Goals: Hunt (20'), Ginczek (pen. 55'), Kostic (65'), Arp (69')
Red card: Burnic (13')
Jann-Fiete Arp, now the first millennial to start a Bundesliga game, was quickly into the action in attack as his back-heel inside the box found Aaron Hunt, but the former Werder Bremen man overran his touch and was quickly forced wide by goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. The World Cup winner was again called into action moments later to again deny Hunt from a tight angle as Hamburg got off to a lively start. Stuttgart were reduced to ten men before the quarter-hour mark when Borussia Dortmund loanee Dzenis Burnic was dismissed for a second yellow card. Zieler, however, will not want to see the replay of Hamburg’s opening goal. A free-kick by Hunt from 25 yards should have been a regulation take for the goalkeeper, but he somehow fumbled the ball into his own net. The home side continued to dominate with another chance falling for Arp and then Dennis Diekmeier, who continues to hold the Bundesliga record for matches without ever scoring (191 before today) and only had the goalkeeper to beat after a pull-back from Filip Kostic, but Zieler this time held safely on both occasions. The hosts continued the pressure up until the break with further efforts from Japanese duo Gotoku Sakai and Tatsuya Ito.
Diekmeier again came close to finally opening his account, but his strike from 20 yards went just the wrong side of Zieler’s left-hand post. However, he was soon causing problems in his own box as he handled a free-kick into the box. After consulting the video assistant in Cologne, the referee pointed to the spot and Daniel Ginczek converted for his second goal in as many games to bring the ten men of Stuttgart level. The busy Diekmeier did make amends not long after, though, as he curled in a cross for Filip Kostic to head home at the far post and restore the hosts’ lead. Not long afterwards, 17-year-old Arp left two defenders standing as he danced his way into the box before firing past Zieler for his second Bundesliga goal and securing three massive points for Hamburg.