This means that there is a reunion next Thursday in Berlin and four days later in Hamburg (kick-off every time at 20.30). HSV club legend Felix Magath, who finished the Bundesliga season as number 16 with “Old Lady” after a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Third place is Hamburg’s biggest success since relegation four years ago. In the last three seasons, the former Bundesliga “Dino” had become number four.
And also on Sunday afternoon, at first it looked as if the marmot would greet the Elbe again. At the break, coach Tim Walter’s team was 1-0 down against Hansa and was at that time number four.
Walter: “We are not done yet”
“We had a very, very difficult match. The opponents gave us big problems, especially in the first half. But it was symbolic for our whole season that the boys never stop and keep coming back. You can never write us off. We proved “It’s impressive again today. That’s why I’m really proud of my team and I’m happy with the whole club,” Walter explained in the NDR interview. Regarding relegation against Hertha, the 46-year-old said: “We are not done yet. Now we have two bonus games. And we want more.”
Neidhart puts Hansa in the lead
When Walter said those words, there was a thriller behind him that could have ended differently. The HSV fans, who had traveled to Rostock, made their hearts sink for the first time after 80 seconds when Hansa midfielder Lukas Fröde hit the crossbar from the goal with a header. If Hamburg were still lucky in this scene, the lightning-fast Danylo Sikan quickly punished further carelessness in the defense of the former Europa Cup winners. The Ukrainian shook off captain Sebastian Schonlau with surprising ease after a pass into the alley and put it across to Nico Neidhart, who only had to push the ball into the empty net (13 ‘).
HSV harmless in attack
HSV blamed such an insurmountable attack until the break. The Walter team set the tone after being behind and had 60 percent ball possession in the first 45 minutes. In the front line, however, it lacked penetrating power. Rostock goalkeeper Markus Kolke should not be the “squid” once before the break, as the captain is called because of his sometimes spectacular reflexes. His opponent Daniel Heuer Fernandes got several opportunities to prove his qualities. For the home team, it was the more dangerous team and had a very good chance to make it 2-0 through John Verhoek in the 33rd minute. The Dutchman just missed the goal from a few meters.
At the break, the Bundesliga was far beyond Hamburg. The straight point competitor Darmstadt 98 already led 3: 0 against SC Paderborn. and Werder Bremen, who started the season final in second place with a three-point lead over HSV, were up 1-0 against Regensburg.
Glatzel meets, Kittel misses HSV management
But as so often this season, the Walter team showed comeback qualities. Goal scorer Robert Glatzel equalized with a header five minutes after the restart after a precise cross from Mario Vuskovic. The striker’s 22nd goal of the season was followed by a moment of shock when Svante Ingelsson appeared free in front of Heuer Fernandes, but was rejected by the goalkeeper’s defensive legs (53 ‘). This HSV, it’s not for the faint of heart. Do you want more proof? Sonny Kittel delivered it. In the 63rd minute, the top scorer did not manage to dampen the mood of his teammates and supporters with 2: 1. His shot rolled past the post.
Hansa too careless in the air
As no more help could be expected from Paderborn – the East Westphalians were still hopelessly behind in Darmstadt – the Hamburg team urgently needed to score another goal to defend third place. Not an easy task against a Rostock team that worked extremely concentrated against the ball. At least on earth. After a short corner kick by HSV, the hosts were not in control of the air for the second time that afternoon. Schonlau was able to nod from the crossbar from Ludovit Reis without much resistance. Substitute Mikkel Kaufmann made the decision 3-1 shortly before the end of the season and got the fans in the away block to sing: “Berlin, Berlin, we’re going to Berlin.”
However, it was not that far. Because Hansa could shorten through Fröde (90 + 1). Then had to shake again. But as already described: This HSV is not for the faint of heart …
Match day May 34, May 15, 2022, at 15.30