0-0! Ten man Rothosen take a point in Gladbach
Despite being a man down from the 25th minute after Cleber was sent off and having two penalties awarded against them, HSV still took a point home with them from the Borussia-Park.
HSV took a hard-earned point with them after drawing 0-0 away to Borussia Mönchengladbach in a Bundesliga matchday 7 clash on Saturday afternoon (15.10). The side under new Rothosen head coach Markus Gisdol fought their hearts out. After an even opening to the game HSV’s Brazilian centre back Cleber was given his marching orders for a debatable foul on Gladbach’s Lars Stindl inside the Hamburg box. The resulting penalty taken by Andre Hahn was struck low and hard to Rene Adler’s right. The keeper guessed the right corner and superbly pushed the well struck spot kick away for a corner (25.). The visitors fought hard and were only rarely anywhere near Gladbach’s goal. Gladbach were awarded a second half penalty following a challenge involving Hamburg’s Santos and Traore. Stindl nailed the spot kick onto the crossbar and Gladbach failed to convert the rebound. HSV threw everything they had into the game and deserved a point after a battling performance.
Good performance but then 65 minutes with ten men
Markus Gisdol had said earlier in the week that his team travel to Gladbach with courage and that he wanted to take something from the game. He set his team up to do exactly that. HSV were less attacking than was the case in Berlin before the international break. USA forward Bobby Wood was on the bench at first. His place behind sole striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga went to Aaron Hunt. Seasoned right back Dennis Diekmeier made his first start of the season. The rest of the team remained unchanged.
The visitors looked tactically disciplined during the early stages and apart from a third minute free kick by Wendt, Gladbach hardly threatened. Things became interesting to say the least after 25 minutes as a decision taken by match referee Wolfgang Stark had the huge 53,636-strong crowd buzzing. The FIFA whistle blower pointed to the spot and sent of Hamburg’s Cleber following a challenge on Gladbach’s Stindl. Whether the mini pull of the shirt by the Brazilian defender should have been given as a foul and what happened before the pair reached the HSV box is a topic of discussion.
Gladbach miss second spot kick
Adler never batted an eyelid. The former Germany stopper superbly dived low to his right to turn the ball away for a corner, leaving taker Hahn with his head in his hands. The visitors had to play with ten men for the remaining sixty five minutes against a side who had won all ten of their last ten home games (including the end of last season). They did well dealing with the Gladbach dominance. Not much was happening up front where Lasogga was working on his own.
The as always massive contingent of travelling HSV fans present rarely had their hearts in their mouths with regard to conceding a goal, until referee Stark pointed to the spot again after a challenge involving Gladbach substitute Traore and Hamburg summer signing Santos (61.). This time Stindl took the spot kick and nailed it against the crossbar. Gladbach failed to put away the rebound as the Rothosen hung on by the skin of their teeth. It somehow remained 0-0.
Rothosen get some luck at last
HSV’s willingness to give their all in the face of adversity means the crucial point taken in Gladbach was well deserved. Luck was on the side of the Rothosen for a change on 89 minutes as a shot from Wendt struck a post with Adler beaten. The HSV keeper had a superb game denying the home side time and time again with some top drawer keeping. It was an encouraging display and we can’t wait for matchday 8, as HSV entertain Eintracht Frankfurt under the floodlights of the Volksparkstadion next Friday night (21.10.16, 8-30 PM).
Bor. Mönchengladbach: Sommer - Korb, A. Christensen, Elvedi - Dahoud (85. Hofmann), Kramer - Herrmann (46. Traore), Wendt - Stindl - F.Johnson (87. Vestergaard), Hahn
HSV: Adler - Diekmeier, Cleber, Spahic, Douglas Santos - Holtby, Ekdal - Kostic (74. Wood), Hunt (80. Jung), Müller - Lasogga (64. Sakai)
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Ergolding)
Booked: Lasogga (39.), Stindl (45. +1), Kramer (47.), Spahic (48.), Diekmeier (62.), Kostic (69.)
Sent off: Cleber (25.)