Hertha beats Schalke, Hamburger SV on course, Karsruhe in a frenzy in League 2

Hertha beats Schalke, Hamburger SV on course, Karsruhe in a frenzy in League 2

Hertha BSC has exacerbated FC Schalke 04’s relegation worries in the 2nd Bundesliga. With the final score of 5:2 (3:2), the Berliners managed to catch up with the chasing group for promotion places with 37 points. The guests from the Ruhr area, however, are only two points away from the relegation relegation zone.

In front of 69,135 spectators in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, Haris Tabakovic gave Hertha the lead twice (2nd and 13th minute) in the duel between the Bundesliga relegated teams. Schalke’s striker Simon Terodde equalized twice (5th and 27th minute). Marten Winkler also scored twice for Berlin (39th and 56th). Florian Niederlechner, who had been substituted three minutes earlier, made it 5-2 in the 75th minute.

Both teams always tried to threaten to score and were supported by the opponent’s insecure defensive lines. Hertha missed great opportunities to make an early decision after the fourth goal thanks to Tabakovic, Winkler and Linus Gechter. Niederlechner then took care of that.

Hamburg on course

Hamburger SV has recovered from its interim low. After two defeats, Steffen Baumgart’s team won a deserved 3-0 (1-0) against SV Wehen Wiesbaden in his fourth game as HSV coach and claimed the promotion relegation place.

In front of 55,523 spectators on Sunday, Miro Muheim (33rd minute) took the lead with a deflected shot from 25 meters. Laszlo Benes (51st) with his 12th goal of the season and Ransford Königsdörffer (85th) made everything clear. Despite the success, HSV (44 points) is still clearly behind the two direct promotion places with FC St. Pauli (54) and Holstein Kiel (49).

Right from the start, Hamburg were clearly trying to rehabilitate themselves for the defeats against VfL Osnabrück and Fortuna Düsseldorf. They dominated from the start against the deep-lying guests and had the chance to take the lead after just 60 seconds through Bakery Jatta in his 200th game for HSV. But he only hit the post.

In addition to Jatta, Dennis Hadzikadunic (21′) with a header and Immanuel Pherai (40′) both failed against the aluminum before the break. Robin Heußer (11th) missed Wiesbaden’s only chance in the first half.

After Muheim took the lead, HSV’s superiority became even clearer. Shortly after the break, Benes scored the second goal with a clever free kick under the Wehen wall. After falling behind significantly, Wiesbaden tried to be more offensive. But there were no clear chances for the Hessians. Königsdörffer scored the final score.

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Thanks to a dream start, Karlsruher SC is back on track in the 2nd Bundesliga. In the duel with 1. FC Magdeburg on Sunday, the North Baden team deservedly won 7-0 (4-0) and climbed to seventh place in the table. The gap to the promotion relegation place is six points after matchday 26. After the third winless game in a row and catastrophic defensive failures, the Magdeburgers are still in twelfth place.

After just eight minutes, the advanced defender Marcel Franke took the lead with a header. With the second goal, Daniel Heber lost the ball with serious consequences in front of 27,028 spectators. Budu Zivzivadze gratefully accepted the invitation (13th). Another six minutes later, the guests were lucky that there was no penalty for KSC after a collision in the penalty area.

The Magdeburgers appeared unsettled – and it didn’t take long until the next serious mistake in the build-up to the game. Once again Zivzivadze was the beneficiary (25th). Paul Nebel made it even clearer before the break (40′).

The Karlsruhe team didn’t let the change of sides slow them down. This time Marcel Beifus (50th) and Igor Matanovic (51st) were able to celebrate. The sixth goal was also preceded by a devastating mistake by the FCM defense. The supposed 1:6 was not recognized due to an offside position (79′). And the final point also belonged to the home team: Marvin Wanitzek converted a hand penalty shortly after the end of regular time.


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