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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

Hamburg 1

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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 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