HSV Misses out on Bundesliga Promotion for Fifth Time in Relegation Loss to VfB Stuttgart

Status: 06.06.2023 00:01

HSV missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga for the fifth time. Hamburg lost the relegation second leg against VfB Stuttgart 1:3 (1:0) and are now going into their sixth second division series.

von Hanno Bode

The burden of 0:3 from the first duel with the table-16. the Bundesliga proved to be too high for coach Tim Walter’s team. HSV put a lot of passion into the balance on Monday evening in the Volksparkstadion and could dream of a miracle when they took a 1-0 lead at the break thanks to a goal from Sonny Kittel. After the change of sides, the Hanseatic League once again robbed themselves of all chances with two avoidable goals conceded by Enzo Millot (48′, 64′). Silas Katompa Mvumpa made the final score seconds before the final whistle (90+7).

“We didn’t lose the relegation today, we lost it in Stuttgart. We lacked a bit of courage there. Today we saw that we can do it. We had our opponent on the verge of defeat. But we didn’t pull it off today either, because we had phases in our game again that sometimes broke our necks. But we never stop, we always come back. And that’s why I’m extremely proud of my team.” said Walter to the NDR.


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HSV coach Tim Walter in an interview after the relegation bankruptcy against VfB Stuttgart. 4 mins

What will become of Walter now?

The exciting question now is whether the 47-year-old will continue to coach the former Bundesliga “dinos” after the second failed promotion under his direction. He does have a valid contract. It is at least very questionable that the influential shareholder Klaus-Michael Kühne and the supervisory board share Walter’s opinion that “love is more important than results”.

The team like that Assured captain Sebastian Schonlau in the NDR interview that he definitely wants to continue working with the 47-year-old: “The coach will always put himself in front of us and is always there for us. I think you’ll definitely never give up with the coach.” Board member Jonas Boldt (“Of course he stays”) even gave Walter a job guarantee. However, according to media reports, his future in the second division third party of the past series is also open.

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Unrecognizable Walter team

The HSV was compared to his unrecognizable from the bloodless performance last Thursday on the Neckar. Although the Walter team had hardly won a relevant duel in Stuttgart and were disappointed across the board with the exception of a short phase before the break, the “family”, as the coach affectionately calls his team, showed a very courageous performance in front of the home crowd. In the one-on-one duels, the Hanseatic League were very present from the start.

And the ball initially ran smoothly through the ranks of the two-league third party. It could be seen in every action that the hosts wanted to create the miracle of Sylvesterallee.

Kittel makes the Volksparkstadion tremble

And when Kittel gave HSV the lead in the sixth minute with a hard right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area into the left corner, the completely sold-out football festival hall in the Volkspark trembled for the first time. But the “Theatre of Dreams” almost turned into a nightmare arena for the Hamburg supporters just a minute later. Because the very first attack after the kick-off led to a big chance for VfB through Chris Führich. Lucky for the Walter team that the blond shot the ball just past the near post (7′).

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HSV defender Sebastian Schonlau is disappointed.  © WITTERS/TimGroothuis

0: 3 in Stuttgart, 1: 3 at home: HSV missed promotion to the Bundesliga again. All information and background to the relegation in the news blog at NDR.de. more

Stuttgart’s “Goal of the Year” doesn’t count

Ten minutes later, however, HSV keeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes was beaten. The people in front of the Stuttgart attacked only half-heartedly, so that the Swabians were able to put Serhou Guirassy in the limelight. The centre-forward finished perfectly with the heel and was then delighted with his alleged “Goal of the Year”.

However, the 27-year-old will not receive a medal from the sports show. At least not for this goal. Because after a tip from the Cologne basement, referee Bastian Dankert denied the hit because the shooter was offside.

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HSV with concentrated defensive performance

The Hanseatic League, in which the Spaniard Javi Montero replaced the injured Jonas David in central defence, did not allow much more defensively until half-time. The work against the ball – otherwise not a special discipline of the Walter team – was very appealing for 45 minutes. With the exception of a shot by Robert Glatzel, which narrowly missed the target (40′), the hosts were unable to set any major accents before the break. Nonetheless, at half-time there was hope for the Hamburg miracle.

Montero picks up an offside trap – Millot scores to make it 1-1

After the change of sides, HSV’s hopes of at least saving themselves in extra time were quickly dampened. After winning the ball in central midfield, a simple through ball was enough for VfB to overturn the Hamburg defence. Guirassy passed in the middle to Millot, who defeated Heuer Fernandes from a few meters. The goal would have been avoidable if Montero had looked at his neighbors. The Spaniard did not, however, and thus lifted the offside trap.

After two dismissals in four games, the 23-year-old loan from Besiktas Istanbul was unlucky again. The Spaniard, who will now return to his Turkish club, is unlikely to have fond memories of HSV. And HSV very likely not Montero either.

This year Fernandes tragic HSV hero

HSV keeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes (left) cannot prevent a goal from Stuttgart's Enzo Millot after a mistake.  © WITTERS/Leonie Horky

HSV keeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes (left) stretches in vain – Enzo Millot scores to make it 2-1 for VfB.

The equalizer visibly shocked the home side. HSV was initially no longer able to put pressure on VfB. “We got the equalizer too early, that was a bit of a killer in the end,” said captain Schonlau. After the 1-1 draw, most of the action took place in midfield before Heuer Fernandes hit the ball after a harmless back pass from Moritz Heyer, allowing Millot to score his second goal.

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It was extremely bitter for the German-Portuguese, who had saved his team from an even bigger bankruptcy in the relegation first leg, that Hamburg’s most consistent professional became the tragic hero of the past season.

Silas makes the final decision

The Walter team didn’t hang their heads afterwards and still had a chance to equalize through Glatzel, whose shot swept just wide of the target (74′). But even the sportingly meaningless draw was denied to the self-sacrificing but again unfortunate Hamburg team. Shortly before the end of the game, substitute Silas made the final decision after a counterattack.

Schonlau: “It’s hard to accept”

The fans celebrated the dejected HSV professionals for minutes after the final whistle. Of course, this could not alleviate the pain of missing the climb. “It’s hard to accept. When you see what the team is doing, what the whole club is doing, what the fans are doing – again today – it really hurts,” said Schonlau. Meanwhile, his coach was already looking ahead again. “We’ve already built up a lot here. Nothing has knocked us down so far and nothing will knock us down in the future either,” explained Walter.

2nd matchday, 05.06.2023 8:45 p.m

Hamburger SV


VfB Stuttgart



  • 1:3

    Katompa Mvumpa (90. +7)

Hamburger SV:
Heuer Fernandes – Heyer (69th Mikelbrencis), Schonlau, Montero (72nd Königsdörffer), Muheim – Meffert (67th Bilbija) – Reis, Kittel – Jatta, Glatzel, Dompé

VfB Stuttgart:
F. Müller – Mavropanos (46. Zagadou), Anton, H. Ito – Vagnoman (82. Katompa Mvumpa), Karazor, W. Endo, Sosa (67. Nartey) – Millot (66. Tomás), Führich – Guirassy (66 (L. Pfeiffer).

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