News : 3rd division: Rostock follows Dresden in 2nd division | Ingolstadt beats 1860 – relegation
Hansa is back! After a 1: 1 (1: 1) against VfB Lübeck, the traditional club is celebrating a direct promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. This is followed by Rostock Dynamo Dresden, who made the promotion perfect last weekend.
In the promotion thriller between FC Ingolstadt and TSV 1860 Munich, the lions leave the field disappointed. The dream of returning to the German lower house burst at 1: 3 (0: 2) in Ingolstadt. The Schanzer now have to go into relegation. With the draw, Rostock is ahead of Ingolstadt with the same number of points after 38 matchdays thanks to the better goal difference.
Hansa celebrates with 7500 fans in Rostock
The Rostockers celebrated their success with 7500 fans in the Ostseestadion, the biggest football backdrop in Germany at the weekend. The state government in Schwerin had admitted the audience last Tuesday under strict hygiene requirements. According to the federal police, up to 3,000 fans had gathered in front of the stadium. In the arena, firecrackers could be heard from the outside again and again during the game. But pyrotechnics were also ignited in the stadium.
For a long time, Hansa had a hard time against Lübeck, who were already relegated. The guests even took the lead thanks to ex-Rostock Soufian Benyamina (26th). However, Benyamina was injured when he hit and had to leave the field. Thanks to a transformed penalty kick by Bentley Baxter Bahn (42nd), the previously harmless Rostockers came to equalize before the break. After the change, they tried in vain to make a decision. It was enough anyway. After the final whistle, the party started.
Cheers in Ingolstadt, frustration in 1860
Cheers at FC Ingolstadt, anger and frustration at the Löwen: After an early red card for guest goalkeeper Marco Hiller, the Ingolstadt team defeated TSV 1860 Munich 3-1 (2-0) in the decider for the promotion relegation place. In the majority, captain Stefan Kutschke (26th minute), playmaker Marc Stendera (44th) and Marcel Gaus scored with a penalty (90 + 2) for the lucky Schanzer. Dennis Eckert Ayensa also missed another penalty (90 + 1) for third in the table, who pushed back to the second division two years after relegation.
Even with ten men, the Lions showed great morale on Saturday, led by captain and goalscorer Sascha Mölders. The reward was the 1: 2 connecting goal by defender Dennis Erdmann (81st). But it wasn’t enough for coach Michael Köllner’s team.
1860 sees red and is outnumbered early
The lions would have had to win in the Ingolstadt sports park to take third place. But the emergency brake from goalkeeper Hiller, who fouled FCI attacker Fatih Kaya outside the penalty area, was ultimately decisive for the game.
For the Schanzer, direct promotion was within reach on the last match day, as Hansa Rostock was temporarily behind in the 1-1 draw against relegated VfB Lübeck and was only able to defend second place thanks to the better goal difference. The tied FCI should have won by five goals difference against the lions.
In the relegation, Ingolstadt will face the third from bottom of the 2nd division on May 27th and 30th. The opponent will be determined on Sunday. Four clubs are possible: Jahn Regensburg, SV Sandhausen, VfL Osnabrück or Eintracht Braunschweig. For the Ingolstadt it is the third relegation in a row; In 2019 they were relegated, in 2020 they failed again in a dramatic duel with 1. FC Nürnberg.