5:1! HSV wins friendly against FC Basel

In the last endurance test before the start of the second division, the Reds showed a commanding performance and won clearly against the Swiss runners-up after goals from Benes (14th), Reis (19th), Glatzel (30th), Amaechi (66th) and Bilbija (89th). 

HSV won the last test match before the start of the league next weekend. The Reds won 5:1 (3:1) at Swiss runners-up FC Basel on Saturday (9 July). In the opening phase of the match, referee Mirel Turkes pointed to the spot twice. First, he penalised a handball by Laslo Benes. Zeki Amdouni converted the penalty to give the Basel team the lead (11th). Benes then equalised from 11m after Wouter Burger had fouled him in the 16. It was Ludovit Reis who put HSV in front after 19 minutes with a remarkable shot from 25 metres. Robert Glatzel increased the lead to 3:1 (30.) before the break, substitute Xavier Amaechi made it 4:1 (66.) in the second half, before Filip Bilbija, also a substitute, scored the final goal (89.) to make it 5:1 in a one-sided match. 

Benes, Reis and Glatzel turn the Basel lead around

Head coach Tim Walter brought his supposedly best starting line-up in the last test match before the start of the second division next weekend against Eintracht Braunschweig. Only captain Sebastian Schonlau, who missed some training sessions during the preparation due to an ankle injury, initially took a seat on the bench. Jonas David started in central defence in his place. In addition, Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer, a newcomer, was in the first eleven and played as a right winger. 

HSV started very concentrated and with good attacking pressing in St. Jakob-Park. Basel did not cope with that at all, faced one or the other dangerous scene from the visitors, but then still took the lead after the first dangerous action around the penalty area of the Rothosen. A shot by Liam Miller was unfortunately blocked by Laslo Benes with his hand. Amdouni converted the penalty to give Basel the lead. But unlucky Benes then equalised the score. First he was brought down by Miller in the penalty area, then he grabbed the ball himself for the penalty kick and scored the 1:1 equaliser (14th). 

The Hamburg team continued to set the tone, looked fresher and also more confident in their finishing. After a Swiss corner had been blocked, Reis took full risk from around 25 metres and scored to give them a 2-1 lead. Glatzel extended the lead before half-time with a 3:1 goal (30th), also following a short corner, after Benes had done the groundwork. An offside goal by Glatzel and further good scenes by the Walter team underpinned the deserved lead at the break.

Amaechi and Bilbija put the finishing touches to a strong performance

Schonlau, Ambrosius, Bilbija and Amaechi came on for David, Vuskovic, Meffert and Königsdörffer in the second half. The distribution of the game, however, remained the same. In summery temperatures, HSV presented themselves as more committed, more attuned and more capable of scoring than the hosts, who also start the season next weekend. And also the substitutes of the Rothosen fitted seamlessly into the performance. In the 66th minute, Amaechi scored after a beautiful assist from Aaron Opoku to make it 4:1, and Filip Bilbija scored the final goal one minute before the end (89th) after Tim Leibold's shot was blocked.

Eight days before the start of the league against Eintracht Braunschweig (17 July, kick-off: 13.30), HSV celebrated a commanding and well-deserved success in the endurance test and thus goes strengthened into the last week of preparation. 

This is how they played: 

FC Basel: Hitz - Lang, Djiga, Pelmard, Katterbach - Xhaka (72.Palacios), Burger - Ndoye, Frei, Millar - Amdouni (72.Szalai).

HSV: Heuer Fernandes - Heyer, Vuskovic (46.Ambrosius), David (46.Schonlau), Muheim (64.Leibold) - Meffert (46.Bilbija), Benes (64.Heil), Reis (64. Rohr) - Königsdörffer (46.Amaechi), Glatzel (64.Meißner), Kittel (64.Opoku)

Referee: Mirel Turkes (Hochdorf LU, Switzerland)

Goals: 1:0 Amdouni (HE., 11.), 1:1 Benes (FE, 14.), 1:2 Reis (19.), 1:3 Glatzel (30.), 1:4 Amaechi (66.), 1:5 Bilbija (89.)

Yellow card: - / Heyer (50.)