USA striker Bobby Wood ended a run of 18 games without a goal as Hamburg moved to within two points of the relegation play-off spot with a nerve-shredding win over fellow strugglers Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg 1-3 Hamburg
Hamburg started with a real spring in their step, but the first clear-cut chance fell the way of Wolfsburg. Captain Paul Verhaegh scampered up the right-hand side and crossed for Renato Steffen, whose close-range effort sailed over the crossbar. That missed proved costly when HSV were awarded a penalty after Josuha Guilavogui's foul on the lively Tatsuya Ito. Wood - back in the starting line-up for the first time since early February - stepped up to dispatch the ensuing spot-kick, but better was to come as the in-form Lewis Holtby glanced in from Ito to double the Dinos' lead in first-half added time.
With a two-goal cushion, Hamburg attempted to slow the game at every given opportunity. A blistering break presented Filip Kostic with the chance to put the contest to bed, only for Koen Casteels to pull off a miraculous flying save to keep Wolfsburg in the game. The Wolves duly reduced the arrears when Josip Brekalo squeezed a timid free-kick beyond the reach of Julian Pollersbeck, but it was HSV who created the better chances through Bakery Jatta and Kostic. An injury-time strike from substitute Luca Waldschmidt - after Casteels had saved a Kostic penalty - set the seal on a precious win.
- Hamburg have collected 10 points from their last five games.Wood's second Bundesliga goal of the season was his first since August.Holtby has netted four in his last five matches.HSV ended a 14-match winless run away from home.Wolfsburg's Jakub Blaszczykowski made his first appearance in five months after injury.The Wolves have scored a league-low nine goals in 2018.
Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh (c) (Brekalo 46'), Uduokhai, Knoche, Tisserand (Bazoer 11'), William – Blaszczykowski (Malli 75'), Guilavogui, Steffen, Arnold – Origi
Unused subs: Grün, Brooks, Didavi, Dimata
Absentees: Itter (thigh), Camacho (match fitness), Mehmedi (foot)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
Hamburg: Pollersbeck – Sakai (c), Papadopoulos, Jung, Douglas – Steinmann – Kostic, Holtby, Hunt (Ekdal 68'), Ito (Jatta 85') – Wood (Waldschmidt 77')
Unused subs: Mathenia, Diekmeier, van Drongelen, Salihovic
Absentees: Mavraj and Walace (not considered), Arp (school exams)
Coach: Christian Titz
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