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(Kopie 5)

HSV can’t undo ten-man Mainz

match report


HSV can’t undo ten-man Mainz

There were plenty of chances for the Rothosen to claim a huge three points, but a combination of great goalkeeping, the woodwork and bad luck meant Hamburg were only able to take a point off their rivals in the battle for survival.

It was a deeply disappointing day for everyone at Hamburger SV on matchday 25 in the Bundesliga, as the Rothosen were held to a 0-0 draw by 1. FSV Mainz 05. The hosts were the better side in front of 46,739 spectators at the Volksparkstadion, but despite a number of clear-cut chances, including a Filip Kostic penalty, they were unable to find the net. The Serbian also had a goal chalked off in the first half, while the Zerofivers were forced to play out the final half an hour with ten men.

Filip Kostic worked his socks off, but luck was not on his side.


HSV coach Bernd Hollerbach made just the one change to the side that started the Nordderby, with Sven Schipplock given the nod up front ahead of André Hahn. The new man had a huge chance to open the scoring after only five minutes too, but a big right hand from Mainz’s debuting goalkeeper Florian Müller kept him at bay. HSV dictated the play in the opening stages, while the visitors looked to use their quick counterattacking skills to their advantage. The only time Mainz got beyond the solid Hamburg defence though, Christian Mathenia was in place to save from Robin Quaison in the 14th minute. The only noteworthy chances from then on out came at the other end. Filip Kostic must have thought he’d scored when he volleyed Schipplock’s lay off on target from just ten yards out, only for Müller to push the ball onto the crossbar from point-blank range. Kostic did have the ball in the back of the net moments later, however, but celebrations were cut short when the video assistant referee correctly ruled the goal out for offside. HSV didn’t let that dishearten them and continued to push for that elusive goal. By half time, it was 5-1 to the home side in terms of corners, and 10-1 in terms of shots on goal. The only statistic that didn’t follow suit was the scoreline.

Sven Schipplock impressed up front and was involved in almost every dangerous HSV attack.


The change of ends did nothing to stop HSV’s dominance on the pitch, but they could do nothing to stop the luck going against them in the second half too. Just minutes after the restart, the ball dropped for Rick van Drongelen from a corner, and again it was the crossbar that was left rattling. Mainz switched up their tactics in the second 45 and were making it more difficult for Hollerbach’s men to find gaps at the back, albeit without ever offering a threat themselves. A long ball did produce a golden chance to break the deadlock though, when substitute Luca Waldschmidt was fouled in the box while trying to control the pass. Leon Balogun was shown his second yellow of the game, meaning HSV would be playing the final 30 minutes with a one-man advantage, but they would rather have had a 1-0 lead. Instead, Kostic’s penalty was batted away by the young Florian Müller, and ten-man Mainz began to park the bus. Hamburg gave their absolute all right up until the final whistle, but even after the introduction of Fiete Arp and André Hahn as well, there was no way through the Zerofivers stubborn defence and the Rothosen had to settle for a goalless draw.

Match facts:

Hamburger SV: Mathenia - Sakai, Papadopoulos, van Drongelen, Douglas - Jung (74’ Arp), Walace - Jatta (59’ Hahn), Hunt (46’ Waldschmidt), Kostic - Schipplock

1. FSV Mainz 05: Müller - Balogun, Bell, Diallo - Donati, Holtmann (46’ Brosinski) - Gbamin - Serdar, Latza - Muto (87’ Ujah), Quaison (77’ Onisiwo)

Goals: -

Attendance: 46,739

Referee: Markus Schmidt (Stuttgart)

Yellow cards: Walace, Arp, Douglas / Holtmann, Balogun, Gbamin, Bell

Red cards: - / Balogun (61’, second yellow)