Hunt the matchwinner as HSV return to winning ways
Timo Letschert and Aaron Hunt got the two HSV goals as Hamburg fought their way to a first-ever win in the second division over Regensburg.
Hamburger SV provided a fighting performance to put pay to the recent run of form and secure a 2-1 win over SSV Jahn Regensburg at the Volksparkstadion on Saturday (7th Match). In a first half lacking in goalmouth action, Marco Grüttner's 40th-minute strike cancelled out Timo Letschert's opener, as both sides failed to get going in an attacking sense. Aaron Hunt swept home from Tim Leibold's cross with 50 minutes played, and that proved to be the winning goal, as despite further chances, the Rothosen couldn't put the game beyond a resolvant Regensburg side, but managed to see the game over the line for a first win over their opponents in the second division.
Grüttner cancels out Letschert's opener
After two disappointing defeats in a row, Dieter Hecking reacted with a change in formation, switching to a 4-1-2-1-2 formation and making four changes to the team that had started in Aue. Rick van Drongelen came in for the injured Ewerton, Adrian Fein for the suspended Gideon Jung in the holding midfield role, Christoph Moritz in the midfield two and Martin Harnik up front, as Khaled Narey and Lukas Hinterseer took their places on the bench. It took a while for the Rothosen to get used to their new formation, with Regensburg pressing high from the off and making it difficult for the centre-back pairing to find their midfield runners. The first goal came out of nothing, with neither side having had a meaningful effort on target up until that point. Louis Schaub's left-footed inswinging free-kick from the inside right was flicked on to the post by Christoph Moritz and Timo Letschert was first on hand to head in from all of three yards out.
The opener gave the home side confidence that had been lacking after three winless games in a row, playing the ball round the Regensburg defensive lines, as the Jahnelf started making mistakes of their own in possession. However, Hamburg let up, and after a short period of pressure, the guests equalised five minutes before half-time. A Geipl free-kick wasn't cleared on two occasions by the Rothosen, as Marco Grüttner collected a weak clearance from Erik Wekesser's cross, and the veteran striker hammered past Heuer Fernandes with his left foot to level things up. HSV had looked better after taking the lead, but allowed Regensburg to get back into the game and had to make do with being level at the interval.
Hunt sweeps home the winner
The second half almost started in the worst possible way, as Regensburg had the ball in the net three minutes after the restart but Jann George's effort was correctly ruled out after a push from Andreas Albers in the build-up. And Hamburg's luck was very much in, as the Rothosen went up the other end and retook the lead through captain Aaron Hunt in the 50th minute. A long ball was controlled excellently by Bakery Jatta, and the ball was spread wide to the advancing Tim Leibold who drove to the byline and passed back into the path of Hunt, who swept in from eight yards out to put Hamburg back in charge. Martin Harnik should have doubled the home side's lead only five minutes later, as patient build-up play saw the ball fed wide to Tim Leibold again, whose sumptuous left-footed cross found the Austrian free ten yards from goal, but the 30-year-old could only steer his header into the arms of a grateful Alex Meyer in the Regensburg goal.
Similarly to the first goal, the away side came back strongly after conceding, testing the Rothosen's resolve with a barrage of long throws and long balls which the Hamburg backline was equal to. As the game entered the final quarter of an hour, the home side looked to make the game safe, as space opened up with the away side pushing for the equaliser. Alex Meyer made two acrobatic saves ten minutes from time as first a Lukas Hinterseer header from a Aaron Hunt cross was tipped round the post, before Bakery Jatta's rasping drive was superbly touched over the bar by the former HSV stopper. Jordan Beyer's head injury overshadowed the closing stages, as the right-back was carried off on a stretcher after his head connected with Sebastian Nachreiner's knee from a Hunt free-kick. Despite eight minutes of added time and a number of long throws and set pieces, the Rothosen displayed great resolve to secure the first win in four. Dieter Hecking will be hoping for a similar result next Friday in Fürth.
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Beyer (87' Narey), van Drongelen, Letschert, Leibold - Fein, Schaub (58' Kittel), Moritz, Hunt - Jatta, Harnik (74' Hinterseer)
SSV Jahn Regensburg: A. Meyer - Saller, Nachreiner, Correia, Okoroji - Geipl, Besuschkow (90'+3 Derstroff), Wekesser (72' Stolze), George - Grüttner, Albers
Goals: 1-0 Letschert (24'), 1-1 Grüttner (40'), 2-1 Hunt (50')
Referee: Arne Aarnink (Nordhorn)
Yellow cards: Jatta (39'), Moritz (70') / Okoroji (22'), Wekesser (67'), Grüttner (67'), Saller (90'+3)
Red cards: - / -