1-1: Shared spoils in Nürnberg
HSV drew the opening Bundesliga game of the new year 1-1 at Nürnberg on Sunday afternoon, despite taking the lead through Ajrtoms Rudnevs after 70 minutes. Pekhart equalised for the home side five minutes later.
HSV drew 1-1 away to Nürnberg on matchday 18 on Sunday afternoon. The visitors had the better scoring chances but only managed to score once. Ajrtoms Rudnevs headed the Rothosen ahead on 70 minutes, but Pekhart equalised for Nürnberg only five minutes later. HSV are now in ninth place in the Bundesliga table with 25 points.
Few chances in opening half
The 42,601-strong crowd at the Nürnberg Stadion were rubbing their hands for two reasons before kick off: In anticipation for the first game for thirty five days and secondly because of the freezing temperature of minus 8 degrees. HSV suffered their first blow after only fourteen minutes. English under-21 defender Michael Mancienne landed awkwardly following an aerial duel and had to go off with an ankle injury. He was replaced by Jeffrey Bruma. Arslan them committed two fouls worthy of a place in the referee's book on 25 minutes so Hamburg boss Thorsten Fink sent Peer Skjelbred to warm up on the touchline. Arslan was taken off after 38 minutes as a precautionary measure. Nothing much of note happened during the first half as far as goalmouth action goes. Both sides kept things tight at the back and fit again Rafael van der Vaart was unable to weave his magic. The game was goalless at the break.
Rudnevs nods Aogo cross home
HSV began to get on top at the start of the second half, as Heung Min Son and then Rudnevs threatened the Nürnberg goal. Hamburg upped the pressure on the home side, forcing them into making mistakes. On sixty five minutes Pinola (under pressure from Rudnevs) headed the ball against his own post. The ice was finally broken five minutes later, as Aogo put a pinpoint cross onto the head of Rudnevs who nodded HSV ahead from close range. The Rothosen didn't enjoy that lead for long. Only five minutes later Nürnberg drew level through Pekhart with what was their first real shot of the game (75.). HSV threw everything forward searching for what would have been a deserved winner. Son missed three good late chances with his head and feet. All of those efforts were thwarted by Nürnberg keeper Schäfer. In the final minute Pinola cleared a Bedelj effort off his own goal line and in injury time Son headed the ball against the left hand upright. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
On Sunday (27.01.13, 15.30 CET) HSV entertain old rivals Werder Bremen at the Imtech Arena on matchday 19. The northern summit promises to be a cracking game and not to be missed.
Nürnberg: Schäfer - Chandler (65. Feulner), Simons, Klose, Pinola - Balitsch, Cohen - Mak (68. Frantz), Gebhart, Esswein (75. Kiyotake) - Pekhart
Hamburger SV: Adler - Diekmeier, Mancienne (14. Bruma), Westermann, Jansen - Badelj - Arslan (38. Skjelbred), Aogo - van der Vaart - Rudnevs, Son
Goals: 0-1 Rudnevs (70.), 1-1 Pekhart (75.)