Nothing to separate HSV and FCN in Nuremberg
Fabian Nürnberger and Simon Terodde scored the only goals of the game as Hamburger SV left Nuremberg with a point on Saturday.
Hamburger SV's unbeaten run stretched to five games at the Max-Morlock-Stadion on Saturday (9th January), Simon Terodde cancelling out Fabian Nürnberger's early opener in an engaging first half for his 16th goal of the season. Both sides lacked creative spark in the second period and cancelled each other out for large swathes as the quality dropped, the scores still level as referee Dr. Felix Brych blew the final whistle in the 92nd minute.
Terodde counters fast Nuremberg start
Daniel Thioune named an unchanged line-up after the victory against Jahn Regensburg, looking for continuity after regularly changing the starting eleven throughout the season. The hosts' favourite time to score this season had been the opening quarter of the game, six of 21 goals coming in the first 15 minutes, and this became seven 14 minutes into Saturday's encounter. The Rothosen didn't take the initial warnings from Robin Hack, curling an excellent effort onto the crossbar and heading into the arms of Sven Ulreich, and a few moments later the winger was released down the right-hand side and laid across to Fabian Nürnberger, who left Ulreich no chance from the penalty spot to give 1. FC Nürnberg the lead.
Having taken the lead, 'Der Club' were happy to sit back and let HSV dominate possession, the guests looking threatening up to the opposition box, but trying to be too clever and not bringing Nuremberg stopper and former HSV man Christian Mathenia into action on enough occasions. But the passive approach from the hosts was punished in the 33rd minute, the Hamburg left-hand side finding its way into the game and rediscovering its form of recent weeks to lead to the equaliser. Tim Leibold flicked through to Bakery Jatta, sprinting to the byline and pulling back for Simon Terodde, who somehow poked through the legs of Mathenia into the far corner from all of six yards out, his first real chance of the game. Just a minute after levelling things up, the visitors should have entered the lead, Jatta again finding space down the left and curling onto the head of Leibold, the captain unable to engineer enough pace on the ball to trouble Mathenia. The hosts were by no means out of the game, preferring to hit on the counter, Manuel Schäffler only denied by a wonderful sliding block from Stephan Ambrosius shortly before the break. A draw was a fair result at the half, Hamburg coming into the game after a strong opening salvo from Nürnberg.
Little excitement in second period
After the excitement and changes in momentum of the first half, the second period struggled to get going, only two chances of note coming in a three-minute burst around the hour mark. First, Terodde almost produced an exact replica of his first goal, poking towards the target from the edge of the six-yard area but Mathenia could gather the ball at the second attempt. The 28-year-old's opposite number Ulreich was brought into action in the 62nd minute, producing an excellent save from Manuel Schäffler after Moritz Heyer had given the ball away only 30 yards away from his own goal.
This would be the last goalmouth action of the game, the closing stages seeing more yellow cards than shots on target and both teams seemingly content to take a point from the game. The rhythm was upset by constant niggly fouls and sloppy passing, HSV throwing more caution to the wind but unable to work an opening. Daniel Thioune will be satisfied with the point at the Max-Morlock-Stadion, as the Rothosen's unbeaten run stretches to five games after four wins in a row. The 46-year-old will be hoping to return to winning ways against his former employers VfL Osnabrück on Monday 18th January (kick-off 8:30pm CET) at the Volksparkstadion.
1. FC Nürnberg: Mathenia - Valentini, Mühl, Sørensen, Handwerker - Hack (77' Schleusener), Krauss (90'+1 Dovedan), Singh (87' Behrens), Geis, Nürnberger - Schäffler
Hamburger SV: Ulreich - Vagnoman, Leistner, Ambrosius, Leibold - Kinsombi (79' Hunt), Heyer, Dudziak - Kittel (79' Wintzheimer), Terodde, Jatta
Goals: 1-0 Nürnberger (14'), 1-1 Terodde (33')
Spectators: unfortunately none
Referee: Dr. Felix Brych (Munich)
Yellow cards: Hack (74'), Krauss (83') / Kinsombi (77'), Leibold (85')
Red cards: - / -