Relegation-threatened duo Hamburger SV and SV Werder Bremen played out a compelling 2-2 draw in the Nordderby on Matchday 12.
Hamburger SV 2-2 SV Werder Bremen
Hamburg made a flying start as Michael Gregoritsch rose unmarked to head home a pin-point Lewis Holtby cross. The two HSV men combined again moments later, but Gregoritsch was unable to hit the target at full stretch. Bremen responded in kind as Serge Gnabry lashed narrowly wide, before Fin Bartels rifled in a fine equaliser with the game just 14 minutes old. The pendulum would swing again in the 28th minute with Gregoritisch prodding home from close range, only for Gnabry to level with a sensational solo effort on the stroke of half-time.
Both sides tightened up defensively after the restart, with the first notable chance of the half coming as late as the 74th minute. After Gregoritisch headed tamely at former HSV goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny, Bremen went straight up the other end through Max Kruse, but Bartels was unable to make anything of the opportunity. Hamburg carried the marginally greater threat as Holtby forced a smart save out of Drobny in the dying stages, but 16th-placed Bremen held firm to keep rock-bottom HSV at bay in the standings.
Hamburg extend their unbeaten run to two matches, but the fact remains they are still without a win under Markus Gisdol and sit bottom of the table, four points adrift of 16th-placed Bremen.
- Gregoritsch scored Hamburg’s fastest goal of the season.Gnabry has found the net in all five of his Bundesliga away games to date, equalling a Bundesliga record.Bartels registered his first goal of the season and first against HSV in eight attempts.
Hamburger SV: Mathenia - Diekmeier (Waldschmidt 64’), Djourou, Jung, Santos - Sakai (c), Ostrzolek - Holtby - Müller, Kostic - Gregoritsch (Lasogga 82’)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
SV Werder Bremen: Drobny - Bauer, Veljkovic, Moisander, Garcia - Fritz (c), Petsos (Bargfrede 46’) - Gnabry (Pizarro 69’), Junuzovic, Bartels (Hajrovic 88’) - Kruse
Coach: Alexander Nouri