Ludovit Reis celebrates his 1-0 lead
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With wins for Hamburger SV (2-0 in Rostock) and FC St. Pauli (2-0 against Hannover 96) and a draw between 1. FC Magdeburg and Karlsruher SC (1-1), the 19th matchday is over ended in the 2nd Bundesliga.
Leader Darmstadt 98 had already won 4-0 (2-0) at SV Sandhausen on Friday, while third-placed Heidenheim lost surprisingly 2-0 (0-0) at Eintracht Braunschweig.
The game in Rostock offered a great opportunity for HSV: After the Heidenheim defeat, the Hamburg side were able to put four points between themselves and third in the table.
The focus was on ex-Hamburger Rick van Drongelen, who moved to Rostock in autumn 2022.
And the Dutchman was also instrumental in HSV's 1-0 lead: Several Rostockers shot each other when trying to clear in their own penalty area until the ball landed in front of Ludovit Reis' feet, who scored from a few meters (40th minute).
In an increasingly hectic game, Hansa goalkeeper Markus Kolke kept his team in the game when HSV had a triple chance (52').
Rostock's Damian Roßbach saw yellow-red in the 81st minute, HSV missed numerous opportunities.
Winter signing Andras Nemeth only made everything clear in injury time (90+4).
On the coming matchday there will be a top duel in the Volksparkstadion – HSV (40 points) will receive Heidenheim (36 points).
FC St. Pauli has landed a liberation in the relegation battle.
The guests from Hanover started aggressively, but had to accept the 0:1 after an unfortunate action by goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
The former national goalkeeper let a long-range shot deflect to the side, Lukas Daschner easily scored his fourth goal of the season (17th).
Connor Metcalfe made it 2-0 (29') with a wonderful shot into the far post.
Hanover weakened itself after about an hour: Phil Neumann saw yellow-red after a foul on Oladapo Afolayan (61st).
FC St. Pauli moves up to ninth place as a result of the success, but in the extremely exciting relegation battle they still only have four points ahead of a direct relegation zone.
More relegation battle is not possible: In the duel of the last against the penultimate, two teams met with a negative run: Magdeburg had recently lost three times in the league in a row, the KSC only got one point from the past seven games.
The guests got off to a better start: Sebastian Jung hit the left corner with a low shot from 18 meters in the 3rd minute.
The early excitement was followed by boredom for long stretches of the game, and there were hardly any chances.
But the surprising equalizer came in injury time: Daniel Efadli used an uncertainty in the KSC defense to equalize (90+5).