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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 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15