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Hamburger SV: How much longer? HSV’s defensive weakness puts Walter in trouble

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Hamburger SV: How much longer?  HSV’s defensive weakness puts Walter in trouble

Pink clouds could just be seen in the Hamburg football sky, first place for FC St. Pauli and HSV as their direct pursuers fueled the hope of a double promotion. But just one match day later, the table picture hasn’t completely deteriorated, but both teams lost their matches. For FC St. Pauli, the 0-1 (0-0) was their first defeat of the season.

But first about HSV: The fan protests against the entry of an investor into the German Football League and the threatened abandonment of the game were of little interest to HSV coach Tim Walter on this remarkable evening in the Volksparkstadion. The 48-year-old, who is otherwise so self-confident, was able to see on Friday how much his Hamburger SV’s 3:4 defeat in the northern duel of the 2nd Bundesliga against Hannover 96 took a toll on him.

The third home defeat in a row, the second time in a row four goals conceded at home, the first time in a long time whistles from the HSV supporters – the wind is changing and increasingly blowing into Walter’s face.

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“I won’t comment on it two minutes after the game,” said sports director Jonas Boldt on the pay-TV channel Sky after the game and fended off questions about Walter’s whereabouts. To then add: “We have to fundamentally question the way we work. Of course a coach plays a very, very important role.” You couldn’t continue playing like that – it sounded like the announcement of a dismissal, but on Saturday it looked less like that. Walter led the training of the reservists.

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In any case, HSV and its coach are still in the middle of the promotion battle. Because third-placed Holstein Kiel and fourth-placed SpVgg Greuther Fürth only play on Sunday, Hamburg remained in the second direct promotion spot at least until Sunday lunchtime.

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Referee Sören Storks (r) shows Hamburg’s Laszlo Benes (l) the red card

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But the home appearances in the second half of the season against Karlsruher SC (3:4) and now against Hannover were alarming. As in previous years, HSV is in danger of losing promotion despite great individual quality. “If it continues like this, yes,” midfielder Immanuel Pherai responded to a question. “Luckily we still have a few games left.”

Walter must quickly succeed in solving the enormous defensive problems in the long term. And he has to hope that he still gets the time. “It can’t be the case that we have to score five goals at home for the second time to win a game,” said attacker Robert Glatzel. “I have to let this sink in first.”

As was the case against KSC, the entire team was clumsy and naive in their defensive work. This encouraged individual mistakes, which 96 consistently exploited. “If we concede four goals at home twice in a row, then you have one or two problems more than just one problem,” said substitute captain Jonas Meffert. Matheo Raab, who came into the team for the previous goalkeeper institution Daniel Heuer Fernandes, felt sorry for his debut in the second division season – he couldn’t do much about the four goals conceded.

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“We said before the winter break that we wanted to improve certain things,” said Boldt, who has always been at Walter’s side over the past two and a half years. “We managed it away, but not here. We have to change that as quickly as possible.”

Walter never tires of pointing out the special character of his team. Against Hannover, after being 0-2 and 1-3 behind, she equalized to make it 3-3 and contributed to a spectacle from a sporting perspective. “How we come back, with what mentality, with what passion, that is worthy of all honor,” praised the coach. He also knows that this isn’t enough as an argument in the long run. “Nevertheless, we have to talk again about the many goals we conceded,” said Walter. “For us, the disappointment, the anger that lies within us has to be converted into a defiance reaction, we draw energy from it and then start in Rostock where we were in the last away games.”

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The Hamburg team recently won three games away from home. In the long term, that’s not enough – not even for Walter.

FC St. Pauli has to digest the setback

In Magdeburg, the FC St. Pauli coach and team had to deal with a completely new feeling – namely that of defeat. In front of 25,187 spectators, Magdeburg beat the league leaders 1-0 (0-0). Baris Atik (73rd) scored the only goal of the game. For the FCM it was the first win against Hamburg in the ninth attempt.

Magdeburg’s desire to stress the opponent rarely worked – but after winning the ball in the visitors’ half, Herbert Bockhorn (13th) was free in front of the goal, but St. Pauli keeper Nikola Vasilj parried from a tight angle. The game went on like this for a while, the FCM relied on long balls towards Schuler and Xavier Amaechi, but there were no more than half chances (24th, 25th). After the powerful opening phase, St. Pauli took a time out and waited for Magdeburg to make a mistake, only becoming more active again after 35 minutes. Neither team found the key to the game, so they went into the break without any goals – a partial success for the hosts.

Fabian Hürzeler, coach of St. Pauli, had to declare defeat for the first time after the end of the game

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After the break, the game rapidly lost its level, with ball losses and inaccuracies determining the picture on both sides. The guests were the first team to get out of this phase and restricted the hosts in their own penalty area for minutes – but also achieved the feat of not firing a shot on goal. After 60 minutes, a long ball found substitute Luc Castaignos, but Vasilj also saved his shot – as did Reimann, who was challenged twice on the other side (62′, 63′). St. Pauli then retreated further and began to make mistakes. Vasilj’s loss of the ball had no consequences, but then Amaechi splashed a pass in the penalty area and passed it across to Atik (73′), who finished into the empty net. The guests tried a triple substitution, but there was no clear chance to score. And so the Kiezkickers were no longer able to distance themselves from their city rivals.

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