- Müller and Wood score their fourth goals of the season for HSV.
- Avdijaj grabs consolation for Schalke with maiden Bundesliga strike.
- Hamburg have picked up nine points in their last four games.
Both of these sides were in desperate need of points at the Volksparkstadion, but the chances were at a premium in the first half. Yevhen Konoplyanka, who rescued a point for Schalke with an equaliser against SC Freiburg on Saturday, came closest to opening the scoring early on. However, after making an interception and racing into the Hamburg penalty area, the Ukrainian fired wide under pressure and the two teams went in goalless at the break.
It remained finely-poised until Nicolai Müller gave Hamburg the lead on the hour mark. Arcing his run to avoid the offside trap, the 29-year-old latched onto a through ball from Filip Kostic and fired past Ralf Fährmann for 1-0. Bobby Wood replaced Luca Waldschmidt just before that goal, and the American added a second for the hosts with eight minutes left on the clock. There was time for Donis Avdijaj to grab a late consolation for Schalke – the 20-year-old volleying in his first Bundesliga goal – but Hamburg held on to make it three wins in their last four league outings.
Man of the Match
Müller put in a superb shift for the hosts, giving them the lead early in the second half, and teeing up Wood for their second. The all-action winger also made more sprints (47) and had more shots on goal (5) than anybody else on the pitch.
Having failed to win a single game until Matchday 13, Hamburg have now made it three victories in four outings, which will allow them to go into the winter break with rather less pressure on their shoulders than they might have expected. While they are by no means out of danger just yet, HSV will at least be more confident that they can avoid a first ever relegation from the Bundesliga.
- Müller scored his fourth goal of the campaign, which makes him Hamburg's joint top scorer. He also gave HSV the lead when these two sides met at the VELTINS Arena in March, but Schalke went on to win 3-2.
- Wood joined Müller on four goals after coming on as a substitute. The USMNT star has needed only 12 shots on goal to reach that target.
- It was the first time this season that a substitute had scored for either side. Avdijaj netted his first Bundesliga goal with his third attempt on goal.
Hamburg: Mathenia – Sakai, Djourou, Jung, Douglas Santos – Ekdal, Ostrzolek – Waldschmidt (Wood 59'), Müller, Kostic (Spahic 90') – Gregoritsch (Lasogga 88')
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Schalke: Fährmann – Kehrer, Höwedes, Kolasinac – Geis (Avdijaj 69') – Schöpf (Caicara 77'), Goretzka, Bentaleb, Baba Rahman – Meyer, Konoplyanka (Reese 89')
Coach: Markus Weinzierl
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