HSV rarely stumbled against Eintracht Braunschweig
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At the start of the new second division year, the two Hamburg clubs celebrated successes.
Hamburger SV consolidated their second place in the table with a win over Eintracht Braunschweig, while FC St. Pauli won in Nürnberg.
SV Sandhausen in Bielefeld also celebrated an away win.
Hamburger SV stays on the heels of leaders Darmstadt 98 in the promotion race.
Hamburg won the northern duel against Eintracht Braunschweig 4:2 (2:1) and moved back up to second place in the table, just two points behind the autumn champions.
The promoted team, on the other hand, remained without a win in the seventh competitive game in a row.
In front of 56,507 spectators in the Volksparkstadion, the hosts set the course in the first half.
Robert Glatzel gave HSV the lead after only three minutes from close range, Moritz Heyer (17th) extended the lead with a header.
It was only after Fabio Kaufmann's goal (30') that coach Michael Schiele's team got into the game better and were now an equal opponent for the hosts, who had been underchallenged until then.
After the change of sides, however, Glatzel restored the old lead in the 49th minute with an unstoppable low shot, it was the 13th goal of the season for the 29-year-old.
But the guests continued to fight against the defeat, but it was only enough for another goal from substitute Danilo Wiebe (81st).
Ludovit Reis (90+2) scored HSV's fourth goal.
FC St. Pauli scored an important victory in the tight relegation battle.
In the first game under coach Fabian Hürzeler, the efficient Hanseatic League won 1-0 (1-0) at the start of the second half of the season at 1. FC Nürnberg, so they moved ahead of the club (19 points) in the table with 20 points.
Jakov Medic's goal (33rd) secured St. Pauli their second win since matchday four in front of 30,871 spectators - and their first away win.
FCN initially had little of the game against the guests – but the better opportunities.
But St. Pauli took the lead – with the first chance: Medic converted a cross from Leart Paqarada with a header from five meters out and was criminally unprotected by Nuremberg.
At the beginning of the second half, Nuremberg increased possession and pressure.
But they did not get beyond good approaches.
The best chance to equalize against the well defending team was thwarted by goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj, who deflected a shot from Kwadwo Duah past the post (75').
Setback for Arminia Bielefeld, who was relegated to the Bundesliga, at the start of the second half of the season: East Westphalia surprisingly lost 2-1 (1-2) in the basement duel against SV Sandhausen, which meant that the guests gave up the place at the bottom of the table.
Most recently, there were two defeats for Sandhausen in the old year.
Due to the home bankruptcy, Bielefeld slipped to the penultimate place in the table.
Christian Kinsombi (13th) scored the opening goal for the guests, Alexander Esswein (33rd) made it 2-0.
Andres Andrade (45+1) scored the connecting goal.
Sandhausen managed the first success on the Alm in the second division, where there had previously been four draws and two defeats in six duels.