With just one point from three league games, any nerves from the home fans were settled within eight minutes, as club captain Rafael van der Vaart slid in to direct a low cross past a stranded Daniel Davari in the Braunschweig goal. Shortly afterwards Jacques Zoua doubled the lead with his first Bundesliga goal after Maximilian Beister had demonstarted strength and nimble footwork on the right.
One brings two
A quiet start to the second half which saw Hamburg regularly probe from the edge of the box exploded into life with the entrance of Hakan Calhanoglu. The summer signing from Karlsruher SC netted his first top-flight goal in the 80th minute, beating several men on the edge of the box to bend a curling effort into the far corner.
The 19-year-old then sensationally bettered that effort by finding the top corner with a sumptuous set-piece, handing HSV their first win of the campaign and their biggest margin of victory under coach Thorsten Fink.
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