Heung-Min Son gave the home side the lead in only the second minute, but Ivan Perisic levelled for the guests right at the start of the second half. Ivo Ilicevic restored Hamburg's advantage less than ten minutes later and Son appeared to have given them victory four minutes later with his second of the game. Perisic had other ideas and levelled within 60 seconds, but despite Dortmund's efforts, they were unable to find an equaliser.
Hamburg got off to a flying start with Van der Vaart making an immediate impression with his cross from the left headed in from six yards by Son, who managed to direct the ball through the legs of Roman Weidenfeller. Weidenfeller was at full stretch to push Michael Mancienne's effort over the bar as Hamburg almost got a second, spurring the defending champions into action with Lukasz Piszcek dragging a shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post.
Robert Lewandowski tested Rene Adler's reactions twice as Dortmund came close to levelling, but the home side were playing their part in an entertaining game too and making Dortmund's defenders earn their money. Van der Vaart continued to cause a nuisance of himself, a bit too much for the referee's liking as he brandished a yellow card.
Dortmund needed just 25 seconds to level in the second half with Perisic lifting what appeared to be a cross into the back of the net over Adler, who had drifted off his line expecting the ball to come into the centre of his penalty area. Hamburg's response did not take too long with Ilicevic restoring their lead in the 55th minute. He was put through on goal by Van der Vaart and beat Weidenfeller inside his near post with a powerful shot.
Son made it three with his second goal of the game in the 59th minute, leaving Weidenfeller standing like a statute with a curling effort into the top left-hand corner of the goal from the edge of the penalty area. The stadium announcer had not finished reading the name of the goalscorer when Perisic reduced the arrears with his second of the game after Piszcek pulled the ball back to him. Götze's deflected shot tested Adler as Dortmund threw everything forwards, but Hamburg managed to resist the late pressure to pick up their first win of the season and inflict the first Bundesliga defeat on Dortmund in almost a year.
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