The Bundesliga teams met for a friendly at the Sevens stadium (capacity 40,000, crowd 300!) in Dubai. For Gladbach it was the first game of their winter training camp. For HSV it was their third, after recent victories over Locomotive Tashkent (3-1) and Al Shabab (3-2). Gladbach equalised five minutes from full time through Hrgota to make the final score 2-2. Badelj and Rudnevs were on the mark for HSV.
Badelj opened the scoring on 13 minutes, converting a corner by Arslan. Mancienne then conceded a penalty on 27 minutes by bringing Hermann down inside the Hamburg box. The spot kick was duly dispatched by Gladbach skipper Filip Daems, playing his first game since the end of October last year. The 34 year old Belgian had been sidelined by a torn abdominal muscle and adductor problems.
HSV looked the livelier side and took the lead again only 12 minutes later, as Rudnevs nodded an accurate cross from Son home. Things could have ended that way, but Gladbach were not to be denied. Hrgota equalised five minutes from the end.
HSV sport director Frank Arnesen after full time: "It was our best game and a good test. The team played well. Compared to the way we were playing a few months ago, the team has moved in the right direction. They did well putting into practise Thorsten fink's plans. I am optimistic looking ahead to the second half of the season."
Hamburger SV: Adler (Drobny 46.) - Diekmeier, Mancienne (Bruma 46.), Westermann (Rajkovic 63.), Jansen (Lam 63.)- Skjelbred (Sala 46.), Badelj (Rincon 63.), Arslan (Ilicevic 46.), Aogo - Son (Berg 63.), Rudnevs (Beister 46.)
Borussia Mönchengladbach: ter Stegen (Heimeroth 46.) - Korb (Jantschke 46.), Brouwers (Dams 80.), Dominguez (Stranzl 46.), Daems (Wendt 46.) - Ring (Younde 46.), Rupp (Marx 46.), Xhaka (Nordveit 46.) - Herrmann (Hrgota 46.), Arango (Cigerci 46.) - Mlapa (de Jong 46.)