Déjà-vu as HSV lose 2-1 to Magdeburg
Bakery Jatta fired HSV in front in the first half (31’), but a second half equaliser from Marius Bülter (60’) and an injury-time winner from Philip Türpitz saw Magdeburg take all three points home.
Hamburger SV suffered yet another home defeat on matchday 28, losing 2-1 to 1. FC Magdeburg in the Monday night fixture. Just as against Darmstadt, HSV were on the wrong side of a last-minute winner. 49,823 fans watched on Volksparkarena as Bakery Jatta gave the hosts the lead in an otherwise evenly-contested first half. The second half was marred by controversy, as the referee ruled out a HSV penalty for a clear handball just minutes before Marius Bülter equalised at the other end. Die Rothosen threw everything forward in the final stages, but it was Magdeburg who clinched all three points with a winner in fourth minute of injury time – Philip Türpitz firing on the half volley.
HSV head coach Hannes Wolf made no changes to the team that beat Paderborn in last week’s cup quarterfinal, setting up the team once again in an offensive 3-5-2 system. But the home side struggled to get the ball forward in the early stages, as Magdeburg defended high up the pitch and put the pressure on HSV. As such, the game was mostly contested in the middle of the pitch, with little action in either penalty box. Holtby was denied a chance at goal by a last-ditch tackle, while at the other end Lohkemper saw his goal ruled out for offside. It took a set piece to break the deadlock, with Jatta pouncing on a Douglas free kick and firing low into the back of the net. The visitors were unfazed by the setback, however, and continued to play forward in pursuit of a goal of their own. Papa & Co. stood firm at the back, while Pollersbeck was on red alert to snuff out any Magdeburg danger and ensure HSV held onto the lead at the break.
If the first half was devoid of any real drama, the second half certainly wasn’t – much to HSV’s regret. Within the space of 120 second, Wolf’s team were denied two clear penalties: first for a sliding challenge on Lasogga, then for a handball from the resulting corner. Rather predictably, just minutes after the chaos in the Magdeburg penalty box, the visitors had levelled through Bülter. Instead of being 2-0 up, HSV were now on level terms. If that wasn’t painful enough for Die Rothosen, who face league leaders 1. FC Köln next Monday, the point, which should have been three, was snatched away in the dying seconds of injury time when Türpitz fired a half-volley Pollersbeck.
Hamburger SV: Pollersbeck - Bates, Papadopoulos, van Drongelen - Jung - Sakai (77. Narey), Mangala, Holtby (83. Köhlert), Santos - Jatta (67. Özcan), Lasogga
1. FC Magdeburg: Brunst - Rother (66. Ignjovski), Müller, Erdmann, Perthel - Kirchhoff (83. Schäfer) - Laprevotte, Preißinger - Türpitz - Lohkemper (64. Beck), Bülter
Goals: 1-0 Jatta (31'), 1-1 Bülter (60'), 1-2 Türpitz (90+4')
Referee: Bastian Dankert (Rostock)
Yellow cards: Holtby (35.), Papadopoulos (48.), Narey (90.) / Bülter (23.), Preißinger (50.), Kirchhoff (80.)