Hamburg SV 1-1 Gladbach

Posted on May 14, 2011

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BORUSSIA Monchengladbach will enter the Bundesliga’s relegation play-offs following a 1-1 draw with Hamburg SV on the final weekend of the season.

Gladbach were in pole position to complete the great escape until the afternoon changed in a matter of minutes with Hamburg equalising and Wolfsburg going 3-1 ahead at Hoffenheim. Lucien Favre’s men have the safety cushion of a relegation play-off with either VfL Bochum or Greuther Furth from Bundesliga.2.

HSV head coach Michael Oenning made two changes to the side which drew in Leverkusen last weekend. Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto came in for David Jarolim and Anis Ben-Hatira replaced South Korean attacker Heung-Min Son. Oenning deployed the same back-line from four of their last five matches and HSV were aiming to consolidate their seventh place position, and if so, move in to sixth depending on Nurnberg’s result in Hannover.

Oenning stuck with the usual 4-2-3-1 formation and the other change means Anis Ben-Hatira will support Peruvian striker Jose Guerrero with Van Nistelrooy on the bench.

Gladbach stuck with the same eleven that defeated Freiburg last week with Lucien Favre continuing to favour 19-year-old Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in-goal. Favre’s decision to effectively stick with the same back-four for the past few months has had a huge impact in Gladbach’s excellent form and add to that, the inclusion of Havard Nordtveit as a holding midfielder, there’s a defensive assurance about a side that was rock-bottom of the Bundesliga for the majority of the campaign.

Favre opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation with Mike Hanke supported by Mohamadou Idrissou, as well as, Marco Reus and Juan Arango from midfield. Roman Neustadter and Nordtveit provided a defensive base that had conceded just two goals in five Bundesliga matches.

Hamburg SV 1-1 Gladbach: 90 minutes

Hamburg started well as the opponents were feeling their way in to the game and Eljero Elia was first to test Gladbach’s keeper with a shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area.

Lucien Favre’s side were very compact in their own-half and had no intention of giving much away to HSV in the opening exchanges.

HSV’s Dutch winger Elia had another attempt at goal on 13 minutes when he curled a shot from 25 yards wide of Stegen’s right-hand post. Elia then stuck the ball in the net on 21 minutes when he ran over 60 yards to slot the ball in the corner, before realising the referee had stopped the game earlier.

Gladbach were holding on well and resorted HSV to more long-range efforts and Deikmeier rattled a shot from 35 yards aimlessly over the crossbar.

Jose Guerrero picked up a knock after a collision with Mike Hanke and he was replaced by Jonathan Pitroipa on 37 minutes.

However, against the run of play, Gladbach went ahead with an excellent free-kick from Juan Arango as his left-foot effort from 30 yards squeezed past Frank Rost in to the bottom corner.

At the start of the second half, Gladbach’s fans erupted in euphoria as the PA announcer confirmed Hoffenheim were leading 1-0 against Wolfsburg, but that soon turned in to a roar of anger as he confirmed Frankfurt were leading in Dortmund.

The relegation battle seemed to hot up when Wolfsburg equalised but Gladbach were under no immediate danger as HSV struggled to break down the visitors.

Mike Hanke had the best chance of the second half when Arango’s cross to the near-post was met by the frontman who headed wide of the post.

Michael Oenning brought on Ruud Van Nistelrooy on 67 minutes for Ze Roberto as HSV went with three-man attack of Elia, Van Nistelrooy and Pitroipa.

That change paid dividends as a long-ball forward was not dealt with by the Gladbach defence and Van Nistelrooy pounced to lob over Stegen, and despite the clearance by Daems, Anis Ben-Hatira bundled the ball in to the net.

And with Wolfsburg scored a second goal to go 2-1 in front, the whole complexion of the relegation battle changed as Gladbach found themselves heading missing out on safety. Borussia Dortmund went ahead against Frankfurt which meant that Gladbach had the cushion of the play-offs as the fight for survival was hotting up.

Neither team created much in the last 15 minutes with Gladbach pressed back by HSV who were looking dangerous after changing to a 4-3-3 formation mid-way through the half. Gladbach held on though to take the relegation play-off position in the top-flight.

HSV: Improved second half

Hamburg had a poor first-half despite creating the better chances early on from long-range efforts. Oenning’s men had nothing to play for except consolidating their place just outside the European positions in the Bundesliga. That was clearly evident as Gladbach were the side playing with the hunger and urgency.

However, Oenning’s decision to move to a 4-3-3 worked in his side’s favour as they bombarded Gladbach’s penalty box with cross-balls towards the end of the game.

Jose Guerrero, who was largely ineffective when he was on the park, was replaced by Pitroipa and Oenning also introduced Van Nistelrooy just after the hour-mark for midfielder Ze Roberto. Anis Ben-Hatira was the man to equalise for Hamburg and he had an excellent second-half playing in behind the front-three.

It will be a summer of transition for Michael Oenning, who will remain in charge of the first-team, but will work alongside new Sporting Director Frank Arnesen and, likely, a number of new players.

Gladbach: Still another opportunity for Favre

After a stunning run of form since Favre arrived, Gladbach arrived in Hamburg full of optimism as they aimed to complete the last stage of ‘The Great Escape’.

And despite drawing in the Imtech Arena, as well as, Wolfsburg winning, they are still in with a chance of remaining in the Bundesliga. Gladbach will take on either Bochum or Greuther Furth as the race for the play-offs in Bundesliga.2 hots up ahead of the last weekend of matches.

In the game, Gladbach had a number of very good chances to put the game to bed, and with such a quick counter-attack, they were always going to make chances in the game. However, unlike the last four matches, they were unable to do enough to get the three points.

Given that Gladbach have been one of the Bundesliga’s in-form sides next week, you would still expect them to beat either Bundesliga.2 side over 180 minutes.


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