Second Division Promotion Battle: Werder at the helm, St. Pauli shakes, HSV hopes | – Sport

Status: 24.04.2022 10:53 paradite

Werder Bremen pushed the Bundesliga door towards Schalke. While FC St. Pauli is struggling, HSV takes on new courage. Three games left until Ultimo: What are the chances in the nervous promotion race?

by Andreas Bellinger

The celebration of the winners from Weser began in the white-green sea of ​​flags as Schalke left the stadium served. It almost looked like Werder Bremen had already sealed their return to the Bundesliga. “That was a statement – wasn’t it?” – said Marvin Ducksch shining after his two goals in the surprising and deserved 4-1 victory in Schalke 04, which once again had to leave the lead in the second division of the Hanseatic League.

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Around 6,500 Werder fans in the sold-out arena danced, danced and cheered the white-and-blues, who opened the door to promote directly in the Bundesliga three games before the end of the season.

Obstacle to St. Paul

Only: some want to pass immediately. Schalke (56 points), for example, just one point behind, but also FC St. Pauli (53). However, Kiezkicker conceded a blow to the neck in the 1-2 draw against Darmstadt (54) late Saturday at home and, after the fourth game without a win, swapped places one after the other with the “Lilies”, who are. now claims the degree of decline.

HSV only looks at itself

Hamburger SV (51) can after that 4: 2 in Regensburg still the odds for foreigners at least count the decline – especially as the rest of the program at FC Ingolstadt (Saturday, 13.30), at home against Hannover 96 and on the final day at Hansa Rostock seems feasible. According to their statements, those responsible for HSV do not make any probability calculations.

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HSV goal scorer Josha Vagnoman (left) and Moritz Heyer celebrate a goal.  © WITTERS Photo: LennartPreiss

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“I’m only interested in our path and continuing next week where we left off today: with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of willpower and a lot of courage,” said coach Tim Walter.

Not to be forgotten in the clash of the second category: 1. FC Nürnberg, who are sometimes invisibly looking for their chance, with which St. Pauli will have to face next Friday (18.30) at Millerntor.

Werder wants to “take it” against Kiel

While Schalke is due to move to Sandhausen (followed by St. Pauli and finally Nuremberg), Werder hosts Holstein Kiel on Friday (18.30) at Weser Stadium. “Decide,” Werder’s coach Ole Werner briefly called the goal against his former club, with which he had lost the promotion he believed he was confident of relegation against 1. FC Cologne last season. passed.

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Bremen's Marvin Ducksch celebrates a goal.  © WITTERS Photo: Ulrich Hufnagel

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“We are in a good position, but it is a very tight race and you can not afford to be weak.” Unlike the previous three 1-1 draws, Werder was smart on Schalke from the start. The defense was also surprisingly stable despite the absence of captains Ömer Toprak, Milios Veljkovic and Christian Groß.

coach Werner says “Chapeau!”

“I can only take my hat off to my team,” said Werner, who lost just one of 16 games in almost six months at Weser and rarely looked so agile and vocal off the field. “We had to make staff changes again this week, but the team treated it very well and found the right answers on the field.”

Nicolas Füllkrug of Bremen in action against Schalke.  © IMAGO / Nordphoto

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After the home game against Kiel, the whites have to go to the relegation candidates at Aue and wait for Jahn Regensburg for the season final. “Now it’s about using this good position,” says Werner.

FC St. Pauli: Their morale speaks for Kiezkicker

Coach Timo Schultz and St. His Paulians should not bury their heads in the sand despite the painful loss at home. Of course bankruptcy against Darmstadt, a direct competitor, is another hurdle. Does St. Pauli show nerves in the final sprint? The morality with which Kiezkicker acted gives reason for hope. Moreover, after 2: 5 against Schalkes a week ago, the Hessians are the best proof that anyone can beat anyone in the second division at the moment.

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If direct promotion is to work, victories against direct competitors at home against Nuremberg and Schalke, but ultimately also in the season final in Millerntor against Düsseldorf, must become a necessity. After a tumultuous and sometimes nervous start, the Hanseatic League developed unsuccessfully after a 0: 2 deficit against Darmstadt. “And in the end we were pointless,” said Schultz. “We have to get rid of him quickly if we want to win the last three games.”

Werder gives an example

Werder striker Ducksch, who not only hit the post twice, but also the post twice, was able to celebrate a “perfect day that probably no one expected”. There were 17 and 18 aluminum goals for Werder, which is also the best team of the second half in the championship with 31 points. Is there any reason to celebrate? “Absolutely not,” explained Ducksch’s partner Niclas Füllkrug. “There are still three games to go. But that was definitely a sign.”

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