- Drobny denied Pizarro from the penalty spot.
- Hamburg went on to win the northern derby 2-1.
- HSV now six points clear of the bottom three.
The veteran Czech goalkeeper only featured because of suspension to Rene Adler, but the ban for HSV's first-choice custodian proved a blessing in disguise as his understudy shone early in the second half, halting Pizarro's spot-kick to help preserve the hosts' 2-0 lead.
Droby was later beaten by Anthony Ujah, but his penalty save proved decisive in giving Bruno Labbadia's side a win that has all but ensured Hamburg will extend their proud record as the only side to have competed in every Bundesliga campaign.