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HSV professional Robert Glatzel (r.) in a duel with Christoph Kobald from Karlsruher SC

Photo: Henning Rohlfs / Lobeca / IMAGO

Hamburger SV lost 3:4 against Karlsruher SC in an entertaining game and fell to fourth place in the 2nd Bundesliga table. The Fürth game association moved into second place with a 2-1 win over Holstein Kiel, level on points with the Kiel team. FC St. Pauli, in particular, is benefiting from the results and is now leading the league by four points. In the relegation battle, Eintracht Braunschweig is closing in on Schalke 04 in 15th place after a 1-0 win against 1. FC Magdeburg.

Karlsruhe started forward purposefully, former St. Pauli striker Igor Matanović scored twice within a short space of time (3rd/6th minute). The game was accompanied by renewed protests against the German Football League's investor plans. In the twelfth minute, tennis balls flew onto the field from Hamburg's North Curve. The game was briefly interrupted.

With the support of the audience, HSV then found its way into the game and came back. Bakery Jatta scored after an assist from László Bénes (33'), who shortly afterwards made it 2-2 after a counterattack (35'). Immediately after the break, Karlsruhe's Budu Siwsiwadse prevailed against the now weak central defenders Stephan Ambrosius and Guilherme Ramos and gave KSC the lead again (46th). Robert Glatzel equalized again (62nd), his 60th goal in his 100th competitive game for HSV. As Hamburg pushed for victory, Marvin Wanitzek struck after another defensive mistake and brought the guests success (62').

Due to the second home defeat, HSV slipped from third to fourth place and is now five points behind city rivals and league leaders St. Pauli. The Karlsruhe team are unbeaten for the eighth game in a row.

The encounter in Fürth got off to a slow start; after 30 minutes, both teams hadn't even shot on goal. Then it happened in quick succession: Branimir Hrgota (35th) and twice Julian Green (37th) for the hosts and Shuto Machino (40th) for the guests missed the best opportunities.

After the break, as in the 1-0 win in Paderborn at the start of the second half of the season, Armindo Sieb took the lead for the game association (59th), but Patrick Erras had the right answer ready with his first goal of the season with a header (64th). Kiel's Tom Rothe (68') and Finn Porath (71') then only hit the post - Hrgota (75') punished this coldly on the other side.

Thanks to the better goal difference, Fürth moved past Kiel. For autumn champions Kiel, however, it was already the third defeat in a row.

The hosts got off to a better start and created their first chances. The FCM required a longer start-up phase, although it had a visual advantage, but was initially unable to capitalize on it. The host lions acted very disciplined and impressed with their willingness to run. Central defender Ermin Bičakčić (16th) scored the opening goal for Braunschweig, who recently knocked Kiel off the top of the table with a 2-1 win. Magdeburg's Daniel Elfadli was shown a yellow-red card for repeated foul play (74').

With their fourth win in a row, Eintracht, who were left behind in the fall, drew level with Schalke 04 in 15th place in the table with 20 points.