Curious own goal from goalkeeper Heuer-Fernandes

Curious own goal from goalkeeper Heuer-Fernandes

Despite what was probably the strangest own goal in the history of the Hamburg city derby by goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes, Hamburger SV still avoided defeat in the explosive game at FC St. Pauli. By drawing 2-2 in the top game of the second Bundesliga, coach Tim Walter’s team at least saved a point from the neighboring league leaders in the 110th edition of the “City Championship” and avoided a setback in the promotion battle. Nevertheless, HSV has to fear for its second place after the 15th matchday. The undefeated Kiezklub (31 points) is still three points ahead of its rivals.

HSV keeper Heuer Fernandes provided the scene for the game in front of 29,153 spectators in the sold-out Millerntor Stadium. The guests took a short goal kick in the 27th minute via Stephan Ambrosius and Guilherme Ramos. After Ramos passed the ball to Heuer Fernandes, the ball bounced just in front of the goal.

The goalkeeper wanted to shoot the ball from the penalty area, but instead he hit the ball into his own goal to make it 0-2. For the 31-year-old it was the first own goal in his 180th second division game.

HSV responds in the snowstorm

St. Pauli captain Jackson Irvine (15th) shot his team into the lead after a corner. Goal scorer Robert Glatzel (58th) and Immanuel Pherai (60th) made up for their goalkeeper’s mishap within two minutes and saved another point.

Coach Fabian Hürzeler’s players dominated the game from the start, appeared more mature and had better play. Clear offensive actions alone were rare. However, HSV was initially disappointing and seemed to be continuing its disappointing away performances this season at the Millerntor Stadium, just seven kilometers from Volkspark.

After the break the conditions became more difficult due to snowfall. The guests coped better with the slippery surface and equalized through Glatzel and Pherai. The game became more open. In the end the draw was fair.

Schalke wins clearly

Meanwhile, the misfortune of a royal blue homegrown player paved the way for FC Schalke 04 to their biggest win of the season in the relegation battle and completely spoiled Uwe Koschinat’s entry as coach at VfL Osnabrück.

Niklas Wiemann, who grew up in Schalke’s youth team and was part of the Royal Blues’ Bundesliga squad under coach Huub Stevens in 2019, directed the ball into his own net in the 21st minute in Schalke’s 4-0 win. The German Football League initially did not consider the goal an own goal, but awarded it to Marcin Kaminski. The less clear 4-0 (70th) was considered an own goal by Florian Kleinhansl instead of a goal by Kenan Karaman. In between, Paul Seguin (49th) and Simon Terodde followed up with a penalty kick (63rd), also caused by Wiemann.

Thanks to the success at the start of the third-to-last matchday of the first half of the season, Schalke initially improved from the relegation relegation spot to 15th place. Much more important: they initially closed up to tenth place to within two points. And the lead over second-to-last Braunschweig initially grew to eight points, and that over bottom-placed Osnabrück to nine points. Koschinat was presented on Thursday as the successor to promotion coach Tobias Schweinsteiger, who was on leave.

While the VfL coach changed his team to four positions on their debut, Schalke coach Karel Geraerts made three changes after the sometimes embarrassing 3:5 in Düsseldorf. Among other things, he brought in striker Terodde from the start for the first time since his debut on October 22nd.

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Schalke played with commitment but nervously and was lucky that Osnabrück was shockingly harmless offensively. The goal straight after the break calmed the royal blue nerves, goal scorer Seguin broke a corner flag in relief. The hosts then clearly dominated and Osnabrück surrendered.

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