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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)

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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

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 76
2 Wolfsburg 31 62
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 60
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 58
5 Schalke 31 45
6 FC Augsburg 31 43
7 Werder Bremen 31 42
8 Hoffenheim 31 41
9 Borussia Dortmund 31 40
10 Mainz 31 37
11 Cologne 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 36
13 Hertha Berlin 31 34
14 Hamburg 31 31
15 SC Paderborn 07 31 31
16 SC Freiburg 31 30
17 Hannover 96 31 30
18 Stuttgart 31 27