1:1 - HSV with a draw at Sandhausen
HSV drew 1-1 with in-form SV Sandhausen on Saturday. Kittel was able to equalise the interim SVS lead through Testroet in the second half.
Hamburger SV drew 1-1 (0-1) with SV Sandhausen on Saturday (19 February). At the Hardtwaldstadion, the home side, who are in a very strong 5th place in the second half of the season, took the lead in the 15th minute through their top scorer Testroet and could even have increased the lead, but after the second half, HSV showed a clear improvement in performance and deservedly equalised in the 59th minute through their top scorer Kittel. In the end, the Rothosen were closer to a three-points, but had to settle for an overall fair split of points due to the two different halves.
Bad HSV start...
HSV coach Tim Walter sent the identical eleven into the race after the convincing 2:0 home victory against 1. FC Heidenheim. This meant that Heyer, who had been injured during the week, was able to play his position on the right side of the defence and after a quarter of an hour was very close to SVS goalkeeper Testroet, but was still unable to prevent the latter's 1:0 goal. It was the first chance of the game and the cold shower for HSV, who could not really find their game against the compact and aggressive defending hosts. The usual fluid combination play of the Red Shorts did not get rolling on the narrow and bumpy pitch of the Hardtwaldstadion. Instead, the Rothosen were even lucky that the ball bounced slightly on Bachmann's hand when he scored what was supposed to be a 2-0 goal for the extremely effective Sandhausen side from close range after around half an hour, which was subsequently disallowed. So Kittel & Co. stayed in the game - and had their best phase shortly before the break, when they went forward quickly two or three times on the flanks and Reis had the equaliser on his head. But the ball went over, and the game went into the break with the hosts in the lead.
... And still almost three-points
Walter reacted in the break and brought in three new players. Gyamerah, Chakvetadze and Kinsombi came on for Heyer, Reis and Alidou - and the latter immediately had a great chance to equalise, but Drewes just managed to save from Kinsombi's close-range shot. One thing, however, was clear: HSV came out of the dressing room with a different body language and much more vehemence, built up pressure and had a number of good chances, which, however, did not bring about the necessary equaliser. After just under an hour, however, it was Kittel who scored the equaliser - the first goal conceded by Sandhausen in 364 minutes, i.e. after four games without conceding a goal. And the Rothosen continued, winning more duels and keeping up the offensive pressure, especially on the flanks. But from then on, the hosts held their own until the final phase, so that HSV had to keep running, but could not force the necessary luck in the end. Thus, even after almost three minutes of injury time and despite another great chance for Chakvetadze, the final score remained 1-1, which HSV deserved because of the second half. And actually a bit more...
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Muheim, Schonlau, Vuskovic, Heyer (46. Gyamerah) - Kittel, Meffert, Reis (46. Kinsombi) - Alidou (46. Chakvetadze), Glatzel, Jatta (85. Wintzheimer)
SV Sandhausen: Drewes - Okoroji, Zhirov, Dumic, Diekmeier - Berko (62. Kinsombi), Bachmann (92. Seufert), Trybull, Zenga (77. Ritzmaier), Ajdini - Testroet (62. Deville)
Goals 1:0 Testroet (15.), 1:1 Kittel (59.)
Referee: Christof Günsch
Yellow Cards: Trybull (23.), Ajdini (41.), Deville (64.) / Alidou (45.), Polzin (84.)
Yellow - Red Cards: - / -
Red Cards: - / -