HSV BEAT MONACO 3-1 IN FRIENDLY
THANKS TO A DOUBLE FROM KHALED NAREY AND A STRIKE FROM SUBSITITUTE PIERRE-MICHEL LASOGGA, THE ROTHOSEN WERE ABLE TO OVERCOME LAST SEASON’S LIGUE 1 RUNNERS-UP.
HSV rounded out their pre-season and the Volkspark festival with a 3-1 win over AS Monaco, in their final game before next week’s Bundesliga 2 opener at home to Holstein Kiel. Two goals before the break from new signing Khaled Narey gave Christian Titz’s side a commanding position at the break, and though Rony Lopes pulled one back for the visitors just after the restart, Pierre-Michel Lasogga was able to restore the two-goal advantage before the end.
NAREY AND LASOGGA ENSURE SUCCESSFUL END TO PRE SEASON
Both teams kept it tight in the opening stages, and it took the Rothosen 15 minutes to create the game’s first chance, as Narey got in behind for the first time, only to be denied by Diego Benaglio in the Monaco goal and the visiting keeper was on hand again to keep out Jairo Samperio and Gotoku Sakai minutes later.
The breakthrough came soon after, as Narey turned his man and fired home from 15 yards out to open the scoring. The German-Togolese doubled his tally before half-time, capping off a period of heavy HSV pressure to tap home.
Monaco rarely threatened in the opening 45, though Julian Pollersbeck had to be on hand to tip a Stevan Jovetic free kick away from goal. They did get on the scoresheet after the restart though, as Lopes rifled home past Pollersbeck to halve the deficit.
It didn’t seem to fluster the Rothosen, who kept their composure to control the game and comfortably kept Monaco at bay thereafter. The calmness and assurity on the ball shown by the home side merited another goal late on, as Pierre-Michel Lasogga collected a fine through-ball before hitting home a third to restore the two-goal advantage.
All in all this was a successful test for the Rothosen, who in particular today looked confident going forward. Despite a more even second half, Christan Titz’s men looked settled in their formation, and were deserving of their third goal towards the end.
HSV: Pollersbeck - Sakai (46’ Ito), Bates, van Drongelen, Santos - Steinmann (70’ David) - Narey (82’ Vagnoman), Holtby (62’ Wintzheimer), Janjicic (70’ Moritz), Jairo (70’ Lasogga) - Hunt (82’ Arp)
AS Monaco: Benaglio – Raggi (46’ Toure), Jemerson, Glik (84’ Pierre-Gabriel), Serrano (61’ Barreca) – Pele (84’ Navarro), Aholou (66’ Grandsir), Diop (46’ Geubbels) - Lopes (81’ Faivre), Jovetic (66’ Boschilia), Balde (46’ Mboula)
Goals: 1-0 Narey (29’), 2-0 Narey (43’), 2-1 Lopes (47’)
Referee: Patrick Ittrich (Hamburg)