Aue fight back as points shared in Saxony
Simon Terodde's brace and David Kinsombi's first-half goal were not enough for HSV to secure victory at the Erzgebirgsstadion.
Hamburger SV's unbeaten run stretched to double digits on Friday night (5th February) at the Erzgebirgsstadion, but had to make do with a point after twice throwing away a two-goal lead. An excellent first half saw the Rothosen enter the break deservedly two goals ahead, Simon Terodde's brace and David Kinsombi putting the visitors in charge. Having shown few signs of coping with HSV's incision before the break, Aue showed much more intensity in the second period and earned a point thanks to Clemens Fandrich's close-range strike and Florian Krüger's acrobatic volley.
Terodde double as HSV dominate
Daniel Thioune made one enforced change from the side which had beaten Paderborn on Saturday, Gideon Jung coming in at centre-back for the injured Toni Leistner. The Rothosen started at a furious pace, looking to banish memories of the painful 3-0 loss at the Erzgebirgsstadion almost a year ago, and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 14th minute. Aue didn't heed the warnings of balls over the top proving dangerous, Tim Leibold finding Bakery Jatta at the far post, whose half-volley would have gone in if not for the intervention of Simon Terodde heading in from all of a yard out. The visitors were not letting their hosts settle, aggressive without the ball to force mistakes from their opponents before the halfway line and sharp movement when in possession to cut through the Aue defensive lines. Barely two minutes after the opener, Moritz Heyer hit the woodwork, but the flurry of chances meant the Rothosen did double their lead in the 22nd minute. David Kinsombi chipped over the home defence to Sonny Kittel, who advanced towards goal and pulled it back to the 25-year-old, who slammed past Männel from the penalty spot.
This was the start of a chaotic ten-minute period, Aue shortly pulling one back before HSV restored their two-goal lead. The away side were left too short at the back after their own corner, Erzgebirge breaking swiftly and interchanging passes well, Jan Hochscheidt finishing off the flowing 3-on-2 move to fire past Sven Ulreich from the penalty spot. Two minutes later Tim Leibold struck the ball sweetly into the net, but referee Florian Badstübner had already blown for a foul on Sonny Kittel. Leibold was denied his second goal of the season, benefitting Simon Terodde who gave Martin Männel no chance from the resulting spot-kick. It was no less than the Rothosen deserved from an excellent first half, suffocating their opponents without the ball and brimming with confidence in possession, pulling their hosts apart.
Aue cap comeback with Krüger stunner
The second half started in the worst possible way for HSV, Aue once again coming within one goal of their lead in the 50th minute. Substitute Aaron Hunt rattled the past at one end after a quick one-two with Simon Terodde, Aue breaking and the chance seemingly gone with HSV in possession. But Bakery Jatta dawdled on the ball too long, dispossesed by Hochscheidt, who played through to Clemens Fandrich, curling past Sven Ulreich to reduce the deficit. As the surface gradually worsened in the constant rain, and it became more difficult to play football, individual errors started to creep into the HSV game in possession and it was a much more even affair. The equaliser came a minute after the hour mark, Ulreich saving expertly from Gonther's header but the ball falling back to Florian Krüger, excellently volleying the ball over his shoulder from a tight angle, a finish of great quality.
After a strong opening to the half from the Violets, the game was more even after the equaliser , both finding it difficult to create chances on the cut-up turf and possession if anything more dangerous than waiting on a mistake. The final half an hour of the game couldn't match the excitement or intensity of the opening two thirds, no chances of note being created and both sides happy to settle for a deserved point. HSV will be hoping for a better result in the clash against fellow promotion hopefuls Greuther Fürth at the Volksparkstadion next Saturday (kick-off 1:00pm CET).
FC Erzgebirge Aue: Männel – Breitkreuz (46' Bussmann), Gnjatic, Gonther, Strauss – Zolinski (76' Nazarov), Samson, Fandrich, Hochscheidt (90'+2 Härtel) – Testroet, Krüger (83' Zulechner)
Hamburger SV: Ulreich – Gyamerah, Jung, Ambrosius, Leibold – Kinsombi, Heyer (81' Onana), Dudziak (42' Hunt) – Jatta (81' Narey), Terodde, Kittel
Goals: 0-1 Terodde (14'), 0-2 Kinsombi (22'), 1-2 Hochscheidt (26'), 1-3 Terodde (30'), 2-3 Fandrich (50'), 3-3 Krüger (61')
Spectators: unfortunately none
Referee: Florian Badstübner (Windsbach)
Yellow cards: Samson (76') / Ambrosius (60')
Red cards: - / -