HSV hit Stuttgart for six
Three goals in the both halves was enough for Hamburg to see off promotion rivals Stuttgart at the Volksparkstadion by six goals to two in a stunning attacking performance.
HSV dismantled VfB Stuttgart at the Volksparkstadion on Saturday (26th October) for a statement win in the promotion race. HSV dominated the opening period, and were deservedly two goals to the good at half-time, through a double from Sonny Kittel and a cool finish from Bakery Jatta, using their pace and efficiency on the counter to good effect. Stuttgart came out of the break strongly, but ultimately had no answer to HSV's counter-attacking ability, with Martin Harnik's fifth and Adrian Fein's sixth both coming from breaks with few Stuttgart defenders in sight. A real statement win from HSV, who were just as good as the scoreline suggests.
Hamburg enjoy the better of frantic first half
The starting line-up had two changes from the team that had faced Arminia Bielefeld, with Christoph Moritz and Gideon Jung coming in for Lukas Hinterseer and Timo Letschert. After a strong start from the guests, the game sprang into life in the 12th minute, as slick build-up play down the left saw Bakery Jatta play in Jeremy Dudziak, who cut inside and was felled in the process by Maxime Awoudja. Sonny Kittel stepped up and placed the resulting penalty to Gregor Kobel's left-hand side, with the 'keeper getting a hand to it, but not enough to keep it out. The opening goal saw the home side grow into the game, and deservedly doubled their lead after 24 minutes. Awoudja dallied on the ball too long at the back, and Bakery Jatta nipped in to take the ball off him. The Hamburg winger retained his composure to slot the ball past Kobel and double his personal tally for the season.
The frantic nature of the game saw no signs of abating, with Stuttgart pulling one back almost out of nothing. Philipp Förster flicked on at the near post, and Nicolás González was waiting at the back post to head in and reduce the deficit. Yet no sooner had Stuttgart reduced the deficit, and the two-goal lead was restored for Hamburg. Stuttgart lost the ball in midfield, leading to a 4-on-2 counter for the hosts. Bakery Jatta slipped in Christoph Moritz, who chipped to the back post. Despite a tight angle, Sonny Kittel was able to head into the roof of the net to end a frantic first half.
Fein puts the icing on the cake
Stuttgart came out of the break with intent, and should have reduced the deficit again when Klement blazed over the bar from ten yards out. Stuttgart's profligacy was punished a few moments later, as Hamburg moved into a three goal lead, without having threatened up until that point in the second period. Sonny Kittel's corner from left-hand side was flicked on at the near post by Gideon Jung and substitute Gonzalo Castro could only head into his own net from four yards out. Yet the three-goal lead lasted barely five minutes, as a shot from Klement from the edge of the box was deflected. The ball landed at the feet of the onrushing Gonzalo Castro, who squared to Wamangituka, who merely had to pass into the empty net from four yards out.
The hosts were lucky that VfB didn't get a third two minutes later, as a Stuttgart goal was disallowed due to an arm in the build-up from González. And, having looked like it would be a squeaky last final quarter of an hour, Hamburg restored the three-goal lead, once again through a lightning fast counter-attack. The marauding Tim Leibold's cross from the left found Martin Harnik free in the six yard area, and the Austria poked past Kobel for a scarcely believable fifth. As the game entered the last few minutes, Stuttgart poured more and more men forward, with little effect, opening themselves up at the back. Substitute David Kinsombi used the opportunities to his advantage, tearing down the right wing before squaring to Adrian Fein, who took it inside his man a minute into injury time and placed into the far corner for Hamburg's sixth and the final action of an incredible afternoon of football.
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Vagnoman, Jung, van Drongelen, Leibold - Fein - Dudziak (77' Kinsombi), Moritz (73' Letschert) - Jatta, Harnik (81' Hinterseer), Kittel
VfB Stuttgart: Kobel - Stenzel, Awoudja, Kempf, Insua (46' Castro) - Karazor - Mangala (65' Gomez), Klement - Förster - Wamangituka, Gonzalez
Goals: 1-0 Kittel (13', p.), 2-0 Jatta (24'), 2-1 Gonzalez (33'), 3-1 Kittel (36'), 4-1 Castro (57', p.), 4-2 Wamangituka (63'), 5-2 Harnik (76'), 6-2 Fein (90'+1)
Attendance: 57,000 (sold out)
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach)
Yellow cards: Vagnoman (74') / Kempf (49'), Förster (66')
Red cards: - / -