VfB Stuttgart 1-2 Hamburg SV

Posted on September 23, 2011


HAMBURG SV secured their first victory in 14 Bundesliga games after coming from behind to win 2-1 against VfB Stuttgart tonight.

Youth coach Rodolfo Cardoso was in temporary charge of the first-team at the Mercedez-Benz Arena and goals in the second half from Jeffrey Bruma and Robert Tesche, cancelling out a strike from Martin Harnik, gave Die Rothosen the three points.

Cardoso was in the dugout following the departure of Michael Oenning this week after just one point from six matches in the Bundesliga. Several names, such as Morton Olsen, Louis Van Gaal and Huub Stevens, have been linked with the job in recent days.

The former Hamburg player made four changes to the starting line-up with Zhi Gin Lam making his Bundesliga debut in midfield ahead of Per Skjelbred who dropped to the bench. Jeffrey Bruma, Gokhan Tore and Son Heung-Min were also brought in ahead of Michael Mancienne, David Jarolim and Marcell Jansen.

But sixth-placed Stuttgart stood in their way at the Mercedes-Benz Arena and Bruno Labbadia kept the same starting eleven which beat SC Freiburg last Friday night.

Neither team started the match with any hangovers following the 10 minute kick-off delay and young Zhi Gin Lam forced Sven Ulreich into conceding a corner kick with a shot from the edge of the area. At the other end, Khalid Boulahrouz fired a shot at goal from the right-hand side of the box which was punched clear by Jaroslav Drobny.

After two goals last week, it was no surprise when the in-form Martin Harnik slotted home the opening goal on 18 minutes when Zdravko Kuzmanovic’s long-range effort from 25 yards out was parried by Drobny only in the path of Harnik who finished well from a tight angle.

The Reds should have gone two goals ahead when Cacau took advantage of an error by Slobodan Rajkovic and then rifled his right-foot shot off the post but Shinji Okazaki blazed over the rebound from inside the box.

Drobny was the busiest of the two keepers and made a comfortable stop from Christian Gentner on 26 minutes after Rajkovic was out-muscled by Kuzmanovic in the middle of the park.

With Stuttgart going ahead at the break, Rodolfo Cardoso’s men needed a big start to the second period and they fought back through Jeffrey Bruma’s first goal in the Bundesliga when he headed home at the near-post from Gokhan Tore’s corner on 51 minutes.

And Tore was involved again just a few minutes later when he missed an excellent opportunity from close-range after Sven Ulreich parried a shot from Dennis Aogo straight in to the path of the former Chelsea youngster.

Hamburg were increasing the pressure on the Stuttgart goal and looked buoyed by their impressive start to the second half. Gokhan Tore was played in to the box by a neat pass from Lam and the Turkish international’s shot was fumbled by Ulreich.

The visitors were dominating, and deservedly, went 2-1 ahead on 67 minutes when midfielder Robert Tesche produced a superb volley at the back-post from Gokhan Tore’s deep corner which flew past the helpless Stuttgart goalkeeper.

Hamburg were then denied a clear penalty with 15 minutes to go when Mladen Petric burst in to the box and was fouled by Serdar Tasci which the referee waved away.

Jaroslav Drobny had a quiet second half in comparison to the other matches this season and he quickly made up for his error with a good block from Zdravko Kuzmanovic’s shot at the edge of the box.

Substitute Romeo Castelen looked dangerous on the break with an excellent turn of pace and in his first appearance this campaign, he almost added a third for HSV with a good left-foot shot from 20 yards out.

But the away side held on for a crucial victory, their first of the season, which lifts them off the bottom of the table until tomorrow afternoon, at least.

Stuttgart: A game of two halves

Bruno Labbadia and Fredi Bobic will be both tearing their hair out after throwing away a lead against Hamburg tonight and it’s not the first time this season that Stuttgart have taken their eye off the ball.

On their day, Stuttgart are a very good side and their sixth-place position in the Bundesliga is a fair reflection of their performances this season.

The movement and link-up play from Martin Harnik, Tamas Hajnal and Christian Gentner is usually one of the strongest aspects about their play but inconsistency is a huge problem.

When I watched Stuttgart on the opening day, they were outstanding against Schalke and the following week, they picked up a good point in Gladbach.

The two defeats against Leverkusen and Hertha were surprising given their positive start to the season. They were very disappointing in both games and like the second half tonight, were not playing at their best.

It could be a very up and down season for Stuttgart.

HSV: Cardoso puts himself in contention

After an improved, yet still average, first half performance, Hamburg stepped up to the plate in the second period with a terrific performance to come from behind and beat Stuttgart.

Hamburg lined up 4-2-3-1 with Lam, Tore and Son starting just behind Petric. They struggled to create much before the break and only had a few half-chances to show for their efforts.

In the second half, the three supporting attackers played much closer to Petric, who looked isolated in the first half, and the pace of Tore and Lam was causing Stuttgart all sorts of problems.

As much as Hamburg have been shocking this season, there was a glimpse of quality from these youngsters and tonight we saw how good they can actually be.

Over the 90 minutes, Gokhan Tore was a handful with his dangerous change of pace and good skill on the ball. He probably should have done better when he went on an excellent run in the first half but it was his last touch which let him down.

Tore was involved in both goals and ironically, both coming from set-pieces, something which Hamburg have been dreadful at this season.

The 20-year-old debutant Zhi Gin Lam had very promising start to his Bundesliga career with a steady performance on the right-hand side of the attack.

Tonight was encouraging signs from Hamburg that they certainly aren’t dead and buried at the moment. Sporting director Frank Arnesen could make a decision this week on Michael Oenning’s permanent successor and the man in charge tonight has certainly put himself in contention.

MOTM: Gokhan Tore (Hamburg)

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