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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)


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 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25