When it comes to describing the decisive moment in more detail, the man of the evening has reached his limits. “I shot the ball and got in – happy,” said Reese, smiling in an interview with NDR. And anyway, according to the HSV winner in the first leg of the relegation at Hertha BSC (1-0), it doesn’t matter how the goal came in the 57th minute.
From the point of view of Hertha’s supporters, that was probably at least something crooked in the assessment. On the other hand, an HSV fan might have seen a special football art in it. In any case, Reis carried the ball from the left flank from an acute angle towards Hertha’s goal. The ball flew in an arc over Berlin goalkeeper Oliver Christensen, hit the back post and jumped into the net. “Actually, it should have ended 0-0. But the ball slipped off one player,” summed up the Hertha coach. Felix Magath. “That was the difference.”
HSV wants the coronation on Monday night
The winning goal appearance was certainly lucky. But the truth is that the third in the second division deservedly won the first duel with the third from the bottom in the Bundesliga. Hamburg were the most committed and determined team and therefore the best team.
In the return leg on Monday (8:30pm, live on NDR.de) at Volksparkstadion, coach Tim Walter’s team can now in fact crown themselves with the catch-up race of the past few weeks (six wins in a row) and a return in the Bundesliga . After four years of absence.
Despite his young age, Reese has an interesting resume
For Reese personally, it would be an amazing chapter in life that despite being only 21 years old already has some special entries. Not only did the son of Slovak parents reach the Dutch under 19 and 21. But also for the glorious Barcelona team.
The Haarlem-born midfielder moved from Groningen to the 26-times Spanish champions for the 2019/2020 season. Reis signed a three-year contract with the option of two more seasons, which, according to media reports, included a release clause of €100 million.
From FC Barcelona to VfL Osnabrück
However, in Barcelona, he did not go beyond appearing in the second team, so he moved to the then second division club VfL Osnabrück on loan in October 2020. There he quickly became a regular player, even becoming one of the best midfielders in the second division – and still He ended up being relegated to the third class with the Purple Eggs.
Reis did not return to Barcelona but went to HSV. And that could be the right decision by Monday at the latest – if the Hanseatic League wins the relegation duel with Hertha. After a career full of ups and downs, Reiss had made it to the Bundesliga. The performance in Berlin certainly encourages a second encounter with the “old lady”.
“We felt like we were in control of the match in Berlin and that was a good feeling.”
HSV Ludovit Reiss match winner
After the final whistle in Berlin, Reis and his colleagues were celebrated by the 20,000 HSV fans who traveled with them. But they decided, and affirmed this in unison, nothing. Holstein Kiel is a cautionary example: the second-tier side also won the first leg of the relegation 1-0 last year, but then lost 5-1 at home to 1. FC Köln.
Optimism and determination in the HSV team
After the final whistle, Walter radiated optimism in the team circle. “I told them we are looking forward to the second match. We want to enjoy it and we want to win,” he smiled. Reiss was not quite as bold as his coach and said a simple sentence in German in his English interview, to which there is probably nothing to add: “It’s going to continue on Monday.”