Among all the special features that this football evening had to offer, this news was not necessarily surprising: Simon Terodde is now better than Sven Demandt. Sven who? In the late eighties and early nineties, Demandt was something like the personified second division striker, he played for Hertha BSC, Mainz 05 and Fortuna Düsseldorf, where he scored 35 goals in one season. In the meantime, Demandt is a trainer at a club called Frechen 20 from the Middle Rhine League and may have watched in front of the television how Terodde cheekily shot him from first place on the list of the best.
Terodde, 32, scored his goals number three and four this season on Monday, in the second division it was his goals number 121 and 122. The fact that the new striker of Hamburger SV is the new record holder of the single-track second division since 1981 was for but no more than a “nice side note”, as he said afterwards. Much more important is: “Now we are at the top of the table after a really difficult opening program against two Bundesliga relegated teams.”
On the first day of the match, HSV won 2-1 against Fortuna Düsseldorf thanks to two Terodde goals, which sounds tighter than the balance of power on the pitch. The 4: 3 success on Monday evening at SC Paderborn, on the other hand, was also deserved in the end, but well: Would Hamburg have won such a game in its past two second division years?
Attacker Manuel Wintzheimer gave HSV the lead in the 14th minute with a nice long-range shot, a little later it was 2-0 because a Paderborn defender involuntarily shot the ball in the penalty area against Terodde’s head, from where the ball landed in the net ( 24.). It all looked like a sovereign away win, the Hamburgers played a pleasing ball in their 4-3-1-2 system, Paderborn looked both aimless and penniless against the stable defense of the visiting team. Until captain Tim Leibold completely unnecessarily fouled SC attacker Chris Führich in the penalty area, Dennis Srbeny converted the penalty (34.).
From 2: 0 to 2: 3 within four minutes
What then followed was reminiscent of those games last season in which the Hamburg team always fell apart after setbacks. Midfielder Klaus Gjasula, who came from Paderborn just a few weeks ago, made two serious negligence in building up the game against his ex-club, Paderborn’s Chris Führich punished each of them immediately (36th / 38th). Within four minutes, Hamburg had lost their comfortable lead, at halftime it was 3-2 for the home team. “The coach only said that if we wanted to be a team, it would be for me today,” said Gjasula afterwards from the address in the dressing room, “which impresses me very much.”
HSV coach Daniel Thioune let the unfortunate Gjasula continue playing, of course knowing that he could rely on an attacker in Terodde who “has the pulse and also the calmness to be present in the box”, as Thioune would later express . In any case, Terodde refined in the 57th minute a nice combination over playmaker Jeremy Dudziak and Wintzsheimer – by hoe – to equalize 3: 3. “Simon is extraordinary,” said Thioune, “it can go on like this.” But this should also apply to the strong Wintzsheimer, who was again significantly involved in the ultimately decisive scene: The 21-year-old could only be stopped by a foul after dribbling in the penalty area. Substitute midfielder Aaron Hunt (84th) converted the penalty.
That was also a small punchline: Hunt, 34, had been dismissed as HSV captain before the season, as a former player of arch-rival Werder Bremen, the supporters always met him with skepticism, he was never quite able to meet the sporting expectations. And the new second division record scorer Terodde, who could actually claim a legitimate sovereignty on penalties, was unabashedly happy for his teammate.
Terodde said he didn’t think of his new record for “not a second” in the game. This whole record story is worth something in a few years at most, “in the party room with a few buddies and a few beers”. As the best second division shooter, you can be forgotten, that may be true. But not more than the man who may have shot the big Hamburger SV back into first class at the end of the season.