Hamburg bounce back at Hertha
Hamburg bounced back from their loss last week to Borussia Dortmund to win 2-1 at Hertha Berlin and continue their strong run of results.
Marcell Jansen gave Hamburg the lead after 24 minutes and then Mladen Petric made it 2-0 for the visitors in first-half injury time. Pierre-Michel Lasogga reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the 81st minute for Hertha Berlin.
The win got Hamburg back on track after their 5-1 loss last week snapped a nine-game undefeated streak for Thorsten Fink's team. Hertha Berlin, meanwhile, are yet to collect a point under new coach Michael Skibbe and are without a win in eight.
Hamburg had the first chance of the game, but Heiko Westermann's header went just wide left off a corner in the fifth minute.
The visitors took advantage of their second opportunity in the 24th minute as Jose Paolo Guerrero missed Dennis Diekmeier's cross from the right side, but Jansen was there to fire the ball past Berlin goalkeeper Thomas Kraft.
Hamburg were close to doubling the lead eight minutes later, but Petric shot just wide off Guerrero's cross. Petric got his goal in first-half stoppage time, though, racing between two Berlin defenders to head in Diekmeier's cross from the right side to make it 2-0.
Hamburg nearly pushed the lead to 3-0 three minutes after the restart, but Kraft held Guerrero's blast. And Dennis Aogo's long-distance shot went just over Kraft's goal in the 54th minute.
Berlin started to gain more possession and pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute as Lasogga headed in Levan Kobiashvili's cross from the left side. Lasogga nearly equalised two minutes later on a counter attack, but Hamburg keeper Jaroslav Drobny made a superb save to secure the victory.