Hamburg were left stunned as recently signed Cologne striker Simon Terodde took his tally to three goals in two games for the Billy Goats, who moved to within three points of the Red Shorts thanks to a third consecutive Bundesliga victory.
Goals: 0-1 Terodde (27'), 0-2 Terodde (67')
These two sides may have been occupying the bottom two positions in the Bundesliga for the first time in seven years, yet they combined to produce top-class entertainment in the game's opening. With Andre Hahn and Filip Kostic threatening for the hosts at one end, Yuya Osako was menacing at the other for a Cologne team instilled with new-found morale. Indeed, such was the Billy-Goats' bounce following successive top-flight wins recently, that they stunned HSV by taking a 27th-minute lead, Terodde sliding to finish after Osako had glanced on a Milos Jojic corner. At the other end, Timo Horn was doing his best for the Cologne cause, the goalkeeper producing an outstanding double save to deny Kostic.
The Red Shorts had lost their previous three Bundesliga games prior to this and were winless in five before Cologne arrived at the Volksparkstion. A renewed sense of urgency sparked a response from the home team after the restart, yet despite dominating for large parts, Markus Gisdol's men couldn't find the breakthrough. And how they would pay, with Terodde latching onto Jojic's lifted pass before sending the ball past goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck to double his side's lead. Aaron Hunt looked to reduce the arrears for Hamburg soon after, but his free-kick flashed narrowly off target and Der Dino were left to rue what could be a costly loss.
- Terodde took his tally to three goals in two games for the visitors. The 29-year-old scored two in his previous 15 games for Stuttgart.
- Terodde's double was his first ever Bundesliga brace.
- Cologne scored their first goal from a corner, their first after 91 such set-pieces this season.
- Timo Horn saved three Hamburg shots in the first half.
- The last time Cologne won three straight Bundesliga games, Volker Finke was in charge of the club in 2011.
- Hamburg have only won twice in the Bundesliga in the last 17 games.
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Hamburg: Pollersbeck - Diekmeier, Mavraj, Papadopoulos (c), Douglas - Jung, Holtby (Ito 77') - Janjicic (Wood 66'), Hunt, Kostic - Hahn
Unused subs: Mathenia, van Drongelen, Schipplock, Sakai, Salihovic
Absentees: Ekdal (ankle), Müller (cruciate ligaments), Walace (back), Arp (cold)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Cologne: T. Horn - Sörensen, Mere, Heintz, Hector - Clemens (Klünter 78'), Höger, Özcan, Jojic (Pizarro 88') - Terodde, Osako (Lehmann 64')
Unused subs: Kessler, Zoller, Guirassy, Koziello
Absentees: Queiros (neck), Bittencourt (groin), Cordoba (fitness), Maroh (fitness)
Coach: Stefan Ruthenbeck