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  • January 21, 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Imtech Arena, Hamburg
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 50239

Live Commentary

  • That's all from here - I hope you enjoyed tonight's coverage. Until next time, all the best.
  • It wasn't the most convincing of displays for the hosts, but a single skillful sequence won the match. Frankfurt defended well, but never really looked like scoring and were always going to struggle after going a goal behind.
  • But it doesn't matter - FULL TIME! HSV win!
  • 90' + 2'
    Penalty? NO! Petric crosses off Clark's shoulder, but play continues. That could have put the match away...
  • 90' + 1'
    Two minutes to be added...
  • 89'
    Ooh, that was close! Heller sprints towards a through ball and beats his marker, but Rost is quick off his line to claim the ball.
  • 89'
    Elia is now replaced by Robert Tesche as Armin Veh looks to shore up his defence.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionEljero Elia Robert Tesche
  • 86'
    And now at the other end Frankfurt break, but Clark, who is also out of position, blasts well off target. Really poor finish there...
  • 85'
    Ze Roberto looks free, but Koehler, deep in his own half, makes an outstanding challenge to deny a clear chance on goal! Thrilling stuff!
  • 84'
    OR IS IT? SO CLOSE! Caio does well to make enough space to cross, but Heller nods the ball off Gekas' head! That would have been on goal had it not been blocked!
  • 84'
    ...But the ball is headed clear. It just isn't their night.
  • 83'
    Frankfurt have a free kick on the right channel - here's a chance for the visitors to draw level...
  • 81'
    SubstitutionNikola Petkovic Sonny Kittel
  • 81'
    Petkovic is off for Frankfurt, and on comes Sonny Kittel! The attacker just turned 18 years old and is one to watch in the future...
  • 78'
    PETRIC! The substitute receives a through ball as Rode is again slow to react to a through ball. The Croat then fires towards the far post, but misses well wide - he should have done much better!
  • 77'
    Rode gets between Van Nistelrooy and the ball, and wins a free kick. He could have been called for obstruction and conceded a penalty in the process, but is adjudged to have been trying to play the ball, even if he didn't quite get to it.
  • 74'
    Heller has an immediate effect as he beats Rincon on the left and tiptoes up the byline before earning a corner.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionMartin Fenin Marcel Heller
  • 73'
    Next substitution for Frankfurt: Marcel Heller replaces the ineffective Fenin.
  • 72'
    Ben-Hatira is in the right place once again, but this time he volleys well off target after being teed up well by Petric.
  • 71'
    Excellent defending from Rincon, who is unfazed by Fenin's step-overs and makes a good challenge to win the ball back.
  • 70'
    Rode wins the ball back and continues his run up the right flank before Frankfurt concede possession. HSV look to use their advantage, but Van Nistelrooy is adjudged to be just an inch or two offside.
  • 69'
    Too cheeky there from the goalscorer Petric, who tried a back-heel to...nobody in particular. It worked once before, but can't be used to good effect every time.
  • 67'
    Tough break for Frankfurt - Fenin was about to take the ball away inside his attacking penalty area, but is whistled for a foul on Rincon.
  • 66'
    And just like that, HSV take the lead. Ben-Hatira makes just enough space on the right to send a low ball all the way through the Frankfurt defence. Petric is waiting at the back post and taps in to put the hosts ahead!
  • 65'
    Assist Änis Ben-Hatira
  • 65'
    Goal Mladen Petric
  • 65'
  • 63'
    Frankfurt have a corner, but it is struck woefully short. What a waste! They'll never win with this kind of execution...
  • 60'
    Elia slips a nice ball in to Van Nistelrooy, who is free of Rode, but fails to connect with much power. Nikolov smothers the shot.
  • 58'
    Brilliant from Rode! First, the 20-year old makes a strong challenge to win the ball back. Then, for the second time tonight, he finds Gekas with a gorgeous long ball. The Greek striker struggles to take it down, though, and is eventually wrestled off the ball.
  • 56'
    Slick passing and flashy dribbling from HSV up the left before Nikolov only slightly deflects a cross away from danger.
  • 55'
    Clumsy challenge from Clark, who is lucky to escape a booking. Petric goes down in some pain, but eventually gets to his feet once more.
  • 54'
    Frankfurt defence at sixes and sevens as they struggle to clear in their own penalty area, but Van Nistelrooy and Petric are unable to capitalise.
  • 53'
    Good defending from Rincon, who expertly shields the ball away from Fenin before dribbling away and winning a free kick.
  • 49'
    By the way, amid all that action, I didn't mention - Mladen Petric is now on for HSV, replacing the injured Pitroipa at the break.
  • 48'
    ELIA! OH WHAT A CHANCE! Trochowski plays a through ball to the Dutch winger, who races towards goal but has his blast stopped by what appeared to be Nikolov's face. The goalkeeper looks to be in some pain now, but should be able to continue.
  • 47'
    OH, if only he had more pace! Van Nistelrooy is set up perfectly with a low cross, but just doesn't have the legs to reach the ball - he would have had a tap-in!
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJonathan Pitroipa Mladen Petric
  • 46'
  • 46'
  • Hamburg have had more of the ball, but have looked toothless in and around the penalty box. Frankfurt have done well with a swarming defence, and just might be able to steal three points in the second half. I'll be back in 15 minutes...
  • Hamburg have had more of the ball, but have looked toothless in and around the penalty box. Frankfurt have done well with a swarming defence, and just might be able to steal three points in the second half. I'll be back in 15 minutes...
  • 45' + 1'
    Pitroipa plays a ball over the top that surprises Van Nistelrooy, but the Dutchman is first to it. However, play is called back for offside.
