USA striker Bobby Wood was among the scorers as Hamburg went top of the Bundesliga standings for the first time since September 2009 with a 3-1 win at Cologne, despite playing the final half-hour with ten men.
Red card: Mavraj (60')
Cologne started brightly, creating chances for Yuya Osako and Leonardo Bittencourt, but Hamburg struck out of nowhere to take a surprise lead. Uncharacteristic defensive uncertainty in the Cologne rearguard played its part, with Andre Hahn slamming home after the hosts made a hash of clearing a corner. Wood doubled HSV's tally under similar circumstances, before Christian Mathenia pushed a fierce Jonas Hector strike onto the crossbar at the other end.
Cologne started the second half at full throttle as Jhon Cordoba struck the outside of a post, but their momentum was stymied by an injury to match referee Dr. Felix Brych. Replacement official Sören Storks marked his debut in the German top flight by sending off HSV's Mergim Mavraj for a second bookable offence, with Frederik Sörensen eventually reducing the arrears deep into 13 allotted minutes of added time, only for substitute Lewis Holtby to restore the visitors' two-goal lead and seal a thrilling victory moments later.
Watch: Wood reflects on Hamburg's win
Cologne: T. Horn - Klünter, Sörensen, Heintz, J. Horn - Risse (Clemens 25'), Lehmann (c) (Jojic 72'), Hector, Bittencourt (Guirassy 46') - Osako - Cordoba
Coach: Peter Stöger
Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Papadopoulos (c), Mavraj, van Drongelen - Ekdal, Walace - Hahn, Hunt (Waldschmidt 29') (Jung 61'), Kostic (Holtby 90+4') - Wood
Coach: Markus Gisdol
- Hamburg have started the season with two wins in succession for the first time in eight years.
- Wood ended a run of 929 minutes without a Bundesliga goal.
- Hahn scored his first Hamburg goal with his first shot on target.
- Jonas Hector played his 100th Bundesliga game for Cologne.
- Sörensen scored his first Bundesliga goal in his 55th German top-flight appearance.
- Hamburg's Dennis Diekmeier is still to score in a Bundesliga-record 183 matches.
Andre Hahn: "We showed great character to play with ten men and then to get that third goal! It feels amazing!" pic.twitter.com/OEDRVmfvbn— Hamburger SV (@HSV_English) August 25, 2017