Viborg FF get the better of HSV in friendly

Lukas Hinterseer was the only man on the scoresheet for the Rothosen as they fell to defeat against the Danish side.

Hamburger SV lost their one and only friendly during the international break, Danish side Viborg FF travelling back to Denmark after an impressive 3-1 victory on the training pitches at the Volkspark. Daniel Thioune used the match to give a number of players a runout who hadn’t got as much game time over the past few weeks, yet was frustrated by what was offered up to him by squad members who were fighting for their position in the starting eleven. “All in all the performance from us as a team today was disappointing. A lot of the players were lacking the desire to show their skills and prove why they deserved more playing time in the league.”

The guests controlled the game from the outset, showing the intensity and composure that sees them unbeaten in first place in the Danish second division after eleven matches, going in front in the eleventh minute, as Magnus Kaastrup placed in from ten yards out. Jacob Neestrup’s charges were unafraid of pressing the Rothosen high and early, leading to their hosts coughing the ball up and them enjoying the lion’s share of possession, but unable to turn the possession into serious efforts on Daniel Heuer Fernandes’ goal after Kaastrup’s opener. Mistakes in possession, a lack of creativity and urgency all meant that Lucas Lund in Viborg’s goal had a very quiet first half, shots from Bobby Wood and Xavier Amaechi in the opening quarter of an hour from outside of the box the closest the Rothosen would come to a shot on target in the first half.

The hosts came out of the break quickly, and were only denied an equaliser as Lauritsen cleared David Kinsombi’s header off the line six minutes after the restart. Despite the pressure, it was Viborg who extended their lead on the hour with their first attack of the half, Jeff Mensah turning in at the near post for the Dane’s second of the afternoon. Lukas Hinterseer got his side back into the game twelve minutes from time, firing in from close range after an accurate cross from the right-hand side from Bobby Wood. Ultimately it was too little, too late, Viborg substitute Sofus Berger Brix finishing a counter-attack from the hosts in the 88th minute to secure the victory for the guests.

HSV: Heuer Fernandes (61‘ Mickel) – Hein (73‘ Heil), Jung, David, Narey (46‘ Kittel) – Jatta (85‘ Fabisch), Gjasula (46‘ Leistner), Kinsombi, Amaechi (73‘ Kwarteng) – Wood, Hinterseer

Goals: 0-1 Kaastrup (11‘), 0-2 Mensah (60‘), 1-2 Hinterseer (78‘), 1-3 Berger Brix (88‘)