Hamburg safe despite Wolfsburg loss

Ever-present Hamburger SV secured another year in the Bundesliga despite falling to a 1-0 defeat at home to VfL Wolfsburg.

Hamburger SV 0-1 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.

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