In the Ostseestadion, coach Jens Härtel’s team even had to run after a deficit on Saturday. After the equalizer, the favorite didn’t manage to put the staggering challenger in their place for a long time. Only a non-given penalty for the guests in stoppage time and a last-minute goal saved the Rostockers after the 0: 1 against Lübeck from another embarrassing result against a relegation candidate.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. That we get the three points in a game where it didn’t look like it is all the better,” said match winner Damian Roßbach. After the nerve-wracking final, Härtel also had to sniff out: “The last few minutes were pure emotion,” he said. “The goal in the end was a bit lucky.” For the Rostockers, the hunt for appointments continues on Tuesday (7 p.m.). Then Lotte has the catch-up game at KFC Uerdingen on the agenda.
Härtel rotates like mad
How much Härtel had annoyed the bankruptcy in Lübeck was reflected in his starting XI. Only goalkeeper Markus Kolke, right-back Nico Neidhart and Bentley Baxter Bahn in midfield “survived”. This wild rotation didn’t do the game any good at first. The confused initial phase took place between the penalty areas, the development game of both teams was static and error-prone.
Kraus puts Lautern in the lead
Nevertheless, Rostock had a great opportunity to take the lead. Björn Rother served a cross from the left, but Damian Roßbach’s header from seven meters landed directly in the arms of FCK goalkeeper Avdo Spahic (23rd). Almost in return, the 0: 1 fell after a standard: Kevin Kraus headed into the right corner after a free kick from the left in such a way that even “Krake” Kolke had no chance of defense (25th). His front men had criminally left the Lauterer central defender five meters from the gate.
“Be awake!” Härtel asked his players from the sidelines several times. Vain! The hosts were also too late for the next standard, but with luck in the league: Elias Huth’s header after a corner hit the post (40th). On the credit side for Hansa there was actually only one scene worth mentioning after 45 minutes: a free kick by Philip Türpitz. Spahic had to stretch a lot to steer the low shot from 25 meters around the post (37th).
Omladic makes the balance
If Härtel had not been able to wake up his men with kind words from the bank, his cabin sermon shook the Rostock people up. Shortly after the restart, Hansa brought Nik Omladic into the best final position with a beautiful ball relay over substitute Simon Rhein and Bahn Nik Omladic. The Slovenian hit with a full shot into the near corner to make it 1: 1 (47th).
Hansa was now much more committed to work, but was also permanently in danger of conceding another goal. Because the Palatinate sold more expensive than their table position in the basement would suggest. In the 73rd minute, the game could have been decided – in both directions. First, Spahic was on the spot in a double against Pascal Breier and Tobias Schwede. In return, Kenny Prince Redondo had a clear shot, but did not get the ball past Kolke on the left in the penalty area.
Double luck: no penalty and late winning goal
Now Hansa wobbled. In the end, the hosts had to speak of luck that the substitute Anil Gözütok failed on Kolke (81.) and his nerves (82.) and referee Manuel Gräfe did not decide on a penalty when Neidhart got on against the Lauterer Unruheherd (90. + 5) . FCK coach Marco Antwerp was so upset about it that he got the red card from Graefe. No sooner had the coach turned his back on the action than Roßbach let a free kick from Rhein slip over the top into the far corner (90 + 6). The fifth home win in a row was more than lucky for the Rostockers, who can now continue to dream of promotion.
Matchday 27, March 6th, 2021 2.00 p.m.