Vital three points for struggling Hamburg

Hamburger SV picked up an important three points as they defeated Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in their Friday night Bundesliga clash at Volksparkstadion.

  • Hamburg 1 Bayer Leverkusen 0
  • Wood smashes against the crossbar
  • Kostic also comes close
  • Papadopoulos scores the winner on 76

Match summary

There was little to separate these two sides despite the seven team and 11 point difference in their league standings at the start of the tie.

In the end it took just a solitary goal from Kyriakos Papadopoulos to hand struggling Hamburg the win and edge them one place from 17th to 16th in the latest league standings.

Leverkusen remained in ninth position with 24 points from their 19 games played.

Full report

While the opening minutes could be categorised as a cagey affair with a number of fouls and free-kicks, it was Hamburg who created the first chance of any real meaning in this tie.

Mergim Mavraj forced a comfortable save from Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno after picking up a good delivery from a Lewis Holtby set-piece.

Papadopoulos was next to come close for the hosts, with a header from a central area, from a Nicolai Muller delivery, that flew past the right post.

Papadopoulos then delivered for Albin Ekdal, but he too failed to direct his headed effort on target.

Hamburg continued to create and miss chances, as Papadopoulos again placed a header wide of goal, having got up well to meet a Holtby free-kick, on 34 minutes.

Bobby Wood came as close to anyone to a goal when he smashed a left-footed shot onto the Vitesse crossbar at the start of the second period before Filip Kostic came agonisingly close with a shot from wide as he picked up a Muller corner.

Stefan Kiessling will be disappointed he didn’t make more of a header from a central area that fizzed wide of goal from a good Charles Aranguiz delivery with 57 minutes on the clock.

Kevin Volland then had a 61st minute shot blocked as Leverkusen looked to stem the tide and create some chances of their own, but it was Hamburg who were to continue to look the more dangerous, with Kostic seeing his long-range effort saved before they finally broke the deadlock after 76 minutes.

Papadopoulos picked his spot this time as he placed his header into the bottom left corner of the net from a superb Muller free-kick – to score against his parent club.

Papadopoulos wanted a second on 82 minutes but this time he wasn’t afforded as much room to get his header away, as Kiessling came within inches of heading in a Leon Bailey ball for the equaliser with five minutes of the match remaining.

Jonathan Tah provided the last scare for Hamburg with a misplaced header, leaving the home fans to celebrate a big, big win.