hAnnover 96 has that Hamburg It caused the next setback at home and got back into the fight for promotion. But the sporting aspect of the 4:3 (2:1) of Lower Saxony once again took a backseat due to new protests by fans against the planned entry of an investor into the German football league. The match was interrupted for more than 30 minutes in the second half before being abandoned by referee Sören Storks.

The trigger was three posters in the guest block with portraits and a crosshairs on each, including the boss of the Hannover 96 CEO. Martin Kind. Apparently these banners ensured that the referee sent the teams to the catacombs after about an hour of play.

In addition, the 96 supporters displayed banners reading “CVC and Blackstone, puppets of Saudi Arabia's sportswashing”, “Consequent action against personalized threats of violence” and “Stop play now”.

The start of the second half was already delayed because some fans at HSV's north corner managed to lock heavy bicycle locks on a gate posts. The locks could only be removed with an electric cutter. Objects also flew into the field.

Two expulsions

On a sporting level, both teams offered an exciting northern duel. Nicolo Tresoldi (11th), an own goal by Guilherme Ramos (21st) and former Hamburg player Louis Schaub (32nd) put Lower Saxony ahead before the break. Laszlo Benes (24th) scored the next goal in short order, his eleventh goal of the season. HSV substitute defender Dennis Hadzikadunic (47th) reduced the score in the second half. Robert Glatzel (86th) managed to tie.

In the last minutes, plus 16 minutes of stoppage time, Hamburg had to play outnumbered after Benes' red card (88th). Sebastian Ernst took advantage of this to score the acclaimed winning goal for the visitors. To make matters worse for HSV, Hadzikadunic later received a yellow and red card.

With the third consecutive victory we go up Hanover two points from third place in the promotion and relegation zone. Hamburg, for its part, had to accept its third consecutive defeat at its home stadium, the Volksparkstadion, but initially remained second in the standings.

Without their great player Can Uzun, who was ill, 1. FC Nürnberg had to settle for a point against SV Wehen Wiesbaden. At 1-1 (0-0), the Franconians were even in danger of losing after a self-inflicted deficit by Wiesbaden striker Ivan Prtajin (61st minute). Defender Iván Márquez equalized with a well-placed header (70'). It was the club's third consecutive game without a win in the fourth game of the second half of the season.

After the break, the match in front of 9,526 spectators at the Wiesbaden Arena was interrupted twice because tennis balls were thrown onto the grass from the Nuremberg fan block in protest of the DFL's planned investor involvement. After the first interruption, Nuremberg made a mistake. Goalkeeper Carl Klaus made a careless pass to Florian Flick. Prtajin punished the loss of the ball with his well-placed shot from 16 meters.

Ten-time goalscorer Uzun was represented by Taylan Duman. The 26-year-old was an asset, but he was unlucky when it came to finishing. After a good combination, he shot over the goal from twelve meters (32nd) and a few minutes later was denied by goalkeeper Florian Stritzel. Prtajin still had a header chance in added time.