Hamburger SV prevented their city rivals FC St. Pauli from gaining early promotion to the Bundesliga. In the 111th derby, the hosts won 1-0 (0-0) in front of 56,100 spectators in the sold-out Volksparkstadion on Friday evening. Robert Glatzel scored the winning goal with a header in the 85th minute.

Since third-placed Fortuna Düsseldorf scored 3-1 against 1. FC Nürnberg, the Kiezkickers have to hope for the next opportunity on May 12th against relegation-threatened VfL Osnabrück. With two game days to go, HSV still has a chance of reaching the relegation place with four points and 13 goals behind Düsseldorf.

After the two teams clashed during the warm-up, Immanuel Pherai opened the game with the first opportunity for HSV (8th). Nikola Vasilj blocked the long-range shot. When Glatzel scored the supposed 1-0 in the 24th minute, the fans in the Volkspark cheered. However, referee Matthias Jöllenbeck saw a foul by the HSV attacker and refused to recognize the goal. The guests’ most dangerous action was Johannes Eggestein, whose header went wide of the goal (41′).

In the second section the game initially petered out. In the 62nd minute, Jöllenbeck took back another HSV goal. After watching the video images, a foul by Lukasz Poreba on Vasilj was punished. The St. Pauli goalkeeper was responsible for the goal when he came too late to counter Glatzel’s header from a corner from Miro Muheim.

In injury time, Saliakas tackled substitute Masaya Okugawa. Jöllenbeck again consulted the video images and awarded a penalty and a yellow-red card to the Greek, who had already committed a crime. Ludovit Reis, however, was stopped by Vasilj.

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