USMNT striker Bobby Wood scored on his Bundesliga debut, but Hamburger SV could only draw 1-1 with FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 1 of the 2016/17 Bundesliga campaign.
The air of optimism inside the sold-out Volksparkstadion was palpable at kick-off following some encouraging moves in the summer transfer market, and Bruno Labbadia's revamped Hamburg side did not disappoint. After saving well from Ingolstadt's Pascal Groß, HSV goalkeeper Rene Adler grabbed an unlikely assist when he launched a searching ball up to Wood. The Hawaii native still had it all to do, but showed a great first touch and some brute-like strength to hold off his man and squeeze a fine finish inside the near-post to give the Red Shorts the half-time lead.
After Wood saw an inventive chipped effort foiled by Ingolstadt goalkeeper Orjan Nyland, the visitors hit back in the 79th minute when Lukas Hinterseer profited from Cleber's miscued clearance to level from close range. Filip Kostic struck a post moments later as HSV sought to restore their lead, but Ingolstadt held on to get the Markus Kauczinski era off to an unbeaten start.
Man of the match
Ingolstadt earned a reputation for being one of the Bundesliga's toughest nuts to crack last season, but Wood cut through the visiting defence with ease for the opening goal. His movement was excellent throughout and his debut strike was straight out of the top drawer - and no doubt the first of many.
- Wood scored his first Bundesliga goal with his first shot on goal.The USMNT forward is the fifth American to play for HSV in the Bundesliga, after Peter Woodring, Michael Mason, Julian Green and Benny Feilhaber.Labbadia also scored on his Hamburg debut back in August 1987.
Hamburg: Adler - G. Sakai, Cleber, Djourou (c), Ostrzolek - Jung (Diekmeier 66'), Hunt - N. Müller (Halilovic 66'), Gregoritsch (Lasogga 67'), Kostic - Wood
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
Ingolstadt: Nyland - Levels, M. Matip (c), Bregerie, Suttber - Roger - P. Groß, Morales (Cohen 81') - Mo. Hartmann (Hinterseer 66'), Lezcano (Lex 90+1'), Leckie
Coach: Markus Kauczinski