Match Report


HSV draw 0-0 with Mainz

After suffering three straight losses, HSV drew 0-0 at home with Mainz on Bundesliga matchday 32.

HSV failed to put more space between themselves and the dreaded drop zone on matchday 32, after drawing 0-0 at home to fellow strugglers Mainz in front of 54,000 at the packed Volksparkstadion in Hamburg on Sunday afternoon (07.05). Both sides began the game in determined mood and the Rheinland-Pfalz-based visitors closed the home side down while creating the better chances for themselves. Once again the Rothosen fell short in creativity and scoring prowess. Home keeper Matheinia was Hamburg’s best man.

Huge tension…

HSV coach Markus Gisdol made changes to his team which lost 0-4 to Augsburg last time out, with captain Saai reverting to left back, which meant a debut in defensive midfield for Janjicic alongside Jung. Left winger Kostic made a welcome return from suspension, and he was the first Hamburg man to threaten after around a quarter of an hour as he broke down the left before cutting inside and forcing a save from visiting stopper Huth. Seven minutes beforehand home keeper Mathenia (returning from injury) did well to keep his side on level terms with a double save against Cordoba and Muto (7.).

Cheered on by another massive home crowd HSV threw themselves into every challenge but once again were missing the final telling pass to the front men. At the back though they kept Mainz down to an effort from distance from Cordoba before the half time whistle blew with the game nicely poised at 0-0.

... but no goals

That didn’t change after the break as both teams got stuck in giving no quarter making it as expected a scrappy relegation fight with virtually no skill on display. Both sides tried the long ball approach in their desperation to break the deadlock but both defences usually comfortably dealt with that ploy. The tension could have been cut with a knife at Hamburg and Mainz cancelled each other out in midfield which of course meant little or no goalmouth action. The crowd continued to scream HSV forward but to no avail. The goalless result was about right on the balance of play but in truth Mainz were the happier side with their share of the spoils. HSV’s fans chanted the team towards the final two games of the season away to Schalke and finally at home to Niedersachsen rivals VfL Wolfsburg. As expected the relegation scrap will go down to the wire and we will see which set of fans has any fingernails left after a long and arduous season.

Match details:

HSV: Mathenia - Diekmeier (88. Ostrzolek), Papadopoulos, Mavraj, Sakai - Janjicic, Jung - Hunt ( 82. Gregoritsch), Holtby (68. Jatta), Kostic - Wood

1. FSV Mainz 05: Huth - Donati, Bell, Balogun, Brosinski - Gbamin, Latza (78. Frei) - Öztunali (63. Samperio), De Blasis - Cordoba, Muto (87. Ramalho)

Goals: -

Att: 53.915

Referee: Daniel Siebert (Berlin)

Booked: Sakai (71.), Mavraj (80.) / Donati (78.)