After all, belief is still there.

At least with Heiko Maas, the Federal Foreign Minister.

He was even unimpressed by the recent defeat in Würzburg, where the score was 3-2.

When it comes to promotion to the Bundesliga, he continues to rely on Hamburger SV.

“I believed in promotion last year, and I believe in promotion this year too.

And if it doesn't work out, I'll also believe in the rise next year, ”said HSV fan Maas in the new episode of the podcast“ Herz.Schlag.Verein ”of the“ Hamburger Morgenpost ”.

According to Maas, HSV has always been his club.

Most of all, he believes in returning to the first floor in coach Daniel Thioune.

"I think the coach does it well and is pretty cool with the situation," he said.

With all the optimism, it won't be easy - especially not since Monday evening.

Because SpVgg Greuther Fürth registered claims in the fight for promotion: Fürth won the top game against Holstein Kiel, is now second in the table and is now the first pursuer of the top runners HSV and his success created an exciting constellation.

HSV, Fürth, VfL Bochum and Kiel are now tied with 42 points each.

"Whether you are first at 42 or fourth at 42 is not that important," said Kiel's Fabian Reese, however, commenting on the four-way battle at the top.

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Joshua Mees (4th minute) gave Kiel, who negligently handled their chances, an early lead.

Havard Nielsen (27th) managed the flattering equalizer.

A second goal from Nielsen (67th) was not given due to video evidence due to offside.

Kiel's Alexander Mühling (83rd) met his own goal shortly before the end and sealed his team's first defeat in the second half of the season.

Difficult tasks for HSV

“I'm proud of the team,” said Fürth's sports director, Rachid Azzouzi, praising his team.

“We had problems in the first half.

We saw a different game in the second half. ”In the end there was reason to celebrate.

It remains to be seen whether they will have that at HSV in a few weeks, when the season is over.

Difficult tasks await the promotion favorite.

Next Monday there will be a city duel with FC St. Pauli, after which it will be against co-favorites Holstein Kiel (March 8th) and VfL Bochum (March 12th).

All games with which the course can be set in the four-way battle for promotion.