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From HSV's dream of promotion: VfB remains Bundesliga club


Highlights: Hamburger SV lost 3-1 (0-2) to VfB Stuttgart in the relegation play-offs. HSV lost the first leg last Thursday 0-3. Enzo Millot (48th and 64th) turned the game around in the second half. Silas Katompa Mvumpa (90+7) also scored for the visitors. Vfb celebrated relegation after a very mixed season - the team cheered exuberantly in Hamburg with the supporters who had travelled.

Stuttgart's Enzo Millot celebrates his goal. © Marcus Brandt/dpa

Hamburger SV scored the hoped-for early goal in the second leg of the relegation play-offs. But is that enough for the football miracle to be promoted? VfB Stuttgart is fighting back - and it's getting heated.

Hamburg - The Hamburg professionals dropped disillusioned on the pitch at the final whistle, tears flowed from many fans in the stands. HSV clearly missed its long-awaited football miracle against VfB Stuttgart and has to go into its sixth season in the 1nd league after the 3-1 (0-2) defeat in the relegation second leg on Monday evening. HSV lost the first leg last Thursday 0-3.

Sonny Kittel (6th minute) gave Hamburg an early lead in front of 55,500 spectators. But Enzo Millot (48th and 64th) turned the game around in the second half, with his second goal thanks to a momentous mistake by HSV goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes. Silas Katompa Mvumpa (90+7) also scored. VfB celebrated relegation after a very mixed season - the Stuttgart team cheered exuberantly in Hamburg with the supporters who had travelled with them. "We are relieved and overjoyed," said sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth at Sky.

Much had been said about a supposed magic of the Volksparkstadion, in which the Hamburgers had not lost for over seven months. "There are always miracles," sporting director Jonas Boldt told Sky shortly before kick-off. And then Kittel came along. The 30-year-old kicked the ball into the goal from 25 yards, tens of thousands of HSV fans cheered, and coach Tim Walter roared out his joy.

How fragile Hamburg's luck was, however, became apparent almost immediately afterwards when Chris Führich, who was strong in the first leg, only hit the outside of the net (7th). And even more so when Serhou Guirassy artistically scored the supposed equaliser from the turn (17th). However, the goal did not count because of a previous offside position at the halfway line.

The Bundesliga club did not appear as confident in this phase as in the first leg. However, the selection of coach Sebastian Hoeness, who had expressly warned against the atmosphere, remained dangerous. HSV goalkeeper Heuer Fernandes, who had prevented worse for Hamburg in the first leg, saved twice within a few seconds from onrushing Stuttgart (23rd/24th).

Apart from initially inconsequential wobbles, HSV presented itself much better in the duels than last Thursday. For Jonas David, who was ill, Walter had sent the loan player Javi Montero into the defensive game. Offensively, Jean-Luc Dompé and Kittel in particular tried to create a goal threat with pace.

At VfB, Florian Müller was back in goal in place of Fabian Bredlow, who was still injured. After conceding an early goal until the break, the 25-year-old distinguished himself with a header from Bakery Jatta, but the injury time of the first half was already running. Robert Glatzel's promising shot had missed the VfB goal without Müller's intervention (40th).

HSV celebrated its biggest home win against Stuttgart in October 2019. In the second division 6-2, which would have been enough for promotion on Monday, Walter was still VfB coach. As Hamburg coach, he watched the game of his oldest HSV starting eleven, with an average of 27.4 years, even more strenuously after the equaliser. Millot scored after Guirassy's assist and rewarded VfB for a much better start to the second half.

HSV now needed three goals again to at least force extra time. It became noticeably quieter in the stadium during this phase, and the 6000 or so VfB fans who had travelled with them could be heard much better.


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The Stuttgart professionals acted more compactly in the following minutes, lurking again and again for the next counterattack. When Heuer Fernandes made a serious mistake in the passing game with Millot's second goal, the game was finally against Hamburg. After the jubilation of the VfB players in front of the HSV fans and the ensuing pack formation, referee Bastian Dankert handed out several yellow cards. Glatzel then scored Hamburg's best chance of the second half (74th). But the outcome of the relegation did not change. Dpa

Source: merkur

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