Saturday, April 25, 2009

Schwarzgelben defeat Hamburg 2-0

Die Schwarzgelben continued their path to one of their best finishes in a decade as they sent Hamburg home with a 2-0 defeat. The Dortmunder's victory is fifth successive triumph, of which they have continued their defending mastery as they have only allowed two blemishes during the period.

A sold-out Westfalenstadion met HSV and from the start, the high flying club knew 80,000 voices would be heard through the day. Without injury concern Jürgen Klopp kept to the lineup and tactical styling that like a fine engine is running in perfect syncopation. Following Jürgen Klopp's decree to ""stay hungry", BVB dug their heels in and gave no ground uncontested. Amongst the backdrop of sea of black and yellow flags Hamburg's much talked of attack was no match and were unable to find their way into the final third. Midway of the half the Serb, Neven Subotić, woke HSV up with a drive from thirty-five metres that rattled the bar only to be matched seven minutes later by Nelson Valdez that did the same. If HSV felt fortunate to escape the two goals, their day turned shortly as Dortmunder's sang out in praise from the stands, BVB answered as Sebastian Kehl found the needed goal.

Sahin played in Kehl just two minutes after Valdez´ effort and the skipper was a picture of calm as he brought the ball down in the box to slide the ball through Rost´s legs to put the home side one up. It was Kehl´s third goal of the season and it prompted HSV into a spirited if clueless reaction. From roughly forty-metres Nuri Şahin sent a perfect lob to the captain on the left who followed the ball through Frank Rost's legs from thirteen metres. The goal was in-fact set up through a consistant tactical plan of stressing width via Jakub Błaszczykowski and in essence opening up channel attacks. With the lead, there was little doubt that Jürgen Klopp would turn the screw and force HSV to take greater chances if they were to find the equalizer. Tactically it was a master-stroke as die schwarzgelben were strolling to the victory with less than a quarter of hour left. The tactical plan fell off-course with ten minutes remaining when Roman Weidenfeller's clearance was insufficient and the Dortmunder's came close to giving up the three points via Ivica Olić effort. However that effort fell shy and as time wound down Alexander Frei converted from the spot to make it 2-0 after Michael Gravgaard was adjudged a penalty for bringing Kevin-Prince Boateng.