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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 27, 2006

Another draw for disappointing Hamburg

BERLIN, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Hamburg SV's poor start to the Bundesliga season continued on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Hertha Berlin in which both sides finished with 10 men.

It was Hamburg's third draw in as many matches and left them in 11th place with three points while Berlin are sixth with five points.

In an ill-tempered match in Hamburg, Hertha's Sofia Chahed was sent off for a second booking in the 84th minute and Collin Benjamin received a red card five minutes later for a vicious tackle from behind.

Ivory Coast's Boubacar Sanogo gave Hamburg the lead in the 18th minute with his third goal of the season, heading in a fine cross from Benjamin past Hertha keeper Christian Fielder.

But Hertha newcomer Christian Gimenez got the equaliser in the 64th minute, latching on to a loose ball in front of goal and beating HSV's Sascha Kirschstein with a low shot.

Peru's Paolo Guerrero had a chance to win the match in stoppage time for HSV when he got clear five metres from the goal, only for his shot to sail over the crossbar.

HSV finished third last season and hoped to challenge Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen for the title.

'It's just not enough,' said HSV coach Thomas Doll. 'We had expected a lot more from our first three matches. We got off to a good start against Hertha but couldn't stay focussed.'

Sunday's other game between Frankfurt and Mainz was also a 1-1 draw.

Nuremberg remained top of the standings on goal difference after a 0-0 at Bayern Munich on Saturday. Bayern are second and Schalke third. All three have seven points.

There have been nine red cards issued after three rounds. Last season there were 26 red cards in 34 rounds. The Bundesliga record of 46 was set in 1990/91 and equalled in 94/95.

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