Kinsombi the matchwinner as Hamburg edge past Wiesbaden
David Kinsombi's double and Joel Pohjanpalo's third in four games were enough for Hamburg to see off Wehen Wiesbaden at the Volksparkstadion.
HSV got back to winning ways on Sunday (31st May) thanks to David Kinsombi's fourth and fifth goals of the season in a see-saw encounter at the Volksparkstadion. Manuel Schäffler also got his name onto the scoresheet twice, with the Rothosen failing to deal with the imposing striker and looking nervous defensively throughout against relegation-threatened Wiesbaden. But it would be Kinsombi who popped up in the 76th minute to sweep home his second of the game from another Sonny Kittel assist, securing a very important win for the hosts and a first since the restart of football.
Rothosen edge action-packed first half
After the extremely disappointing last-minute defeat in Stuttgart, the Hamburg coaching staff reacted with four changes to the starting line-up, the most striking of which being Julian Pollersbeck replacing Daniel Heuer Fernandes between the sticks, with the former Darmstadt 'keeper not even on the bench for the Rothosen. The game started at a frantic pace, and the home side should have been ahead after just six minutes. Aaron Hunt found Josha Vagnoman behind enemy lines, and the 19-year-old drove into the box and played a magnificent, fizzing ball across the face of goal, which somehow managed to go through the legs of Joel Pohjanpalo at the far post, with the goal at his mercy from four yards out. And the Finn was shown how to do it in the 12th minute by Manuel Schäffler as Wiesbaden took the lead with their first attack of the game. Timo Letschert gave the ball away far too easily to Dominik Franke just 20 yards out from the Hamburg goal, and the Wiesbaden midfielder played the ball into his striker, who controlled and chipped the helpless Julian Pollersbeck with his back still to goal in one effortless motion for one the most sublime finishes seen at the Volksparkstadion this season.
Having dominated the opening exchanges, the Rothosen were surprised to find themselves behind but had levelled things up within two minutes. Sonny Kittel took Timo Letschert's diagonal pass in his stride, drove inside from the left wing and laid the ball across to David Kinsombi, who took one touch to tee it up before firing the ball past Heinz Lindner in the Wiesbaden net with his left to bring his employers back on level terms with his second goal against Wiesbaden this season. A frantic opening half an hour and the Rothosen's comeback was completed in the 27th minute with Joel Pohjanpalo's third goal in four games. A hopeful, floated ball into the box from the left-hand side from Tim Leibold was left by Niklas Dams for his 'keeper who stayed rooted to his line, and the Finnish striker nipped in between to head through Lindner's legs and cap a deserved turnaround. The final quarter of the half wasn't played out with the same lightning tempo as the opening half-hour, as Wiesbaden were content to put all apart from frontman Schäffler behind the ball. The Rothosen's deficiences when defending set pieces came to the fore again, as two corners almost ended up in an equaliser for the visitors, whilst Julian Pollersbeck had to be alert to Daniel Kofhi Kyereh's rasping left-footed effort five minutes before half-time. All in all perhaps a fortunate lead for the Rothosen as referee Thomsen blew the whistle to signal the end of a first 45 minutes in which the hosts looked nervous every time the ball was played into their half.
Kinsombi sweeps home the winner after nervy second period
The hosts came out of the break with pace and incision as Louis Schaub and Aaron Hunt both tested Lindner inside the opening ten minutes of the second period. But in an exact replica of the first half, it was the visitors who got the first goal after the restart, having seen none of the ball for the opening ten minutes. Substitute Ajani skipped past Timo Letschert who was too slow to react, as the Dutch centre-back clumsily tripped over the 26-year-old Wiesbaden midfielder in the area for a clear penalty. Manuel Schäffler stepped up and stuttered in his run-up to leave Julian Pollersbeck helpless on his line, doubling his tally for the afternoon and levelling things up in one fell swoop.
Regularly during the season the Rothosen reacted well to going behind but here there was little of that to see, as Wiesbaden bombarded the Hamburg penalty area with crosses and corners, which the Rothosen defence still looked less than confident dealing with. Tim Leibold had Julian Pollersbeck to thank after the left-back played the ball right into the path of Ajani only ten yards out from the Hamburg goal, but Pollersbeck was out quickly to save strongly with his left foot to keep the scores level. Two minutes later, in the 76th minute, all was forgotten as, after a spell of Wiesbaden pressure, it was the home side who went back in front for the second time in the game. Jeremy Dudziak broke through the midfield lines and played out to Sonny Kittel on the left-hand side and, in a scene similar to the first goal of the day, played into the penalty area where David Kinsombi was waiting to sweep past Lindner with his left from the penalty spot to grab his second goal of the day. There were few chances of note for either side in the final stages, with multiple substitutions from both sides disrupting the flow and the home side closing the game out much more effectively than in previous performances, playing the ball into the corner and keeping the action in the Wiesbaden half. The joy and relief on the Hamburg faces was clear for all to see at the final whistle after gaining three very valuable points for the first time since the victory over Jahn Regensburg in Hamburg in early March. The Rothosen will be able to recharge their batteries before their next league game on Monday 8th June at home to local rivals Holstein Kiel.
Hamburger SV: Pollersbeck - Vagnoman, Letschert (61' Beyer), van Drongelen, Leibold - Fein - Schaub (61' Jatta), Kinsombi (81' Moritz), Hunt (61' Dudziak), Kittel (89' Harnik) - Pohjanpalo
SV Wehen Wiesbaden: Lindner - Mockenhaupt, Dams, Röcker (46' Ajani) - Kuhn (85' Knöll), Chato, Titsch-Rivero (84' Schönfeld), Franke - Aigner (75' Schwadorf), Schäffler, Kyereh (75' Tietz)
Goals: 0-1 Schäffler (12'), 1-1 Kinsombi (14'), 2-1 Pohjanpalo (27'), 2-2 Schäffler (p, 57'), 3-2 Kinsombi (76')
Spectators: unfortunately none
Referee: Martin Thomsen (Kleve)
Yellow cards: Pohjanpalo (38'), Fein (84') / Schäffler (38'), Schwadorf (86')
Red cards: - / -