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Impuls Arena (ATT 30,660) 26th October 2012 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: M Weiner

FC Augsburg FC Augsburg vs Hamburg Hamburg

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Hamburg 2

H Son (13)
A Rudnevs (63)

Hamburg back to winning ways

Last Updated: 26/10/12 10:32pm

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Artjoms Rudnevs celebrates Hamburg's second goal

Artjoms Rudnevs celebrates Hamburg's second goal

Hamburg bounced straight back from a 1-0 defeat at home to Stuttgart last Sunday by defeating Augsburg 2-0 to move up to fourth in the Bundesliga standings.

Son Heung-min and Artjoms Rudnevs decided the encounter in the northern Germany side's favour with a goal in either half of the game, condemning Augsburg to their fifth defeat of the season and leaving them third from the bottom of the table.

It was an unfortunate defeat for the Bavarians, though, as they wasted a hatful of chances on a frustrating night for the fans at the Augsburg Arena.

Augsburg attacked first with Daniel Baier's cross pushed away from the danger zone by Rene Adler with less than a minute on the clock.

The home side were making it immediately clear that they wanted all three points, but the final touch was lacking.

Hamburg were forcefully penned back in their own half, overwhelmed by the Bavarians' attacking play until Rafael van der Vaart saw a way out to set up the opening goal.

His ball forward was not cleared by the Augsburg defence and it fell to Rudnevs, who squared for Son to grab his fifth goal of the season from just outside the penalty area.

Augsburg refused to be disheartened and continued to press and probe, with Stephan Hain just missing the target with a good chance.

The tone of the game did not change at the start of the second half either, with Markus Weinzierl's side throwing everything they had at Hamburg, albeit without any success.

Tobias Werner headed a golden opportunity wide before Baier and Knowledge Musona wasted chances.

A goal was in the air although it came, like in the first half, unexpectedly at the other end of the field in the 63rd minute.

The same trio who were involved in the opening goal combined again, with Son this time starting the move by finding Van der Vaart, who in turn set up Rudnevs to hammer a shot into the roof of the net.

This time, Augsburg's heads understandably dropped. Having controlled the game for an hour, they found themselves with a mountain to climb just to get a point, yet they no longer had the energy to overcome even a foothill as they admitted defeat.

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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