Hannover level late with Hamburg
Hamburg continued their resurgence under Thorsten Fink as they took a point from their trip to Hannover with a 1-1 draw, extending their unbeaten run to five games since the former Basel coach took charge.
They were beaten 4-1 by Wolfsburg last weekend, but this point keeps them within two points of the top six, while Hamburg are now two clear of the relegation zone.
Fink has brought a new level of self-esteem to Hamburg and they showed no fear in front of the fans at the Niedersachsenstadion. Jose Paolo Guerrero and Son Heung Min caused numerous problems for the Hannover rearguard early on, although the first big chance of the game fell the home side's way when Schlaudraff was given a free run on goal, but Jaroslav Drobny denied him.
Moments later, Mohammed Abdellaoue had another good chance as he surged forward but he missed the target from a tight angle. Schlaudraff was next in line to be thwarted by Drobny as the home side gained the upper hand towards the end of the first half.
Hamburg started the second half like they had started the first and this time they made the breakthrough with Bruma putting them ahead in the 64th minute. Gokhan Tore's corner was met in the centre by Bruma, who punished the sleeping defence.
Another corner from Tore two minutes later almost brought the second goal, with Heiko Westermann's header cleared off the line by Manuel Schmiedebach.
Hannover struggled to respond like they had done in the first half, but a moment of magic brought them level in the 79th minute. Sergio Pinto pulled a corner back to the edge of the penalty area, where Schlaudraff was waiting unmarked to fire in a volley which beat everybody on its way in.
The goal was worthy of at least a point and that is precisely what it earned for Mirko Slomka's side, who spent much of the last ten minutes defending.