Stuttgart closed the gap on fellow strugglers Hamburg thanks to a 1-0 win at the HSV Arena on Tuesday night.
Florian Klein scored the only goal of the game in the first half as Huub Stevens managed to get one over his former side and lift his current club off the foot of the Bundesliga.
Stuttgart ended the game with 10 men after Georg Niedermeier was shown a red card early in the second half, but their win rarely looked in any danger as Hamburg's three-game winning streak at home was brought to an...
Hamburg will be hoping Ruud van Nistelrooy can be their good luck charm on Tuesday, with the former Manchester United attacker in the stands to witness the club's last home match of the year against Stuttgart.
Van Nistelrooy, 38, is currently studying for his coaching badges and is on a two-day sit-in with his former club. The retired attacker played for Hamburg for 18 months at the beginning of the decade and scored a total of 12 goals in 36 Bundesliga appearances.
The first two came in Hamburg's...
Freiburg and Hamburg remain in the midst of a Bundesliga relegation battle after sharing a 0-0 draw at the Dreisamstadion.
Freiburg paid the price for missing an early penalty through Vladimir Darida in the second minute as they were held at home.
Hamburg's coach Josef Zinnbauer said before the game that he would be happy with a draw since that would keep his team ahead of their hosts - and that is exactly what he got with his team showing little in attack.
Freiburg could have taken the lead within...
Rafael van der Vaart said that he is not thinking about his future with Hamburg and is instead focusing all his attentions on helping the club avoid relegation this season.
Van der Vaart, 31, has thrived in his new holding midfield role as new coach Joe Zinnbauer has used the former Tottenham star in a much more defensive position in the past two home games against Werder Bremen and Mainz.
Hamburg have now recorded three consecutive wins at home, with Sunday's 2-1 victory over Mainz seeing the club...