Match Review: Hamburger SV 0 – 3 Borussia Dortmund


The match started out with a lot of back and forth in the midfield. Finally, in the fifteenth minute Andriy Yarmolenko got loose down the right flank and got off a superb cross to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who headed the ball just wide of the goal. At this point Dortmund smelled blood in the water and continued their offensive assault. The next chance saw Christian Pulisic with a breakaway down the left flank in the 20th minute, only to be stopped by a Kyriakos Papadopoulus foul. Pulisic was able to lob the ball into the penalty area as Lukasz Piszczek’s shot landed harmlessly in the arms of Hamburg keeper Christian Mathenia. Yarmolenko would draw a critical foul in the 23rd minute on the right wing, which he placed perfectly in front of goal off of the free kick. From there the ball landed kindly, right in front of Shinji Kagawa, who tapped it in for the easy goal, 1:0 to Dortmund.

Hamburg would now have to come out and play. Non aggression on their part would only result in a certain loss. Dortmund would continue their high press, obviously indicating they were not satisfied with a one goal lead. Hamburg caught BVB off-guard in the 28th minute with a Gotoku Sakai-led counter-attack, but Piszczek was aware and able to intercept the cross, kicking it out of bounds and taking no chances in front of goal. Hamburg immediately continued their aggressive offensive play, fully aware that sitting back would do them no good against Dortmund. HSV was persistent and would further look to frustrate BVB by winning possession in midfield. Two great chances by Bobby Wood and Andre Hahn would follow, both of which were saved by keeper Roman Bürki. The Dortmund back line is tested repeatedly during this stretch of the match. Able to launch another offensive in the 33rd minute, Yarmolenko keeps possession in the penalty area, surrounded by Hamburg defenders, and delivers a perfect ball to Christian Pulisic who aims at the middle of the goal, right to the waiting keeper. Mathenia makes yet another save as Nuri Sahin lobs a ball to Yarmolenko who redirects with a beautiful header.

Hamburg is relentless with their pressing in midfield, disrupting BVB, while not allowing them the time to set up their own attack. HSV is able to launch one more attack of their own as Lewis Holtby and Andre Hahn linked up together to set up a great chance on goal though, Bürki is able to keep the clean sheet as the sides break for half time.


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The second half started with HSV desperately trying to equalize. Hamburg’s attacks would quickly fizzle out as Dortmund would win back possession time and time again. Yarmolenko and Pulisic both ended up on the left wing in the 47th minute and were nearly able to set up a fantastic chance on goal, coming up slightly short as their timing was only a little off. HSV continued to win crucial battles in midfield, halting the momentum of the BVB offence. Dortmund, showing little regard for HSV’s counter-attack ability, were consistently playing a high line. Sadly enough for Hamburg, they simply lacked the quality to capitalize on it.

The 54th minute saw Borussia Dortmund nearly concede their first goal of the 2017-18 season, the shot going just wide of the right post. Zagadou was heavily targeted by the Hamburg attack in the first portion of the second half. Unfazed, the young lad was impossible to outpace and was able to fend off the HSV wingers, shutting down any possibility of an equalizer from the right.

Gonzalo Castro’s ineffective play continues to be an issue of concern for the Dortmund midfield as he again made countless errors in the passing game, disrupting the flow of the offence. A counter-attack by Die Schwarz-Gelben in the 63rd minute saw Pulisic come with tremendous pace up the middle, dropping the ball off to Yarmolenko, who immediately found a wide open Aubameyang three feet in front of goal for the tap in goal, 2:0 Dortmund. You could see the air let out of most of the HSV players at that moment. Not yet conceding defeat, a defiant Andre Hahn has another great chance in the 72nd minute, opting to go down the right-center of the pitch and aiming for the near post, shooting it just wide yet again.

The 76th minute would see Sahin place the ball behind the Hamburg defence as Aubameyang would find himself one on one with Mathenia, yet somehow manages to miss the shot. Three short minutes later though, Dortmund was on the attack again as the substituted Mahmoud Dahoud would give the ball off to the streaking Christian Pulisic, who had his eye set on the far post, placing the ball past the keeper with a zinger of a shot for Dortmund’s third, and decisive goal. And so it would end, Dortmund defeat their old rivals Hamburg, 3:0. Another overall dominant performance by the current measuring stick in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund.

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match facts:

Possession: HSV 46%  –  BVB 54%

Shots: HSV 6  –  BVB 17

Shots on target: HSV 2  –  BVB 7

Corners: HSV 4  –  BVB 3

Fouls: HSV 15  –  BVB 14


Man of the match: 

Christian Pulisic, Boruissia Dormtund: Happy belated birthday to Captain America! Another fine performance from the 19 year old, whose best days are still miles ahead of him!

Critty Smith

Critty grew up in Amberg, Germany, but now resides in Charleston, South Carolina in the USA where he follows the Bundesliga, Premier League, and Serie A on a weekly basis. He supports Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool FC, and Inter Milan, but enjoys all football from top to bottom. His favorite players are “Super” Mario Götze, Daniel Sturridge, and Mauro Icardi. You can follow him on twitter @crittysmith

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