Friendly match


3-2: HSV beat Altona 93 in latest friendly

HSV beat local Oberliga side Altona 93 in their latest internal friendly. The Bundesliga side came from two goals behind through goals from Luca Waldschmidt (56., 67.) and Adel Daouri (78.) to win the game 3-2.

After beating Danish top flight side Lungby BK 3-1 in a friendly the previous day, the Rothosen continued their winning ways by beating Oberliga outfit Altona 93 in a 3-2 win. The hastily arranged game at the Volksparkstadion was designed to give much-needed game time to those who had not featured in the victory over the Danes: “We have not had many pre-season games where players have played for the full 90 minutes. It is an important aspect, especially as our DFB Cup opponents Zwickau are already into their season”. Explained Rothosen head coach Bruno Labbadia after the final whistle had been blown. HSV face Zwickau in round one of the 2016/17 DFB Cup away from home on Monday August 22. That game kicks off at 6.30 PM.

Rocky half

Labbadia picked a much-changed starting line-up, giving chances to youth talents Leon Deichmann, Kerim Carolus, Sebastian Haut and Finn Porath in central defence and in front of the back four. The Bundesliga side made anything but an assured start, although Luca Waldschmidt (11.) and Dennis Diekmeier (19.) both missed chances to break the deadlock. Altona grew in confidence and after Pablo Kunter had lost out in a one on one situation with HSV keeper Christian Mathenia on 33 minutes, Milaim Buzhala mopped up a spilled shot from distance to give the visitors the lead. HSV’s new stopper found himself picking the ball out of his own net again before the break after Dennis Thiessen netted from nine metres out following good work by Kunter (43.), with the Rothosen defence at sixes and sevens.     

Spahic makes his comeback

Labbadia brought on Adel Daouri (for Porath) and Emir Spahic (Deichmann) at the start of the second half. For the latter it was his first game since breaking an eye socket. The 35 year old Bosnian veteran wore a mask to protect the area. He immediately brought stability to the Hamburg defence with his experience. His introduction boosted the home side and fought their way back to parity through a brace by Luca Waldschmidt (56., 67.). The new signing twice latched onto through balls and kept his cool in front of goal. After the equaliser had been scored, Labbadia brought on Nicolai Müller, Filip Kostic, Matthias Ostrzolek, and Gotoku Sakai, who had a total of 400 Bundesliga games under their collective belts. It was Müller who set up his side’s long overdue third goal by breaking down the left before finding  Adel Daouri (78.) who scored with a nice volley from 11 metres out. 

The former Freiburg man scored the final goal in a game of very different halves for HSV. 

Match details:

HSV: Mathenia – Diekmeier, Carolus, Deichmann (46. Spahic), Jatta – Porath (46. Daouri), Haut (69. Sakai) – Halilovic (69. Müller), Waldschmidt (69. Ostrzolek), Bahoui (69. Kostic) – Lasogga (69. Gregoritsch). 

Goals: 0:1 Buzhala (34.), 0:2 Thiessen (43.), 1:2 Waldschmidt (56.), 2:2 Waldschmidt (67.) 3:2 Daouri (78.) 

Booked: Spahic (60.)