Hamburger SV returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga as a late goal from Pierre-Michel Lasogga clinched a 1-0 win over 10-man TSG Hoffenheim at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Friday night.
TSG Hoffenheim 0 Hamburger SV 1
Baumann makes a few early saves
Bicakcic sent off in second half
Lasogga scores late winner
Hamburger SV halt three-game winless run
The hosts made it tough on themselves when Ermin Bicakcic was dismissed for a second bookable offence on 68 minutes, although Markus Gisdol's side thought they had done enough to hang on for a point as full-time approached.
However, Lasogga dashed their hopes as he struck two minutes from time to take home all three points for Die Rothosen, who climbed into the top-half of the table to ninth.
TSG Hoffenheim, meanwhile, are still entrenched in the relegation zone after suffering their sixth defeat of the season, with just one win to their name.
The home team made a bright start and Pirmin Schwegler was presented with an early chance when he latched onto a pass from Jonathan Schmid, but his shot from inside the area was comfortably saved by Hamburger SV goalkeeper Rene Adler on six minutes.
The visitors enjoyed a promising seven-minute spell towards the midway point of the first half, with Ivo Ilicevic, Nicolai Muller and Lasogga all testing Oliver Baumann in the Hoffenheim goal.
There were many more opportunities in the opening 45 minutes, but both teams were guilty of failing to test the opposition keeper.
Hoffenheim threatened to break the deadlock 12 minutes into the second half when Adam Szalai had a crack from outside the area, but Adler stood firm once more.
The 68th-minute dismissal of Bicakcic hardly helped their cause, though, and Bruno Labbadia's men finally capitalised on their numerical advantage at the death when Lasogga steered Sven Schipplock's ball in from close range to steal a late victory for the visitors.