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Mercedes-Benz Arena (ATT 47,100) 10th March 2013 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: Christian Dingert

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs Hamburg Hamburg

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Rudnevs wins it for Hamburg

Last Updated: 10/03/13 9:02pm

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Dennis Aogo gets stuck in

Dennis Aogo gets stuck in

Artjoms Rudnevs' second-half goal gave European hopefuls Hamburg a 1-0 victory at Stuttgart on Sunday.

Hamburg ended a two-game winless streak to climb into sixth place as Rudnevs scored the only goal of the match in the 50th minute.

Stuttgart, meanwhile, came into the game on the back of a 2-0 Europa League defeat to Lazio and a third straight loss in all competitions sees the Reds struggling down in 14th place.

Hamburg were the first side to threaten as Rudnevs headed wide from close range following good work from Rafael van der Vaart.

Stuttgart's best chance of the first half came in the 16th minute as Raphael Holzhauser's free-kick was deflected wildly towards Hamburg keeper Rene Adler, who smothered at his near post.

Serdar Tasci's header was smothered by Adler as play resumed but Stuttgart were no closer to finding the back of the net.

Hamburg then grabbed the lead in the 50th minute as Dennis Diekmeier crossed from the right to find Rudnevs, who blasted a volley home from the middle of the box.

The hosts nearly equalised in the 69th minute, though, with Shinji Okazaki's cross finding Vedad Ibisevic, but Adler was there to deal with his header.

Hamburg pushed for a second decisive goal in the 79th minute but Tomas Rincon's shot from distance sailed wide of the mark.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23