Hinterseer seals hard-earned point in Sandhausen
Lukas Hinterseer's fifth goal of the season cancelled out Aleksandr Zhirov's 39th-minute opener as HSV shared the points in Sandhausen.
HSV ended their run of two straight defeats with a hard-fought draw in Sandhausen on Sunday (15th December). Despite a dominant first-half performance with chances to go in front, it was the hosts who went into the break in front after Aleksandr Zhirov's powerful header from a corner on 39 minutes. The Rothosen found it difficult to get going in the second half, but made the most of the few chances they did have to equalise through Lukas Hinterseer in the 75th minute. A frantic closing phase could have seen both sides steal all three points, and neither team was overcome with joy as Deniz Aytekin ended yet another away draw for HSV.
Another set piece the undoing after positive first half
After two disappointing losses in a row, Dieter Hecking reacted by making three changes to the starting line-up. Adrian Fein, Rick van Drongelen and Sonny Kittel took their places on the bench, as Ewerton made his first start for the Rothosen, with Gideon Jung moving into midfield and Lukas Hinterseer returning up front after fully recovering from his thigh injury which had seen him sit out for the past month. Sandhausen's good recent form and Hamburg's eagerness to get back to winning ways after two damaging defeats meant an open and entertaining start to the game. The new centre-back pairing of Timo Letschert and Ewerton unsurprisingly needed time to bed in, with Sandhausen having a number of dangerous crosses in the opening exchanges, yet unable to turn the chances into efforts on Danie Heuer Fernandes' goal. The Rothosen grew into the game, and around the half-hour mark had a host of chances which could have led to the breakthrough. Martin Harnik headed an accurate Tim Leibold cross into Sandhausen 'keeper Martin Fraisl, before Jeremy Dudziak wriggled free from his man to send a powerful left-footed effort just past the right-hand post.
Despite Sandhausen sitting deep similarly to Heidenheim the previous Friday, the Rothosen made a better fist of breaking down their opponents, with incisive passing and movement leading to a 10-minute-long period of pressure for the away side. In a similar story to previous away outings, it was merely the finish that was lacking, with Dieter Hecking's charges either wanting too long to get their shot away or getting in each other's path when trying to test Fraisl. Martin Harnik had an effort cleared off the line by Linsmayer before Sandhausen made the breakthrough with their first effort on goal. It was once again a set piece that was the undoing of the Rothosen as Paqarada's corner from the left-hand side found Zhirov unmarked ten yards out, and the defender powered a header past Daniel Heuer Fernandes to give his employers the lead six minutes from the half. A familiar story for the away side, with a strong performance undone by lax finishing and inattentiveness at a set piece.
Hinterseer shows ruthlessness with one of few opportunities
The start of the second period saw the hosts with a great chance to double their lead, as Behrens chested into the path of the onrushing Halimi. The 25-year-old found himself all alone ten yards out but Daniel Heuer Fernandes was out quickly to smother his effort from the right-hand channel of the penalty area. Despite finding themselves behind, very little followed from the Rothosen, with a lack of pace and belief resulting in few mentionable chances. That all changed with a quarter of an hour to go, as substitute Adrian Fein spread wide to Martin Harnik on the left-hand side. The Austrian cut inside onto his right foot and his effort was deflected into the path of fellow Austrian Lukas Hinterseer who artfully turned and guided the ball into the goal with his left heel all in one motion.
The 28-year-old had the opportunity to turn the game around seven minutes from time as another quick counter was the undoing of a now weary Sandhausen defence. Substitute Jairo Samperio raced free down the right and found Hinterseer at the back post at the second attempt, and the Austrian chested and hammered the ball on the half-volley expertly from eight yards out, only to find his match in Fraisl who saved expertly to keep the Black and Whites in the game. As the game entered the closing stages, neither side was content with a point and could have stolen all three, with tiredness sneaking into both sides' play with and without the ball. Injury time was characterised by a lot of changes in possession, yet sloppy attempts to find teammates meant the much sought-after win escaped both sides. Considering the whole 90 minutes, Sandhausen were perhaps a tad fortunate to come away with a result yet showed the ruthlessness that has been lacking with the Rothosen in the past few outings. Hamburg meanwhile were ironically better before the break, but used one of their few sights of goal in the second half to seal a deserved point. The Rothosen will be looking to round off the year with a win next Saturday in Darmstadt.
SV Sandhausen: Fraisl - Diekmeier, Nauber, Zhirov, Paqarada - Frey (78' Türpitz), Paurevic, Linsmayer - Halimi (67' Biada) - Behrens, Bouhaddouz
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Narey, Letschert, Ewerton, Leibold - Jung (59' Fein), Dudziak (73' Samperio), Hunt (59' Kittel) - Harnik, Hinterseer, Jatta
Goals: 1-0 Zhirov (39'), 1-1 Hinterseer (75')
Attendance: 15,000 (sold out)
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach)
Yellow cards: Jatta (57') / Halimi (60')
Red cards: - / -