HSV dispatch Nuremberg for first win in 2020
Bakery Jatta, Lukas Hinterseer, Sonny Kittel and Gideon Jung were on the scoresheet as Hamburger SV picked up their first win in five in the league at the Volksparkstadion.
Hamburger SV got the year off to the best possible start with an imperious display at the Volksparkstadion on Thursday night (30th January) to dispatch 1. FC Nürnberg by four goals to one. An impressive first-half showing saw the Rothosen take a deserved 2-0 half-time lead after goals from Bakery Jatta and a penalty from Lukas Hinterseer. Tim Handwerker's 51st-minute strike was reward for a strong start to the second half from the guests before Hamburg got back into their stride to put the game to bed through Sonny Kittel's penalty and Gideon Jung's first goal of the season. The first quarter of an hour after the restart aside, the Rothosen were good value for the win due to a suffocating team performance that left Nuremberg gasping for air.
Jatta and Hinterseer give Hamburg deserved half-time lead
Two of HSV's January transfer window signings were put straight into the starting line-up, with Jordan Beyer starting at right-back and Louis Schaub in central midfield in the usual 4-3-3 formation, with Adrian Fein sitting in front of the back four and Sonny Kittel out on the left wing. The hosts started the game strongly, with Nuremberg barely able to make it out of their own half for the first quarter of an hour. Kittel went the closest after good work from Louis Schaub but he slightly mishit his right-footed shot in the 15th minute from the edge of the area to go slightly past the right-hand post. Only two minutes later the Rothosen took a deserved lead, when the terrier-like Dudziak snapped at the heels of Gnezda and won the ball in a dangerous position. The 24-year-old fed Sonny Kittel who skipped past Margreitter, drove to the left-hand area of the box and laid across to Bakery Jatta who passed into the net with his left foot for his second goal in as many games.
Michael Frey from Nuremberg was lucky not to see red just a minute after the restart, ploughing into the back of Sonny Kittel yet escaping with just a caution. The lethargy of the final few performances before Christmas was nowhere to be seen for the Rothosen, who were moving the ball about quickly and with purpose, and harrying their opponents into making mistakes. One such move saw the impressive Dudziak exchange passes with Louis Schaub and flick the ball inside cleverly when receiving the ball back, inviting the clumsy challenge of Mavropanos as referee Schmidt correctly pointed to the spot. Vice-captain Lukas Hinterseer stepped up to cooly send Mathenia the wrong way and collect his seventh goal of the season. The guests improved slightly after the second Hamburg goal, with Geis' set-piece delivery looking like it would be the greatest threat to Hamburg's lead, the man on loan from 1.FC Köln testing Heuer Fernandes from 25 yards with a whipped right-footed effort. Hamburg could have extended their lead even further when the dangerous Kittel's whicked ball across the box could only be parried by Mathenia to Schaub ten yards out, but the Austrian's effort was cleared off the line by Handwerker. A three-goal advantage wouldn't have been undeserved for HSV, who had played with tempo and direction from the outset.
Kittel and Jung settle the nerves after Handwerker's effort
Jens Keller's side came out of the break strongly, showing the initiative and intensity that had been missing from the outset. Tim Handwerker did well to intercept Tim Leibold's loose pass and, not being closed down, the left-back struck a sweet effort from the left-hand edge of the area into Daniel Heuer Fernandes' left-hand corner. It took the Rothosen a while to get into their stride in the second half, with the snappy movement and incision of the first half not to be seen and Nuremberg looking more alert and careful when in possession. It took a slice of fortune for Dieter Hecking's troops to take control of the game once again as Lukas Hinterseer's shot hit Margreitter's outstretched hand. After an open passage of play and almost two minutes after the incident, referee Schmidt was told to consult his monitor by his VAR colleagues in Cologne, eventually coming to the decision that it was worthy of a second spot-kick of the game for Hamburg. HSV top-scorer Sonny Kittel took on the responsibility this time and panenkad the ball into the middle of the goal with Mathenia stranded to restore the Rothosen's two-goal lead in the 67th minute.
Nuremberg faded as the game drifted towards its conclusion, losing belief that a comeback was possible. The game was killed off for good in the 82nd minute when, after a number of counter-attacking opportunities went unused, substitute Gideon Jung got his first goal of the season after a fine, flowing team move. Adrian Fein won the ball back in midfield and drove into the space, playing out wide to the left for Sonny Kittel. Kittel waited for the ever-adventurous Leibold on the overlap, who floated the ball to the back post where Jung was waiting to calmly place the ball past Mathenia on the volley. Schmidt blew the whistle after a couple of minutes of injury time to end Hamburg's short blip and get the year off to the best possible start for the Rothosen. Despite a solid performance, the Hamburg squad don't have too much time to congratulate themselves, with three points up for grabs on Monday against VfL Bochum at the Ruhrstadion.
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Beyer, Letschert, van Drongelen, Leibold - Fein - Schaub (76' Jung), Dudziak (86' Kinsombi) - Jatta, Hinterseer (83' Pohjanpalo), Kittel
1. FC Nürnberg: Mathenia - Mühl, Margreitter, Mavropanos, Handwerker - Geis, Cerin (41' Nürnberger) - Schleusener (78' Zrelak), Behrens, Hack (89' Dovedan) - Frey
Goals: 1-0 Jatta (18'), 2-0 Hinterseer (27'/p.), 2-1 Handwerker (51'), 3-1 Kittel (67'/p.), 4-1 Jung (82')
Referee: Markus Schmidt (Stuttgart)
Yellow cards: Schaub (2'), van Drongelen (20') / Frey (20'), Behrens (49'), Margreitter (66')
Red cards: - / -