Holtby creates Hamburg's first Bundesliga goal, before wonder strike breaks their hearts

Lewis Holtby

Hamburg had set a Bundesliga record after failing to score in 507 minutes.

Lewis Holtby, Tottenham's midfielder on loan at Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg, looked to have played a part in helping his side to a hard fought draw on Sunday.

The tenacious playmaker nearly scored himself in the second half, hitting the side netting after he had rounded visiting goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald. Haris Seferovic had given Frankfurt the lead just before half time, only for Holtby to play in Nicolai Muller on the hour for the leveller.

It was the German international's first direct contribution to a goal since returning to the Bundesliga with Hamburg, and in fact, his club's first league goal of the season, seeing them earn the unwanted record of biggest goal drought in German league history. Unfortunately for Holtby and his side, Chelsea loan star Lucas Piazon smashed home the deciding goal in the final minute, converting a free kick some 40 yards out, just a few minutes after the Spurs loanee had been withdrawn. 

Holtby has made four appearances for the Imtech Arena outfit, one of which being an impressive goalless draw with champions Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, the other three games have all been defeats, and it will matter little to the former Schalke star that he has started every one with the managerless club rooted to the bottom of the league.

The 24-year-old played a big part in Mauricio Pochettino's pre-season games at Spurs this summer, setting up and scoring a number of goals before the Premier League opener against West Ham. However, he started just one of three brief appearances in competitive games, and was allowed to leave on loan with a permanent transfer a possibility at the end of the season.

With Hamburg looking like facing a relegation battle at the moment, Holtby may be reluctant to make his move permanent, but if he continues to improve his fitness and influence during his appearances, he may well win a move elsewhere, or even another chance at White Hart Lane.

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