2:2 - Draw in test against FC Nordsjaelland
HSV drew 2-2 with Danish first division side FC Nordsjaelland in a friendly match on Thursday, with U19 player Tom Sanne and Anssi Suhonen scoring for the Rothosen.
HSV is using the international break, among other things, to give all players match practice. Tim Walter's team played against the Danish first division team FC Nordsjaelland at Volksparkstadion on Thursday afternoon. The game against the second-placed team in the Danish Superligaen ended in a 2-2 draw, which was well-deserved, with all the goals coming after the break. In the end, there were four after all, after the last meeting between the two clubs had produced considerably more goals: HSV won 7:4 in November 2021.
This time, however, both teams were very concentrated and allowed only a few chances. On Hamburg's side, Bilbija took advantage of one of the Danes' few lapses of concentration in the very first minute of the game to score his first goal, and he also just missed once in the middle of the first half. On the other side, HSV keeper Raab had to intervene once after a quarter of an hour when he made a one-on-one save against Danish attacker Hansen after a misplaced back pass to Raab had created FCN's best chance of the first half. Otherwise, however, the game was played predominantly between the penalty areas, with both teams striving for control of the game and focusing on periods of possession.
HSV managed this a little better, especially after the change of ends, when the Reds were more and more in control of the game and had a few penalty area scenes - but were suddenly behind. With a quick counter-attack after HSV lost the ball and a strong individual action by Coulibaly, the Danes suddenly led 2:0 with goals by Hansen (58.) and Nygren (72.).
Raab then had to intervene vehemently once or twice and distinguished himself, as did the substitute youngsters in the ranks of the Reds. In the final phase, the Red Shorts stepped on the gas and deserved the equaliser in this match. First, U19 midfielder Sanne scored on his first professional appearance to tie the game at 1:2 when he headed in a Suhonen cross in the 82nd minute; and in the closing moments, the Finn himself scored the 2:2 with a directly converted free kick after Sanne had only been stopped by a foul earlier.
It was the final point of a very decent test match in which many junior players were able to show themselves. "It was a good test against a good opponent," said Walter after the game, "especially since we caused the goals we conceded ourselves through our own mistakes. But the boys once again pulled themselves out of the mire, which speaks absolutely for the team, in which the young players in particular excelled. I am very satisfied."
HSV: Raab - Heyer (46. Muheim), David, Schonlau (46. Zumberi) Leibold (75. Andresen) - Suhonen, Krahn (75. Fabisch), Amaechi - Jatta (60. Sanne), Bilbija, Kittel (60. Glatzel)
Goals: 0:1 Hansen (58.), 0:2 Nygren (72.), 1:2 Sanne (82.), 2:2 Suhonen (89.)