HSV record first win of the season in Stuttgart

Hamburger SV picked up their first victory of the season tonight as caretaker manager Rodolfo Cardoso gets off to a winning start.

HSV had to come from a 1-0 half time deficit in Stuttgart to pick up a surprise 2-1 victory.

For the second week in a row VfB Stuttgart and the Bundesliga’s Friday night game was delayed. This time traffic caused by the local beer festival caused the game to kick off 10 minutes late. Last Friday, in Freiburg a power failure saw the game kick off 15 minutes late at the badenova-Stadion.

Stuttgart looked to give Cardoso a nightmare welcome to the Bundesliga when Cacau raced in on goal, only to fire into the side netting after just 13 seconds.

At the other end, inside 2 minutes, Lam Zhi-Gin’s 20 yard effort was punched behind by Sven Ulreich as the visitors attempted to make it an end-to-end game in a bright opening start.

Terrible indecision from Shinji Okazaki saw Stuttgart waste another good opportunity inside 5 minutes. He had time in the box but couldn’t choose which way to go as he lost possession. Eventually the ball broke back to Khalid Boulahrouz, who’s effort from outside the area was easily palmed away.

A 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin was the only point HSV had to show for after 6 games when Michael Oenning was dismissed of his duties on Monday.

Their points tally didn’t look to be increasing in this match either, when on 18 minutes Martin Harnik gave the home side a deserved lead. The Austrian, who scored a brace in last Friday night’s victory in Freiburg was on hand to follow in Zdravko Kuzmanovic’s long range effort that had only been parried by Jaroslav Drobny. The goalkeeper should have dealt better with the situation.

Less than five minutes later, Cacau found himself in a one-on-one situation only to hit the inside of the post. With Drobny stranded, Okazaki could only blaze the rebound over.

The Hamburg defence was all over the place at this stage and they were fortunate to go in at half time only 1 goal down.

Rodolfo Cardoso’s first half time team talk of the season proved to be an inspirational one as his side came out on the front foot in the second half.

A few seconds more than five minutes after the restart, Jeffrey Bruma headed home an equaliser for the visitors as he connected with fellow ex-Chelsea colleague, Gökhan Töre’s corner.

Minutes later, Dennis Aogo was denied from 20 yards out and Töre’s follow up was smashed over the bar. Two minutes after that, Ulreich made a meal of Töre’s attempt on the turn as he once again spilled the ball. Thie time he was helped out by an offside flag.

A Zdravko Kuzmanovic free kick that looked to be heading for the outside of the post was palmed behind by Jaroslav Drobny just before the hour. It was one of few occasions the home side tested the goal in the second half.

Midway through the second half, HSV took the lead. Again, failing to deal with a corner, this time resulting in a spectacular volley from Robert Tesche, burying the ball inside the near post to give the bottom placed Bundesliga side at the start of the day a turnaround lead.

Mladen Petric was brought down inside the area in the final 10 minutes but not awarded a penlty. He later had a free kick pushed away before substitute Romeo Castelen also had an effort saved.

Drobny was forced into a comfortable save from Kuzmanovic late on, but Hamburger SV held on for a surprise Bundesliga victory; their first since Matchday 27 last season, and one that moves them off the bottom and into 17th position overnight.

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