Every series ends at some point. After seven unbeaten games in a row, the Hamburg sports club had to die this Sunday suffer first defeat of the season And rightly so. The Rothosen lost 1: 3 to a strong VfL, who dominated Hamburg at will. The appearance of the red trousers was particularly frightening – without the desire, commitment or will that sealed the defeat. We evaluate the performance of the individual parts of the team.
Compared to the 1-1 draw against Holstein Kiel, Daniel Thioune changed his team to three positions. Comebacker Bakery replaced Jatta Khaled Narey in the 3-5-2 system, U21 national player Manuel Wintzheimer moved up to the double for Sonny Kittel and Stephan Ambrosius stayed on the bench for the time being, oldie Aaron Hunt got a place in the squad for him.
The first part of the game clearly went to the guests from the Ruhr area. VfL acted bravely from the start and disrupted the home side’s efforts early on, which is why HSV was unable to bring rhythm into their game for a long time. The plan of the guests worked perfectly – the energetic start provoked mistakes that paved the way for dangerous actions.
However, the 0: 1 was preceded by an individual mistake; Aaron Hunt presented himself unusually vulnerable. The 34-year-old was involved in almost all of Bochum’s great chances due to a careless mistake in his own possession. Before the penalty kick to 0: 1, the director of HSV made a hair-raising mistake, which initially “only” resulted in a free kick. The Hamburgers defended the free kick so badly that goalkeeper Sven Uleich could only help himself with a foul, the following penalty kick leading to the lead for Bochum.
The hopes of all HSVers that the Rothosen would come out of the break with a different face quickly fizzled out. Up to the 65th minute, the guests stifled all efforts of the hosts in the bud, then the Hanseatic people came out of nowhere to equalize. After a sharp cross from Bakery Jatta, Aaron Hunt was unfairly brought down in the penalty area. Simon Terodde converted the second penalty of the game to 1: 1 and thus posted goal nine on his personal season account.
Anyone who thought that this hit would give HSV new energy was bitterly disappointed.
Instead of intensifying the efforts on the offensive, the home side’s defense was taken apart by VfL at will. In the 78th minute, Danny Blum, who was happy that he was allowed to play at all after his foul against Dudziak, scored 2: 1 and only five minutes later Raman Chibsah made the decision.
All in all, it was a disappointing performance for the Rothosen, who were unable to rehabilitate themselves after the international break. In particular, the quadruple change in the 67th minute threw the switch permanently and irreversibly. Bobby Wood came on for the active Manuel Wintzheimer, who couldn’t even begin to use his next chance. Klaus Gjasula also came for the crucial final phase, but was – again – just a shadow on the field, without access to the opponent.
It was clear that the first defeat would come at some point, but the way things were more than unfortunate – before the game in Heidenheim there is a lot of work waiting for Daniel Thioune and his protégés.
In the following, we take a look at the individual performances of the Rothosen, sorted according to team parts.
Sven Ulreich was probably the poorest player on the pitch. His comrades can thank the keeper that VfL’s victory was not one or two goals higher. In the 19th, 55th and 75th minutes, the former Bavarian reacted very strongly, the former national player was powerless at the goals conceded, as he was left alone by his front men several times.
The defense of the Rothosen was exposed to countless attacks by the guests. At the beginning, Thioune sent a three-man chain with two additional, variable full-backs onto the floor, but we will count them in the midfield.
Even in the build-up of the game, the HSV found no rest. It was tried in vain to build up from the defensive network. Most of the attempts ended up in midfield.
Gyamerah, Leistner and Heyer formed the defensive headquarters, which was under enormous pressure, especially in the initial phase.
For a long time it seemed as if the defense would hold up. Leistner in particular reliably cleaned the balls for a long time. In the 35th minute, however, it was Jan Gyamerah who lost sight of Tesche and thus made the 0: 1 penalty possible.
The defense started in the second half very disorderly. Already in the 55th minute, the HSV scratched the 0: 2 by a hair’s breadth after the ball was lost in their own penalty area.
Although the back three was not changed until the final whistle, it fell apart in the final phase.
Moritz Heyer only half-heartedly disturbed the beautiful 1: 2 by Danny Blum, the decisive 1: 3 was symbolic of the decline of HSV.
The otherwise stable defense was alarmingly vulnerable today.
The midfield of HSV in particular paved the way for the first defeat of the season. The headquarters acted very unfocused and little came from outside. Captain Tim Leibold could not bring a dangerous pass. Returning Bakery Jatta earned credit from the 1: 1 compensation in the meantime and could almost have booked a submission; in the supposed 1-0, Jeremy Dudziak was just offside.
The appearance of Aaron Hunt today was terrifying. The oldie stood completely beside himself and made some mistakes that led to dangerous actions for the guests. The penalty to make it 0-1 was preceded by a bad pass by the 34-year-old. But otherwise there was no trace of Hunts’ sophistication. But enough about that – the former captain will know that today was very thin. His partner Onana didn’t have a good day either, but the young Belgian cannot be blamed.
Jeremy Dudziak was called up as a nominal ten, but could not distribute dangerous passes. In the 67th minute he had to leave the field injured. It is to be hoped that the 25-year-old was not injured more severely after the brutal foul by Blum, otherwise a bitter loss threatens in the current phase of the season.
It happened as it had to: Simon Terodde was successfully sidelined by his former teammates. The top striker of the Rothosen was not able to do anything out of the game, but the passes of his colleagues were also missing to generate something countable. With his penalty to make it 1-1, Terodde scored at least his 9th goal of the season – little consolation.
His strike partner Manuel Wintzheimer was one of the few assets in the ranks of HSV. The U21 national striker always tried hard against his loan club from last year and was involved in almost all offensive actions.
There were hardly any dangerous shots on goal – the guests’ Kepper had a quiet afternoon.
In the 67th minute, Daniel Thioune made four changes, but clearly missed the desired effect.
For Jatta, Hunt, Wintzheimer and the injured Dudziak, Wood, Gjasula, Narey and Kittel came into the match.
A change that was not entirely understandable, especially with a view to the motivated Wintzheimer, who had to give way for Bobby Wood.
The US boy could not use what felt like his thirty-seventh chance. Serious efforts could not be heard again. Doesn’t he want? He can not? At some point, however, Daniel Thioune should draw the line – Wood no longer seems to have a positive effect.
Klaus Gjasula also seems to be out of luck for the time being. The Albanian often just trotted alongside and showed little commitment. The helmet wearer has still not received a yellow card – a bit of galling would certainly do HSV good.
Sonny Kittel and Khaled Narey also remained pale, but did not attract any further negative attention.
Now it is important to draw the right conclusions from the defeat. For the HSV, today’s game will hopefully contain crucial insights in order to be able to catch up in a timely manner. A crisis does not have to be declared at HSV – contrary to the tone of the media!
However, the game against Bochum revealed one thing: The season will not be a stroll for HSV.
In order to be able to survive in the upper part of the table, more is needed than a supposedly good squad – especially the attitude wins games. Tomorrow the lead on the pursuers could melt to one point if Osnabrück leaves Nuremberg victorious.