BIELEFELD, January 27 (Bundesliga) - A last-minute strike from substitute Marcio Borges saved Arminia Bielefeld's blushes to earn a draw against lowly Hamburg.
It had looked as though Danijel Ljuboja's sensational 10th-minute volley might have been enough to seal Hamburg's second win of the season, but the Brazilian defender headed home late on for a share of the spoils.
The home side had started the brighter, but it was Hamburg that went ahead when Alexander Laas cleverly intercepted a cross-field ball which he then pumped diagonally into the path of Ljuboja.
The Serbian international glanced up before unleashing an unstoppable first-time shot from the edge of the box.
Undeterred, Bielefeld pushed forward and they should have levelled things up moments later only for Artur Wichniarek to head a well-worked cross inches over the bar.
The home side's fortunes went from bad to worse in the 23rd minute when Radim Kucera sustained an injury to his hand and had to be replaced by Borges.
On the brink of half-time, Hamburg had a golden chance to double their advantage when keeper Mathias Hain fumbled another Laas cross, but his defenders somehow managed to scramble away from the onrushing Boubacar Sanogo.
Bielefeld continued to press after the break and had three chances to equalise in quick succession, all of which went begging.
Borges headed wide while Sibusiso Zuma and Ioannis Masmanidis both fired over from close range.
Hamburg soaked up the play and they continued to trouble the home defence on the rare opportunities when they did push forward.
In the 52nd minute Ljuboja found Laas unmarked and he expertly controlled the ball with his chest, only to waste his chance by firing well high of the mark.
The game then went flat for a short period until Borges played a horrendous back-pass into the path of Ljuboja. Luckily for Borges though, Ljuboja somehow fired wide.
With nothing left to lose in the closing stages, Bielefeld piled forward and their persistence was eventually rewarded when Bernd Korynietz's free-kick found Borges unmarked to salvage a well-deserved draw.