Düsseldorf (dpa) – top favorite Hamburger SV has suffered a defeat for the first time this season – and the pursuers are already there.
Partly due to the 3-1 defeat of the Hanze on Sunday against VfL Bochum, the top group of the 2nd Bundesliga has come closer together. HSV in first place and the Bundesliga relegated Fortuna Düsseldorf in eighth place are only separated by six points.
SpVgg Greuther Fürth is the new runner-up after a 3-1 win over Jahn Regensburg for SC Paderborn, which stands out with four wins from the last five games. “We have tailwind and confidence, now we want to expand the series. We are hungry for the next games,” said Fürth’s goalscorer Paul Jaeckel.
The Bochum team won by goals from Robert Zulj (36th), Danny Blum (78th), who scored a dream goal, and Raman Chibsah (82nd) in the front runners to climb to fourth place. The hosts only came to the interim equalization via a converted penalty kick from Simon Terodde (65th).
Holstein Kiel, on the other hand, fell behind after the fourth game without a win in the tightly packed group (sixth place). VfL Osnabrück had the opportunity to claim second place on Monday in their home game against 1. FC Nürnberg.
Paderborn’s coach, Steffen Baumgart, had warned from the start not to believe that his team could immediately set the tone in the 2nd division. “In the 2nd division you have to make your way through every game, which is usually at eye level and rarely in such a way that one team is much better than the other,” said Baumgart after the 2-0 win over FC St Pauli. Dennis Srbeny (39th) and Chris Führich (56th) scored the goals of Ostwestfalen, whose goalkeeper Leopold Zingerle managed to parry a penalty from Rodrigo Zalazar. “We have been able to continue our positive trend today,” said Fabian Wohlgemuth, SCP CEO.
Fortuna coach Rösler was happy to take the third 1-0 home win against SV Sandhausen on Saturday, but he knows that the road to the top group is still long and difficult. “This win is good for us, but it can only be the beginning. We have to improve our possession and play,” said the Düsseldorf head coach, who took eighth place.
On the other hand, Holstein Kiel was very disappointed after the missed jump back to second place, which occupied the team from the 3rd to the 5th matchday. “It was a good home game that we did not win. In the end we lose two points that we actually already had on the credit side. That is very annoying,” said Kiel’s general manager Uwe Stöver after the 2-2 draw against 1. FC Heidenheim, who until the 87th minute was 2-0 down, before Christian Kühlwetter equalized with two goals. “The course of the game is very bitter because we got what we wanted to do over long distances,” said Holstein coach Ole Werner.
For now, the weak away team from Hannover 96 is out of the race after a 2-1 loss at the bottom of the table, Würzburger Kickers. Bernhard Trares made a successful debut with the Franconians as the Kickers’ third coach this season. Hannover slipped through the fourth away defeat in the fourth game to tenth place.