Hamburger SV has to cope with a small setback in the promotion race. At Dynamo Dresden, the Hanseatic city did not get beyond a draw. Hannover 96, on the other hand, got off to a good start in the new year.
Hamburger SV started the new year with a meager 1-1 (1-0) win at Dynamo Dresden. Coach Tim Walter’s team initially defended third place in the tight race for promotion, but could be overtaken by up to five teams over the course of the weekend. Meanwhile, neighboring Hannover 96 won the basement duel at Hansa Rostock 1-0 (0-0).
Robert Glatzel gave HSV the lead shortly before the break (37′) with his tenth goal of the season. The striker scored in the third HSV game in a row. Christoph Daferner (61st) equalized in the second half. The two teams had already drawn 1-1 in the first leg.
HSV initially waited patiently and struck ice cold at the first good chance. After a counterattack, Glatzel happily got the ball and hit it with a lob. After the break, he missed the chance to score a second goal (49′) before Dynamo was rewarded for his effort. Daferner was spot on with a cross at the far post and headed in.
Hanover did better. Coach Christoph Dabrowski’s team brought their lead to the finish, with 23 points, the Lower Saxony advanced to twelfth place. The advantage over the relegation place is six points.
Linton Maina scored the decisive goal (58th) for the guests, who lost to Werder Bremen at the end of the year. Before that, the new coach Dabrowski got two wins at the start. After only three draws from the last six games, Rostock fell back to 15th place with 20 points.