Relief after video penalty in the 98th minute. Minute in hamburg, jubilation and frustration among the three relegated teams: the four top favorites in the 2. The mood in the federation’s soccer league after the opening matchday was markedly different.
In a 1-1 draw against darmstadt 98, the hamburgers narrowly avoided another false start because captain aaron hunt kept his nerve when a penalty was awarded by video evidence in injury time. Tim skarke, who had just been substituted, had given darmstadt the lead 18 seconds after halftime.
"We did almost everything right today. Certainly, we still lacked determination, but that is normal. We can get to grips with that over time," hecking said after the happy ending: "last season, a lot of fans were happy if you saved a point at the last second."
Among the relegated teams, the roughest satisfaction prevailed at the 1. FC nurnberg after the 1:0 at dynamo dresden. Hannover 96 is confident after the 1:2 in the relegation duel with vfb stuttgart and a good performance. The joy of the swabians, on the other hand, was limited after the second serious injury of a vfb player. Defender marcin kaminski, who had returned from fortuna dusseldorf and was a permanent fixture, tore his cruciate ligament on friday evening and will also be out for a long time, as will sasa kalajdzic, who was signed for 2.5 million euros (torn cruciate ligament as well as medial and auricular ligaments).
"Now we have to see that we get replacements. I think we have to do something at that position," said vfb coach tim walter. The loss of kalajdzic is tried to compensate with the existing squad, but in the defense there is now a need for action. "We’re slowly running out of personnel," found sports director sven mislintat.
Earlier, the vfb had confirmed its role as favorites in the success against the relegated team and was able to win through the goals of the veteran mario gomez (29.) and daniel didavi clinch first three-goal win. "The conviction is right rough. The courage is there, something can really come of it," walter said after an entertaining game that included two yellow-red cards for matthias ostrzolek (hannover) and goalkeeper maxime awoudja.
Nurnberg made a perfect start to the season with its first away win in almost a year. "I love victories like this because they just feel cool," said nurnberg goalkeeper christian mathenia after the 1-0 (0-0) win at dynamo dresden. The winning goal for the francs scored nikola dovedan. "That was a good start, now it’s time to collect points," said the goalkeeper. The next test for the team of new coach damir candi is a top match: on the second matchday, the relegated team awaits HSV.
Mirko slomka had hoped for something more substantial on his return to the hannover 96 bench, but he could live with the performance of his team. The positive thing was that the team had done what it set out to do. "And that we had to play in stuttgart in front of 60.000 against a very well-staffed team," found the coach. Despite the initial failure, ron-robert rhizbull also expressed confidence in the project. "We saw that the team can absolutely keep up and that the team is capable of winning a lot of games," said ex-stuttgart player.