Match Report


0:4 in Leipzig - HSV eliminated in DFB Pokal

HSV were defeated by RB Leipzig in the 2nd round of the DFB Pokal by a clear 0:4 in the end, despite an appealing performance and good scoring chances in the first half.

On Tuesday (18 October), Hamburger SV lost its second round match in the DFB Pokal at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig 0:4 (0:2). In front of 44,787 spectators in Leipzig, HSV was the team that set the tone at the beginning with the better and clearer scoring chances, but before half-time two quick counter-attacks and a resulting double strike by RB attacker Poulsen put the Champions League participants 2:0 in front. After the break, HSV tried their best but were beaten 4-0 by the defending champions after two late goals from Simakan and Henrichs. 

HSV with a strong start...

HSV coach Tim Walter had to make changes to his team in the second round of the DFB Cup as two regulars, Glatzel (back problems) and Benes (infection), were not available. In addition, Walter left his captain on the bench - Schonlau will miss the next two matches after being sent off last weekend, so David already played in central defence in his place. Leipzig were also unable to field their full complement, but as Champions League participants, the reigning DFB Cup winners naturally brought a more than renowned Bundesliga top team onto the field. But the Rothosne were by no means intimidated by this. On the contrary: With the support of more than 5,000 fans, Walter's team was on their toes from the start, but also played well. There was no question that HSV was the better team in the early stages, with Reis creating the first goal-scoring opportunity of the game (5th) and the first top-class chance in the 20th minute: Muheim shot from 20 metres and his shot hit the underside of the crossbar on the goal line. Shortly afterwards, Dompé's fantastic shot to make it 1-0 was disallowed due to a previous foul, and a Hamburg lead would definitely have been deserved.

... and yet with a clear defeat

But as is so often the case in football, things turned out differently this evening. It took Leipzig about half an hour to get the first shot on goal against a strong and secure defence, but then they counter-attacked quickly twice down the right - and turned the game on its head with a double strike: Simakan and Silva served RB veteran Poulsen twice in the 33rd and 36th minutes, and both times the Danish international scored with ice-cold precision to make it 2-0 at half-time against HSV, who continued to set the tone. After the break, the game remained exciting and evenly balanced as the Reds kept the ball and Königsdörffer had a great chance to tie the game after an hour. But then came the momentous 68th minute, when first Jatta was injured after an unfortunate action and had to be escorted off the field supported by the doctors - and RB right-back Simakan headed a corner into the goal for 3:0. It was the preliminary decision in this match, in which HSV had been the better team at the beginning and then at least on a par for a long time, but finally had to leave the field and this year's DFB Pokal competition empty-handed after Henrichs had scored the late 4:0 for Leipzig in the last attacking efforts of Hamburg.

Match Summary

RB Leipzig: Blaswich - Simakan (70. Schlager), Orban (46. Gvardiol), Diallo, Raum - Henrichs, Kampl, Szoboszlai (60. Novoa), Forsberg (82. Ba) - Silva, Poulsen

Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Heyer (74. Mikelbrencis), Vuskovic, David, Muheim - Meffert, Suhonen, Reis (74. Krahn) - Jatta (68. Amaechi), Königsdörffer (74. Bilbija), Dompé (60. Kittel)

Goals: 1:0 Poulsen (33.), 2:0 Poulsen (36.), 3:0 Simakan (68.), Henrichs (82.)

Attendance: 44.787

Referee: Benjamin Cortus

Yellow Cards: Henrichs, Simakan, Raum / Muheim, Meffert, Bilbija

Yellow-Red Cards: - / -

Red Cards: - / -