Paderborn - Hamburger SV moved two points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a priceless 3-0 win away to fellow strugglers SC Paderborn 07 on Wednesday.
Rafael van der Vaart fired home from the penalty spot to give HSV an early lead, with Marcell Jansen and Zoltan Stieber making the points safe in the second half.
Hamburg ended a run of 396 minutes of Bundesliga action without a goal inside the opening 10 seconds at the Benteler Arena after Patrick Ziegler brought down Jansen in the box and van der Vaart dispatched the resultant penalty. Moritz Stoppelkamp warmed the palms of Jaroslav Drobny in response, before Nicolai Müller and Stieber went close to making it two at the other end.
The Paderborn fans got right behind their side in the second half and were almost given reason to celebrate when Elias Kachunga lifted the ball over Drobny, only to see his deft lob come back off the crossbar. Hamburg rode the storm, though, eventually doubling their lead in the 71st minute when Jansen was allowed to swivel in the box and fire beyond Kruse. The electric Stieber punctuated a clinical display with the port city club’s third in injury time.
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