HSV survives!

The promotion second leg ended in a 1-1 draw betweem Hamburger SV and SpVgg Greuther Fürth. The match was the 2nd leg after a 0-0 in Hamburg, and was played in the Trolli-Arena (aka Ronhof) in Fürth in front of a rare sellout of 18,000.

HSV started well against a nervous host, and largely controlled the game. They only needed a goal to get the advantage and Lassogga got it after only 14 minutes on an assist from van der Vaart. This seemed to relax the Hamburgers and they seemed ready to glide through, knowing the Greuthers now had to actually win. And it really didn’t look like it.

Things continued in the 2nd half, but then surprisingly the hosts struck: Fürstner equalized after an hour. This was the signal of a huge performance surge by the Greuther, who now smelled a chance for victory. They pressed hard, and with Hamburg running out of gas, looked close to getting the win. They had a couple of huge chances at the end, Azemi could have squared the ball for an empty net tap-in, but missed it. And a wide open header by Sukalo at the death was way too inaccurate, so HSV survived.

As a result, HSV stays up in the Bundesliga on away goals, and the “Bundesliga clock” in Hamburg continues to run, as they remain the only founding member of the Bundesliga never to get relegated.

SpVgg Greuther Fürth:

Hesl     - 
Brosinski, Mavraj, B. Röcker, Baba - 
Fürstner, Sparv -
Stieber , Weilandt - 
Djurdjic, Azemi

72. Füllkrug for Djurdjic
78. Sukalo for Sparv
88. Mudrinski for Brosinski


Drobny - 
Diekmeier, Djourou, Westermann, Jiracek - 
Badelj, Arslan - 
Calhanoglu, van der Vaart, Jansen - 

31. Mancienne for Djourou
64. Rincon for Arslan
75. Tesche for van der Vaart


0:1  Lasogga (14., header, assist from van der Vaart)
1:1  Fürstner (59., right footed shot, assist from Stieber)

Attendance: 18,000 (sold-out)

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