Holstein Kiel is increasingly targeting promotion to the Bundesliga. The mercilessly effective North Germans defeated FC St. Pauli 4-0 (2-0) on Friday evening and thus underpinned third place. At Hannover 96, the crisis worsens after the 1: 2 (0: 0) against Darmstadt 98.
Hamburger SV is four points behind in fourth place ahead of the other games on the 32nd matchday, and coach Ole Werner’s storks still have two catch-up games up their sleeves.
Ahmet Arslan (22nd), double packer Fin Bartels (24th / 49th) and Janni Serra (67th) scored the goals for the hosts, who with 56 points also have direct promotion in their own hands.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth (57) in second place is only one point ahead of Kiel, who will play their remaining two catch-up games against Hannover 96 (Monday) and Jahn Regensburg (Thursday) next week. The front runner VfL Bochum stands at 60 points.
“It was important for the promotion that we could win the game today. To also send a signal that we are fully there,” said Bartels after the game Sky: “But we can’t do anything less. There are still very difficult games to come.”
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Arslan then led the hosts out of nowhere, and Bartels followed suit shortly afterwards. Then the game was open, and more hits could have been made on both sides. Shortly after the restart, the cold-tempered Bartels made the preliminary decision.
In Hanover, after an uneventful first half, Marvin Ducksch brought Lower Saxony into the lead (50th). Marvin Mehlem (55th) replied immediately before Mathias Honsak (58th) scored the guests with his fourth goal of the season for an away win.
In front of the ghost backdrop, the Darmstadt team got better into the game, as a result, both teams largely neutralized each other, the unsettled Hanoverians hardly developed any danger in the offensive game. That changed after both teams switched sides.