- Wolfsburg earn first win since Matchday 25.
- Gustavo with winning goal in second half.
- Hamburg assured of place in top flight next season.
Ever-present Hamburger SV secured another year in the Bundesliga despite falling to a 1-0 defeat at home to VfL Wolfsburg.
Goal: Gustavo (73')
Clear-cut goalscoring chances were a rarity early on at the Volksparkstadion, where Hamburg were the superior side, bossing possession against their deep-lying visitors. Michael Gregoritsch issued a first warning on the Wolves' goal 13 minutes in, before fellow attacking midfielder Aaron Hunt saw his effort cleared by Paul Seguin. However, it was Wolfsburg who were presented with the most promising opportunity before the interval, Christian Träsch firing wide on the rebound after Jaroslav Drobny blocked Naldo's free-kick.
Hoping to bounce back from a three-game losing streak in the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg increased the pressure after the restart. Drobny did well to palm away Vieirinha's attempt before Maximilian Arnold saw his header saved by the experienced Czech custodian. The Wolves eventually managed to break the deadlock 16 minutes from time, though, when Luiz Gustavo kept cool to slot in from close range. Hoping to get a late equaliser, Hamburg threw bodies forward in the closing stages but their late efforts came to no avail.
Man of the match
Boosted by his midweek call-up to Brazil's 2016 Copa America squad, Gustavo was at the heart of most Wolfsburg's promising action, crowning his performance with the winning goal to end VfL's losing streak.
Having stared relegation in the face and only saved their Bundesliga status in the play-offs against Karlsruher SC last season, Hamburg fans will be relieved to see their team going into the final week of the campaign safe.
- It was the first time Wolfsburg head coach Dieter Hecking made as many as five changes to his starting line-up from one game to the next.
- Young midfielder Paul Seguin earned his first Bundesliga start for the Wolves.
Hamburg: Drobny - G. Sakai, Djourou, Spahic, Ostrzolek - Kacar, Holtby (Cleber 84') – Gregoritsch (Bahoui 74'), Ilicevic – Lasogga (Olic 64')
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Vieirinha, Naldo, Dante, Schäfer (Guilavogui 78') - Arnold, Gustavo – Träsch (Caligiuri 55'), Sesguin, Schürrle - M. Kruse (Dost 90')
Coach: Dieter Hecking