HAMBURG (AP) – Hamburger SV is back in the middle of a promotion battle to the Bundesliga.
By 3-0 (2-0) in the north duel against Hansa Rostock, head coach Tim Walter’s team jumped to third in the first round. Robert Glatzel (8th/80th) and Ludovit Reiss (18th) made the decision against the equal long-term climber. Despite defeat in their first official match against their northern rival in over 13 years, Hansa is still five points behind the relegation zone.
HSV dominates at first – battling Rostock
In front of an acknowledged 15,000 spectators, HSV coach Walter put up the same starting formation as the 0:1 in Hanover a week ago. So he stuck to the attackers regardless of the turmoil that surrounded Jata Bakery and Fred Alido.
Jata was charged with an alleged forgery earlier in the week. Recently, rumors surfaced about the 20-year-old talent Alido. He proved just how important Alidou was with Glatzel’s pass to the early lead.
HSV initially dominated. Prompted by strong idea generator Sonny Kittel, the homeowners have pushed the Rostockers in half. Keitel was effective not only on Glatzel’s goal, but also on Reese’s goal. Hansa rarely came in front of the Hamburg goal before the break, but he adapted better to HSV.
After the change, the match was at eye level. Both teams did not give each other anything. Kittel (59) could have crowned his performance with a goal, but he missed the opportunity. Before that, Jonathan Mayer (56) could make the connection to the guests. Glatzel (80) finished his eighth goal this season.
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