“Hamburger SV secures at least the relegation place in the 2nd division: Match Recap and Analysis”

2023-05-20 20:26:34

Status: 05/20/2023 10:26 p.m

After a 2-1 (1-0) win against Greuther Fürth on Saturday (May 20th, 2023), Hamburger SV has secured at least the relegation place in the 2nd division. On the last day of the game, however, it could also go directly to the Bundesliga.

A few hours before the away game at Hamburger SV, Greuther Fürth had reason to celebrate. Because Arminia Bielefeld had not won against SC Paderborn (2-2) in the afternoon, it was clear that the Franconians would play in the second division again next season. It was a moment that, despite the already comfortable lead, apparently provided a liberation, because Fürth played better than seldom on a foreign pitch this season.

From the start, the guests presented HSV with major problems. With high pressing, many intensive runs and a robust duel, the Fürth prevented Hamburg from developing its dreaded combination game and letting the ball and opponents run. Offensively, some attacks were also pleasing, but there were no big chances.

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Muheim hits out of nowhere

However, HSV showed that their individual quality is so outstanding in the 2nd division that such a game can still tip over to their own side in a moment. Jean-Luc Dompé failed to dribble, but the ball rolled right in front of Miro Muheim’s left foot, who surprised everyone from the corner of the penalty area and sent the ball to the underbar to make it 1-0 into the opponent’s goal (27′).

A little later things got dramatic again in front of the Fürth housing. First Dompé missed a hundred percent chance, failed from close range to Andreas Linde (32nd). After the following corner, Kittel shot the ball right into the hands of the goalkeeper, however, Linde dropped it, but Sebastian Schonlau could not accept the gift. However, he should have been awarded a penalty, as Linde yanked his shoulder to the ground while chasing the ball.

Few chances, but Bénes decides the game

These five minutes were the only ones in which HSV showed their class. Otherwise it was mainly Fürth who played, but Julian Green shot more than 20 yards out, which Daniel Heuer Fernandes was able to parry (35′). It wasn’t until the 61st minute that things became dangerous again. Then Robert Glatzel put the ball down for Sonny Kittel, but his shot flew just wide of the left corner.

And then there was actually the early decision. Kittel sent Glatzel free in the direction of the goal with the heel, but Gian-Luca Itter knocked him off his feet shortly before the end – penalty. Laszlo Bénes converted it to make it 2-0 for HSV (69th). Ten minutes later, Glatzel hit the post with a lob and missed Hamburg’s third goal (79′). Shortly thereafter, Lukas Petkov scored the goal for Fürth (84th).

HSV must win and hope

In the last minutes of the game, the victory of the Hanseatic League was no longer in danger despite Bakery Jatta being sent off (87th) – and so the focus was increasingly on the last day of the game. There, HSV meets SV Sandhausen, who have already been relegated. Third place – and thus the relegation – can no longer be taken away from coach Tim Walter’s team, but the big goal is to still achieve second place. “We kept the chance alive. Now we have to solve our task and hope that something else is possible“said Baldel.

For what is possible, HSV needs a win at the bottom of the table – and at the same time a slip of the 1. FC Heidenheim, who goes into the last matchday with a point and six goals ahead. Heidenheim plays for the penultimate Jahn Regensburg, who only has arithmetical chances of staying up in the league, but can probably no longer avoid relegation. Fürth (for whom Dickson Abiama saw the red card in stoppage time) ended the season against leaders Darmstadt 98.

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