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German Bundesliga

Volkswagen Arena (ATT 28,648) 29th November 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: F Brych

Wolfsburg Wolfsburg vs Hamburg Hamburg

Wolfsburg 1

R Rodriguez (pen 30)


Hamburg 1

H Calhanoglu (19)

Wolfsburg hang on for point

Last Updated: 29/11/13 10:54pm

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Ricardo Rodriguez puts Wolfsburg level from the spot

Ricardo Rodriguez puts Wolfsburg level from the spot

Wolfsburg were fortunate to escape with a point having been outplayed by northern German rivals Hamburg in Friday night's Bundesliga clash.

Hakan Calhanoglu gave Hamburg the lead in the 20th minute before Ricardo Rodriguez equalised from the spot in the 31st minute for the hosts.

Hamburg should have snatched the points in the closing stages but were somehow held at bay, Ivo Ilicevic shooting against the woodwork in the 86th minute as their best chance went begging.

Wolfsburg extended their undefeated streak to seven matches and jumped to 23 points while Hamburg, who have collected just one victory in the last four matches, improved to 16 points.

Hamburg went ahead when Calhanoglu's free-kick from the left went off the underside of the crossbar and off the head of Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio to find the net.

The visitors missed a chance to double the lead three minutes later as Ivica Olic shot wide.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga did likewise at the half-hour mark, shooting wide of the right post after a fine pass from Tolgay Arslan.

At the other end, Hamburg defender Heiko Westermann brought down Daniel Caligiuri and Rodriguez hit his left-foot spot-kick into the bottom left corner to make it 1-1 in the 31st minute.

Both teams cancelled each other out for much of the game but Hamburg took control in the final quarter-hour and bombarded the Wolfsburg defence with chances.

Lasogga twice could not beat Benaglio in the 83rd minute and then the visitors missed the best chance of the game three minutes later.

Lasogga fed Tolgay Arslan who set up Ivo Ilicevic for what appeared to be the winning goal, but the Croatian only found the crossbar.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 79
2 Wolfsburg 34 69
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 FC Augsburg 34 49
6 Schalke 34 48
7 Borussia Dortmund 34 46
8 Hoffenheim 34 44
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 43
10 Werder Bremen 34 43
11 Mainz 34 40
12 Cologne 34 40
13 Hannover 96 34 37
14 Stuttgart 34 36
15 Hertha Berlin 34 35
16 Hamburg 34 35
17 SC Freiburg 34 34
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 31