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Bielefeld and Hamburg split points in an entertaining Bundesliga 2 match

Bundesliga 2

DSC Arminia Bielefeld played host to Hamburger SV on Monday evening as Bundesliga 2 matchday 10 concluded with the mouth-watering encounter between the two top sides.

Third-placed Bielefeld and league leaders Hamburg have impressed so far with their goalscoring abilities in the on-going 2019/20 season, while the home side is the best Bundesliga 2 team in this calendar year with a total of 49 points to their tally.

“We’ve done a lot of things well this season. Many unpredictable things happen in this league, but we’ve coped well so far, which is why we go to Bielefeld with confidence, and look to get something out of the game,” Hamburg head coach Dieter Hecking had told during the pre-match press conference.

But the visitors were well aware of the fact that they would face an uphill task at Arminia Bielefeld’s full house SchücoArena and the impressive atmosphere. The track record favoured former Bundesliga side Hamburger who had won 21 of 38 matches between these two teams, while eight matches ended in favour of Bielefeld.

The highly anticipated match developed into an intense and lively affair in front of 26,515 fans at the SchücoArena. Hamburg’s Lukas Hinterseer had the first chance of the match just four minutes into the game, while Florian Hartherz (8′) and Andreas Voglsammer (9′) had attempts at the other end.

Hamburg opened the score sheet in the 15th minute when Hinterseer took advantage of a fatal mistake by Bielefeld’s Joan Simun Edmundsson. Edmundsson’s failed with his attempt of a back pass to goalkeeper Stefan Ortega Moreno as Hinterseer intercepted just to put the ball into the back of the net.

Bielefeld kept on pushing hard for the equaliser in an entertaining end-to-end match. Arminia’s captain Fabian Klos tested Hamburg goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes on two occasions, while Jeremy Dudziak missed a sitter to increase Hamgurg’s lead in the 34th minute.

The visiting fans started celebrating in the 38th minute when Martin Harnik found the back of the net. But referee Frank Willenborg correctly spotted an offside position and disallowed the goal.

The second half kicked off with Bielefeld’s much-deserved equalisier in the 50th minute. Voglsammer eked out a corner kick for his side with a questionable challenge on Hamburg defender Joshua Vagnoman. Marcel Hartel curled in  the resulting corner kick which Klos headed home with a powerful header to the delight of the home crowd.

Bielefeld increased the pace and created more chance in the final moments of the match. But the home side was lucky not to concede a late goal when Dudziak’s shot hit the crossbar in the 86th minute.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw with Hamburg remaining top of the league table with 21 points from 10 matches. Bielefeld remain third with 19 points.

DSC Arminia Bielefeld 1-1 Hamburger SV

0-1 Lukas Hinterseer (14′)
1-1 Fabian Klos (50′)


DSC Arminia Bielefeld
1 Stefan Ortega Moreno; 27 Cédric Brunner, 2 Amos Pieper, 4 Joakim Nilsson, 8 Florian Hartherz; 14 Joan Simun Edmundsson (46′ 10 Reinhold Yabo), 19 Manuel Prietl, 30 Marcel Hartel (89′ 6 Tom Schütz); 29 Cebio Soukou (68′ 25 Jonathan Clauss), 9 Fabian Klos [C], 21 Andreas Voglsammer

Hamburger SV
1 Daniel Heuer Fernandes; 27 Joshua Vagnoman, 25 Timo Letschert, 4 Rick van Drongelen [C], 21 Tim Leibold; 22 Martin Harnik (75′ 7 Khaled Narey), 29 Adrian Fein, 8 Jeremy Dudziak (88′ 28 Gideon Jung), 18 Bakery Jatta; 10 Sonny Kittel (78′ 6 David Kinsombi), 16 Lukas Hinterseer

Match Officials

Frank Willenborg

Assistant Referee
Holger Henschel, Guido Kleve

Fourth Officals
Dr. Riem Hussein

Video Assistant Referee
Johann Pfeifer, Arno Blos