A hat-trick from 1. FSV Mainz 05 midfielder Danny Latza brought an end to Hamburger SV's four-game unbeaten run on Matchday 15.
1.FSV Mainz 05 3-1 Hamburger SV
Goals:0-1 Wood (21’), 1-1 Latza (35’), 2-1 Latza (56’), 3-1 Latza (67’)
Bobby Wood opened the scoring for the visitors in the 21st minute, collecting a diagonal ball from Mattias Ostrzolek with a deft touch with his left, and then shooting hard with his right to beat Mainz keeper Jonas Lössl at the near post. HSV nearly doubled their lead after Nicolai Müller latched onto the rebound of Filip Kostic’s shot but his effort hit the crossbar. They’d come to rue the miss - Latza put the home side level after Hamburg defender Douglas Santos made a hash of a clearance to tee up the midfielder to place it deftly inside the far post.
The Zero-Fivers had gone into the break on surer footing, and kept up their good form after the re-start. Danny Latza added a second goal to his career tally when he found his way to the rebound of Karim Onisiwo’s shot in the 56the minute. Once again, Latza struck a low hard shot inside the far post. Amazingly, Latza completed a hat trick 11 minutes later with a rocket from the edge of the area to make it 3-1.