In the 2nd Bundesliga, Hamburger SV deservedly defeated SpVgg Geuther Fürth and proved their own home strength. The downer: HSV players Ludovic Reis, Ignace Van Der Bermet and Jean-Luc Dompé had to leave the field with injuries.
On Saturday (21.10.2023), Hamburg won 2-0 (2-0) to claim their fifth win in five home games. And also kept a clean sheet for the fourth time in a row in front of their home crowd. The goals were scored by Jonas Meffert (16′) and Robert Glatzel (45’+4′).
“We showed right from the start that we wanted to win. We had a good energy, were immediately in and very present,” said HSV coach Tim Walter. With the three points, Hamburg are now level in the table with city rivals and league leaders St. Pauli (both 20 points), but have the worse goal difference.
Two early injuries at HSV
HSV went into the game with a lot of pace. Fürth struggled, lacking precision in their own build-up play. However, the hosts were slowed down a bit by an early treatment break. Rice was examined on the sidelines. In the course of a close tackle, he had crashed his shoulder into the Fürth drink crate – and had to go down, Immanuel Pherai came in for him (15th).
Van Der Brempt had also left the field with an injury during the rice treatment break and had been replaced by Moritz Heyer.
Hamburg wide awake after a long break
But these early setbacks did not deter HSV. Immediately after the break, Hamburg took a short corner, Laszlo Bénes’ sharp cross was converted by Meffert with his head. Coach Tim Walter’s team continued to set the tone after that, winning two-thirds of the duels. In the long stoppage time, Glatzel made it 2-0.
Fürth didn’t come up with enough in their own possession phases, sometimes lacking the courage to take risks. Compelling goal-area scenes were therefore in short supply. However, HSV was also lucky twice in the first half: Simon Asta did not hit the ball properly on a great chance (45.+6). In addition, Bakery Jatta only saw yellow for a rude foul on Asta (38′). Referee Robert Schröder left it at that, despite viewing the pictures.
Fürth’s Hirota misses penalty, Dompé also down injured
SpVgg coach Alexander Zorniger seemed to have addressed a few things emphatically in the dressing room. After the restart, Fürth played much more courageously, HSV gave the “shamrocks” a little more space in midfield.
This resulted in a more balanced game at times, but Hamburg remained much more dangerous in the attacking third. This was underlined by great chances for Jatta (46th), Dompé (68th) – who was the third Hamburg player to be replaced due to injury (76th) – and Glatzel (83rd, 84th), who also had a goal disallowed for offside (78th).
Heuer Fernandes saves Fürth’s penalty.
The game could perhaps have taken a different turn had Fürth’s attacker Branimir Hrgota not failed from the penalty spot to HSV goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes (72nd).
After a corner, Damian Michalski’s header went just wide of the post (75′). In the end, however, the victory for Hamburg was deserved. It was a bitter defeat for Fürth: “We weren’t as brave as we could and should have been,” said Fürth coach Alexander Zorniger.
Fürth hosts Osnabrück, HSV in Kaiserslautern
SpVgg Greuther Fürth will host VfL Osnabrück at the start of Matchday 11 (Friday, 27.10.2023, 18.30 CEST). For HSV, points are at stake the following Saturday (20:30 CEST) at the Betzenberg against 1.