FC Ingolstadt 04 moved into the top half of the standings after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Hamburger SV on Matchday 23.
Ingolstadt made a lively start at the Volksparkstadion, until a flowing Hamburg move stopped them in their tracks. Former SV Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt was at the heart of it, exchanging passes with Artjoms Rudnevs before crossing for unmarked Borussia Mönchengladbach loanee Josip Drmic to guide home his first goal in a HSV shirt from close range. Ingolstadt's best chance of the half fell to Mathew Leckie, but the Australia international’s low drive was always curling away from goal.
With the game being played more and more in the Hamburg half, Ingolstadt deservedly pulled level as Lukas Hinterseer made the most of some hesitant HSV defending to head home a Pascal Groß corner. Hinterseer was involved again moments later, but this time his shot was well saved by Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler following a lovely bit of interchange with Roger. HSV never quite recovered their composure and, in the end, the result rather flattered the hosts.
Man of the match
Ingolstadt’s Hinterseer played a big part in last weekend’s 2-0 home win over Bremen and was just as effective in Hamburg. The Austrian midfielder’s equaliser was his second goal in as many games and Ingolstadt's first away from home in 561 minutes.
Promoted Ingolstadt look like they are going to be around for a good while yet. The Bundesliga first-timers are nine points clear of the bottom three in ninth and only four adrift of the European places.
- Drmic's first goal for Hamburg was his 25th in the Bundesliga and was the result of his 100th shot on goal.
- Hamburg's starting line-up had a combined total of 1000 more Bundesliga games under their belts compared to Ingolstadt's first XI.
- Hunt registered his first assist from open play as a Hamburg player.
- A league-high ten of Ingolstadt's 17 goals have come from set-pieces.
Hamburg: Adler – G. Sakai, Djourou (c ), Spahic, Ostrzolek – Jung, Holtby, N. Müller (Ilicevic 46'), Hunt (Kacar 73'), Drmic – Rudnevs (Lasogga 79')
Ingolstadt: Nyland – da Costa, M. Matip (c), Hübner, Bauer – Roger – Groß, Cohen – Leckie, Hinterseer (Bregerie 90+1') – Lezcano (Hartmann 87')