HSV start new year with merited victory over Regensburg
David Kinsombi, Simon Terodde and Bakery Jatta were on the scoresheet as the Rothosen got their first win of the calendar year at the Volksparkstadion.
Hamburger SV restarted the league campaign after the shortened Christmas break with a win, seeing off SSV Jahn Regensburg by three goals to one in an entertaining encounter at the Volksparkstadion on Sunday (3rd January). The Rothosen should have been further in front by half-time, David Kinsombi and Simon Terodde scoring either side of Max Besuschkow's cheap equaliser. Bakery Jatta added his second in as many games in the second half, the hosts pulling away, but had VAR to thank for multiple decisive interventions in both halves.
Kinsombi stars in entertaining first half
Daniel Thioune made three changes to the team that had defeated Karlsruhe less than two weeks earlier, Sonny Kittel, Tim Leibold and Stephan Ambrosius returning to the starting line-up. After a bright start from the guests, Hamburg turned the screw, the foundations built on accurate build-up play from the back which drew Regensburg out of their defensive shape. A goal-kick from Sven Ulreich was played out deftly, resulting in a 2-on-1 situation down the left-hand side, Bakery Jatta choosing to cut inside and pull out an excellent save from former HSV stopper Alexander Meyer. The attack was kept alive and the ball recycled by the hosts, Jeremy Dudziak chipping sumptuously into the path of Tim Leibold advancing to the byline, who found David Kinsombi all alone eight yards out, the 25-year-old poking in for his first goal of the season in the 21st minute.
The measured play out from the back by HSV had set the opening half an hour apart from previous displays this season but was the hosts' undoing in the 33rd minute for the Bavarians' equaliser. Sven Ulreich played the ball straight to Jan Niklas Beste and the home defence never really recovered, the ball eventually finding its way to Max Besuschkow at the far post who hammered home from eight yards out. The Rothosen were unfazed and got straight back to work, retaking the lead six minutes before the half. It was Bakery Jatta down the left who was causing Regensburg problems again, his fierce ball across the face of goal unable to be held by Meyer, David Kinsombi profiting from the 'keeper's spill and playing to Simon Terodde, who chipped over the final defender on the line from all of six yards out. The half-time lead was no less than HSV deserved, but, not for the first time this season, had let their opponents back into the game with an avoidable mistake.
Jatta adds gloss as VAR denies Regensburg
The end-to-end encounter continued apace in the second half, Bakery Jatta testing Meyer from the edge of the area and Moritz Heyer's shot deflected over the crossbar, both resulting from patient HSV build-up play. Yet it was by no means one-way traffic, Sven Ulreich making up for his earlier mistake, standing tall and parrying Vrenezi's one-on-one effort in the 58th minute. The Rothosen had their 'keeper to thank that they were able to extend their lead three minutes later, Tim Leibold playing a sumptuous slide-rule pass into the path of Bakery Jatta, who burst past his man and capped his excellent performance with a goal, lifting over the advancing Meyer. The goal was initially ruled out by the assistant referee, but overruled by the VAR official in Cologne, who judged that Jatta was onside when played through by his captain.
The video assistant referee was the centre of attention a few moments later, HSV fortunate to see their two-goal lead remain intact, Jan Niklas Beste placing in from the edge of the area but adjudged to have fouled Sonny Kittel in the build-up. Regensburg will perhaps feel a tad hard done by, all of the major decisions from VAR going against them, and the Jatta goal in particular a very marginal call. The disallowed goal took the stuffing out of the guests, and in the closing stages the hosts could have extended their lead even further, Heyer denied at the back post by the excellent Meyer. Ultimately the victory was fully deserved for the hosts, who played some great team football at times, but as earlier in the season will have to continue to cut out the silly mistakes from their game. The Rothosen look to add to their four-game winning run away at 1. FC Nürnberg on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 1:00pm CET).
Hamburger SV: Ulreich - Vagnoman, Leistner, Ambrosius, Leibold - Kinsombi (76' Jung), Heyer - Kittel (90' Wintzheimer), Dudziak (84' Hunt), Jatta (90' Heil) - Terodde (84' Wood)
SSV Jahn Regensburg: Meyer - Hein, Nachreiner, Elvedi, Wekesser - Vrenezi (66' George), Besuschkow, Moritz (79' Schneider), Beste (88' Makridis) - Caliskaner (79' Becker), Albers (79' Kennedy)
Goals: 1-0 Kinsombi (21'), 1-1 Besuschkow (33'), 2-1 Terodde (39'), 3-1 Jatta (63')
Spectators: unfortunately none
Referee: Lasse Koslowski (Berlin)
Yellow cards: Dudziak (37'), Heyer (66') / Albers (42'), Vrenezi (51'), Besuschkow (75'), Wekesser (90'+4)
Red cards: - / -