Both sides found themselves at the wrong end of the Bundesliga table ahead of a 107th meeting in this historic fixture. Without a win in their six previous top-flight outings, Werder nonetheless started positively. Alexander Nouri’s charges won a string of corners that ultimately failed to conjure a breakthrough, although Ishak Belfodil did come close with a back-heel following Christian Mathenia’s spill. When HSV did hit their stride, Kyriakos Papadopoulous and Bobby Wood might have done better with respective chances when well placed.
Clocking up 5km in the first half, HSV midfielder Andre Hahn ran more than any other player in the opening 45 minutes. The 27-year-old was almost sprinting away in celebration after the break when his exquisite lob had Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka scrambling back to make a dramatic fingertip save. Wood then brought another fine stop from the Czech custodian, who deflected away the USMNT forward’s drive from the right. When the action swung back the other end, Belfodil failed to convert when alone against Mathenia, the ‘keeper reacting well to deny the Algerian. Both Wood and Hunt might have snatched it for the hosts, but both spurned chances in the closing stages.
- Werder remain without a win this season, and currently sit in the relegation zone.
- Hamburg ended a run of four defeats – their longest losing sequence under Markus Gisdol.
- Hamburg have not scored a single goal in their last five games.
- Bremen have not scored more than one goal in any of their Bundesliga games this season, drawing a blank in over half of their seven games.
Hamburg: Mathenia – Diekmeier, Papadopoulos, Jung, Sakai (c) – Hunt, Ekdal (74'), Janjicic, Ito (53') – Hahn – Wood (Arp 89')
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Bremen:Pavlenka – Bauer, Veljkovic, Moisander (c) – Gebre Selassie, Kainz (Junuzovic 63'), Bargfrede (Eggestein 63'), Delaney, Garcia – Bartels (Hazrovic 90'), Beldofil
Coach: Alexander Nouri
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