ESobering in Bremen, great emotions at FC Schalke – in the promotion race to the Bundesliga, the candidates deliver an exciting final with constantly changing positions. A week after the 4-1 triumph at Schalke, the Werder supporters were able to save their jubilation after the 2-3 defeat against Holstein Kiel. “It’s a blow to the neck, we don’t have to talk around it,” said Werder coach Ole Werner.
After a 2-0 lead by Niclas Füllkrug and Marvin Ducksch, his team still missed victory and missed the big step towards the Bundesliga. Füllkrug hit his own goal shortly before half-time, as did Anthony Jung later. After Bremen’s two own goals, it looked like a draw before Julian Korb turned the game around late on and gave Kiel three points in the final phase.
“We played with fire after the 2-0 win. Of course, if we play like that, we don’t get promoted. We have to be aware of that for the last two games,” said Bremen defender Marco Friedl before the games at FC Erzgebirge Aue and against Jahn Regensburg. “Nevertheless, we are looking ahead. We will work things out, we have found the right answers in the past and now we have to find an answer again,” said coach Werner.
Hurricane-like cheering erupted in Sandhausen after Simon Terodde’s winning goal in injury time. “It’s unbelievable what happened here. The fans pushed us to victory,” the Schalke goalscorer croaked into the microphone because his voice just couldn’t keep up. But the mood was great. The 34-year-old didn’t know what to do with the emotions. “I would have preferred to run out of the stadium,” said Terodde, who scored both goals for Schalke and was able to regain the lead in the table with his team.
Coach Mike Büskens and sports director Rouven Schröder were overwhelmed by the cheering of almost 10,000 Schalke fans. “It’s unbelievable what they’re tearing down here. It’s like ecstasy. The boys deserved it so mercilessly that we scored exactly that goal so late. It goes down like oil,” said Schröder. A year ago, Schalke was relegated from the Bundesliga after a miserable season. Then some fans misbehaved and attacked the players after returning to Gelsenkirchen.
Büskens, who has already experienced a lot with the club, could not believe the turn for the better. “I saw 25,000 fans with Schalke at the Uefa Cup victory in Milan. But today was a second Milan,” said the 54-year-old. Nevertheless, the ascent is not yet bagged. “That was an important win for us. But we still have two tough games against FC St. Pauli and 1. FC Nürnberg,” emphasized Büskens. “We stay in the here and now,” said the Schalke coach.
Also in stoppage time, FC St. Pauli lost a better position in the promotion race in a 1-1 draw against 1. FC Nürnberg. A week before the game against table leaders Schalke 04, confidence at Millerntor is no longer particularly high. “We lost 1-1 today,” said coach Timo Schultz in consternation. “Even as a chief optimist, I find it difficult to get the curve there.”
This Saturday (1.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the 2nd Bundesliga and on Sky) it continues straight away. Hamburger SV plays for relegated Ingolstadt, later Darmstadt welcomes 98 basement child Erzgebirge Aue (8.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the 2nd Bundesliga and on Sky). With victories, HSV and the “Lilien” would make the exciting race for the best places in the second division even more dramatic.