Hannover 96 has inflicted the next home blow on Hamburger SV and has returned to the promotion battle. But the sporty aspect of Lower Saxony’s 4:3 (2:1) took a backseat due to renewed fan protests against the planned entry of an investor into the German Football League. The game was interrupted for more than 30 minutes in the second half before being abandoned by referee Sören Storks.
The trigger was three banners in the guest block with portraits and a crosshair each – including the head of Hannover 96 managing director Martin Kind. These banners apparently ensured that the referee sent the teams into the catacombs after about an hour of play.
In addition, the 96 supporters had displayed banners with the inscriptions “CVC & Blackstone puppets of Saudi Arabia’s sportswashing”, “Consistent action in the face of personalized threats of violence” and “Game interruption now”.
The start of the second half had already been delayed because some supporters from HSV’s north curve had managed to lock heavy bicycle locks on the posts of a gate. The locks could only be removed using a power cutter. Objects also flew onto the field.
In terms of sport, both teams offered a thrilling northern duel. Nicolo Tresoldi (11th), an own goal from Guilherme Ramos (21st) and former Hamburg player Louis Schaub (32nd) put Lower Saxony in the front before the break. Laszlo Benes (24th) scored the next goal at short notice with his eleventh goal of the season. Substitute HSV defender Dennis Hadzikadunic (47th) shortened the score in the second half. Robert Glatzel (86th) managed to equalize.
In the final minutes plus 16 minutes of stoppage time, Hamburg had to play outnumbered after the red card for Benes (88th). Sebastian Ernst took advantage of this to score the guests’ acclaimed winning goal. To make matters worse for HSV, Hadzikadunic later received a yellow-red card.
With their third win in a row, Hannover moved within two points of third place in the promotion relegation zone. Hamburg, on the other hand, had to accept their third defeat in a row at their home Volksparkstadion, but initially remained second in the table.
Without top player Can Uzun, who was ill, 1. FC Nürnberg had to settle for a point at SV Wehen Wiesbaden. At 1-1 (0-0), the Franconians were even threatened with defeat after a self-inflicted deficit caused by Wiesbaden’s striker Ivan Prtajin (61st minute). Defender Ivan Marquez equalized with a well-placed header (70′). It was the club’s third winless game in a row in the fourth game of the second half of the season.
After the break, the game in front of 9,526 spectators in the Wiesbaden Arena was interrupted twice because tennis balls were thrown onto the grass from the Nuremberg fan block in protest against the DFL’s planned investor involvement. After the first interruption, Nuremberg made a mistake. Goalkeeper Carl Klaus made a sloppy pass to Florian Flick. Prtajin punished the loss of the ball with his well-placed shot from 16 meters.
The ten-time goalscorer Uzun was represented by Taylan Duman. The 26-year-old was an asset but unlucky in finishing. After a fine combination, he shot the ball over the goal from twelve meters (32nd) and was denied by goalkeeper Florian Stritzel a few minutes later. Prtajin still had a header chance in long added time.