Completely unimpressed by their club's severe leadership crisis, the Hamburger SV team is continuing to work on its return to the Bundesliga.
With a spectacular solo run by Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer in injury time (90+2), the table leaders also won the second division top game at Hannover 96 2-1 (1-1) on Friday evening.
The fifth win in a row came late but deserved.
In front of the first division crowd of 49,000 spectators, the significantly better players from Hamburg fell behind in the 4th minute because their defender Miro Muheim slipped in their own penalty area and his opponent Sei Muroya only had to push the ball into the goal.
When equalizing, the 96ers gave back a similar gift just eleven minutes later when Julian Börner scored an own goal (15th).
This highly intense northern duel took place just two evenings after the resignation of HSV CFO Thomas Wüstefeld, who had lost the trust of the supervisory board due to numerous allegations against him.
This affair left Hamburg just as cold as the early deficit, because they dominated this top game almost continuously.
The playful superiority of HSV was at times so great that the 96ers had little choice but to narrow the spaces and defend compactly.
The Lower Saxony hardly found their own offensive game.
And they didn't succeed in stopping every Hamburg attack either: Sonny Kittel (13th/19th/66th), Robert Glatzel (41st/52nd), Pechvogel Muheim (41st) and Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer (86th). .) several good chances for HSV or failed because of the strong 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.
Hannover only broke this dominance a little after an hour, but were not nearly as dangerous in attack as HSV.
Darmstadt 98 took second place in the 2nd Bundesliga by beating SC Paderborn in a chasing duel.
The Lilien won in East Westphalia after falling behind 2:1 (2:1) and passed the SCP in the table.
Darmstadt has been unbeaten for nine games.
Braydon Manu (10th) and Jannik Müller (24th) scored for the guests coached by Torsten Lieberknecht.
Paderborn, who had previously won all five home games, had taken the lead through Robert Leipertz (3rd) and even had the chance to make it 2-0 after a missed penalty by Marvin Pieringer (7th).
Wild initial phase
The 11,238 spectators saw a wild initial phase.
First Leipertz accepted a long pass from Maximilian Rohr perfectly and completed it skillfully, shortly afterwards Pieringer and Julian Justvan in the follow-up shot failed because of the brilliantly parrying goalkeeper Marcel Schuhen.
Instead of 2-0, it was 1-1 a little later: Manu headed in after a cross from Tobias Kempe to equalize.
And it got even worse for Paderborn when Müller also turned the game around with his head.
The SCP reacted uncertainly at first and only vehemently pushed for the equalizer after the break - in vain.