Kittel the star as HSV defeat Paderborn
Moritz Heyer and Sonny Kittel were on the scoresheet for Hamburger SV in their fourth straight home win.
Hamburger SV's unbeaten run in the 2. Bundesliga extended to nine games on a freezing cold Saturday (30th January) afternoon at the Volksparkstadion, Sonny Kittel's brace ensuring victory in a bright encounter with SC Paderborn. Kittel's long-distance free-kick in the 22nd minute doubled the Rothosen's lead after a suffocating opening period from the hosts, but Paderborn clawed one back before the half thanks to Sven Michel. Kittel added a third just after the restart, the flurry of chances continuing but neither side able to find the back of the net again before the end of the game.
Dream Kittel free-kick puts HSV in front
Daniel Thioune made a single change from the starting line-up against Fortuna Düsseldorf, Bakery Jatta coming back into the side for Khaled Narey on the right-hand wing. The Rothosen were aggressive from the first whistle, pressing their visitors high up the pitch and not allowing them to grow into the game when in possession, forcing a number of basic errors from the Paderborn backline. The pressure resulted in three corners in the opening eight minutes, the third leading to the opening goal, Toni Leistner flicking on a Jeremy Dudziak corner at the front post for Moritz Heyer to head in at the back post for his second goal of the season. One half of the rock-solid HSV defensive duo, Toni Leistner, had to be substituted soon after, seemingly pulling his hamstring in a long sprint against Sven Michel.
The Rothosen needed a few minutes to reorganise themselves after Leistner's substitution, but increased the pressure again and doubled their lead in the 22nd minute. Jeremy Dudziak was pulled down by Uwe Hünemeier 25 yards from goal, Sonny Kittel stepping up and smashing the free-kick through the Paderborn wall, the ball skipping over the turf into the bottom corner at a rate of knots, SCP 'keeper Leopold Zingerle likely unsighted by his defensive wall and caught out by Kittel aiming for the near post. The momentum changed after the second goal again, Paderborn increasingly gaining a foothold in the game and themselves looking threatening from set-pieces. It was a free-kick that was the starting point of the first goal back from the Sauerland team in the 41st minute, HSV initially clearing but disorganised by the time of the second wave. Chris Führich was played through on goal via a lofted through-ball, Sven Ulreich doing well to block the winger's attempt, but the ball fell straight to Sven Michel who could pass in from six yards out for a deserved SCP goal just before the half.
Kittel on target again to restore two-goal cushion
The attacking intent from both sides continued directly after the restart, a Dennis Srbeny chance for SCP followed by two openings for the usually clinical Simon Terodde, Zingerle doing well to save on both occasions. The Rothosen were in good form with the ball at their feet, trying their best to only use one-touch and playing it round the visitors. In the 53rd minute, the lively Jatta found Terodde with his back to goal in the penalty area, laying back to Dudziak who directly found Kittel, curling past the helpless Zingerle from close range to secure his brace.
Despite the Rothosen's two-goal lead being restored, Paderborn showed no signs of flagging energy or morale, pushing forward again and themselves combining well to endanger the Hamburg defence. Sven Ulreich showed his quality to win his personal duel against Srbeny, the second save from a powerful strike after a Paderborn counter particularly of note. Yet the Rothosen were unable to seal the deal themselves, substitute Manuel Wintzheimer also coming off second best in his duel with Zingerle, two gilt-edged chances when left one-on-one resulting in a frustrating afternoon for the 22-year-old. As it was, the entertaining game drew to a close without a further change to the scoreline, the Rothosen deserved winners on the balance of chances. HSV will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to double digits away to Erzgebirge Aue on Friday night (kick-off 6:30pm CET).
Hamburger SV: Ulreich - Gyamerah, Leistner (16' Onana), Ambrosius, Leibold - Kinsombi (87' Hunt), Heyer, Dudziak (87' Jung) - Jatta (76' Wintzheimer), Terodde (87' Narey), Kittel
SC Paderborn 07: Zingerle - Ananou, Hünemeier, Schonlau, Collins (59' Okoroji) - Schallenberg, Thalhammer (71' Justvan) - Führich (80' Heller), Srbeny, Antwi-Adjei (80' Terrazzino) - Michel (59' Ingelsson)
Goals: 1-0 Heyer (8'), 2-0 Kittel (22'), 2-1 Michel (41'), 3-1 Kittel (53')
Spectators: unfortunately none
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Berlin)
Yellow cards: - / Okoroji (60'), Ingelsson (67')
Red cards: - / -