There couldn’t have been a better time for victory for Hamburger SV as they thump troubled FC Nürnberg 4: 1 (2: 0) an important sign in the fight for promotion of the 2. Bundesliga – and for the start of the rest of the second half of the season.
Bakery Jatta gave the home side the lead in the 17th mins, Lukas Hinterseer doubled the lead in the 28th mins after stepping up for a penalty kick. Nuremberg pulled one back just after the break in the 51st mins.
Hamburger where awarded a penalty in the 67 mins as Sonny Kittel converted to make it 3:1. Nuremberg Woes where continued as Gideon Jung added the last goal in the 82nd mins to make it 4:1
The North Germans had four games without a win before the winter break. Memories of the previous second half-series in the previous season. And the embarrassing 2-5 in the last test with the fourth division club VfB Lübeck.
For the Nuremberg, however, it is important not to continue as Hamburg did. One year after relegation to the Bundesliga, the Franks face another class decline. After the 19th matchday, they are only penultimate. “Everyone knows what has struck the hour,” said midfielder Johannes Geis. “Hamburg is not our yardstick either, we have to admit that.” There is not much time to ponder. It will be against SV Sandhausen on Sunday. “We have to show what we have trained,” Geis said.
THE TEAM NEWS
- Hamburger SV held on to second place despite only taking four points from their final four games of the year, but they had won six home league games on the spin before that.
- Coach Hecking has signed right-back Beyer on loan from former club Borussia Monchengladbach, while Schaub and Pohjanpalo have also arrived on loan from Bundesliga clubs.
- Captain Hunt could return to the side after coming through a friendly last week, but winger Harnik is doubtful and right-backs Vagnoman and Gyamerah remain sidelined.
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Daniel Heuer; Beyer, Letschert, Van Drongelen, Leibold; Dudziak, Hunt, Schaub; Narey, Hinterseer, Jatta
Unavailable: Vagnoman (Injured), Gyamerah (Injured), Jairo Samperio (Injured)
Doubtful: Harnik (Injured)
- Nurnberg will be hoping 2020 is significantly better than the previous year, particularly when it comes to their away form as they won just three competitive games on the road in 2019.
- Goalkeepers Mathenia and Lukse are fit again but Dornebusch, who was signed in November to cover for them, injured himself during the team’s training camp.
- Coach Keller has boosted his defensive options with the loan signings of Mavropanos and Heise from Arsenal and Norwich respectively, and the former could replace the injured Valentini.
HSV remains with 34 points to Arminia Bielefeld (37 points), the VfB Stuttgart is third with the Hamburgers. “For us, this was a great start to the new year,” said HSV defender and ex-Nuremberg Tim Leibold. On Monday after the game at VfL Bochum, the last remaining doubts are said to have disappeared for the time being.