2:0 - HSV wins season opener in Braunschweig
HSV won their matchday 1 away game 2-0 at Eintracht Braunschweig thanks to a strong performance from keeper Heuer Fernandes and a brace from goalscorer Glatzel.
Hamburger SV won their opening match of the 2022/23 season 2-0 (0-0) at Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday (17 July). In front of 23,000 spectators in the almost sold-out Eintracht Stadium, the hosts were the better team in the first hour, but found their master several times in HSV goalkeeper Heuer Fernandes. He held HSV to a zero and thus laid the foundation for the success of the Reds, who got into the game better after an hour and, thanks to Glatzel's lightning-clear brace (67th, 76th), finally clinched the first three points of the new season against the strong promoted team from Braunschweig.
Flattering 0:0 at the break...
HSV coach Walter was able to field his top eleven in the first league match, confirming their performance from the last endurance test against FC Basel, which the Red Shorts had won impressively 5:1, in Braunschweig. But the game developed quite differently. Eintracht, who were defending with a massive five-man backline, scored the majority of the goals in the early stages.
Walter had warned against the hosts' quick changes and brutal tempo, but this was exactly the pattern the Braunschweig team used to create a number of goal-scoring opportunities. In the first quarter of an hour alone, in which the Rothosen had more than 80 per cent of the ball, the Lions had three dangerous attempts. And after HSV had taken the offensive for a short while and had their first good action through Kittel, the game of fast Braunschweig counter-attacks continued. HSV keeper Heuer Fernandes had to make three great saves against Marx, Kaufmann and Pherai to keep the score level at half-time, which was the most positive result of the first period from Hamburg's point of view. Schonlau & Co. were unable to prevent the quick counter-attacks from the hosts at any point and were in danger of falling behind several times, which would have been justified after 45 minutes and far too little offensive power of their own against Braunschweig, who were strong on the counter-attack.
... and then Glatzel's double
After the change of ends, the picture did not change at first. Braunschweig remained aggressive in defence and fast-paced in attack, whereas the Rothosen needed a while to get into the game. But this happened, because little by little the Rothosen gained a little more share of the game. And when Walter brought in two new players, Rohr and Amaechi, after exactly one hour, HSV became more playful and compelling - and rewarded themselves.
Driven by the increasingly strong Reis, the Hamburg players literally worked the ball into the net for a 1:0 lead, which was somewhat flattering overall, when Glatzel scored from close range after Reis' shot was initially parried and Vuskovic's header followed. This goal spurred on HSV, who followed up just nine minutes later when Glatzel headed in a perfect Amaechi assist to make it 2-0. This meant that the Walter team had finally won the game, even though the first hour had gone almost entirely to the promoted team, which did not give up in the following period. Eintracht were awarded a penalty in the closing stages, but the VAR took it back, and Pherai even hit the crossbar again in the final minutes. In the end, however, HSV won 2:0 away from home, which is the best possible start to the new season in terms of results.
Eintracht Braunschweig: Hoffmann - Strompf (76. Ihorst), Behrendt, Decarli - Krausse (76. Henning), Nikolaou, Marx (76. Multhaupt), Pherai (88. Donkor), Kijewski - Kaufmann, Lauberbach (88. Schulz)
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Heyer, Vuskovic, Schonlau, Muheim (90.+3. Leibold) - Meffert, Reis, Benes (60. Rohr) - Königsdörffer (60. Amaechi), Glatzel (90.+3. Bilbija), Kittel (83. David)
Goals: 0:1 Glatzel (67.), 0:2 Glatzel (76.)
Referee: Timo Gerach (Landau)
Yellow Cards: - / Königsdörffer, Vuskovic
Yellow - Red Cards: - / -
Red Cards: - / -