Aaron Hunt netted a fine brace as Hamburg beat Hoffenheim 2-1 on Matchday 28 to make it nine consecutive home games unbeaten.
Hamburg 2-1 Hoffenheim
Goals: 1-0 Hunt (25'); 1-1 Kramaric (pen., 35); 2-1 Hunt (75')
With Hamburg unbeaten in their last eight Bundesliga home games, it was little surprise to see Markus Gisdol's men fly out of the traps. Filip Kostic and Gotoku Sakai both spurned good chances, before Hunt's cleverly worked free-kick gave the hosts the lead in the 25th minute. Full of confidence after beating Bayern Munich in midweek, Hoffenheim were unbowed and levelled – against the run of play – ten minutes later when Andrej Kramaric gave Christian Mathenia no chance from the spot.
Man of the match
Who else but Hunt? The attacking midfielder took his first goal with aplomb, and was in the right place at the right time to poke home after good work from Wood through the middle.
Hamburg's home form looks like it will be enough to keep them afloat. Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann warned of the "best HSV in years," beforehand, and the transformation in fortunes wrought by Gisdol is largely thanks to the imposing record at the Volksparkstadion.
- Hunt has scored seven Bundesliga braces, although this was his first for Hamburg.Kramaric has now scored eight goals in his last eight Bundesliga games.The Croatian's penalty was Hoffenheim's 200th away goal in the Bundesliga.
Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Papadopoulos, Mavraj, Ostrzolek - Sakai (c), Walace – Kostic (Gregoritsch, 81'), Holtby, Hunt – Wood (Lasogga, 85')
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Bicakcic (Uth, 82'), Süle, Hübner - Rudy (c) (Amiri, 46'), Vogt, Schwegler, Zuber – Terrazzino (Rupp, 61'), Kramaric, Wagner
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann