Aaron Hunt dramatically missed a late penalty as Hamburg failed to make it three consecutive Bundesliga wins, playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Freiburg at the Volksparkstadion on Matchday 21.
Hamburg 2-2 Freiburg
Full of confidence after back-to-back wins, it was little surprise to see Hamburg take the lead with their first shot. Latching onto Lewis Holtby's low cross, Hunt applied a delicate touch to steer the ball past Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow. If the Hamburg fans in attendance expected the goal to open the floodgates, then they were mistaken: the visitors hit back eight minutes later when Maximilian Philipp calmly slotted past Rene Adler. In fact, Amir Abrashi and Philipp both had chances to put the visitors ahead as Freiburg ended the first half on top.
Man of the Match
This was a superb display from new signing Walace in the centre of Hamburg's midfield. The Brazilian, who joined the German giants from Gremio in January, was instrumental in both breaking up Freiburg attacks and initiating those of his side: the 21-year-old looks quite a find.
In fine voice, the Hamburg fans serenaded their players throughout the second half with the song "Niemals 2. Liga", roughly translating as "Never been a second-division team". While Freiburg's second equaliser punctured their optimism somewhat, the long-suffering HSV supporters saw more than enough from their side to think justifiably that relegation will be staved off.
Hamburg: Adler - Sakai (c), Papadopoulos (Djourou, 30'), Mavraj, Ostrzolek – Walace (Ekdal, 83'), Jung – Diekmeier (Gregoritsch, 46'), Holtby, Kostic - Hunt
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Freiburg: Schwolow - Kübler, Torrejon, Söyüncü, Günter - Philipp, Abrashi (Frantz, 62'), Höfler (c), Grifo (Bulut, 90') – Haberer (Niederlechner, 85'), Petersen
Coach: Christian Streich
Watch: Hunt expresses his disappointment at missed penalty: