SV Darmstadt picked up their first win in nine Bundesliga games with a 2-1 win at Hamburger SV.
SV Darmstadt picked up their first win in nine Bundesliga games with a 2-1 win at Hamburger SV.

Darmstadt down Hamburg to boost survival hopes

SV Darmstadt 98 pulled four points clear of the relegation places with a 2-1 win over Hamburger SV at the Volksparkstadion. Goals from Aytac Sulu and Jerome Gondorf drowned out Lewis Holtby's late strike for the hosts.

Hamburger SV 1-2 SV Darmstadt 98

Goals: 0-1 Sulu (38'), 0-2 Gondorf (54'), 1-2 Holtby (90+1') 

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Hamburg came into this Matchday 29 clash in tenth, three places and five points better off than struggling Darmstadt, and the hosts dominated the early proceedings, with Michael Gregoritsch heading an early Ivo Ilicevic cross narrowly wide of the visitors' goal. Ilicevic came close to grabbing his fifth goal of the season soon after, but having spun clear in the penalty area he blazed his shot over. HSV dominated first-half possession, completing more than three times as many passes as Darmstadt, yet it was Die Lilien who opened the scoring against the run of play when Sulu headed home Konstantin Rausch's free-kick for his seventh goal of the season. 

Pendulum duly swung, Darmstadt pulled further clear before the hour. Sandro Wagner broke free after some calamitous Hamburg defending before squaring the ball for Gondorf, and the midfielder had little trouble tapping home his first Bundesliga goal from mere metres out. Only FC Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski and SV Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizarro have scored more goals in 2016 than Wagner, and he nearly got his own name on the scoresheet late on, but his left-footed shot sailed wide. Hamburg pumped the ball into the Darmstadt box for the final 15 minutes and pulled one back when Holtby poked home, but it proved too little too late and Dirk Schuster's men closed out their first win in nine Bundesliga games.