HAMBURG, August 27 (Bundesliga) - Hertha Berlin did well to fight back and get a draw on their trip to Hamburg on Sunday.
The hosts took an early lead through Boubacar Sanogo but the capital club fought back to level through Christian Gimenez.
Neither side could find the winner and the spoils were shared with Berlin's Sofian Chahed and Hamburg's Collin Benjamin dismissed in the closing minutes.
After five minutes, Hamburg were the first to get into their stride and Rafael van der Vaart fired in a shot from 25 yards which went just wide.
Sanogo put Hamburg in front after 18 minutes after Van der Vaart's shot was blocked by Christian Fiedler only for Sanogo to turn in the rebound.
Berlin tried to get back in the match and after 23 minutes Marko Pantelic missed to the right from the edge of the box.
Pantelic was more accurate five minutes later but Sascha Kirchstein made the save.
The Berlin team were playing well now and Gimenez fed the ball through to Patrick Ebert who missed the target.
Early in the second half, Van der Vaart tried his luck from the edge of the box but Fiedler made the save.
Gimenez conjured up the equaliser after 64 minutes when he netted from close range after a corner from substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Hamburg substitute Jose Paulo Guerrero spurned a good chance when he missed after 71 minutes but at the other end Pantelic fired wide from close range after good work from Ebert.
Chahed then got his red card for a second bookable offence but Benjamin quickly followed for a crude challenge on Yildiray Basturk.