0-0: No goals in derby clash
HSV failed to score for a fifth straight game as they drew 0-0 at home to old rivals Werder Bremen in front of a huge crowd of 54,613 at the Volksparkstadion on Bundesliga matchday 7 on Saturday evening (30.09). The home side were on top for long periods of the game but once again failed to find the net.
Bremen have set pieces, HSV had Ito
HSV head coach Markus Gisdol surprised a few people by making four changes to the team which lost 0-3 in Leverkusen last Sunday evening. In came fit again duo Ekdal and Hunt, (the latter facing his former club) as well as fresh faced youngsters Janjicic and Ito. It was Ito who impressed early on with his energetic play. He was involved in all of his side’s first three chances.
The 20 year old who made his Bundesliga debut in Leverkusen won a free kick in a promising position. He then fed Wood with a sweet ball before having a go himself. None of those chances were converted but it was a promising opening 25 minutes. The visitors threatened mainly from set pieces. Some were well taken by Kainz. The home defence looked solid as they restricted Werder from threatening from open play. The Rothosen were on top for most of the first half with the huge home crowd behind them. Ito & Co. occupied the visitors up front and had the majority of chances through the likes of Hahn, Hunt and Sakai. Once again the Rothosen needed too many chances to score. Gisdol’s men were once again harmless in front of goal and despite having more of the ball had to be content with a goalless first half. The crowd gave the home side a great reception as they went off for the break.
Lots of chances but no goals
Hamburg took the early initiative at the start of the second half playing bravely forward, but as has been the case so often this season the ball simply wouldn’t go in. Hahn went close first with a header and then a shot, while Hunt and Wood both missed decent chances. Those misses boosted the visitors who began to get more of a foothold on the game, creating dangerous counter attacks with Bartels outpacing his opponents before producing dangerous crosses into the home box. But home keeper Mathenia and his defenders were in miserly mood and always managed to clear their lines in time. Werder decided to throw caution to the wind and threw everything forward, which made for an entertaining final half hour of play. The tackles flew in and there were scoring chances at both ends. The only thing missing were goals. Gisdol gave young striker Fiete Arp a few minutes of game time but he also failed to break the deadlock. The 107th northern derby between the two sides ended in a goalless draw. Matchday 8 sees the Rothosen on their travels again, as they visit mighty Mainz away from home after the international break.
HSV: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Papadopoulos, Jung, Sakai - Ekdal (74. Walace), Janjicic - Hahn, Hunt, Ito (53. Holtby) - Wood (89. Arp)
Werder Bremen: Pavlenka - Bauer, Veljkovic, Moisander - Gebre Selassie, Bargfrede (63. M. Eggestein), Garcia - Kainz (63. Junuzovic) , Delaney - Bartels (90. Hajrovic), Belfodil
Booked: Papadopoulos (68.) / Bauer (33.), Selassie (83.)
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach)