2-0! HSV beat Austria Wien to win Care-Energy Cup
Heung Min Son and Maximilian Beister were on target for the Rothosen against the current leaders of the Austrian first division.
HSV emerged victorious from their first home game of the new year. On Saturday afternoon (12.01.13) the Rothosen beat Austrian top flight side Austria Wien 2-0 to win the Care-Energy Cup. Heung Min Son (59.) and Maximilian Beister (60.) scored for the home side in front of 14,232 at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg. It was HSV's final friendly ahead of the Bundesliga restart which begins with a trip to Nürnberg next Sunday (20.01.2013, 15:30 CET).
Freezing point inside the Imtech Arena
Two days after returning from the winter training camp in sun-drenched Abu Dhabi, temperatures around freezing point greeted the players as they took to the pitch. That didn't stop the home side from making the livelier start and at least bringing some warmth to the tiny crowd of 14,232. The Bundesliga side camped out in the Austrian half, and Milan Badelj got in an opening warning shot which flew narrowly past the post of Austria keeper Heinz Lindner (4.). HSV's domination led to further chances, but Per Skjelbred lacked accuracy in his effort (7.), before the visiting keeper saved an effort by Heung Min Son from close range, after the young South Korean had been brilliantly found by Badelj (14.). Wien's tactic was to operate out of a solid defence and quickly switch to attack when the opportunity arose. They could find no way through the well-marshalled Hamburg defence though.
Son opens scoring in style
The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Ajrtoms Rudnevs, who was found after Son had capitalised on Wien losing possession in midfield. The Latvian striker could not believe his luck as his effort rebounded off the inside of a post and back into play (17.). While HSV seemed to score almost at weil in recent training camp friendlies, they lacked the decisive final punch on Saturday afternoon. Wien almost scored an own goal as one of their players headed an Aogo corner onto his own crossbar (33.). The game remained goalless until almost an hour had passed. The home side finally broke the deadlock on 59 minutes as Son blasted a fine shot into the top right hand corner of the Austrian net from the edge of the area - a wonderful strike and well worth the wait. Moments later the home crowd had further reason to cheer as second half substitute Maxi Beister also got his name on the score sheet (60.).
Those goals boosted the confidence, although HSV were not quite as dominant as they were before the break. It was plain to see that Austria Wien were at the very start of their preparation for the second half of their season which begins next month. They only threatened René Adler's goal once, as Roman Kienast forced a save from the Rothosen stopper (83.). The flow of the game then suffered as both coaches made several substitutions for the final 20 minutes or so. In the end HSV were well worth their 2-0 victory
Thorsten Fink told us after full time: "On the whole it was a positive test. We kept things tight at the back and I liked some of what I saw when we were going forward. But we still have a lot of work ahead of us. We have some fine tuning to do before we travel to Nürnberg."
Hamburger SV: Adler - Diekmeier (72. Lam), Mancienne, Westermann, Jansen - Badelj (84. Rincón) - Skjelbred (72. Sala), Aogo - Arslan - Son (77. Berg), Rudnevs (46. Beister)
Goals: 1:0 Son (59.), 2:0 Beister (60.)