Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ (left), last season’s Torjaegermeister who again leads the domestic top flight with 17 goals for Bayern Munich this term, steps on the foot of SV Hamburg veteran defensive midfielder DAVID JAROLIM, the 32-year-old Czech Republic international who spent three years with Bayern Munich before transferring to 1.FC Nuremberg in the summer of 2000, during the Bundesliga match in front of 57,000 spectators at the sold-out Imtech Arena in the beautiful north German port city.
Spieltag # 20
1 – SV HAMBURG —————————— Sala 23′
1 – BAYERN MUNICH ———————– Olic 71′
A second half strike from a veteran substitute competing against his old club allowed record German champion BAYERN MUNICH to salvage a disappointing 1-1 draw with the Bundesliga Dinosaur, SV HAMBURG, but the Bavarians did surrender the position at the top of the domestic table in the process.
Hamburg SV, of course, had lost their last two matches with Bayern Munich by the lopsided margins of 6-0 and 5-0, respectively. And the only original member of the Bundesliga to never have been relegated were just recently thrashed 5-1 at home by defending champion Borussia Dortmund, as well. But SV Hamburg’s fourth trainer of the season, one-time Bayern Munich midfielder THORSTEN FINK, and veteran Czech Republic international goalkeeper JAROSLAV DROBNY were determined to put an end to the poundings.
Hamburg SV might have gone in front right away had Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS not been at the back post to clear a header from national team constituent HEIKO WESTERMANN in only the fifth minute. The 28-year-old HSV defender with 24 caps for Deutschland looked to have put through an own goal off a corner kick roughly ten minutes later but Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ was ruled to have committed to cancel the celebrations for Bayern Munich. Drobny soon began a series of fine saves before one of four young players brought in this summer from English Premier League club FC Chelsea succeeded in breaking the ice for SV Hamburg.
Czech Republic international JAROSLAV DROBNY has been ever present for SV Hamburg this season after spending most of last term on the bench behind FRANK ROST, who has since gone off to Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls in the United States. The well-traveled, 32-year-old veteran joined the Bundesliga Dinosaur in the summer of 2010 after three seasons as first choice for SC Hertha Berlin. Drobny, who also appeared in the Bundesliga for Vfl Bochum during the 2006/07 campaign, has also been on the books with clubs in England, Holland and Greece.
20-year-old Italian midfielder JACOPO SCALA, who only made his first career Bundesliga start last week against Hertha Berlin, looked like a seasoned pro when he calmly volleyed the cross of Peru international striker PAOLO GUERRERO, who scored 10 goals in 27 Bundesliga contests for Bayern Munich before moving to SV Hamburg in the summer of 2006, past the diving Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER to give die Rothosen a surprise lead in the 23rd minute.
Predictably, SV Hamburg hunkered down to defend thereafter but the visiting Bavarians were unable to solve the in-form Drobny. Sala might have volleyed a second on the break following a cross from Germany World Cup reserve midfielder MARCELL JANSEN but was well off target just after the restart. Shortly after the hour, Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES looked for a spark and sent on a pair of substitutes in 19-year-old Austria international midfielder DAVID ALABA and 32-year-old Croatia international striker IVICA OLIC to bolster the attack.
Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER, who has scored just two goals in 20 Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich this term, was denied when Drobny just got down in time to get the slightest touch in the 69th minute. But the Bavarians soon had a deserved equalizer on the ensuing corner when Olic, who scored 29 Bundesliga goals in two and a half years with SV Hamburg after transferring from Russian club CSKA Moscow in exchange for 2.0 million Euros at the end of January in 2007, appeared at the back post to slam home a loose ball in the 71st minute. A second goal of this season for the veteran Croatian, then, whose only other strike for Bayern Munich materialized in the massive 5-0 win at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria earlier this past fall.
Venezuela international midfielder TOMAS RINCON, the 24-year-old in his third full season of German football after signing for SV Hamburg from FC Deportivo Tachira in late January of 2009, controls the ball in front of Bayern Munich’s Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN during the Bundesliga match at the sold-out Imtech Arena in the picturesque north German port city of Hamburg.
SV HAMBURG : Drobny – Diekmeier, Westermann, Rajkovic, Aogo – Rincon, Jarolim (Tesche 90+2′) – Sala (Ilicevic 75′), Jansen – Guerrero, Petric (Son 71′)
BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Tymoshchuk (Alaba 61′), Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Schweinsteiger, Kroos (Olic 64′) – Robben, Mueller, Ribery – Gomez