Hamburger SV pulled into the promotion/relegation play-off place after picking up their second win in as many games. Filip Kostic scored to separate the sides, who were both reduced to 10 men at the Volksparkstadion.
Goals: Kostic (68’)
Red cards: Holtby (44’), Kohr (66’)
Hamburg dominated the first half, with Kostic tormenting Paul Verhaegh on the left flank, and Michael Gregoritsch looking to prove coach Markus Gisdol right in continuing to give him the nod up front at the expense of recent U.S. Soccer Player of the Year candidate Bobby Wood. Gregoritsch had two good chances early on, but each time he found Marwin Hitz in miserly mood in the Augsburg goal. Frustration turned to desperation at the end of the half for the Red Shorts, though, with Lewis Holtby sent off for violent conduct.
Halil Altintop should have taken full advantage minutes after the restart, but after finding himself clear from a long ball forward, the Turkey star screwed a first-time effort high and wide. Augsburg’s numerical advantage only lasted until just past the hour, when Dominik Kohr joined Holtby in taking an early shower for a foul on Gotoku Sakai, and Kostic steered the hosts into a lead that they never relinquished soon after, reacting quickest after Nicolai Müller’s shot hit the post.
Man of the match
If not for Hitz Augsburg would surely have lost this match by more. The Switzerland No1 pulled off a string of saves when the visitors were under siege in the first half, and was unlucky to find himself on the losing side.
Hamburg are now on 10 points after beating SV Darmstadt 98 and now Augsburg. Despite being a man down for 20 minutes, they held firm. The clock at the Volksparkstadion recording the Red Shorts record stay in the Bundesliga could be ticking for another season yet.
- Gisdol named the same starting line-up for the fourth consecutive game.
- Kostic scored his second goal of the season.
- Having dropped eight points in four games, HSV now have a perfect six from a possible six.
Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Djourou, Jung, Douglas - Sakai (c), Ostrzolek - Müller, Holtby, Kostic – Gregoritsch (Wood 67’)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh (c), Janker, Hinteregger, Stafylidis - Kohr, Baier - Schmid, Altintop (Kacar 69’), Max (Usami 69’) - Ji
Coach: Dirk Schuster