Giant-killing in Karlsruhe: HSV lose 2-4 to KSC
The DFB Cup and its historic giant killings. HSV became one of those famous scalps on Sunday afternoon, as they dramatically lost 2-4 to third division side Karlsruher SC at the sold out Wildparkstadion.
38 degrees in the shade and a full house greeted the players as they emerged for the round one clash. Would the home side have a major advantage being used to such high temperatures in their local region? Certainly not at first, because the Bundesliga visitors made the brighter start, creating useful early chances. A shot by Son and a Westermann header were HSV's opening warning shots. On 23 minutes the deadlock was broken as Berg showed a good eye with a brilliant pass to Skjelbred who in turn found Jansen who played the ball into the middle where Berg was lurking to slide the ball home from close range to give HSV a deserved lead. The opening goal looked to settle Thorsten Fink's side, but only seven minutes later KSC were back on level terms, as their striker van der Biezen rose above all and sundry to nod home a pinpoint cross from Blum (30.). That goal boosted the home side who began to put some decent moves of their own together, but the next goal came at the other end. On the stroke of halftime Lam nicely played in Beister, who drew KSC keeper Orlishausen before sliding the ball under his legs and into the net to give the visitors a slender halftime lead.
HSV carried on a a positive manner as the second half got underway. On 52 minutes Son fed Jansen who could only look on in horror as his crisp effort crashed againt a post. That would have made it 3-1 to Hamburg, but as it was things remained tight. Six minutes later Alibaz curled a wonderfully-struck free kick over HSV's wall and into the top corner of Adler's net to pull the minnows level again. Around a quarter of an hour from the end HSV-bound Calhanoglu was involved in KSC's third goal, which came as Adler failed to hold onto his swerving shot, allowing Stoll to scramble the ball home from close range. HSV then threw everything forward and the home side clinically hit them on the break as Soriano rounded off a lightning quick counter attack to make the final score 4-2 to plucky KSC, ensuring them safe passage into round two of the DFB Cup (87.)
Karlsruher SC: Orlishausen - Klingmann, Stoll, Gordon, Kempe - Calhanoglu (82. Krebs), Haas - Alibaz, Hennings (71. Varnhagen), Blum - van der Biezen (56. Soriano).
Hamburger SV: Adler - Lam, Bruma, Mancienne, Aogo - Westermann, Skjelbred (85. Ilicevic) - Beister (75. Rudnevs), Son (85. Arslan), Jansen - Berg
Goals: 0:1 Berg (23.), 1:1 van der Biezen (30.), 1:2 Beister (45.), 2:2 Alibaz (58.), 3:2 Stoll (78.), 4:2 Soriano (87.)
Booked: Calhanoglu / Bruma
Referee: Bastian Dankert