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Underachieving giants Hamburg and Werder still searching for hope

Dortmund's Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) celebrates after scoring the 0-2 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hamburg SV v BVB Borussia...

Even by the standards of local tussles and their particular intensity, it wasn’t much of a spectacle. Pundit Lothar Matthäus told the Sky audience that Saturday’s 107th top-flight Nordderby between Hamburg and Werder Bremen “didn’t deserve a sold-out stadium” – nearly 55,000 were there – but what did anybody expect? These two grand old clubs have been on the train leaving Worried, headed for Desperate, for a while and after this fractious encounter, neither look like taking a diversion soon.

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Dortmund's Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) celebrates after scoring the 0-2 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match Hamburg SV v BVB Borussia...

Underachieving giants Hamburg and Werder still searching for hope

Even by the standards of local tussles and their particular intensity, it wasn’t much of a spectacle. Pundit Lothar Matthäus told the Sky audience that Saturday’s 107th top-flight Nordderby between Hamburg and Werder Bremen “didn’t deserve a sold-out stadium” – nearly 55,000 were there – but what did anybody expect? These two grand old clubs have been on the train leaving Worried, headed for Desperate, for a while and after this fractious encounter, neither look like taking a diversion soon.