Complete team performance as HSV return to winning ways
HSV dismantled Erzgebirge Aue at the Volksparkstadion to seal a fourth win of the season, and banish the memories of the painful derby defeat at St. Pauli. Debut goals for Josha Vagnoman and Martin Harnik lead the way, with Lukas Hinterseer and Aaron Hunt also getting on the scoresheet.
Hamburg returned to winning ways at the Volksparkstadion on Sunday (22nd September), providing a complete performance from the first to the last minute to defeat Erzgebirge Aue 4-0, a scoreline that could have been a lot more embarrassing for the visitors. Dirk Schuster’s side never really got to grips with the game, going behind in the 18th minute to Josha Vagnoman’s first goal for HSV, with Lukas Hinterseer doubling the home side’s advantage just after the half-hour mark. The Violet’s backline didn’t have an answer for Rick van Drongelen’s raking long balls, and another pinpoint pass from the Dutchman just after half-time found Martin Harnik who lashed past Martin Männel for his first goal in the famous red shorts of Hamburg. Captain Aaron Hunt marked his return to the starting line-up with a fourth that was no less than the Hamburg side deserved, ruthlessly efficient up top and secure at the back.
Vagnoman’s debut goal leads the way
Dieter Hecking made three changes from the team that had succumbed to the first loss of the season against Pauli on Monday night, with Jeremy Dudziak, Aaron Hunt and Martin Harnik taking the place of Khaled Narey, David Kinsombi and Bakery Jatta in the Rothosen’s usual 4-2-3-1 formation. The game started as it would mean to continue, with a chipped ball in behind from Rick van Drongelen finding Aaron Hunt, but the captain’s cut-back just evaded Martin Harnik at the far post with barely two minutes having been played. After a strong opening five from the hosts, the game began to slow down, with a number of niggly fouls from Aue and imprecise passes from HSV disrupting the flow of the game. The first incisive move of the match from the hosts saw right-back Josha Vagnoman given far too much space from a Sonny Kittel throw-in down the right-hand side in the 18th minute. The 18-year-old drove inside, neatly scooping past his man before hitting a sweet left-footed effort from the right-hand edge of the box, which deflected off a defender and past Martin Männel, with the Aue ‘keeper helplessly wrong-footed.
Soon after Aue made their first real foray forward, with a curling ball from Pascal Testroet finding Jan Hochscheidt alone ten yards out from goal, but the Violet’s winger couldn’t get much power behind his header and Daniel Heuer Fernandes in the Hamburg goal was equal to his effort. After Hochscheidt’s chance the game fell back into its old pattern, with Adrian Fein and Jeremy Dudziak dictating the pace in midfield and thwarting any attempts by the away side to get back into the game. Dirk Schuster’s team were still struggling to contain van Drongelen’s long balls and it was another of these that saw Dieter Hecking’s men double their lead on 32 minutes. The Dutchman’s pinpoint ball over the top found Martin Harnik in behind the Violet’s defence and the Austrian winger laid it across to his fellow countryman Lukas Hinterseer on the volley, with the 28-year-old making no mistake and firing past the helpless Männel. A robust approach from Aue had led to a number of niggly fouls in the opening half an hour, and Christoph Daferner was lucky not to receive his marching orders after catching Jeremy Dudziak very late from behind, seeing yellow from referee Reichel. The away side had still not heeded the warnings of letting van Drongelen ping passes from deep, and another pinpoint effort found Martin Harnik’s perfectly-timed run yet again but the Austrian’s ball this time was just in front of the waiting Aaron Hunt. With the final chance of the half having been passed up, Reichel blew the whistle to end a very promising half from the home side.
Harnik’s first for the club seals the deal
The Rothosen carried on where they’d left off barely a minute after the restart, with yet another sumptuous ball from Rick van Drongelen finding Martin Harnik in behind the Aue defence once again with the Austrian taking the ball in his stride before lashing an effort on the half-volley past Männel. Hamburg were showing no signs of a derby hangover, keeping the visitors at arm’s length and playing the ball around with joy and freedom, getting a fourth in the 62nd minute to effectively end the game as a contest. Adrian Fein won the ball back in midfield for the umpteenth time, laying it into the path of Aaron Hunt. The Hamburg captain drove at the Violet’s defence, before spreading into the path of Sonny Kittel on the left-hand side. The former Ingolstadt man beat his opponent and laid it back into the path of Hunt, who saw off the challenge of an Aue defender and lifted the ball over the top of the advancing Männel to effectively end the game as a contest.
The 44,021 guests at the Volksparkstadion were enjoying a footballing feast in the late summer sunshine, with Aue failing to string a number of passes together, and taking their frustration out on the HSV players, with another dangerous tackle from Strauß only receiving yellow when a red card would have been more appropriate. The 72nd minute also saw another milestone in the career of young Xavier Amaechi, with the Englishman replacing Jeremy Dudziak to make his league debut for HSV. The final quarter of an hour however saw little action, with HSV happy with the scoreline and Aue unable to pose a serious threat going forward. Referee Reichel blew the whistle to signal Hamburg’s fourth win of the season after a convincing team performance from start to finish.
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Vagnoman, Jung, van Drongelen, Leibold - Fein - Dudziak (72‘ Amaechi), Hunt - Harnik (60‘ Samperio), Hinterseer (81‘ Wood), Kittel
Erzgebirge Aue: Männel - Kalig, Gonther, Mihojevic, Kusic (50‘ Strauß) - Baumgart, Riese, Fandrich, Hochscheidt - Daferner (46‘ Nazarov), Testroet (73‘ Krüger)
Goals: 1-0 Vagnoman (18‘), 2-0 Hinterseer (32‘), 3-0 Harnik (47‘), 4-0 Hunt (62‘)
Referee: Tobias Reichel (Stuttgart)
Yellow cards: van Drongelen (70‘) / Daferner (37‘), Fandrich (66‘), Strauß (75‘)
Red cards: - / -