Holstein Kiel remains the top team in the 2nd Bundesliga. A Korean in particular shined in the away win in Regensburg. Meanwhile, the crisis in Hanover, a candidate for promotion, is getting worse.
Holstein Kiel confirmed his status as the top team in the 2nd Bundesliga with an away win over Jahn Regensburg. The front runners had an excellent attacking duo in the Jahn Stadium on Saturday in scorer Jae-Sung Lee (32nd / 37th minute) and Fin Bartels (66th) in the 3-2 (2-1). All three of Kiel’s goals came from a co-production of the two strong professionals.
The residents of Regensburg only occasionally presented themselves as a possible stumbling block to the more playful and ultimately more effective guests. Albion Vrenezi scored the 1-0 (17th) with a long shot after Jonas Meffert lost the ball. Kaan Caliscaner almost made it 2-0 with a shot on the outside post (20th). Jan-Niklas Beste only managed to reduce the score to 2: 3 in injury time.
Kiel’s attacking duo played a decisive role after falling behind. Lee used a cross from Bartels with a sobbing header. The 28-year old South Korean turned the game around moments later after a great one-two with Bartels. After the break, the adult Kielers controlled most of the match. At 3: 1 Lee was this time the model for Bartels. The Regensburg did not give up, but were not consistent in the conclusion when Andreas Albers was given a great opportunity. Overall, Kiel’s victory was deserved.
Heidenheim – Hannover 96 1-0
With the third victory in a row 1. FC Heidenheim has increased the concerns of Hannover 96. Led by striker Christian Kühlwetter, Heidenheim defeated the guests from Lower Saxony 1-0 on Saturday. Thanks to the ninth goal of the season by Kühlwetter, the almost climber of the previous season now moved up to fifth place for the time being. The Hanoverians of trainer Kenan Kocak, who improved in the second half, initially remain 13th, but can slide further on Sunday.
Only cool weather could have hurt even more. In his opening goal, 24-year-old Baris Basdas triumphed in the current game, although he put Patrick Schmidt back in the penalty area. But the Hanoverians’ defensive attempt landed on Kühlwetter again and 96 goalkeeper Michael Ratajczak overcame the deserved 1-0 ahead of the hosts who were superior in the first half. Substitute keeper Ratajczak replaced Michael Esser, who had not traveled to Heidenheim due to a groin problem.
A week after the 1-0 victory over Hamburger SV, Hannover 96 only got into the game much better after the break and Heidenheimers of coach Frank Schmidt had hardly any offensive actions for a long time. Most dangerous was the completion of substitute Florent Muslija (87th). Before that, Kühlwetter had missed the decision for Heidenheim fifteen minutes before time.