HSV enter the Christmas break with draw in Darmstadt
Serdar Dursun's double meant that HSV's winless run continued, despite twice going in front through Lukas Hinterseer and Bakery Jatta.
Hamburg entered the Christmas break with another draw after an action-packed game in Darmstadt on Saturday (21st December). The Rothosen led the way at the break, with Bakery Jatta putting his side back in front after Serdar Dursun had cancelled out Lukas Hinterseer's opener. Yet it was Dursun who returned to haunt Dieter Hecking's side once again, making the most of Daniel Heuer Fernandes' less-than-ideal save to level things up just before the hour mark. Hamburg thought they had entered the lead for a third time in the 78th minute through Rick van Drongelen but the goal was ruled out for offside in the build-up and the Rothosen couldn't make the most of a number of late chances to snap the four-game winless run in a much-improved performance away from home.
Jatta strikes just before the break
After another away draw last Sunday in Sandhausen, Dieter Hecking made two changes, switching to a 4-1-2-3 formation. Adrian Fein retook his place in midfield for the injured Aaron Hunt in front of the deep-lying Gideon Jung, whilst Sonny Kittel returned alongside Fein in central midfield, in the place of Jeremy Dudziak. The Rothosen started brightly, with Sonny Kittel's long-range effort a first sighter at goal, before Tim Leibold's left-footed volley from a HSV corner flew just over Marcel Schuhen in the Darmstadt net. The bright start was rewarded in the 18th minute, as Bakery Jatta spread wide for Khaled Narey to advance into space down the right. The temporary right-back's crossing ability came in handy, as the 25-year-old picked out Lukas Hinterseer perfectly, who used the pace of the ball to head into the left-hand corner past Schuhen, with Jatta and Harnik also on hand had the Austrian not converted.
Yet the hosts responded strongly and after a period of pressure with Dursun causing all kinds of problems for Ewerton and Letschert, the Lilies got back on level terms. After an earlier clash with Dursun, Ewerton had to be replaced by Rick van Drongelen, and the Dutchman was perhaps a a moment too late during his first piece of action on the pitch as Fabian Holland's low cross from the left-hand side was placed into the net by the 28-year-old Darmstadt striker from the edge of the 6-yard box. The equaliser had been a result of a sustained period of pressure from the hosts, which once again dissipated after the goal. After an entertaining opening half an hour, the momentum petered out heading into the interval, before the Rothosen struck in the final minute of regulation time. Sonny Kittel was fouled on the right-hand edge of the Darmstadt area, and Tim Leibold's excellent effort struck the right-hand upright but deflected back into the path of the waiting Bakery Jatta, who placed into the empty net to give the Rothosen a deserved half-time lead.
Dursun at the double to force yet another draw
After a tepid opening to the second half with few chances for either side, the Lilies were able to equaliser in the 57th minute. A long ball from the back was headed down to Tobias Kempe who let fly on the half-volley from the left-hand edge of the area. Despite it being an accurate effort, HSV 'keeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes will have been disappointed that he couldn't push the effort further away from goal, instead laying it straight into the path of Serdar Dursun who passed into the ball into the empty net for his second of the afternoon.
The Darmstadt goal once again settled the game down, with few chances to report on as niggly fouls and a number of offside calls disruped the flow of the game. The Rothosen thought they had taken the lead for the third time in the match in the 78th minute, as Rick van Drongelen rose highest to head into the net as the Lilies failed to clear a corner, but Bakery Jatta was in an offside position and went towards the ball alongside van Drongelen meaning the goal was ruled out. It was the guests who were controlling the game entering the final minutes and could have nicked it right at the death. Substitute Jairo Samperio was freed in the left-hand edge of the area and unleashed a rasping left-footed effort from a tight angle which Schuhen acrobatically saved in the third minute of injury time to seal a point for his team. A much-improved performance away from home from the Rothosen, but two lapses in concentration against a highly-motivated Darmstadt side meant the points had to be shared. HSV's next game is at home to 1. FC Nürnberg on Thursday 30th January after the Christmas break.
SV Darmstadt 98: Schuhen - Herrmann , Dumic , Höhn , Holland - Paik (46' Schnellhardt), Stark , Skarke (62' Heller) , Kempe, Mehlem (90' +2 Honsak) - Dursun
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Narey, Letschert, Ewerton (29' van Drongelen), Leibold - Jung - Fein, Kittel (87' Jairo) - Jatta, Hinterseer, Harnik (56' Dudziak)
Goals: 1-0 Hinterseer (18'), Dursun 1-1 (32'), 2-1 Jatta (45'), 2-2 Dursun (58')
Attendance: 14,875 (sold out)
Referee: Arne Aarnink (Nordhorn)
Yellow cards: - / Jatta (66')
Red cards: - / -