Summary

  • Darmstadt pick up their first win in nine games.
  • Sulu's header makes him the Bundesliga's top scoring defender with seven.
  • Gondorf's first Bundesliga goal ensured a 2-1 win for the Lilies.

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.

Sulu celebrates his opening goal.

Man of the match

Sulu. The Darmstadt captain bossed his back-line in an impressive defensive display, and his goal at the other end left Rene Adler with no chance.

Talking point

The clock in the corner of the Volksparkstadion counting Hamburg's record-stay in the Bundesliga could yet be reset come the end of the season. HSV wilted after the opening 30 minutes here, and with Europe-chasing Borussia Dortmund, 1. FSV Mainz 05 and VfL Wolsfburg still to play, the Red Shorts remain in danger. 

Match stats

  • Sulu's header was his seventh goal of the season, making him the top scoring defender in the Bundesliga.
  • Hamburg's 3-2 win over VfB Stuttgart in Matchday 2 remains the only time this season they have beaten a side sitting in the bottom half of the table.
  • This was Darmstadt's first win since Matchday 20, when they won 2-0 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
  • Hamburg completed 435 passes at the Volksparkstadion compared to Darmstadt's 120.

Sandro Wagner (third l.) led the line well for Darmstadt.

Line-ups

Hamburg: Adler (c) - Diekmeier, Cleber, Spahic, G. Sakai - Ekdal (Lasogga 56'), Holtby - N. Müller, Gregoritsch (Kacar 78'), Ilicevic (Bahoui 67') - Schipplock 

Coach: Bruno Labbadia 

Darmstadt: Mathenia - Jungwirth, Sulu (c), Caldirola, Holland - Niemeyer, Gondorf - Heller (Kempe 79'), Rausch (Platte 82') - Vrancic (Sirigu 84') - Wagner

Coach: Dirk Schuster