Hamburg (dpa) – The shock came in the fourth minute of stoppage time: Hamburger SV did not use the promotion competitor VfB Stuttgart and remains in third place in the 2nd Bundesliga.
The team of coach Dieter Hecking had to be satisfied with 3: 3 (2: 1) on Monday evening at the end of the 30th match day in the north duel against Holstein Kiel. Aaron Hunt (21st) by penalty and double scorer Joel Pohjanpalo (23rd / 67th) scored for the hosts. Alexander Mühling (9th), Emmanuel Iyoha (64th) and Jae Sung Lee seconds before the final whistle were successful for the Kiel team.
“Finally, we were a bit lucky today,” said Kiel scorer Mühling in an interview with TV broadcaster Sky. “In such a duel, every player brings a few percent more,” said Mühling. Defense colleague Phil Neumann smiled slyly: “We like to take the point with us.” Coach Ole Werner had every reason to praise his Kielers: “We have received so many neck blows in the last minutes. Today I am happy with the performance, I take my hat off to the team’s morale,” he added.
Due to the draw, the HSV missed the jump to the direct promotion place. Hamburg continued to win only one of the five games after the Corona break. The Stuttgart had only achieved a 0: 0 against VfL Osnabrück the day before and thus opened the chance. Dieter Hecking was therefore disappointed. “Once again we missed an important point in injury time. That is very, very annoying. We have not been able to rest in our game. If you lead 3-2 in the 92nd, 93rd minute, you must also secure the victory.” , HSV coach was annoyed: “I have to digest that first.”
His team came into play badly. The guests showed why they are one of the strongest offensive teams in the league. They took the lead with the first shot. After a bad pass by Hamburg-based Bakery Jatta, the ball came to Mühling via Salih Özkan, who, with his shot from 18 meters, did not give Julian Pollersbeck, who was again in the HSV goal, a chance.
Only then did the hosts wake up. The alleged equalization by the header of Rick van Drongelen (16.) after a corner was whistled because of Jatta’s offside after video evidence. Then it got really lively: Sonny Kittel fell after light physical contact with the Kiel Phil Neumann in the Holstein penalty area. Hunt converted the flattering penalty kick to compensate.
Shortly afterwards, Fabian Reese missed the renewed Kiel leadership. Seconds later, the HSV finally turned the game: after a long pass from van Drongelen, the strong Tim Leibold Pohjanpalo (23rd) put on the ball, who accomplished without effort – for Leibold it was the 15th goal this season.
In the period that followed, Hamburg continued to determine what was going on. There was hardly anything left of the attacking force of the guests from the initial phase. After the change, the game became more open. Iyoah (64.) equalized, but again HSV countered by the Finn Pohjanpalo (67.). Holstein’s final offensive was rewarded with Lee’s goal. The Kiel team, as ninth in the table with nine points behind the relegation relegation zone, should hardly worry about remaining in the class.