Matchday 20 provided a sole point for Die Roten Bullen, as visitors Hamburger SV held RB Leipzig to a 1-1 draw in front of 42,558 spectators at the Red Bull Arena on Saturday.
Ralph Hasenhüttl's boys made a good start to the afternoon, taking a 1-0 lead after only nine minutes. Kevin Kampl stole possession in midfield, played the ball forward to Marcel Sabitzer, and the Austrian had the presence of mind to pick out the unmarked Bruma in the box, who headed back across goal and into the bottom corner. A second goal ought to have followed seven minutes later when Jean-Kévin Augustin found himself one-on-one with Christian Mathenia in the HSV goal, but he skewed his effort wide of the target.
Die Roten Bullen then slowly started to lose their rhythm and Hamburg grew in confidence. An equaliser followed in the 29th minute when Filip Kostic rounded Péter Gulácsi and slotted into the empty net to level the scores at half time. HSV were now more organised and harder to break down than early on in the game, although a sumptuous pass from Kampl also unlocked the defence shortly after the restart. Sadly, Sabitzer couldn't quite find a way around Mathenia, before enough blue shirts crowded Die Roten Bullen out.
Both sides made changes as the second half progressed, but none were able to make their mark. The closest either side came to a winner was Bobby Wood's turn and fire on the penalty spot, but a leg stuck out at last second by goalscorer Bruma denied the American. The full-time whistle came about with little further incident, as Die Roten Bullen had to settle for a draw against second-bottom.
- Ralph Hasenhüttl made just one change to the side that started against Freiburg last week, with Lukas Klostermann replacing Bernardo at left back.
- Bruma's opener was his third goal of the season.
- Marcel Sabitzer provided already his sixth assist this campaign.