. The striker, who has scored 48 goals in 94 league matches for KSC since 2019 and thus mathematically scored in every other match, is drawn to the Bundesliga club VfL Bochum. Dresden has already been identified as participating in the relegation relegation. For the Saxons, it is especially important to gain confidence with a victory in extra time in the fight against relegation. Because the dynamos have not yet managed a triangle in 2022.
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