Status: 10.12.2023, 18:26 PM
Stewards try to push the fans of both clubs back into the blocks. © Axel Heimken/dpa
Hansa put in a passionate performance in the 0-2 defeat to FC Schalke 04, but are chasing after a red card. In the meantime, the spectator stands are buzzing with activity.
Rostock - When referee Nicolas Winter blew the final whistle for the second division match between FC Hansa Rostock and FC Schalke 04 with the score at 2-0 (0-0) for the visitors, he had a long day of work behind him. Less than half an hour later than originally planned, the game had ended. Riots in the stands and a resulting interruption of play were to blame. "We don't want to see what happened there in a football stadium," said Schalke coach Karel Geraerts.
At the end of the first half, the referee had to stop the match. Schalke supporters had used an emergency hammer to break through a safety window to the home area. As a result, both fan camps clashed with pyrotechnics. According to the police, however, the direct clash between the two groups of fans could be prevented. A police officer and two members of the security service were slightly injured. A paramedic was also physically attacked in the away supporters' block.
After the 28-minute break, there was a red card first. Rostock's junior Brumado had used his elbow too violently in a duel with Schalke's Blendi Idrizi just before the break. Winter first showed Brumado a yellow card for this and before the resumption of the game after a hint from the video assistant and a view of the video images, it was red. "That was definitely the crux of the game. That threw a spanner in the works," said Hansa defender Oliver Hüsing. Coach Alois Schwartz was even more explicit. "For sure, Junior is going to get into the man. But the elbow is not out, the arm is attached. Since his opponent is 1.70 meters, he gets Junior's shoulder in the face. That was extremely unfortunate," said the 56-year-old, criticising the sending-off.
Until then, Rostock controlled the game in the last home game of the year and kept the guests at bay. "The action took place between the penalty areas. The longer the game went on, the more confident we became on the ball and passing," said Schwartz.
After the 28-minute stoppage and the red cards for Brumado in front of 27,250 spectators, Hansa retreated deep into their own half and defended their own goal with passion. For a long time, Schalke struggled to capitalize on their numerical superiority. The opening goal was finally scored by Idrizi, who converted the ball from close range after a pass from Simon Terodde (72'). In the closing stages, Hansa threw everything forward again, but were countered by Kenan Karaman ice-cold to make it 0-2 (86').
"We defended a lot, but we were pushed further and further back. Now we are left empty-handed. It's very bitter and I'm sorry for the fans. We would have liked to give them more in the last home game of the year," said Hüsing.
As a result of the home defeat, Hansa slipped to 16th place in the relegation play-offs and must definitely pick up points next Friday at SC Paderborn (18:30 CEST). "We can all read the table. But I'm encouraged by the way we're performing. The development is going in the right direction," said Hüsing. Captain Markus Kolke agreed: "It doesn't do us any good to bury our heads in the sand. Now we have to try to get the points in Paderborn." dpa