Rafael van der Vaart gave Hamburg the lead with a stunning strike - his first Bundesliga goal since May 2008.
Rafael van der Vaart gave Hamburg the lead with a stunning strike - his first Bundesliga goal since May 2008.

Hamburg pay the penalty

Mönchengladbach - A late goal from Alvaro Dominguez earned Borussia Mönchengladbach a point against Hamburger SV with a dramatic 2-2 draw at the Borussia Park Stadion.

Van der Vaart cracker

Rafael van der Vaart put the visitors in front in the 23rd minute with a goal out of nothing, but he later missed a penalty which would have put the result beyond doubt. Artjoms Rudnevs' goal just before half time cancelled out Martin Stranzl's equaliser with the Austrian defender seeing a red card for giving away the penalty before Dominguez equalised with almost the last touch of the game.

Borussia Mönchengladbach were forced onto the back foot immediately with Ivo Ilicevic sending the first sighter with a wayward shot in the first minute. That set the tone for the early stages of the game with Hamburg looking the brighter and Gladbach only threatening once when Luuk de Jong shot wide in the ninth minute.

Hamburg took the lead in the 23rd minute with a goal which was worth the entrance ticket. It was route one stuff with Rene Adler's long punt forward finding its way through to Van der Vaart on the left wing. There did not appear to be too much danger, but the Dutchman sent a dipping, curling shot into the far corner of Marc Andre ter Stegen's goal on the volley for
his first goal in the Bundesliga since May 2008.

Paying the penalty

The home side levelled in the 39th minute with their next big chance. Stranzl rose to meet a corner with determination and head it past Rene Adler from five yards out. There was not long for the home fans to celebrate before Rudnevs opened his account for Hamburg, heading in Milan Badelj's cross at the far post to silence the Borussia Park Stadion once again.
Stranzl was given his marching orders in the 54th minute when he was adjudged to have brought down Ilicevic near the goal line. Van der Vaart stepped up to the spot, but sent his shot against the left-hand post.

It proved to be a costly miss as Domnguez scored an equaliser in stoppage time. The stadium had already fallen silent in anticipation of the goal as Juan Arango stepped up to take a free-kick wide right, and they were ripped from their seats as Dominguez met his curling cross with his head from eight yards to beat Adler.

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