Hamburg humbled by feisty Freiburg

SC Freiburg maintained their perfect home start to the season after substitute Nils Petersen's second half goal inflicted more pain on winless Hamburger SV.

SC Freiburg 1-0 Hamburger SV

Goals: 1-0 Petersen (70')

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With no wins from their opening three games, HSV made a worse start to the Bundesliga on only three previous occasions. The visitors sought to remedy that and enjoyed the first half's best chances, Nicolai Müller shooting wide before Bobby Wood struck a post with a thumping effort. For their part, Freiburg failed to take advantage of their numerous set pieces, a tactic that had yielded 14 of their previous 22 goals.   

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Undeterred, last season's second division champions sought another route to goal after the restart, and when HSV goalkepeeper Rene Adler spilled Vincenzo Grifo's long-range effort, substitute Nils Petersen – introduced 55 seconds earlier – pounced to poke Freiburg into the lead. Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia introduced forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga and new signing Alen Halilovic as the Bundesliga's only ever-present side looked to bite back. The changes reaped HSV no reward, however, and they must now look to recover for a weekend meeting against FC Bayern München. For their part, Freiburg will head to face Borussia Dortmund in fine fettle.

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Talking Point

Labbadia has his work cut out, with his side appearing low on confidence and reluctant to take attacking risks. With several new faces added to the set-up over the summer, HSV need to gel quickly.

Match Facts

    Freiburg's eighth consecutive home win is a new club record. The hosts' five goals this season have all been scored in the second half.Hamburg's defeat is their first against Freiburg in ten games.HSV goalkeeper Adler concedes his first goal in five games against Streich's team.


Freiburg: Schwolow - P. Stenzel , Gulde , Höfler, C. Günter - Abrashi - O. Bulut , Frantz (Niedermeier 62), Grifo - Philipp (Haberer 85), Niederlechner (Petersen 69)

Coach: Christian Streich

Hamburg: Adler - G. Sakai , Djourou     , Spahic , Douglas Santos - Jung , Ekdal - N. Müller (Halilovic 76), Hunt , Waldschmidt (Gregoritsch 62)- Wood (Stürmer 76)

Coach: Bruno Labbadia