- Frankfurt win fourth game of the season.
- Mexico international Fabian chalks up two assists.
- Loss on home debut for Hamburg coach Gisdol.
The hosts looked sharp early on in new coach Markus Gisdol's first home game in charge of the club, denying their visitors space in midfield and pressing high up the pitch. Yet Frankfurt, buoyed by their impressive 2-2 draw with FC Bayern München last week, weathered that storm and gradually settled into the game, taking the lead in the 35th minute when Lewis Holtby turned the ball into his own net from Branimir Hrgota's cross.
Hamburg struggled to recover from that blow and Dennis Diekmeier's sending off early in the second half made matters even worse for the hosts. It was a turning point, as Frankfurt looked increasingly comfortable and ruthlessly exploited the extra space. Fabian went close to scoring himself, but teed up both Shani Tarashaj and Haris Seferovic for goals that sealed a fourth win of the season.
Man of the Match
This was an excellent all-round performance by Frankfurt, but Fabian's movement and eye for a pass proved decisive in the end.
Solid at the back and full of menace going forward, Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac has heralded great changes in the side since taking over towards the end of last season, and his charges are becoming increasingly difficult to beat.
- Holtby scored first own goal in his 161th Bundesliga game.
- Diekmeier was sent off for the first time ever in his 160th league outing.
- Seferovic found the net in the Bundesliga for the first time since December 2015.
Hamburg: Adler (c) - Diekmeier, Spahic (Waldschmidt 55'), Ekdal, Santos - Holtby, Jung - Müller, Halilovic (Wood 46'), Kostic (Sakai 72') – Lasogga
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Chandler, Abraham (c), Vallejo, Oczipka (Tawatha 82') - Mascarell, Hasebe - Gacinovic, Tarashaj (Seferovic 61'), Fabian – Hrgota (Meier 76')
Coach: Niko Kovac