HSV end season with a 3-0 win
In the home fixture against MSV Duisburg, goals from Leo Lacroix (15’), Manuel Wintzheimer (49’) and Fiete Arp (64’) secured a 3-0 win for Die Rothosen.
Hamburger SV overcame MSV Duisburg 3-0 on the final Matchday of the 2018/19 2. Bundesliga campaign, ending the season on a positive despite the missed chance of promotion. In front of a crowd of 51,147, the youngest HSV side in the club’s history put in an impressive and promising performance against an already-relegated Duisburg side. Centre back Leo Lacroix capped a dominant opening phase with a header to put Die Rothosen ahead (15’), and HSV created several more chances to increase the lead. In the second half the second goal finally came, through attacker Manuel Wintzheimer (49’), before Fiete Arp scored the third and final goal of the game (64’) as HSV ran out deserved 3-0 winners.
A deserved first half lead…
The situation ahead of Matchday 34 was clear – no matter what happened elsewhere, HSV would be playing in the 2 Bundesliga next season. Head coach Hannes Wolf made five changes to the Starting XI and gave youth a chance. Josha Vagnoman returned in place of the injured David Bates, whilst Berkay Özcan, Mats Köhlert, Manuel Wintzheimer and Fiete Arp replaced Gotoku Sakai, Khaled Narey, Bakery Jatta and Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Wolf’s selection choices meant that the lineup was the youngest HSV Starting XI of all time with an average age of 22.6 years.
The young side started the game superbly and had three chances to score in the first 15 minutes. Wintzheimer found the back of the Duisburg goal in the opening minute, but referee Rohde adjudged him to be offside. Köhlert (7’) and Arp (15’) also threatened to fire HSV into an early lead. Die Rothosen were in control of the game and were always eager to play attacking football, also winning several corners from which they threatened. In the 15th minute, Hamburg finally made their superiority count from one, as centre back Lacroix rose the highest to head home. Five minutes later, Duisburg’s Stoppelkamp turned the ball home for the visitors but was deemed to be in an offside position. As such, the first half ended with the scores at 1-0.
… and strong feelings throughout
The second half began as the first ended – with HSV playing well as a unit and always looking to attack. Just four minutes into the half, their efforts were rewarded once again as another Douglas Santos corner threatened the Duisburg defence. The cross arrived at the feet of Wintzheimer, who made no mistake and turned the ball home (49’). The nineteen year old found the back of the net for the third time just ten minutes later, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside once again. HSV showed no signs of letting up and continued to adopt an offensive style. In the 64th minute, emotion flooded the Volksparkstadion when Fiete Arp, who has progressed through every level of the clubs youth setup, scored the third of the day and was brought to tears during the celebration with his teammates. Shortly after, Tom Mickel made a magnificent triple save at the other end of the pitch which also drew grand celebrations from the stands. The full-time whistle ensured Die Rothosen gave their fans a positive to end the campaign.
Hamburger SV: Mickel - Vagnoman, Lacroix, van Drongelen, Santos - Janjicic - Arp, Jung (64‘ Jatta), Özcan (83‘ Sakai), Köhlert (71’ Lasogga) - Wintzheimer
MSV Duisburg: Mesenhöler - Nauber (80‘ Hajri), Gembalis, Fröde, Seo - Wolze (70’ Tashchy), Daschner, Schnellhardt - Gyau, Stoppelkamp - Iljutcenko (70’ Nielsen)
Goals: 1-0 Lacroix (15‘), 2-0 Wintzheimer (49‘), 3-0 Arp (64‘)
Referee: Rene Rohde (Rostock)
Yellow cards: - / Nauber (32’)