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Hamburg downed by Rapid fire power

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.53CET
SK Rapid Wien 3-0 Hamburger SV
First-half strikes from Steffen Hofmann and Nikica Jelavić set the tone for a night to remember for a sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion.
Hamburg downed by Rapid fire power
Nikica Jelavić wheels away after making it 2-0 ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Rapid WienHamburg

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners1
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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SSI Err
 
Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.53CET

Hamburg downed by Rapid fire power

SK Rapid Wien 3-0 Hamburger SV
First-half strikes from Steffen Hofmann and Nikica Jelavić set the tone for a night to remember for a sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion.

SK Rapid Wien left the sold-out Ernst Happel Stadion rocking as first-half goals from Steffen Hofmann and Nikica Jelavić set up a shock 3-0 UEFA Europa League victory over Hamburger SV.

Damage done
After a breakneck opening period Hofmann, Rapid's German captain, broke the deadlock in rather sedate fashion ten minutes before half-time. His free-kick from the right wing was innocuous enough but Frank Rost stalled fatally, the lightest of touches from Jerome Boateng confirming its passage into the far corner. Hamburg, fractious at best, were 2-0 down at the interval and though they improved after the restart the Group C spoils never looked like leaving Vienna, Christopher Drazan confirming victory late on.

Pressure
Backed by an effervescent crowd of 49,850 the Grün-Weissen were bright throughout and could have been ahead inside three minutes when Yasin Pehlivan fired just wide from distance. It was a sign of things to come for a HSV side struggling to find the fluency that has taken them to the Bundesliga summit this term. Jelavić was causing all manner of problems and midway through the half it took Boateng's last-ditch intervention to deny him an opener after a fine through-ball from Hofmann. It was only a fleeting reprieve, however, and former FC Bayern München trainee Hofmann soon broke the deadlock, sparking delirious celebrations in the stands.

Drazan strike
They had barely subsided when Jelavić made it 2-0 a minute before the interval. Veli Kavlak outmuscled Dennis Aogo and fired a low centre across the face of goal that beat the unbalanced Boateng, and Jelavić pounced. It was a hammer blow for the visitors, who could have taken the lead themselves had Markus Berg not contrived to limply fire wide on 26 minutes when clean through. Mladen Petrić and substitute Jonathan Pitroipa gave Hamburg greater impetus but despite the animated gesturing of Peter Pacult on the Rapid bench a comeback was never on. And 14 minutes from time 18-year-old replacement Drazan made sure of it, collecting a long punt from keeper Helge Payer and firing in from the edge of the box.

Last updated: 18/09/09 9.55CET

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