Bruno Labbadia's die Rothosen side got off to the perfect start, as Josip Drmic rounded off a lovely move and got his first goal in a HSV shirt. Ingolstadt dominated the majority of the first half, but were unable to craft any serious chances to claw themselves level as a wait of five hundred minutes for an away goal continued.
In a feisty contest throughout, with eight yellow cards, die Schanzer hauled themselves level within fifteen minutes of the restart and the drought was firmly over. Lukas Hinterseer nodding home from a Pascal Groß corner, for the Austrian's second in two games. In the second half HSV were a non-entity in terms of attacking play and although Ralph Hasenhüttl's side pushed for a winner, both would have to settle for a draw that sees the plucky Bavarian side rise to ninth whereas HSV also rise one place into ninth.
Both managers did not feel the need for drastic changes in their respected line-up, only Hasenhüttl did alter his starting eleven as Lukas Hinterseer replaced die Schanzer's top scorer Moritz Hartmann. Die Rothosen remained unchanged from the side that drew in Frankfurt last Friday night.
Feisty first half, with deadlock broke early on
Both Ralph Hasenhüttl's plucky visitors, FC Ingolstadt 04 and their opponents on Saturday afternoon die Rothosen, HSV play a similar low risk defensive style of play. But as Bruno Labbadia's side were in front of their own side the impetus was on them to attack die Schanzer, and the Volksparkstadion side seemed to take this perfectly in their stride and treated the home faithful to an early lead - after a beautfully worked move.
Nicolai Müller twisted and turned to avoid the challenge of Almog Cohen and eventually found the returning from injury, Aaron Hunt. The attacker, who used to play for die Rothosen's arch-rivals Werder Bremen, swapped passes with Artoms Rudnevs before squaring for an unmarked Josip Drmic. The Swiss scoring his first for HSV, during a loan move from Borussia Mönchengladbach after what had been a positive start from the visiting Bavarian side. Pascal Groß had previously troubled from a freekick.
The Audi Sportpark side, Ingolstadt, have not been known for their fluid attacking play but they nearly had a quick-fire equaliser; Roger saw a curling effort flash just wide and Matthew Leckie saw the same fate after some neat footwork.
However despite their admirable standing in the table the problem for Ralph Hasenhüttl and die Schanzer is clear - they simply do not score enough goals. Only one player, defender Marvin Matip, has scored more than once from open play and record signing Darío Lezcano is yet to score after a January switch from FC Luzern. They have also failed to score in over half of their domestic games, which makes bad reading for the Austrian, Hasenhüttl.
The first half was certainly a feisty affair, with no fewer than four players seeing the wrath of referee Marco Fritz within the opening forty five minutes. Heavy tackles were a plenty and there were many stoppages in play resulting in a scrappy, stop start half. Gotoku Sakai was worse for wear after being clattered by his own 'keeper, René Adler following a lofted clearance; but the Japanese soldiered on.
After recent years of turmoil, culminating in last seasons close shave with relegation, die Rothosen have seemingly gotten their act together under the guidance of Labbadia - who is in his second spell at the Volksparkstadion. It took a last gasp Marcelo Díaz setpiece to save the North German side from the cusps of the 2. Bundesliga, for the side that has never been relegated from the Bundesliga. This season, despite a poor start in the rückrunde, die Rothosen are midtable in the standings and are set to extend their stay in Germany's top flight to a 54th year. Drmic's early effort only serving to improve HSV's position.
The real star of the half for the hosts, Aaron Hunt, nearly doubled his sides lead on the stroke of half time. However unfortunately for Hunt, his opportunistic acrobatic effort sailed into the grateful grasp of Ørjan Nyland; the Norwegian goalkeeper making only his thrid start for die Schanzer, in the absence of Ramazan Özcan.
Schanzer strike back
Of FC Ingolstadt 04's poltry sixteen league goals, some ten have come from set pieces and as such it therefore came as no surprise when die Schanzer struck back after fifteen minutes of second half play. Groß lofted in a corner and it was Lukas Hinterseer who popped up and glanced a header into the far corner. After one goal in twenty one games, the Austrian had served up two in two following last weekends penalty in the 2-0 win over Werder Bremen.
The goal came in some controversy, as Hasenhüttl's side had played on for some time whilst Lewis Holtby lay maimed at the other end of the pitch for want of better phrase. Groß and the secondly Danny da Costa carried on the Ingolstadt attack before winning the all important corner, much to the disapproval of the home fans.
After the red card prone Müller was withdrawn by Labbadia shortly before the Ingolstadt leveler, die Rothosen almost ended as an attacking entity. Due to a mix of poor decision making and the usual solid defending from Marvin Matip & co, Ørjan Nyland wasn't to be tested for the remaining entirety of the game as die Schanzer dominated the late proceedings. The Norwegian 'keeper looking to end his bad luck Bundesliga duck, as with his previous two starts has seen two defeats for his side; but a draw was seemingly on the way in the Hanseatic city.
Once again, tackles were a plenty and tempers flared on occasions - such as between Sakai and Robert Bauer, although handbags would be much more appropriate for that situation in all honesty. The yellow cards issued by Fritz amassed to a sizeable eight, during the second forty five.
The plucky Bavarian visitors, synonymous with their dogged pragmatic play, were set to rise into the top half of the table with results going their way elsewhere. However this didn't stop them from pushing for a winner on occasion, once more the Schanzer talismanic figure Groß at the forefront with an effort palmed over by Adler, after a one two with da Costa in a similar area as Hunt and Rudnevs had done some seventy or so minutes prior.
Although they were issued a late warning, as the Ivo Iličević came inches away from controlling a Lewis Holtby lofted through ball. The Croatian was betrayed by his footing however at the vital moment, allowing Benjamin Hübner to clear and confirming a draw between the two mid table sides.