Match report


Kostic rescues a point in Hollerbach home debut

Kostic’s goal four minutes before the end of the game saved a point for Bernd Hollerbach in his first home game as HSV head coach. Fossum sent Hannover into a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute.

Bernd Hollerbach remains unbeaten after his second game as HSV coach. HSV played out a 1-1 draw against promoted side Hannover 96 in front of a home crowd. 46,016 spectators in the Volksparkstadion witnessed the guests take the lead in the first half through Iver Fossum (37’). However, HSV were not deterred and, just as they did in Leipzig last week, came back into the game. In the end it was Filip Kostić who found the back of the net after a Salihovic cross shortly before the end of the match to score an important equaliser (86’).

Unnecessary goal...

As he did for his debut as HSV coach against RB Leipzig last weekend, Bernd Hollerbach selected a 3-5-2 formation with almost the exact same starting XI. Only the fit-again Ekdal replaced Jung in defensive midfield, who had to miss the game due to back problems.

The game featured few chances to begin with as both teams cancelled each other out in midfield. Hamburg had the best chances through shots from Santos (13’) and Hunt (18’) as well as a header from Wood (30’). The game picked up pace in the final 15 minutes of the first half. A Sakai shot struck the hand of Schwegler in the box, but referee Stegemann did not blow his whistle. The guests were then able to celebrate after a counterattack. After Mathenia made a fantastic save of Klaus’ first shot, the following corner kick should have been cleared further, but the ball ended up at the feet of Fossum, who found the net from 18 yards out to give Hannover 96 a 1-0 lead (37’). Despite going behind, the Rothosen did not hang their heads and instead pushed for an equaliser before the end of the first half. A slide tackle from Sané on Kostić in the 44th minute went unpunished by referee Stegemann and, after a brief discussion with the video assistant referees, no penalty remained the decision.

... successful comeback

There were two changes for Hamburg for the second half: Ito came into the game to replace Diekmeier, which meant HSV now had four at the back and Ito went onto the right wing with Kostić on the left, so that Wood was alone up front. The Rothosen certainly needed something to get back into the game and pressure Hannover. The guests came out of the break as the better side and had two big chances to score in the opening minutes of the second period. Mathenia saved a cross deflected by Santos towards goal, then the keeper kept out a Bebou shot in a one-on-one to prevent the guests from building upon their lead.

Hollerbach again reorganised the set-up – Arp came onto the pitch for Hunt and went up front alongside Wood to form a striking partnership. However, HSV were lacking creativity in the game as well as the decisive final pass. Just when no one was expecting it, substitute Salihovic sent a free kick into the box, which found a perfectly positioned Kostić at the far post, who managed to send the ball over the line and the 1-1 equaliser was celebrated emphatically. The Serb’s goal rescued a point for Hamburg in Hollerbach’s home debut as HSV head coach. The only bad news in the closing stages was the sending off of Papadopoulos in the third minute of injury time for a second yellow card after a foul on Füllkrug. The defender had earlier received a warning for a challenge on Klaus. He will now miss the away game against Dortmund.

The game in short:

Hamburger SV: Mathenia - Diekmeier (46’ Ito), Sakai, Papadopoulos, van Drongelen, Douglas - Hunt (57’ Arp), Ekdal (81’ Salihovic), Walace - Wood, Kostic

Hannover 96: Tschauner - Korb, Anton, Sané, Elez, Ostrzolek - Klaus (76’ Harnik), Schwegler, Fossum, Bebou (84’ Bakalorz) - Füllkrug

Goals: 0-1 Fossum (37’), 1-1 Kostic (86’)

Spectators: 46,016

Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Niederkassel, Germany)

Yellow cards: Papadopoulos (63’), Ostrzolek  (85’)

Double yellow cards: Papadopoulos (90’) / -

Red cards: - / -

[Translate to English:] Min.



HSV have the first chance – Douglas Santos dribbles into the centre, but is forced to the left and must shoot with his weaker right foot. It’s no problem for Hannover ‘keeper Tschauner from 16 yards out.


Aaron Hunt has the ball in a central position on his preferred left foot and has an attempt from distance. The ball flies just a yard over the crossbar.


HSV get another great chance – Douglas Santos is able to send a precise cross into the box from the left wing and Wood jumps to make a header, which flies to the left of the target.


Big chance for Hannover! Füllkrug heads on a cross from the right and Klaus is in stood in position to finish at the far post. However, Mathenia saves from close range and tips the ball onto the crossbar.


0:1!A corner cleared with a header lands at the feet of Fossum, who finishes from 16 yards out into the left corner. The guests go into a 1-0 lead.


Wood has the chance to score Hamburg’s first goal again. Hunt passes the ball at the right time and Wood has to shoot under pressure against Hannover’s Tschauner, but misses to the right of the target by inches.


Douglas Santos is unlucky to head a fast-paced cross from Korb towards the short corner of the HSV goal. However, Mathenia is fully alert to stop the ball with fast reflexes and prevent an own goal from the Brazilian left-back.


Another incredible save from Mathenia! The guests quickly switch play to the right wing. Korb sends an accurate cross into the box and Sakai cannot clear the danger. The ball comes to Bebou and is one-on-one with Mathenia. The Hannover player has time to shoot, but Mathenia makes himself big to save the shot.


Kostic sends the ball to Wood, who is making a run down the right wing and dribbles past two defenders into the Hannover box. His shot is saved for a corner, but nothing comes from the corner.


Hamburg get closer and closer to a goal. Kostić provides a cross from the left side of the pitch. Both posts are manned by defenders, but Wood heads over the bar.


1:1! There’s the equaliser. After a Salihovic free kick, Kostić is positioned perfectly at the far post and pokes the ball home from one yard out.

Hamburger SV

Match stats

Hannover 96








Challenges won



Pass accuracy













Wood 4


5 Fossum

Kostic* 2

Final passes

3 Schwegler*

Sakai 102


81 Schwegler

Sakai 63%

% challenges won

81% Schwegler

Douglas Santos 3


2 Korb

*More than one player with the same number