Heung-Min Son scored the only goal of the game in the 17th minute to make it ten points in four matches for the north German side, simultaneously condemning their hosts to the foot of the table.
The last thing Fürth would have wanted was to concede an early goal, but their fears were realised as Son picked up possession in midfield and exploited the space in front of him, powering forward unchallenged before unleashing a low shot into the far corner.
The game lost its way a little in terms of technique, but gained in tenacity as both sides fought for every loose ball. The consequence was a spate of yellow cards and plenty of interruptions which prevented either side from establishing a rhythm. This seemed to suit the hosts more as they were happy to defend in numbers and wait for a chance on the break which, despite Fürth's best efforts, did not present itself.
The aggression carried over into the second half as Hamburg gradually began retreating rather than seeking a second goal. Fürth, whose game has been based on counterattacking football since they arrived in the Bundesliga, almost appeared unsure how to react. Instead it was HSV who created the better chances, with Artjoms Rudnevs denied by Max Grün and Son shooting wide as Fürth failed to find an answer before the final whistle.
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