The dream of promotion has finally burst, Hamburger SV will play in the second division for the fourth year in a row. VfL Bochum has given away its first match ball, as has Holstein Kiel. The SpVgg Greuther Fürth can meanwhile dream of a second promotion to the Bundesliga.
The team of coach Horst Hrubesch embarrassed themselves with 2: 3 (1: 1) at the relegation candidate VfL Osnabrück and gambled away the last chance for the relegation place.
Robin Meißner (37th) and Tim Leibold (82nd) scored too few goals. Osnabrück improved to 16th place thanks to the goals of Christian Santos (34th), Maurice Multhaup (60th) and Marc Heider (84th).
HSV found it difficult to get involved. The ease of beating 1. FC Nürnberg (5: 2) was gone. Hamburg had a lot of possession against strong hosts, but lacked speed and ideas. So it took until the 23rd minute before Simon Terodde got his first good chance. The striker failed to VfL goalkeeper Philipp Kühn and missed his 23rd goal.
Initially, this scene did not serve as a wake-up call for the guests. The HSV defensive acted far too passively when the Osnabrückers took the lead. Santos headed in from close range. But the Hamburgers showed a reaction. Meißner scored from distance to equalize, Kühn did not cut a good figure.
HSV is playing in the second division for the fourth year
On the penultimate match day at 1. FC Nürnberg, the team of coach Thomas Reis did not get past a 1-1 (0: 1) and must continue to tremble about the long-awaited return to the top division.
“We would have liked to have been promoted, but have to live with the point,” said VfL captain Robert Zulj. “Now next week we have to be wide awake from the first second and then we want to make it.”
For the showdown at the end of the season on Sunday, VfL will still have everything in their own hands in the home game against SV Sandhausen. On Sunday afternoon, Nuremberg’s Georg Margreitter (38th) was spoiled for the game with a header in his last home game for FCN, the equalizer from Robert Zulj (76th) was too little.
The anticipation for the first play-off was huge among the Bochumers. “The euphoria is great, also among the fans. Of course we notice that,” said Reis. Indeed, on Saturday several thousand supporters said goodbye to the team bus on Castroper Strasse with Bengal fires and a deafening hoot of horns.
One day later it was not quiet in the Max-Morlock-Stadion either, “VfL” chants and trumpets could be heard from the surrounding area. The Bochumers didn’t feel nervous at first, substitute captain Zulj (7th) missed the first chance for the former “gray mouse” of the Bundesliga.
Most recently, the Kielers could not be stopped by a hunt after two corona-related forced breaks and diligently scored. In the Wildpark Stadium they ran out of breath a little.
With effectiveness and economical means, the guests only kept the KSC in check for the first 45 minutes. Baden’s nine games without a win were extremely harmless in the first half.
Promotion postponed: Holstein Kiel loses in Karlsruhe
The Franks won 4: 2 (2: 2) at SC Paderborn on the penultimate matchday and have already secured third place. Direct ascent is also still within reach.
Havard Nielsen (28th), Branimir Hrgota (42nd) and Paul Seguin (47th) ensured the away win in the turbulent game. An own goal by Paul Jaeckel (22nd) and Chris Führich (45th + 3) were not enough for Paderborn.
Before the season finale, Fürth is three points behind league leaders VfL Bochum, and only one point behind second Holstein Kiel. On the last day of the match, coach Stefan Leitl’s team awaits Fortuna from Düsseldorf.