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Kiel wins and distances HSV

Hamburger SV continues to lose ground in the promotion race of the second Bundesliga. On coach Merlin Polzin’s debut, HSV had to be content with a 2-2 draw against relegation candidate Hansa Rostock and is now four points behind a direct promotion spot.

Holstein Kiel consolidated this with a 4-0 win at SC Paderborn. Meanwhile, Schalke 04 gained some breathing room in the fight to stay in the league with a tough 1-0 win against SV Wehen Wiesbaden.

In the first game after coach Tim Walter was fired during the week, Jean-Luc Dompe (34′) initially got Hamburg on track, but Juan Jose Perea (50′) and Sveinn Gudjohnsen (82′) turned the game around before Robert Glatzel (86th) equalized late on. With this point, Rostock improved to 16th place, at least for one day.

Finn Porath (16th), Steven Skrzybski (33rd), Marvin Schulz (52nd) and Niklas Niehoff (90th + 10th) scored the goals for Kiel, which, like St. Pauli, now has 42 points. Due to the defeat, Paderborn is already eight points behind the direct promotion places. Shortly before the end, Martin Ens was shown a red card after kicking Lewis Holtby in the face (90+1).

Paderborn started well, but after the first goal Kiel had the game under control. Curious: Referee Patrick Alt had to be treated on his thigh almost ten minutes before the break, but was able to lead the game until the end, including the interruption and twelve minutes of injury time.

Schalke had a hard time against a compact Wiesbaden team in the first half. Gelsenkirchen’s game was too unimaginative and flawed. Even after the change, Schalke initially didn’t think of much.

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Then Aleksandar Vukotic fouled Darko Churlinov in his own penalty area, Kenan Karaman (60th) converted the penalty to take the lead. Wiesbaden then became more offensive, but lacked penetration.

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