Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor
Full-time: Darmstadt 1-1 Hamburg
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David could snatch it
Late pressure from HSV provides another twist to this enthralling encounter. Dompe swings a cross over to David at the far post, but he volleys wide.
Visitors on the ropes
If this game continued for much longer, you'd be almost certain Darmstadt would score at some stage. As it is we're heading into stoppage time, and Hamburg could be saved by the referee's whistle.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Mehlem in the box
Another chance for Darmstadt to race into the lead - Mehlem twists and falls to the floor in getting his effort away and it squirms through to Heuer Fernandes.
Darmstadt want to win this now!
They haven't given up for a second despite Hamburg's solid showing, and after pulling level, Darmstadt are pushing forward again and again. Holland is teed up by Tietz on the edge of the box and fires over with plenty of the net to aim for!
Super sub Stojilkovic with the leveller!
He had a couple of opportunities straight after coming on, and he makes no mistake at the third attempt! Hamburg were looking rather comfortable, but lose the ball in the Darmstadt area and get punished on a quick break, with Stojilkovic taking the ball around Jonas David before slotting past Fernandes to send the home fans wild!
HSV steady the ship
Hamburg's defending has been impressive tonight. They withstand that short spell of Darmstadt pressure, keep them at bay for a while and then the clock ticks down a little further as they make a double substitution.
Darmstadt dare to believe
The hosts look like they are going to throw everything at this to keep their long unbeaten run intact. Bennetts bursts into the box but fires wide!
Two chances for Stojilkovic
The other player introduced in a double swap for Darmstadt has two great openings within seconds! He gets to a Ronstadt cross right in front of the goalkeeper but can't quite take it down, and moments later he is through on goal but fires wide.
Former Tottenham youth product and Ipswich loanee Keanen Bennetts is on for the final 25 minutes or so.
Königsdörffer is taken off for the creative and speedy Jatta as Tim Walter tries to boost the Hamburg attack.
Dompe looks for Glatzel
Hamburg's French winger has been very lively in this second half. He tries to clip a ball in for Glatzel but can't quite squeeze it past the defender for the frontman to pounce.
Hamburg leading the shot count
3 off target
3 on target
6 off target
2 on target
Benes deflected over
Hamburg try a sneaky free-kick routine that sees Dompe cut the ball to Benes in front of goal. His effort is deflected over. Good spell from HSV this - the visitors have probably shaded the second half so far!
Hamburg look to double their lead, and it's a good shot from Dompe but Schuhen does well to get across and save.
Riedel hit the ball across to the Darmstadt left frontman, who shimmied inside and took aim from a good 20 metres out. Heuer Fernandes got a hand to the stinging effort to save.
It looks like Hamburg are sitting deeper in the second half, getting more men behind the ball. No doubt they are trying to hold onto the single-goal lead and calculating Darmstadt will struggle to find a way through a packed defence.
Darmstadt can count themselves unfortunate to be behind by looking at the xG
If Hamburg hold out for a win, Darmstadt's lead at the top of the Bundesliga 2 table would be cut to a single point!
Half-time: Darmstadt 0-1 Hamburg
It's Hamburg who have their noses in front of the battle at the Bundesliga 2 summit. It's been a really tasty encounter though with both sides investing all their energy - strap yourselves in and get set for more entertainment when it resumes in 15!
The attacker looks okay, thankfully, after a minute or two of medical attention.
Off the line!
Darmstadt go within a millimetre or two of levelling! Tietz turns the ball across to Honsak on a quick attack when Hamburg win possession, and Heuer Fernandes scrambles the ball away from the goal line itself!
A real scrap
Both sides have just kept on going for this, which has made for a thrilling first half for neutrals. Darmstadt are still trying to deploy their attacking pace and neat passing to effect, while Hamburg look a constant menace on the break.
The visitors get some relief from the Darmstadt pressure - with Benes shoving a shot wide from outside the box.
Ronstadt has been a handful
Frank Ronstadt Sebastian Schonlau
Zimmermann heads wide
The former Norwich defender steers a Holland corner the wrong side of the target at the far post.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
2.Jean-Luc Mamadou Diarra Dompe31.71km/h
Dangerous from Darmstadt
Honsak whips in a wicked free-kick cross. Tietz goes agonisingly close to getting a touch to it with the goal gaping. Some good pressure from Darmstadt now, who have reacted well to falling behind.
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Ronstadt goes close
Superb play from Frank Ronstadt. He dispossess Heyer 20 metres away from the Hamburg goal and rushes towards the target before cracking in a shot that Heuer Fernandes has to tip over.
Plenty of the play for the hosts
Switch of sides
Torsten Lieberknecht has made an early tactical tweak - switching the sides of his wingers so that Karic comes to the right and Ronstadt to the left. We'll see if that pays off...
Now for the hosts
Having taken a few minutes to orientate themselves to falling behind, Darmstadt start pinging the ball around well. In-form Honsak charges past the defence on the left and clips a tasty ball across the goalmouth that nobody can reach. The Lilies aren't going to give up their 20-match unbeaten record easily!
The early lead has rattled the leaders! Hamburg come again and look to extend their lead, with Muheim sweeping a shot over from distance. There is a great intensity to the visitors in these early stages.
First blood to Hamburg!
Darmstadt had made a decent start but Hamburg have grabbed an early lead! Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer nets his sixth goal of the season, popping up to meet a cross-field Heyer pass at the far post and sweeping in!
The eagerly awaited meeting of first v second in Bundesliga 2 is underway.
A case for the defence
Darmstadt have conceded just 16 league goals this season - fewer than every other team in Germany's top two divisions (Bayern Munich are next best with 21 goals conceded).
The fans are ready
The stands are packed in Darmstadt with everyone looking forward to this Saturday night battle at the Bundesliga 2 summit!
Glatzel wants to continue his glut
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More on those teams
Two changes for Darmstadt despite their 20-match unbeaten run. Injuries to Müller and Kempe see Riedel and Schnellhardt coming in to defence and midfield, respectively. Mathias Honsak is in fine scoring form with three in his last three league appearances and a brace against Frankfurt in a recent cup tie. Just the one change for Hamburg to the side that won 2-1 in Bielefeld last weekend, with Königsdörffer in for Jatta up front. Glatzel is the second highest scorer in Bundesliga 2 with 14 strikes this season.
Schuhen - Zimmermann, Isherwood, Riedel - Ronstadt, Holland (c), Schnellhardt, Karic - Mehlem, Tietz, Honsak
Brunst, Warming, Bennetts, Gjasula, Bader, Ben Bella, Wilhelmsson, Stojilkovic, Torsiello
Heuer Fernandes - Heyer, David, Schonlau (c), Muheim - Reis, Meffert, Benes - Königsdörffer, Glatzel, Dompe
Raab, Mikelbrencis, Bilbija, Kittel, Montero, Jatta, Nemeth, Katterbach, Kisilowski
First vs. Second
The Bundesliga 2 title race is hotting up and tonight's game sees the top-two go head-to-head. Darmstadt start the day four points clear and a seven point gap would put them well clear in the promotion race. HSV could move to within a point of the leaders with victory, but defeat - and a Heidenheim win - would see their gap to third-place reduced to just one point. Something will give today.
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First hosts second in Bundesliga 2 on Saturday. Can visitors Hamburg close the gap or will Darmstadt extend their lead at the top? Stay tuned!