The trip to Fürth began for Hamburger SV with a déjà vu: The Franconians reported a positive corona test on Friday morning. However, two follow-up tests during the day had negative results, reported the Fürth trainer Stefan Leitl on the “Sky” microphone. Although he had to forego the final training with his team, the game could take place. Unlike in spring: When the corona pandemic reached its preliminary peak, the duel with HSV in Franconia was canceled. The German Football League (DFL) had temporarily stopped playing at that time.
Focus on Ulreich – Leistner captain
This time 3,250 spectators were allowed in the Ronhof sports park. After the tough decision by HSV coach Daniel Thioune on the goalkeeping position against Daniel Heuer Fernandes, it was clear that all eyes were on the new top dog Sven Ulreich would be directed. The 32-year-old newcomer from Bayern Munich also celebrated his second division debut for HSV, as did defender Leistner, who, after being suspended for the break at the cup game in Dresden, led the “Rothosen” as captain – and should make headlines again.
Slat cracker from Seguin
Neither of them had a leisurely debut because, like the 4: 3 in Paderborn, it was turbulent. Ulreich had to admit defeat in the 6th minute when Paul Seguin pulled from 25 meters. But luck in the form of the crossbar stood by the goalkeeper. The bullet bounced off the aluminum back into the field. As a result, the people of Hamburg repeatedly had problems with the clever game of switching played by the host who was more biting. Seguin in particular was a source of unrest. HSV initially owed a lot after an early double chance by Khaled Narey (15th) and Aaron Hunt (16th). Maximilian Bauer cleared a Hunt free kick with a head in front of the goal line (41.). On the other side, Ulreich was lucky again when a Havard Nielsen header rolled past the far post after a corner from Seguin (45th + 1).
“Phantom” Terodde hangs up for Narey
HSV striker Simon Terodde looked cut off from his colleagues’ game. But shortly before the break whistle, he appeared out of nowhere as an assistant. With a fine pass he sent Narey down, who calmly spitted the ball past Fürth goalkeeper Sascha Burchert (45th + 3). The fact that Narey did not celebrate after the 1-0 win was probably due to his past at the “Kleeblatt”. But it could also have been an expression of the fact that the HSV leadership was happy at the break.
Leistner sees red – Ulreich’s brilliant act
After the restart, the Hamburg game seemed more structured, at least on the offensive. The reformed defense remained vulnerable to the rear. This was particularly evident in the 53rd minute. After a counterattack from Fürth, Leistner did not know how to help himself against the passing Nielsen other than to grab the striker by the shoulder. He consequently received red for the emergency brake. Julian Green hammered the due free kick from the edge of the penalty area into the wall, but the ball somehow fell from the clouds back onto the crossbar. At the next corner, Ulreich showed why he had been preferred to Heuer Fernandes. He quickly fended off a Sebastian Ernst header from close range (56th) – a brilliant act!
Fürther Tor doesn’t count
Outnumbered, the HSV withdrew more and more, while the hosts persistently pushed for the equalizer. In the 73rd minute, Ulreich actually had to reach behind him. However, the referee had recognized a handball by Jamie Leweling in advance and refused to acknowledge the Joker’s hit. A defensive battle followed until the final whistle. In the end, Ulreich was lucky with his baptism of fire without conceding a goal and justified Thioune’s decision. “It was nice to be on the field again. It was really fun,” said Ulreich on NDR.
Dudziak injured before catching up against Aue
After the third win in the third game – HSV last started the season like this in 1974 in the Bundesliga – there is still a downer for the promotion favorites: HSV’s personnel situation, which has been strained by numerous injuries, has not only worsened due to the red card suspension for Leistner. Jeremy Dudziak had to leave the field with a dislocated shoulder in the middle of the first half. “It was more of a work victory than a victory of mentality,” Thioune said, cautious in his analysis.
In the catch-up game against Erzgebirge Aue next Wednesday (6.30 p.m.) Dudziak will probably be missing. HSV could underpin its position as leader of the table with another three.
Matchday 4, 10/17/2020 1:00 p.m.