Hamburg SV 2-2 Hertha BSC

Posted on August 13, 2011


ANDRE MIJATOVIC ended the match as Hertha’s hero after heading home an 87th minute equaliser for the Berliners against Hamburg SV this afternoon.

Mladen Petric had put the hosts ahead on 26 minutes from the penalty spot but Tunay Torun equalised just before the interval. Son Heung-Min fired Hamburg ahead on the hour mark which was eventually cancelled out three minutes from time from Mijatovic’s headed goal.

After last week’s disappointing result in Dortmund, Oenning made three changes to the starting eleven with Jeffrey Bruma and Per Skjelbred (in action, left) coming in to make their HSV debuts. Bruma replaces Tomas Rincon in midfield and captain Heiko Westermann slots in to a defensive midfield position.

Norwegian midfielder Skjelbred, who joined from Rosenborg, took the place of Jose Guerrero as Oenning opted for something closer to a 4-1-4-1 with Elia, Son, Tore and Skjelbred supporting Mladen Petric.

Markus Babbel made just the one change to Hertha Berlin from the defeat to FC Nurnberg last Saturday with Pierre Lasogga dropping out and replaced by Raffael. Ramos Adrian moved up to lead the attack with Raffael, Ebert and Torun supporting from midfield.

Hamburg SV 2-2 Hertha BSC: 90 minutes

Jeffrey Bruma’s first involvement in the HSV colours was to carelessly give the ball away to Tunay Torun but the Hertha attacker could not find Niemeyer who was pushing alongside him.

Hertha had a great chance to take the lead on eight minutes when Torun found space inside the box but Bruma made up for his earlier lapse with a fine block. The Berliners had another crack at goal from the rebound but it sailed over Drobny’s crossbar.

It was the visitors having the better half and Raffael had a shot at goal from the left-hand side of the penalty area which went just a few inches over the bar.

However,  Hamburg took the lead on 26 minutes from Mladen Petric’s low driven penalty which was awarded after Son’s tame shot found its way to the Croatian hitman but he was tugged back from Hertha’s Andre Mijatovic. Petric took control of the situation and drilled the ball past Thomas Kraft.

Hertha responded well and were close to equalising just seven minutes later when Christian Lell was played through on goal but his shot was saved by Drobny and the goalkeeper reacted well to save from the rebound.

The away side finally got the ball in the net just before the interval when Andreas Ottl’s long-range effort was parried by Jaroslav Drobny and it fell kindly to Tunay Torun who scored his first goal for Babbel’s side.

The Hamburg boss decided to swap things in midfield with Per Skjelbred, who was one of HSV’s better performers, coming off for Robert Tesche at the break.

Hertha hit the post almost immediately when Adrian Ramos peeled off Mancienne and curled home a shot which had beaten Drobny, just not the woodwork.

But the hosts went in front for a second time a minute after the hour mark when Son Heung-Min dispossessed Mijatovic and found space to crack a superb right-foot shot in to the corner from 25 yards.

Die Rothosen were on top for the first time in the game and created more chances in the last half hour. Gokhan Tore had an effort saved from Kraft, Bruma fired wide from a set-piece and the former FC Bayern keeper did well to deny Petric from getting his second of the afternoon.

And how those chances would come back to haunt Hamburg.

With three minutes to go, Hertha skipper Mijatovic rose head and shoulders above the Hamburg backline to head home from Ottl’s corner kick. Hamburg keeper Jaroslav Drobny came rushing out and was in the middle of nowhere when the Berliners defender bulleted in the equaliser.

Plenty for Michael Oenning to mull over as some shambolic defending prevented the hosts picking up a valuable three points.

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