Lee steals point for Kiel in injury time in six-goal thriller
Hamburger SV conceded another injury-time goal, this time to Holstein Kiel and Jae-sung Lee, resulting in the Rothosen's third draw since the restart.
Hamburger SV and Holstein Kiel played out a frantic six-goal encounter at the Volksparkstadion on Monday night (8th June), as the Storks maintained their unbeaten record against Hamburg in the second division thanks to Jae-Sung Lee's 94th-minute equaliser. In a topsy-turvy first half, Rick van Drongelen first had a goal ruled out after Alexander Mühling's opener, before an Aaron Hunt penalty and Joel Pohjanpalo tap-in gave the Rothosen the lead going into the half. Emmanuel Iyoha put the Storks back on level terms with just more than an hour played, before Pohjanpalo struck again with a bullet header three minutes later to score what looked like being the winner. But South Korean Lee slid in with four minutes of injury time played to compound Hamburg's misery late on for the third time in five games since the restart.
Chances aplenty in end-to-end first half
The Hamburg coaching staff made only one change from the side who had beaten Wiesbaden on the previous Sunday at the same ground, with Bakery Jatta replacing the largely ineffective Louis Schaub on the right wing. But it was a mistake from Jatta which led to a surprise opener for Kiel with their first attack, in a similar manner to the early opener from Wiesbaden in the last home game. The Gambian winger gave the ball away cheaply in the middle of the park, Kiel broke quickly with on-loan Salih Özcan, who cut inside and fed to the edge of the box where Alexander Mühling was waiting. The Kiel midfielder bent the ball beautifully into the far corner to leave Julian Pollersbeck in the Hamburg goal helpless with only nine minutes on the clock. Just seven minutes later the Rothosen thought they had equalised but for a dubious refereeing decision. Aaron Hunt's chipped corner was headed in by Rick van Drongelen in a crowd of bodies at the front post, but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check. Bakery Jatta was standing in an offside position in front of Kiel 'keeper Gelios, but the Greek stopper was never getting to van Drongelen's flicked header even if the 22-year-old Hamburg winger had not been in front of him.
The home side were then the beneficiaries of a similarly debatable decision only two minutes later as Sonny Kittel exchanged passes with Bakery Jatta on the edge of the area, and was felled by a stray arm from Kiel right-back Neumann, with the fall looking slightly theatrical on second viewing. Aaron Hunt stepped up to cooly send Gelios the wrong way and score his second penalty in three matches. Neumann almost made amends for his error straight from the restart, marching down the Hamburg left and into the penalty box, only for his cut-back to Fabian Reese being put over by the former Schalke man with the goal at his mercy from a mere six yards out. Just two minutes later in the 24th minute, a breathless opening to the game and Hamburg's comeback was complete, as a lovely ball over the top of the Kiel defence from Rick van Drongelen was perfectly into the path of Tim Leibold. Joel Pohjanpalo was waiting next to the Hamburg left-back, who duly obliged, letting the ball run, drawing Gelios and passing across to the Finn who had the simplest of tasks to tap in from eight yards out. As the time wore on, the pace of the game slowed slightly after a frantic opening 25 minutes, with both sides' exertions from the opening exchanges taking their toll, and the centre-back pairings for both sides seeing more of the ball. But the game was still characterised by the ball changing hands often, and Hamburg looked the most threatening with the ball at their feet, whilst Kiel were just lacking the final pass on a number of dangerous counters.
Lee strikes late to deny Hamburg the win
The second half started with the same pace as the first, and Hamburg thought they had their second penalty of the game after three minutes of the half. Timo Letschert was felled from behind by Jae-sung Lee in the box but the South Korean clearly played the ball and the spot-kick was correctly withdrawn after consultation with the video assistant in Cologne. The Hamburg midfield lines were pressing higher up the pitch with some success, as a mistake deep in Kiel's half led to a shot for former Holstein captain David Kinsombi, which Gelios was equal to in goal for the Storks. After the early spell of Hamburg pressure, Kiel grew into the game and became more accomplished playing out from the back, and equalised in the 64th minute. Fabian Reese was given too much time to cross down the Kiel right, his cross was flicked on at the front post by Lee and on-loan winger Emmanuel Iyoha was waiting at the far post to pass into the roof of the net, reacting quicker than his marker Josha Vagnoman.
The Rothosen wasted no time in answering, going back in front for the second time in the match only three minutes later, in the 67th minute. David Kinsombi curled a beautiful ball from the inside right straight onto the head of Joel Pohjanpalo who had pulled away from his marker before heading expertly into the far corner from ten yards out to leave Gelios motionless. The game was still played at a breathtaking speed even after Pohjanpalo's second of the game, as both sides attacked and counter-attacked with great speed. Sonny Kittel fluffed his lines when the marauding Tim Leibold found him all alone on the penalty spot and a mistake during the build-up play at the back from Hamburg led to a chance for Iyoha again, who this time struck his shot straight into the grateful arms of Julian Pollersbeck from the edge of the area. As the clock ticked on, the home side became visibly nervous, having given away late goals in two of the four games since the restart. And it became three in five in agonising fashion in the last minute of four added minutes as after four consecutive corners were cleared by the home side, Thesker slipped the ball between the defensive lines, and South Korean Lee got to the ball just before Julian Pollersbeck, squeezing it under the goalkeeper to seal Kiel's second draw against the Rothosen this season. It was the end to the most entertaining and action-packed game this calendar year, but one in which Hamburg will be ruing their chances to have moved level on points with Stuttgart. Dieter Hecking's troops will look to go one better on Friday away to Dynamo Dresden (kick-off 6:30pm CET).
Hamburger SV: Pollersbeck - Vagnoman, Letschert, van Drongelen, Leibold - Fein - Hunt (62' Dudziak), Kinsombi (76' Jung) - Jatta (90'+1 Harnik), Pohjanpalo (76' Hinterseer), Kittel (76' Amaechi)
Holstein Kiel: Gelios - Neumann (65' Dehm), Wahl, Thesker, van den Bergh - Meffert (89' Schmidt) - Iyoha, Mühling, Özcan (76' Porath), Reese - Lee
Goals: 0-1 Mühling (9'), 1-1 Hunt (21', p), 2-1 Pohjanpalo (23'), 2-2 Iyoha (64'), 3-2 Pohjanpalo (67'), 3-3 Lee (90'+4)
Spectators: unfortunately none
Referee: Bastian Dankert (Rostock)
Yellow cards: Hunt (45'), Leibold (69'), Pollersbeck (84'), Dudziak (86'), Jung (89') / van den Bergh (72')
Red cards: - / -