HSV scrape past FC Fredericia in seven-goal friendly

A Sonny Kittel brace helped the Rothosen over the line at a soaking wet Volkspark.

HSV used the international break to stay in shape with a 4-3 win over Danish second-division side FC Fredericia at the Volkspark on Thursday (8th October). Defensive frailty would be the order of the day for both sides from the off, as no sooner had Sonny Kittel put the Rothosen in front in the seventh minute, Kristian Kirkegaard for the Danes had equalised. Sven Ulreich, making his HSV debut and playing the full 90 minutes in goal, was left helpless in the 27th minute as Fredericia moved in front thanks to a fine counter-attack ended by Hoegh. Kittel doubled his tally for the afternoon just after the half-hour mark, assisted ably by Aaron Hunt for the second time in the match to level things up, the last meaningful chance of the half.

The teeming rain continued in the second half, and the Rothosen found it difficult to implement their passing game, more often than not finding an opponent and stemming the momentum of the various attacks. The third and fourth goals for the hosts came after impressive work down the left by Moritz Heyer, first Bakery Jatta and then substitute Bobby Wood gratefully guiding home from eight yards out after incisive cutbacks from the left-hand side. Jibril Abubakar got himself on the scoresheet five minutes from time but the NordicBet Liga side were unable to salvage a draw in the dying embers of the game. Sven Ulreich realised that work needed to be done in the international break: “With the ball we had some good moments, that looked very promising at times. But with the goals conceded we made some very basic mistakes, and it’s something we’ll have to work on.”

You can watch highlights of the game here.

HSV line-up: Ulreich - Gyamerah, Leistner, David - Jatta (80‘ Fabisch), Jung, Heyer, Narey (80‘ Hein) - Kittel (46‘ Onana), Hunt (64‘ Dudziak) - Hinterseer (64‘ Wood)
Goals: 1-0 Kittel (7.), 1-1 Kirkegaard (8’), 1-2 Hoegh (27’), 2-2 Kittel (31’), 3-2 Jatta (72’), 4-2 Wood (79’), 4-3 Abubakar (85’)