Hamburg SV 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Posted on April 9, 2011


Substitute Jakub Blaszcykowski scored a 91st minute equaliser for Borussia Dortmund to earn a deserved 1-1 draw with Hamburg at the Imtech Arena.

The hosts led at half-time through Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s penalty but Michael Oenning’s side could not survive a second-half onslaught from the league leaders and Blasczykowski scored the crucial goal in injury time which puts Dortmund eight points clear of Leverkusen having played a game more.

Jurgen Klopp lined up with an expected 4-2-3-1 with Robert Lewandowski supporting Lucas Barrios from a central position. Dortmund were keen to get back to championship-winning form and replicate a superb second-half display at home to Hannover last Saturday.

Hamburg opted for a more direct 4-3-3 with Petric, Van Nistelrooy and Elia in attack. Oenning made just the one change from the draw at Hoffenheim with defender Joris Mathijsen replaced by David Jarolim, although, Gojko Kacar slotted back into the centre of defence alongside Heiko Westermann.

Hamburg v Dortmund: 90 minutes

In the opening exchanges, neither side was in control and both teams lacked penetration in the attacking-third of the pitch. Hamburg worked themselves into a few decent positions through the excellent link-up play of Anis Ben-Hatira, who was a real stand-out for the home side, and spotless ball-retention from Jarolim and Ze Roberto.

Michael Oenning’s side took the lead on 38 minutes when Mladen Petric was bundled over inside the box by Mats Hummels and the referee pointed quickly to the spot. Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who had been non-existent in the first-half, stepped up confidently and fired home low into the bottom right-hand corner.

Hamburg were galvanised by the goal and went close to scoring a second goal just a minute later when Ben-Hatira smashed a right-foot volley from 30 yards and forced Roman Weidenfeller into a fine save.

After the break, Dortmund started well as if Jurgen Klopp had some harsh words to say in the dressing room and Mario Gotze really should have levelled on 49 minutes when Sahin flicked a through pass on the counter-attack to Gotze who could not keep his shot down from 7 yards out.

With Dortmund beginning to chase the game, spaces broke out to Hamburg’s advantage and Elia forced Weidenfeller into another excellent save when he nipped in to punish Lukas Piszczsek’s poor control and his shot from inside the box was parried at the near-post by the Dortmund keeper.

Despite the few glimpses of goal for HSV, Dortmund were enjoying a lot more possession in the second-half and were coming ever closer to the elusive equaliser. Lucas Barrios and Mario Gotze were both guilty of missing chances and Piszcsek even chipped in with an attempt at goal.

The best chance for the away side came on 73 minutes when a Schmelzer looped a long, aimless ball back into the penalty area that ended up at the feet of Sven Bender in a good position and his cut-back found Barrios whose shot cannoned off the bar and that was his last impact on the game before being replaced by Zidan.

Hamburg’s Anis Ben-Hatira was then sent-off for a second booking after a challenge on Schmelzer.

Dortmund bombarded Frank Rost’s goal and they got their deserved rewards in the first minute of injury time when substitute Jakub Blasczykowski was gifted acres of space in front of goal after Owomoyela’s flick-on and he cooly slotted past Rost to earn his side a draw.

BvB: The importance of Nuri Sahin

Dortmund’s recent stutter in the race for the championship has coincided with Nuri Sahin’s poorest spell of form this season. The midfielder is essentially the heartbeat of the young BvB side who rely on him to feed the ball from deep out to Gotze and Großkreuwtz. In recent weeks, Sahin has gone off the boil and Dortmund have not been as dangerous going forward – excluding an excellent 2nd half performance against Hannover last weekend. In the opening 20 minutes against HSV, Sahin had an average 60% passing completion and this effectively isolated Gotze, Großkreuwtz and Barrios for large spells of the half.

However, Sahin quickly improved towards the end of the half and reached an much-improved 83% passing completion which was higher than his Hamburg counterparts, Jarolim and Ze Roberto.

The 22-year-old moved higher up the park in the second period and had an excellent 45 minutes that saw Dortmund pound the Hamburg goal. Klopp made a number of shuffles to the side and Sahin’s passing ability was crucial in making Gotze and Großkreuwtz more involved in the game. By the end of the 90 minutes, Sahin had an 81% passing completion from 75 passes and overall had 98 touches.

HSV: Anis Ben-Hatira – A game of two halves

Hamburg’s best spell in the game came in the first-half and at the heart of that was youngster Anis Ben-Hatira who played in midfield alongside David Jarolim and Ze Roberto.

Ben-Hatira was given the license to move further up the park and support the attacking-trio with the experienced figures of Jarolim and Ze Roberto bringing a composure and quality to the Hamburg side. His link-up play was excellent and on many occasions made some superb passes into the channel for Eljero Elia to run in behind Piszczsek.

However, in the second-half, he saw very little of the ball with Dortmund dominating the middle of the park. It was an almost polar-opposite performance in the second-half from Ben-Hatira and subsequently, Hamburg lacked creativity in the final-third.

The German U21 International was sent-off midway through the half for a clumsy challenge on Schmelzer which was his second-booking following an earlier challenge on Schmelzer that could have merited red-card.

BvB: Gotze switch and Klopp’s Plan B

With Hamburg still leading, Jurgen Klopp made a few tactical changes to the side that made a huge impact on the game as Dortmund stepped up the pressure on Hamburg.

The talented winger Mario Gotze had an ineffective first-half and Klopp decided to move Gotze further in-field to an almost “No.10” role behind Barrios and Lewandowski who had moved higher up the park to join the Paraguayan in attack. Lewandowsi is not an attacking-midfielder and despite not having a great game, Gotze offered far more on and off the ball than the Polish striker. Lewandowski was later substituted by the eventual goalscorer Blacszkykowski who played on the right.

Towards the end of the game, it was like a four or five in attack for Dortmund with Owomoyela joining the attack in place of Sven Bender who was sacrificied. Barrios was taken off in the second-half for Mohammed Zidan who also joined the attack. The width was provided mainly by the impressive Marcel Schmelzer who thrived in the freedom to overlap Großkreutz.

The changes ultimately had a defining effect on the game with Owomoyela flicking the ball on to Blasczykowski at the back-post who slotted in the equaliser.

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