Match Report


1:0 - HSV win Play Off first leg at Hertha BSC

HSV deservedly won the first leg of the Bundesliga relegation tie at Hertha BSC 1-0. Ludovit Reis scored the goal of the day to cap a strong Hamburg performance.

Hamburger SV won the first leg of the 2022 Bundesliga relegation play-off 1-0 (0-0) at Bundesliga side Hertha BSC on Thursday evening (19 May). In front of more than 75,000 spectators in Berlin's sold-out Olympiastadion, the Rothosen - driven by several thousand travelling HSV fans - showed a courageous and, in the second half, very mature and overall strong performance. This was crowned in the 57th minute by midfielder Ludovit Reis, who scored the decisive goal with the help of the inside post. This goal gave HSV their sixth win in a row in their first relegation match after five wins in a row in the second division - and also a good starting position for the return match, which will take place next Monday (23 May) at the Volksparkstadion.

Disputed VAR scenes...

Four days later, HSV coach Tim Walter changed his starting eleven from the Rostock game, in which the Rothosen had clinched their fifth win in a row and thus the Bundesliga relegation, in one position: Instead of Vagnoman, the coach brought on Rohr in midfield - and he was to be the unwilling centre of attention in the 35th minute. Referee Osmers had just decided to award a penalty to HSV after a handball by Pekarik in the Hertha penalty area, when the VAR intervened and wanted to recognise a previous - and alleged - handball by Rohr, so that the HSV penalty turned into a Hertha free kick. It was one of several upsets in this first half, in which Hamburg got off to the better start. The Walter team was there from the start, presented itself defensively strong in two fights and offensively courageous as usual. Thus, the Red Shorts earned the majority of the game shares in this match, which was, however, marked by some nervousness overall. The impressive backdrop and the immense importance of the game combined to cause both sides to shake their feet now and then. Thus, both sides only had a few goals, as the final third often lacked precision. Jatta, in particular, was able to assert himself on the right wing a few times, but in the end a few centimetres were always missing. Centimetres that HSV had on their side when Hertha BSC almost took the lead with their best attacking action of the first half shortly before the break, but goal scorer Belfodil was offside with his foot. So the first half ended goalless, which seemed a bit too little for HSV due to 60 per cent possession and tackling rate as well as the disputed penalty.

... and a curious goal of the day

After the change of ends, the Berliners initially got into the game better, the introduction of attacker Jovetic gave the hosts a boost. But HSV stood up to it, defended strongly and remained true to itself in the game with the ball: always courageous, always with a playful approach - and at the decisive moment also with the necessary bit of luck. In the 57th minute, Reis and Muheim played through on the left wing and the Dutchman's cross, which was probably intended as a cross, went into the net behind Hertha keeper Christensen with the help of the inside post for 1:0. What a goal! And now HSV were actually leading at Hertha, who could hardly free themselves from this shock and from the ensuing grip of the Rothosen. HSV held the reins in their hands, determined the action and kept the hosts far away from their own goal with their high standing defence. A strong and, above all, very mature performance by Walter's team, which was closer to a second goal midway through the second half than the Berliners were to an equaliser. They despaired of the defensive work of HSV, who were no longer nervous and, above all, acted as a perfectly functioning team. And if a ball did slip through, which hardly ever happened, then it was Heuer Fernandes who kept his box spotlessly clean. In the end, HSV deserved to win, as they were better in all respects this evening - and can now clinch everything in the return match next Monday. What a football thriller!

Match Summary

Hertha BSC: Christensen - Pekarik, Boyata, Kempf, Plattenhardt - Tousart, Stark (70. Gechter), Serdar (70. Richter), Mittelstädt - Wollschläger (46. Jovetic), Belfodil (80. Maolida)

Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Heyer, Vuskovic, Schonlau, Muheim - Rohr (59. Vagnoman), Meffert, Reis - Jatta (74. Kaufmann), Glatzel, Kittel (90.+1 Gyamerah)

Goals: 0:1 Reis (57.)

Attendance: 76.000

Referee: Harm Osmers (Hannover)

Yellow Cards: Stark (29.), Tousart (30.), Boyata (49.) / -

Yellow - Red Cards: - / -

Red Cards: - / -