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AOL-Arena (ATT 51,345) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Daniel Siebert

Hamburg Hamburg vs Mainz Mainz

Hamburg 1

H Son (63)

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Mainz 0

Hamburg edge to victory

Last Updated: 17/11/12 5:43pm

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Heung-min Song celebrates the only goal

Heung-min Song celebrates the only goal

Hamburg got the better of Mainz in a tense battle at the HSV-Arena, with a second-half goal from Heung-min Song earning Thorsten Fink's side all three points.

There were few chances between two sides who did not appear to want to do each other any harm, resulting in a tactical exchange which was decided in the 63rd minute by the South Korean midfielder.

The result took Hamburg level on points with their opponents with both sides still well-positioned just below the top six places.

Mainz came into the game with a three-point advantage over their hosts, but did not seem to want to force that issue as they played a cagey game.

Marcel Risse did have the first shot of the game for the visitors in the sixth minute, but after he missed the target, nobody else dared try to find it.

That was, however, until Marcell Jansen tested Christian Wetklo's alertness in the 20th minute, and the Mainz goalkeeper responded positively.

It looked like a goal was not going to come until Maximilian Beister sent the ball into the danger area on the volley and Song, from a disputably offside position, tucked the ball in from close range.

Mainz had to abandon their defensive tactics and Rene Adler was called into action a few times.

However, the visitors failed to truly test the Germany international and Hamburg held on to the points without using up too much energy, not needing a second goal, although they rarely looked like they could provide one either.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23