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AOL-Arena (ATT 54,558) 16th February 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Robert Hartmann

Hamburg Hamburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach M'gladbach

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Van der Vaart on target

Last Updated: 16/02/13 7:25pm

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Rafael van der Vaart secured victory for Hamburg.

Rafael van der Vaart secured victory for Hamburg.

Rafael van der Vaart's brilliant first-half goal proved decisive as Hamburg boosted their hopes of European football with a narrow 1-0 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Holland midfielder despatched a fine effort into the top-left corner from outside the box in the 24th minute.

The result lifted HSV to sixth spot in the standings - four points ahead of ninth-placed Gladbach - after 22 games.

Neither team showed much going forward in the opening stages, with a long-range blast from Hamburg midfielder Dennis Aogo - which flew inches wide in the 18th minute - the best early chance.

The hosts took the lead after 24 minutes, though, with a stunning strike from Van der Vaart. The former Real Madrid and Tottenham playmaker unleashed a fierce drive from almost 30 yards which arrowed into the top corner of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's net.

Gladbach midfielder Juan Arango prevented the hosts from doubling their lead in the 52nd minute when he blocked a shot by Slobodan Rajkovic, who had been supplied by a Van der Vaart free-kick.

The visitors finally had an opportunity after 69 minutes but Mike Hanke lashed wide from six yards following Patrick Herrmann's cross from the right.

Gladbach again went close with four minutes left, Filip Daems firing just wide from 16 yards.

Hamburg could have put the result beyond doubt in the 90th minute but Marcus Berg sent his attempt over the bar from eight yards following Artjoms Rudnevs' headed pass.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25