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AOL-Arena (ATT 54,958) 31st August 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

Hamburg Hamburg vs Eintracht Braunschweig E Braunschweig

Hamburg 4

R van der Vaart (7)
J Zoua (17)
H Calhanoglu (80, 90+1)


E Braunschweig 0

No problems for Hamburg

Last Updated: 31/08/13 6:07pm

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Tolgay Arslan in action

Tolgay Arslan in action

Hamburg dispelled all talk of a crisis with a comfortable victory over winless Eintracht Braunschweig at the HSV-Arena.

Rafael van der Vaart got Thorsten Fink's men going with a goal in the seventh minute before Jacques Zoua made it two with his first Bundesliga strike.

A late brace from Van der Vaart's replacement Hakan Calhanoglu secured the points for the hosts, who eased away from the danger zone with their first win of the season.

For Hamburg, it was their 1,700th Bundesliga game, coming a week after they celebrated precisely 50 uninterrupted years in Germany's top division.

Johan Djourou can say he was part of it as the summer signing from Arsenal took his place in the Hamburg side for the first time this season.

Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht rang the changes from his side's three previous defeats by making five alterations to his starting XI, leaving regular captain Dennis Kruppke on the bench.

If anything, the alterations had a negative impact as Braunschweig found themselves behind earlier than in any of their previous top-flight games when Van der Vaart struck after six minutes.

The Dutchman netted for the third time this season when he slid in to meet Maximilian Beister's deflected cross to convert from close range.

Zoua made it two 10 minutes later, again from a Beister pass which left the former Basle player the simplest of tap-ins to open his account.

Van der Vaart carved another opportunity for Hamburg with Braunschweig's Norman Theuerkampf knocking the ball against his own post with Zoua's follow-up saved.

Hamburg's lead never looked in any danger, but substitute Calhanoglu wanted to get in on the act late on with his first Bundesliga goals.

His first was a fine individual effort while his second was even better - a sublime free-kick - and the future looks rosy once again in Hamburg.

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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