After a slow start Hamburg came from behind to make a winning start to their Bundesliga 2 season at relegated Schalke, who opened the scoring in the 8th minute through Simon Terodde’s opener although it wasn’t enough on a dramatic night in Gelsenkirchen.
New Schalke signing Simon Terodde needed just eight minutes to open his account for, although he had to wait for confirmation before he could start the celebrations as VAR checked he was not offside. Dominick Drexler won the ball in midfield with a committed tackle and Marius Bülter sent Terodde through on goal, with the former Hamburg forward supplying a neat finish past Daniel Heuer Fernandes.
Hamburg did not let their start dictate their day,as they started to apply pressure, they had the chance to level when Florian Flick caught the back of David Kinsombi’s leg inside the penalty area resulting in a penalty for Hamburg, but the redulting Robert Glatzel’s spot-kick was saved by Michael Langer.
Glatzel made amends for Hamburg early in the second half when he pounced on a loose ball after Langer plucked Tim Leibold’ direct free-kick out of the top corner, but only pushed it out for the Hamburg forward who found the back of the net. Schalke should have regained the lead within minutes when Thomas Ouwejan missed a one-on-one with Heuer Fernandes, and Terodde almost scrambled in a second with two quick-fire efforts.
Both sides battled for a winner with intense, attacking football and it was the visitors who made the break through with Moritz Heyer placing his effort through a group of players from Maximilian Rohr’s cut-back.
Although Schalke still fought for the result after they had two late chances to level, but it was Hamburg who struck again and sealed victory with Bakery Jatta volleying in Sonny Kittel’s cross from point-blank range.
With 19,770 fans in the Veltins Arena it wasn’t the desired result but a great site to see after so long with empty stadiums, and what a way to return to live Bundesliga 2 football.
Schalke 1-3 Hamburg
Goals: 1-0 Terodde (7′), 1-1 Glatzel (53′), 1-2 Heyer (86′), 1-3 Jatta (90′)
Schalke: Langer – Thiaw, Flick (Becker 56′), Kaminski – Ranftl, Palsson, Ouwejan – Drexler (Krasniqi 73′), Latza (c) (Idrizi 32′) – Terodde, Bülter
Unused subs: Fraisl, Aydin, Calhanoglu, Mercan, Pieringer, Wouters
Coach: Dimitrios Grammozis
Hamburg: Heuer Fernandes – Gyamerah, Schonlau (c), David, Leibold – Meffert, Reis (Heyer 67′), Kinsombi (Rohr 71′) – Wintzheimer (Kittel 78′) – Glatzel (Kaufmann 78′), Jatta
Unused subs: Oppermann, Gjasula, Muheim, Opoku, Leistner
Coach: Tim Walter
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