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AOL-Arena (ATT 57,000) 20th April 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Robert Hartmann

Hamburg Hamburg vs Fortuna Dusseldorf F Dusseldorf

Hamburg 2

R van der Vaart (14, 20)


F Dusseldorf 1

D Schahin (34)

VDV double bags win for Hamburg

Last Updated: 20/04/13 6:05pm

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Van der Vaart celebrates Hamburg's victory

Van der Vaart celebrates Hamburg's victory

Two goals from new skipper Rafael van der Vaart helped Hamburg to a 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf that takes them back into the running for a place in Europe next season.

The Dutchman, who was handed the captain's armband last weekend, scored twice in the first 20 minutes as Thorsten Fink's men picked up their second win in a row to move to within a point of the top six.

Dani Schahin scored a consolation for Fortuna, who ended the game on the attack, but were unable to find an equaliser.

Their eighth game without a win leaves them just three points above the relegation zone with four games of the season remaining.

Van der Vaart gave Hamburg the lead in the 14th minute at the second time of asking.

His first effort from Marcell Jansen's cross was saved by Fabian Giefer, but the ball stood up for him to head in from close range.

Hamburg looked particularly motivated and it took them just five more minutes to double their lead.

It was Van der Vaart again who provided a cool and cheeky finish to thread the ball through Giefer's legs after dribbling past Martin Latka and Stelios Malezas with ease.

The one-way traffic was interrupted when Schahin reduced the arrears 10 minutes before half-time with a header from close range.

Hamburg had the chance to re-establish their two-goal lead early in the second half through Heung Min Son, but he failed to make the most of that opportunity and the rest of the second half belonged to the visitors.

Latka, keen to make up for his mistake on Van der Vaart's second goal, hit the crossbar as Norbert Meier's men searched for an equaliser.

Another header from the giant defender just missed the target as Hamburg managed to hold on for all three points.

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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