Kevin Akpoguma's own goal and strikes from Filip Kostic and Gideon Jung ensured Hamburg all three points at home against Hoffenheim and moved the Bundesliga's only ever-present club out of the relegation play-off place.
Goals: 1-0 Akpoguma (o.g. 6'), 2-0 Kostic (75'), 3-0 Jung (88')
Serge Gnabry almost made it the perfect start for the visitors when he put wide from six yards, but the hosts were quickest out of the blocks at the Volksparkstadion as Douglas Santos’ ball across goal was diverted into his own net by Kevin Akpoguma under pressure from teenager Jann-Fiete Arp for the 1000th own goal in Bundesliga history. The game then quickly settled down with both sides looking for that final ball in attack, but failing to test either goalkeeper. The centre-back with the no.9 shirt, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, had a crack from a free-kick 25 yards out on the hour mark, but scuffed his effort well wide. Sandro Wagner came inches away from turning in a Nico Schulz cross from the left at the other end, but goalkeeper Christian Mathenia was quick off his line to collect and end any threat of an equaliser. His opposite number Oliver Baumann was tested moments later by Filip Kostic, but the Hoffenheim shot-stopper got down well to his right to keep the deficit at just one going into the break.
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The first chance of the second half fell to USA international Bobby Wood, restored to the starting line-up for the first time since October, when his half-volley crashed off the outside the post and away to safety. Arp then tested Baumann from range after a mazy run, but again the ‘keeper held. The clearest chance of the game, though, fell to Wood on the hour mark as he ran onto Kostic’s cut-back to the penalty spot, but the forward put it straight at Baumann. Hamburg continued the pressure after a trio of changes from Julian Nagelsmann as Arp twice went close, the second a powerful strike from range that had Baumann at full stretch to turn over the bar. The TSG goalkeeper was beaten shortly after, though, with Kostic’s swerving free-kick from 35 yards managing to squirm under his outstretched hand. Jung then added the icing on the cake as he drove home Dennis Diekmeier’s header back to the penalty spot to give Hamburg a third.
- Last season Hamburg earned more points against Hoffenheim (four) than they did against any other team.
- This was just Hoffenheim's second away defeat this season (first came at Freiburg).
- Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol saved Hoffenheim from relegation in 2013 and took charge of 85 Bundesliga games for the club.
- Hamburg had taken only seven points from their previous six home games this season, the third worst record in the Bundesliga.
- Gisdol gave Bundesliga debuts to Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri, Philipp Ochs and Mark Uth.
- Kevin Akpoguma's own goal was the 1000th in Bundesliga history.
Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Mavraj, Papadopoulos, Douglas - Jung, Sakai (c) - Hunt (Van Drongelen 75'), Kostic - Wood (Schipplock 82'), Arp (Waldschmidt 90'+1)
Substitutes: Walace, Pollersbeck, Janjicic, Ito
Absentees: Ekdal (thigh), Müller (knee)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Akpoguma, Vogt (c), Posch - Zuber (Kramaric 64'), Demirbay (Szalai 64'), Grillitsch, Schulz - Uth, Wagner, Gnabry (Amiri 57')
Substitutes: Kobel, Kaderabek, Bicakcic, Geiger
Absentees: - Hübner (knee)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
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