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Mercedes-Benz Arena (ATT 55,000) 22nd March 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Brych

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs Hamburg Hamburg

Stuttgart 1

A Maxim (69)

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Hamburg 0

H Calhanoglu (S/O 53)

Take it to the Maxim

Last Updated: 22/03/14 4:58pm

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Ibrahima Traore battles for the ball with Rene Adler

Ibrahima Traore battles for the ball with Rene Adler

Alexandru Maxim came off the bench to hit the only goal as Stuttgart claimed a 1-0 win over 10-man Hamburg in their crunch relegation clash.

Hakan Calhanoglu was dismissed in the 53rd minute for his second bookable offence and Maxim's goal 16 minutes later handed Stuttgart their first win in 10 Bundesliga games and saw them leapfrog their opponents and move out of the drop zone.

Vedad Ibisevic returned to the Stuttgart starting line-up for Huub Stevens' first home match since taking over from Thomas Schneider a fortnight ago.

The Swabians looked eager to address their horrible run of form and Ibrahima Traore's dribble into the box was smothered quickly by Rene Adler in the opening minute.

Ibisevic's first good effort came in the 19th minute from Arthur Boka's free kick then, a minute later, he headed over the crossbar from Konstantin Rausch's cross.

However, Hamburg kept the score at 0-0 and began to take control in the last 15 minutes of the first half.

Defender Michael Mancienne squandered a half-chance from a corner kick on the half hour mark, before Croatian Milan Badelj came close with an effort of his own.

But Mirko Slomka's side were dealt a blow at the start of the second half when attacking-midfielder Calhanoglu was handed a second booking for a foul on Christian Gentner.

The former European Cup winners couldn't hold out much longer and the hosts took the lead with 21 minutes remaining.

Traore's pacey dribble left Heiko Westermann for dead on the right wing and the Stuttgart wide-man laid off to substitute Maxim who tapped home with ease.

Both Timo Werner and Rausch passed up opportunities to make the game safe, but Westermann squandered a golden chance from six yards to level in stoppage time.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 12 30
2 Wolfsburg 12 23
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 12 20
4 Bayer Leverkusen 12 20
5 Hannover 96 12 19
6 Schalke 12 17
7 Hoffenheim 12 17
8 Mainz 12 16
9 SC Paderborn 07 12 16
10 FC Augsburg 11 15
11 Cologne 12 15
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 15
13 Hertha Berlin 12 14
14 SC Freiburg 12 12
15 Borussia Dortmund 12 11
16 Werder Bremen 11 10
17 Hamburg 11 9
18 Stuttgart 11 9