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Last-minute small service: Heidenheim celebrates, HSV hopes


Highlights: Heidenheim beat Jahn Regensburg 3-2 to win promotion to the Bundesliga. Arminia Bielefeld go into relegation play-off against SV Wehen Wiesbaden. 1. FC Nuremberg and Eintracht Braunschweig secure their place in the league. Heidenheim striker Tim Kleindienst: "That's why we love football, that'swhy we love the sport" and "We'll shake ourselves and then attack again"

After a turbulent final phase and in the end only the relegation again, Tim Walter can hardly believe it. © Uwe Anspach/dpa

1. FC Heidenheim is the 57th club in the Bundesliga. Old champion Hamburger SV thought they were already at the top, but they have to go into the relegation. In the basement, this applies to Arminia Bielefeld.

Dusseldorf - For about ten minutes, Hamburger SV finally felt like a Bundesliga club again, but at the end of a dramatic promotion thriller, 1.

Memories of the Schalke four-minute championship 22 years ago came up when the cheering fans of HSV on the pitch in Sandhausen learned of the incredible turnaround in the parallel game.

An own goal, a controversial penalty and a goal in the ninth minute of injury time saw coach Frank Schmidt's team win 0-2 at Jahn Regensburg after going 3-2 down. HSV's 1-0 win was ultimately worthless. Now there is the "total demolition," said Heidenheim striker Tim Kleindienst, who scored the decisive goal with his 25th goal of the season and became top scorer. "There are no words for it," Kleindienst said on Sky: "That's why we love football, that's why we love the sport. Because such stories are written. That's just awesome, insane, insane. It was just pure faith. But we just deserve it."

Premature storming of the square in Sandhausen

Sandhausen's stadium announcer, who had already congratulated HSV on their promotion, handed the microphone to HSV sporting director Jonas Boldt and he made an appeal to the disappointed fans on the pitch. "That was bitter today," said Boldt: "Unfortunately, that's part of the sport. Bundle all forces. The thing doesn't end there. If we put all this on the scales again next week, then we'll just pull it off with an extra round."

In the relegation play-offs, HSV will face VfB Stuttgart. Heidenheim even snatched the championship from Darmstadt, which lost 0-4 (0-0) at SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Arminia Bielefeld has to go into the relegation relegation play-off against SV Wehen Wiesbaden after the 0:4 (0:2) at 1. 1. FC Nuremberg, who won 1-0 (1-0) at SC Paderborn, and Eintracht Braunschweig despite the 1-2 (0-0) at Hansa Rostock secured their place in the league and can breathe a sigh of relief.

Schmidt statue will probably not be seen

In Regensburg, coach Schmidt, who has been coach in Heidenheim since 2007, reacted with laughter to the hint that managing director Holger Samwald had promised him a monument in the event of promotion. "There's going to be peeing there at some point, and I don't want that," he said. During the ceremony, he was "crushed a few ribs", "but I accept that. We more than deserve this. As long as the referee doesn't blow his whistle, we'll just keep going. It was impressive how we fought for this dream until the end."

Jan Schöppner of Heidenheim (l) in a close duel with Regensburg's Benedikt Gimber. © Tom Weller/dpa


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It was fulfilled. And Hamburg's coach Tim Walter was quick to fight. "Anyone can do it," he said: "We've done our homework. In the end, the others did it too. Congratulations to Heidenheim. We'll shake ourselves and then we'll get up again and attack again." He "doesn't give a damn" that Stuttgart is his former club, he believes in promotion this time after the failure in the relegation play-off against Hertha BSC last year: "We had the chance last year and this year we will take our chance. Because the team has a good character."

After the news of Heidenheim's 3-2 win in Regensburg, a Hamburg fan sits on the ground. © Uwe Anspach/dpa

Bielefeld also have to get their act together before their relegation after the bitter slap in Magdeburg. "I expected a lot of things, but not this. I'm totally empty," said veteran Fabian Klos. "This is one of the most bitter days of my career in terms of football, I have to digest it first." dpa

Source: merkur

All sports articles on 2023-05-28

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