Sports Second League
90.+5 – HSV gives away the lead in the table from five meters
Status: 16.09.2023 | Reading time: 4 minutes
Hamburger SV stumbled in Elversberg. The Hanseatic League surprisingly lost to the newly promoted team and missed a huge chance to equalize in stoppage time. The new league leader is Düsseldorf, Fortuna won in Rostock.
It was already the fifth minute of stoppage time when Hamburger SV had a great chance to equalize. Immanuel Pherai entered the penalty area from the left side and saw Robert Glatzel, who was standing free. However, the goalscorer was denied by Elversberg goalkeeper Nicolas Kristof, who directed the subsequent shot onto the post and also saved it against Ransford Königsdörffer.
The promotion favorite made a mistake on the sixth matchday of the Second Bundesliga and surprisingly suffered their first defeat of the season. Coach Tim Walter’s team lost 1:2 (0:1) to the Saarland team on Saturday and thus lost their lead in the table.
Jannik Rochelt (9th) and Luca Schnellbacher (60th) scored goals for Elversberger’s first home win in the 2nd league. HSV shortened the gap in the 89th minute through Moritz Heyer and, as currently tied for second behind Fortuna Düsseldorf, could even slip out of the top trio on Sunday.
The early lead: Jannik Rochelt celebrates after his goal to make it 1-0 for Elversberg
In an entertaining first half, the ball was in the goal a total of four times, only once when Elversberg’s opening goal from Rochelt (9th) counted. Fighting Saarlanders, who started with Bayern loanee Paul Wanner and new signing Hugo Vandermersch, took advantage of a guest mistake to take the lead. New signing Dennis Hadzikadunic misused the ball in front of the penalty area and SVE attacker Rochelt only had to shoot in. As a result, HSV pushed for the equalizer, but wasn’t compelling enough offensively. Two of the Hanseatic League’s goals by Glatzel and Jean-Luc Dompé were disallowed due to offside or previous foul play.
A half marathon daily
Elversberg also had to concede a goal that was offside, but the missed goal did not slow down their offensive efforts. The longer the game lasted, the more confident the hosts became and, driven by the 10,150 spectators at the Kaiserlinde behind them, they pulled off the big surprise. Semih Sahin fed Rochelt to the left of the penalty area, whose cross was pushed over the line by Schnellbacher in the five-meter area to make it 2-0. Elversberg defended as best they could, but HSV continued to lack the necessary penetration power and Heyer’s goal from 18 meters came too late.
Düsseldorf new league leaders
Fortuna Düsseldorf won at Hansa Rostock 3-1 (2-1) and took their third win in a row and took first place for the time being. In front of 24,600 spectators, Christos Tzolis (17th) and Andre Hoffmann (35th) scored for the guests before the break, Jasper van der Werff scored the next goal for Hansa shortly before the break. Jona Niemiec (88th) made the final score shortly before the end. It was the second defeat in a row for Rostock.
Hansa ran behind from the start. Fortuna ran the ball quickly and smoothly through the ranks and took the lead through Tzolis – his fourth goal in the third game. Even after falling behind, Hansa struggled. The newly formed five-man chain wobbled at the back, but the hosts remained harmless at the front. On the other hand, Fortuna captain Hoffmann increased. Shortly before the break, Rostock’s hope arose when van der Werff scored.
The game picked up pace in the second half because Hansa now held off. In the final phase, the Rostock team threw everything forward, but missed the equalizer through Janik Bachmann (87th). Niemiec, on the other hand, made everything clear for Düsseldorf.
Karlsruhe without Stindl
Karlsruher SC and 1. FC Kaiserslautern drew 1-1 (1-1) in the southwest derby. Ragnar Ache gave the Palatinate team, who had previously won three times in a row, the lead in the 5th minute. Marvin Wanitzek equalized for Baden with a penalty kick (45+5) in front of 33,000 spectators in the sold-out Wildpark. Kaiserslautern is still within striking distance of the top group in the table, while KSC is in midfield with two points less.
A loss of the ball by Karlsruhe’s Sebastian Jung enabled FCK to get off to a dream start, and it was Ache’s fifth goal of the season. The hosts initially struggled to create chances without playmaker Lars Stindl, who was missing due to hand surgery. The best went to Fabian Schleusener (30th). On the other side, Marlon Ritter hit the post (33′). Shortly before the break, Kevin Kraus caught Karlsruhe’s Schleusener off his feet in the penalty area – Wanitzek safely converted the penalty.
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The game remained intense and entertaining in the second half. Both teams tried to score the winning goal. Ultimately, however, it remained a fair draw.