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Monday, July 26, 2004 

Intertoto Cup quarter final 2nd leg: HSV 3 - 1 Thun (agg: 5:3)

Things couldn't have started better for HSV in their Intertoto Cup quarter final second leg tie (first leg in Thun 2-2), in front of 27,200 in the AOL Arena on Saturday evening (24.7.04). After only 2 minutes the home side went ahead as wonderful work in midfield involving Jarolim, a back heel by Mpenza and finally a sugar-sweet pass from Sergej Barbarez, put Bernardo Romeo in on goal, where the Gaucho goal-getter finished superbly with a well timed lob over the advancing Thun keeper Coltorti. HSV dominated the first half against the Swiss first division side who knocked Bundesliga club VFL Wolfsburg out over two legs in the previous round. The home side played exciting refreshing football, and their short passing game was a sight for sore eyes.

Dubious decisions...

HSV pressed forward and created a hatful of chances, the first of which was missed by Emile Mpenza on 15 minutes. The lightning-quick Belgian striker seemed surprised to have such an easy chance to take care of. Sergej Barbarez was taken off as a preventive measure with what looked to be a groin problem, and was replaced by Christian Rahn. The referee disallowed what looked to be a perfectly good goal by Romeo on 25 minutes. The Argentinean was adjudged to have been offside...TV pictures however clearly showed that the ref was wrong. Further HSV chances followed, where Jarolim hit the bar and missed another sitter in first half injury time. Thun could count themselves lucky not to be four or even five goals behind at half time instead of only 0-1.

More dubious decisions...

HSV carried on where they had left off in the second half and should have been further ahead, but another awful decision by the linesman adjudged this time Mpenza to be offside a minute after the re-start... a laughable decision to say the least. Thun held their own without really threatening Martin Pieckenhagen in the HSV goal. Piecke didn't have much to do, but he took care of business in his usual calm collected way in his first competitive game for 9 months. On 61 minutes the Thun keeper Coltorti saved well from Romeo who played as if he had a point to prove. He was however powerless three minutes later as Collin Benjamin played Mpenza into the box, where the Belgian finished clinically with a lob into the bottom corner to make the score 2-0 to coach Klaus Toppmölller's side.

Daniel van Buyten superb

Usually it is the strikers in a team who grab the headlines due to their goal scoring prowess, but it must be said that HSV's latest signing the Belgian international man-mountain defender Daniel van Buyten, had a superb game, holding things together at the back while being simply unbeatable in the air. He played as if he'd been in the side for years, giving out clear instructions at the back, all in perfect German. HSV fans can look forward to watching the big man play in the coming season that's for sure. It must also be said that Björn Schlicke played very well alongside the Belgian.

Bernardo at the double!

There was very little to see from the visiting side apart from a free kick on 69 minutes, which Pieckenhagen did well to turn around his post. Three minutes later, a curling free kick into the Thun box caught the Swiss defence who were watching van Buyten and the second half substitute Reinhardt off guard. They failed to pick up Bernardo Romeo who stole in at the far post to gleefully head home his second and HSV's third, to put the game beyond Thun's reach. The Swiss side grabbed a consolation goal 9 minutes from time, as the youngster Moser scored superbly with a fantastic left foot volley, but by then the damage had already been don and HSV played out for time and a well deserved 3-1 win.

Villarreal in semi-final on Wednesday

So HSV move on into the semi-final of the Intertoto Cup, where they face the very dangerous Spanish side Villarreal in Spain on Wednesday (28.7.04). The Hamburg side surely has a chance if it can reproduce the first half form shown in the AOL Arena on Saturday evening.

HSV: Pieckenhagen - Schlicke (71. Reinhardt), van Buyten, Wicky - Jarolim, Beinlich (75. Hampel) - Benjamin, Barbarez (20. Rahn), Kling - Mpenza, Romeo - Trainer: Klaus Toppmöller

Thun: Coltorti, Hodzic, Renggli, Cerrone, Gerber, Tchami, Aegerter, Lustrinelli (65. Ojong), Ferreira, Dos Santos (78. Moser), Kulaksizoglu - Trainer: Hans Peter Latour

Goals: 1:0 Romeo (2.), 2:0 Mpenza (66.), 3:0 Romeo (72.), 3:1 Moser (81.)

Source: HSV.de

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