Hamburg - FC Augsburg got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Hamburger SV.
Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker’s early headed goal was enough to win it for the guests, while Hamburg wll rue a host of mised chances and a red card shown to Maximilian Beister.
Much of the pre-match build-up had been focused on the South Korean duel between Hamburg’s Heung-Min Son and Augsburg duo Ja-Cheol Koo and Ji Dong-Won, but it was the away side’s German talent on show that got the game up and running. Inside the first five minutes, Callsen-Bracker headed home unchallenged from Tobias Werner’s corner to give third-from-bottom FCA the perfect start.
It was a setback for Hamburg but they came back into the game well and should have hauled themselves level but for some poor finishing, with Artjoms Rudnevs guilty of two glaring close-range misses. And after the break it was a similar story of frustration for the home side. Rudnevs had an effort well blocked by Klavan on the turn, before Son headed wide with Dennis Aogo waiting to line up a volley behind him.
The home side’s cause wasn’t helped by the dismissal of substitute Beister, who was shown a straight red card after a lunging kick on Augsburg’s Daniel Baier. From there on in HSV’s challenge faded, and the visitors duly wrapped up another potentially crucial victory.
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