A stunning second half double strike from the Bundesliga's basement side Darmstadt humbled Hamburg and kept Lilies fans dreaming of the unlikeliest of escapes.
Hamburg 1-2 Darmstadt
Goals: 0-1 Aytac Sulu (51'), 0-2 Platte (53'), 1-2 Holland o.g. (90+3')
Buoyed by a dramatic Matchday 29 win against FC Schalke 04, Torsten Frings’s visitors made a spirited start as they went in search of their first points on the road this season. That bright opening soon gave way to a HSV revival, however, with the hosts producing the first half’s best chances. Aaron Hunt and Bobby Wood were a constant menace for the Red Shorts while Gideon Jung had a close-range shot blocked by the alert Fabian Holland. A sliding Hunt failed to convert past goalkeeper Michael Esser as the half progressed, the visiting custodian then collecting Filip Kostic’s header to keep the teams level at the break.
Markus Gisdol’s side would be punished for that profligacy with Darmstadt stunning the home crowd with two goals in quick succession after the restart. Aytac Sulu swept home a Mario Vrancic corner that somehow evaded the Hamburg back line while a subsequent lapse in defence was pounded upon by the alert Vrancic whose incisive pass freed Jerome Gondorf to set up Felix Platte for an unlikely second. A dramatic ending to the contest saw Fabian Holland put through his own net but Darmstadt held on for a win that keeps their Bundesliga status alive for one more week.
Man of the Match
Bosnia and Herzegovina international Vrancic proved thorn in Hamburg's side at crucial moments in this dramatic encounter, the midfielder involved in both goals as his team claimed an unlikely first away win in the Bundesliga this season.
Their Bundesliga fate seemingly sealed a week ago, Darmstadt have won two games in a row for the first time this term to leave themselves clinging on in the German top-flight. Survival at this stage may still seem highly unlikely, but for now, the Lilies fight on for another Matchday.
- Darmstadt have their first away points of the season following this win. HSV's nine-game unbeaten run at home has come to an end.The Red Shorts had scored at least a goal in their nine previous games against the Lilies.
Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Papadopoulos, Mavraj, Santos - Sakai (c), Jung - Hunt, Holtby, Kostic - Wood
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Darmstadt: Esser - Sirigu, Banggaard, Sulu (c), Holland - Kamavuaka, Altintop - Heller, Gondorf, Vrancic - Platte
Coach: Torsten Frings