The north rival Holstein Kiel on Monday evening in the game at SpVgg Greuther Fürth is enough to displace the Hanseatic League from the place in the sun. How HSV, who had previously been unbeaten eleven times in a row, got there was not apparent on Sunday afternoon. In any case, the performance of the six-time German soccer champions against the Mainfranken did not meet any higher demands. In this condition, the North Germans would probably be a point supplier in the Bundesliga, as is currently FC Schalke 04.
“That wasn’t enough of us in the first 70 minutes. Sometimes there are days when things don’t go that well,” HSV captain Tim Leibold said to NDR: “We made it easy for the Würzburgers, we weren’t aggressive in the duels.” Coach Daniel Thioune was also served. “That is not our expectation, as we presented ourselves here today. It hurts,” said the 46-year-old.
Thioune-Elf with no structure in play
The Hanseatic League had a déjà vu in the stadium at Dallenberg. As in the first round duel with the promoted team (3: 1), they weren’t able to put their stamp on the game in the first section despite their individual superiority. The aggressive but not unfair duel behavior of Bayern as well as their high start was not to the gusto of the promotion candidate. And if HSV had once overplayed the home side’s first line of defense, it then acted too imprecisely. The guests didn’t develop a single chance in the first 45 minutes from the game. Top striker Simon Terodde was a phantom before half-time.
Still, not much was missing, and Hamburg would have taken the lead: Sonny Kittel failed with a free kick from 25 meters from the post (10th). The favorite couldn’t offer anything more than this standard.
Gyamerah stretches before 0: 1 Heyer to the ground
But the Thioune-Elf showed many shortcomings not only in the forward movement. The work against the ball also left a lot to be desired. Right-back Jan Gyamerah met his teammate Moritz Heyer while trying to clear the ball in midfield. The latter went down, Martin Hasek, who was standing next to him, grabbed the play equipment, ran a few meters and then defeated keeper Sven Ulreich with a low shot (19th). The closure of the Würzburg winter access did not seem entirely untenable. The fact that Hamburg’s goalkeeper had almost made an own goal shortly before after a back pass from Gideon Jung (11th) was somehow symbolic of the erratic performance of the North Germans.
HSV offensive harmless, defensive desolate
What was also questionable: After the 0: 1, the HSV showed no reaction worth mentioning until the break. On the contrary, his performance got even worse. Against passionate fighting and running kickers, the Thioune team has now completely bought the guts. And the defense continued to apply for a lot – for example the free swimmer – but not for more minutes in the upcoming matches. It was at least astonishing how indifferent the guests let the ball slip through their rows after a corner kick that was initially blocked. He finally landed at Douglas Franco Teixeira, who defeated Ulreich with a tight right-footed shot (30th) – the half-time result.
Leibold’s bad pass destroys almost all hope
At halftime, Thioune took Khaled Narey (tried, but completely ineffective) and Aaron Hunt (primarily because of their position loyalty) from the field and switched to Manuel Wintzheimer and Jeremy Dudziak for the second round. The first Hamburg actions after the restart were also a little bit better than before. But nothing more. Because after two good attacks, Leibold destroyed the tender plant hope of a turnaround by carelessly losing the ball. The Kickers switched vigorously and brought Patrick Sontheimer into position, who scored 3-0 with a left-footed shot (54th).
Dudziak and Wood meet – Onana is thrown off the field
With that, the drop on Dallenberg seemed to have been sucked. And somehow it was, although in the end “only” a 3: 2 for the Kickers on the scoreboard. Because HSV could not exert a longer period of pressure at any time despite his goals from Dudziak (72nd) and Bobby Wood (89th). The yellow-red card for Amadou Onana (90th) was the bitter end of an afternoon that left the neutral audience doubting the Hamburg’s ability to climb. Not with Leibold, however. “The last few weeks have been so strong of us. That doesn’t throw us off track,” said the left-back.
Matchday 22, February 21, 2021 1:30 p.m.