Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
Sovereign victory in the catch-up game
Serra lifts Kiel past HSV after disgrace
In the cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga seemed a long way off. In the second division duel with SV Sandhausen, Holstein Kiel shows why promotion to the upper house is a serious option. The north club pulls past the powerless Hamburger SV.
Holstein Kiel has once again set its sights on promotion to the Bundesliga three days after the sobering cup clap at Borussia Dortmund. In the first of three catch-up games, on the 33rd birthday of their coach Ole Werner, the Kiel defeated the relegation candidate SV Sandhausen 2-0 (1-0) and took third place in the table from Hamburger SV.
Fin Bartels (22nd), who loudly criticized the team’s attitude after the clear and performance-related 0-5 in the DFB Cup semi-final at BVB on Saturday, took the lead. Janni Serra (69th) followed up with a dream lob. With victories in the other catch-up games against Hannover 96 (May 10th) and Jahn Regensburg (May 13th) Holstein would be second behind VfL Bochum. First, however, it will be against FC St. Pauli on Friday evening. Sandhausen remains in danger of relegation.
“We still have some catching up to do with the games,” said Kiel’s managing director Uwe Stöver at Sky. “We can no longer provide training stimuli. It’s only possible through games. We are proud of the team.” It is precisely this team that has direct promotion to the Bundesliga, it would be the first in the history of the club, after the 15th win of the season, it would still be in its own hands.
Despite the two-time corona quarantine and the Dortmund game in the bones, the hosts did more for the game. Serra (45th) could have increased earlier with a head. The tables 15. Sandhausen made it into the opponent’s penalty area too rarely, only Emanuel Taffertshoher was dangerous with a long-range shot (29th). The midfielder also missed the best chance to equalize after the break (61st), Bartels missed the preliminary decision (67th). Serra then took care of that, completing a counterattack by Kiel over the powerless sand house keeper Stefanos Kapino.