Five-star HSV dismantle Osnabrück
Sonny Kittel, Josha Vagnoman and a Bakery Jatta brace were enough to see off VfL Osnabrück at the Volksparkstadion.
Hamburger SV's unbeaten run stretched to six games on Monday night (18th January), as VfL Osnabrück were swept aside at the Volksparkstadion by five goals to nil. Sonny Kittel and Bakery Jatta were the stars of the show for the Rothosen, setting their side on the way in the first half with two well-taken goals. The visitors capitulated in the opening quarter of an hour after the restart as the hosts' lead stretched to five, HSV able to record their first-ever competitive win over Osnabrück in all competitions in style.
Jatta nets again in clinical first half
Daniel Thioune named an unchanged line-up for the second game in a row, hoping to provide some stability for the starting eleven and build some momentum. The hosts came out of the blocks with momentum on their side, winning four corners within the opening quarter of an hour, as Osnabrück were pushed deep into their own half. Moments earlier Sonny Kittel was unable to find David Kinsombi after a fine counter-attack, but Josha Vagnoman brushed his man aside to win the ball back high up the pitch in the 16th minute, David Kinsombi drawing the final two defenders and laying off to Kittel, who curled the ball into the top corner past the helpless Philipp Kühn from 14 yards out.
Conceding seemed to liven the guests up, who had sat deep since kick-off, seeing more of the ball and becoming more composed in possession, releasing the pressure their hosts had built up. Christian Santos had the ball in the net just before the half-hour mark but had clearly handled in the build-up from a corner, the closest Osnabrück would come in the opening period. As in recent weeks, it was the Rothosen's wingplay that was proving most effective, Tim Leibold and Bakery Jatta scampering into space despite playing on opposite flanks on this occasion. And it was play down the left that would lead to a perhaps undeserved second, Dudziak breaking to the byline and his cross only parried as far as Jatta by Kühn, who hammered into the roof of the net for his third goal in four games. Whilst Marco Grote's team had offered little on his return to the Volksparkstadion, the Rothosen had also produced few clear chances of note, but went into the break two goals to the good.
Osnabrück capitulate early in second half
The game was effectively over as a contest ten minutes after the restart as the Rothosen's energy out of the break was unmatched by their opponents, doubling their lead by the 54th minute. Bakery Jatta rose highest at an outswinging Sonny Kittel corner to power his header into the far corner, proving just how much he has added to his game in recent months, barely two minutes after the restart. The game was secure when Simon Terodde flicked round the corner into open space, Josha Vagnoman powering past Kevin Wolze and striding into the box, slotting coolly past Kühn for his second of the season from a tight angle.
The rout was complete just after the hour mark, the impressive Sonny Kittel producing another delicious delivery with his right foot from the left-hand side, Osnabrück captain Maurice Trapp winning the header in front of Simon Terodde but only able to guide the ball into his own net. The Rothosen were simply a level above Osnabrück, who never got going and were unable to match the speed and pace of their hosts with and without the ball. The final half an hour saw multiple changes on both sides and the rhythm of the game completely disappear as the result had been long decided. Christian Santos should have got a consolation for the visitors after an excellent Sebastian Kerk cross, but instead got under the ball, spooning it over the bar to neatly sum up his team's fortunes on the night. Daniel Thioune will be hoping for a similar performance on Saturday (kick-off 1:00pm CET) as HSV travel to Eintracht Braunschweig for the final fixture of the Hinrunde.
Hamburger SV: Ulreich - Vagnoman, Leistner, Ambrosius, Leibold - Kinsombi, Heyer (74' Jung), Dudziak (70' Wintzheimer) - Kittel (70' Hunt), Terodde (62' Wood), Jatta (62' Narey)
VfL Osnabrück: Kühn - Engel, Beermann, Trapp, Wolze (59' Reichel) - Gugganig (46' U. Taffertshofer), Reis (62' Br. Henning), Blacha (46' Amenyido), Kerk, Schmidt (59' Ihorst) - Santos
Goals: 1-0 Kittel (16'), 2-0 Jatta (41'), 3-0 Jatta (48'), 4-0 Vagnoman (54'), 5-0 Trapp (og)
Spectators: unfortunately none
Referee: Daniel Schlager (Rastatt)
Yellow cards: - / Reis (52')
Red cards: - / -