Hamburg crash out of German Cup
Top-flight Hamburg were sensationally knocked out of the German Cup in the first round on Sunday, suffering a 3-1 defeat to third division side Osnabrueck.
Hamburg’s misery was compounded by the fact that Osnabrueck played most of the game with 10 men, after defender Marcel Appiah was sent off on 19 minutes.
After taking the lead through a smash-and-grab goal from Halil Savran five minutes before halftime, the underdogs struck again through Marc Heider on the counter-attack with an hour played.
Disastrous defending from Hamburg then allowed Ahmet Arslan to add a third in the 71st minute.
Though Bobby Wood pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, it was too little too late for Hamburg.
“We have to be very selfcritical,” Hamburg sporting director Jens Todt told Sky.
“We had one man more than them for 70 minutes and we still couldn’t win; we defended badly.”