  • 45' + 1'
    Two minutes to be added...
  • 44'
    Trochowski tries a through ball to Van Nistelrooy from deep, but Nikolov reads it well and claims ahead of the veteran striker.
  • 43'
    And right on cue, Pitroipa pops up to take a shot on goal. It's not the stuff of legends and is blocked, but the speedy winger at least has reminded viewers of his presence.
  • 42'
    HSV keep trying to attack up the left, but are being swarmed by black shirts. There just isn't any room. Pitroipa, meanwhile, has been anonymous since sustaining that early injury. He may be the first substitute for Armin Veh.
  • 39'
    Chance for HSV! But wasted... After a nice ball over the top springs the offside trap, Ben-Hatira tries a rather audacious header from more than 12 yards. Nikolov has no trouble catching the effort.
  • 38'
    Nervy moment for Frankfurt as neither Clark nor Van Nistelrooy can properly connect with a header after a cross was rather well placed in the box. Petkovic stops the ball on the byline and clears.
  • 36'
    And now Kacar is off as well - Tomas Rincon comes off the bench to replace the Serb, who also is nursing a head injury from the previous clash. Demel will move into the centre, with the substitute Rincon filling in at right back.
  • 35'
    SubstitutionGojko Kacar Tomás Eduardo Rincón
  • 33'
    SubstitutionAlexander Meier Caio César
  • 33'
    Oh, what a shame! Meier has had to come off after taking a pretty bad blow to his head. Caio replaces him in attacking midfield. Kacar, meanwhile, looks like he might come off too...
  • 31'
    And now another painful collision! Kacar and Meier go down in considerable pain...
  • 30'
    That was not far off! From the set play, Meier flicks a header just wide of the right post! Rost may not have had it covered...
  • 29'
    Owch! Demel comes in with a poor challenge on Fenin and is fortunate to avoid a booking. Free kick to the visitors...
  • 28'
    Better from the hosts now, who are applying considerable pressure with their limited possession...
  • 25'
    And on the other end, the hosts counterattack quickly up the left side. Elia plays through to Aogo on the overlap, but Ochs concedes a corner.
  • 24'
    Oh, what a chance for Frankfurt! A cross from the right finds the HSV defence at sixes and sevens. They take far too much time to line up a shot as Gekas lays off to Fenin, whose effort is blocked.
  • 22'
    Trochowski delivers a gorgeous ball over the top, but Clark heads clear before conceding a corner. Well played by the American.
  • 20'
    Excellent defending from Westermann. Following a rather fortunate clearance, Gekas was one-on-one with the German defender, who made it looks easily as he took the ball away.
  • 19'
    Pitroipa receives some extra treatment on the sideline before returning.
  • 16'
    Near chance for Fenin there as he slips past Demel and into position to score, but slips and fails to get much power on his shot. Rost saves comfortably.
  • 15'
    The visitors are holding their own in midfield - Hamburg are getting most of the ball, but Frankfurt are defending with their feet forward.
  • 13'
    Pitroipa is back, evidently having avoided any serious damage.
  • 12'
    Ooh, Pitroipa goes down in some pain. Aogo crosses deep and the Burkina Faso man heads to try to keep the ball in play, but lands awkwardly. He appears to have hurt his ankle...
  • 9'
    GREAT STOP BY NIKOLOV! This time, Ben-Hatira beats the offside trap, but Nikolov is quick off his line to block the young attacker's effort. Frankfurt clear.
  • 7'
    Ben-Hatira finds his way into the box, but is stopped by an outstanding tackle. The ball comes back out before Gekas fouls Ze Roberto, giving the hosts a free kick out on the left.
  • 5'
    The visitors are living dangerously now - Pitroipa was just a fraction of a second too late in releasing Van Nistelrooy behind a very high offside trap. The striker was caught off this time, but Frankfurt are pushing their luck.
  • 4'
    Silky smooth stuff from HSV, who connect on several passes before a cross comes in from the right that is well over Van Nistelrooy's head. Play is called back anyway, after the Dutchman was adjudged to have knocked over Rode.
  • 2'
    First chance for Frankfurt now as Altintop sends in a through ball, but Fenin is just an inch offside!
  • 1'
    AND WE'RE UNDERWAY! Hamburg take no time to get started - Elia frees himself from Jung on the left wing and crosses to Ze Roberto, who can't control his volley and blasts over the bar.
  • Van Nistelrooy....OFFSIDE! And not by far! His shot was nonetheless stopped by Nikolov, who has been quite impressive tonight.
  • We're almost underway now...
  • This will be an interesting match for three central defenders: Kacar, Rode, and Clark are all commonly used in midfield, but each will have to deputise in defence due to shortages of personnel.
  • And for Frankfurt, who will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Nikolov - Jung, Clark, Rode, Petkovic - Meier, Koehler - Ochs, Altintop, Fenin - Gekas
  • Here's Hamburg's starting XI, in a 4-4-2 shape: Rost - Demel, Kacar, Westermann, Aogo - Pitroipa, Trochowski, Ze Roberto, Elia - Ben-Hatira, Van Nistelrooy
  • Line-ups are confirmed, and it appears that Ruud van Nistelrooy will start for Hamburg, despite breaking reports of his potential move to Real Madrid.
  • Hamburg enter tonight's match in fine form after beating Schalke last week. Frankfurt, by contrast, lost 3-0 to Hannover in their first match of the Bundesliga Rueckrunde.
  • Hello and welcome to's LIVE coverage of Hamburg vs Frankfurt! I'm Clark Whitney, and I'll be keeping you company for the next two hours or so...