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AOL-Arena (ATT 48,121) 7th December 2012 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: M Weiner

Hamburg Hamburg vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

Hamburg 2

A Rudnevs (28, 74)

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No debut joy for Kramer

Last Updated: 07/12/12 9:35pm

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Eren Derdiyok wins a header.

Eren Derdiyok wins a header.

Frank Kramer's first match in charge of Hoffenheim ended in defeat as a 2-0 win for Hamburg took Thorsten Fink's side to their highest league position of the season so far.

A goal in either half from Artjoms Rudnevs was enough to earn the northerners victory over the struggling southerners, who remain inside the bottom three following the change in coach after Markus Babbel's dismissal during the week.

Hamburg now lie sixth and are on course for a place in Europe next season after spending much of the first few weeks of the season alongside Hoffenheim in the lower regions of the league.

The change in coach appeared to have provided a spark to Hoffenheim, who started brightly at the HSV-Arena.

However, after missing a few chances, most notably through Eren Derdiyok, their confidence levels soon dropped back to how they had been in recent weeks.

Hamburg took advantage and took the lead in the 27th minute when Dennis Diekmeier's cross from the right was headed in from eight yards by Rudneves with Koen Casteels not making a particularly convincing effort to keep the ball out.

Tolgay Arslan went close to making it two 10 minutes later, but his powerful effort struck the crossbar.

An expected reaction from Hoffenheim failed to materialise after the interval and Hamburg once again capitalised on their insecurity with Rudnevs making it two in the 74th minute.

The Latvian scored from a similar position to his first goal, albeit with his foot this time after Sebastian Rudy's poor headed clearance presented him with the chance.

Rudnevs later missed the chance to complete his hat-trick as he got the ball caught up between his feet as he looked for room to shoot, but he had done enough damage already to take Hamburg into the top six.

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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