In the Rhein-Neckar-Derby at SV Sandhausen, the Karlsruher SC impressively demonstrated the broad chest announced by coach Christian Eichner and were able to turn a two-goal deficit into another success. Not only was Philipp Hofmann able to end his short dry spell, Kyoung-Rok Choi played himself in the focus with a splendid 45 minutes.
After the rather manageable, goalless game against Jahn Regensburg, the Karlsruher SC offered a real goal spectacle exactly one week later in the derby against SV Sandhausen. The Badeners only really took part from the second half onwards. Because at first it looked like a setback for the Eichner-Elf, who had been on the rise for weeks.
First half chance by Hofmann
After the KSC got into the game well through a half-chance from Hofmann (4th), the hosts from Sandhausen took over the command more and more.
The Kurpflzer wanted to quickly bridge the midfield with a defensive chain of four in order to get to the goal quickly. KSC goalkeeper Gersbeck was allowed to show his class for the first time after twelve minutes. Out of the game, the KSC did little against defensively disciplined hosts, once again standard situations had to be found to create a goal threat.
Winter newcomer Wimmer (19th and 27th minute of play) had two chances to lead after a corner and a long free kick, but is getting closer and closer to his first goal in Blau-Wei.
The Sandhuser did better a short time later on the other side: After half an hour, Behrens first refined a heavily played counterattack, in which the KSC defensive played its part through their passive behavior.
Sandhausen’s Janik Bachmann and Karlsruhe’s Marvin Wanitzek (lr.) In a duel for the ball. | Image: Uwe Anspach / dpa
Only ten minutes later the ball wriggled again behind Gersbeck. This time the 25-year-old was overcome by Patrick Schmidt, who had previously been staged by Behrens. Again, the hosts had too much space and only got escort from their opponents in Karlsruhe.
With a swing from the cabin
It took a little more than 45 minutes and a juicy announcement from your trainer that the KSC had accepted the fight in Sandhausen. Right from the start, the Karlsruhe team pressed the hosts’ goal and, with a remarkable move, came directly to the goal from Hofmann.
The still best scorer in the KSC squad refined the wonderful heel preparatory work by Choi – only 1: 2.
From this point on it was possible to see where the Karlsruhe team was currently in the table.
The Badeners pressed the SVS in half and took over control of the game from now on. And the hosts found no access to their opponents. After 53 minutes, the deficit was finally equalized when Choi completed Lorenz’s preparatory work to make it 2-2.
Choi and Hofmann harmonize
And the way the KSC appeared from the break, you could almost feel that the Eichner-Elf would make the third goal.
The offensive tongs Hofmann / Choi got the Sandhuser back team, to ex-Bundesliga professional Dennis Diekmeier not under control. After 76 minutes, the two Karlsruhe offensive players crowned their appearance. Hofmann can handle a lay ball from midfield well and subsequently served the centrally run Choi who was able to insert to 3-2 in an exemplary manner.
Karlsruhe team celebrates the goal of the 3-2 victory at SV Sandhausen. | Image: Uwe Anspach / dpa
The Baden team turned the game around with three goals in half an hour and thus proved why Karlsruhe is high in the table.
The shocked Sandhuser had found no suitable means to get back into the game in the final quarter of an hour.