HAMBURG, October 14 (Bundesliga) - Hamburg had a man sent off and missed a penalty as their winless season continued with defeat at the hands of Schalke on Saturday.
Piotr Trochowski had just equalised for the hosts, cancelling out Halil Altintop's 16th-minute opener, when David Jarolim lunged into a tackle and collected his second yellow card of the afternoon on the verge of half-time.
Hamburg struggled on and even found themselves with a rare chance to lead when, four minutes into the second period, they were awarded a penalty.
Boubacar Sanogo stepped up to take the kick but it was easily saved by Schalke keeper Frank Rost.
And when Marcelo Bordon popped up at the other end four minutes later it signalled Hamburg's second defeat in seven outings this season.
Coach Thomas Doll's side are now the only outfit in the Bundesliga without a victory this campaign and languish one place off the table's foot, while Schalke, collecting three points for the fourth time, sit pretty in third.
Initially it all seemed promising for the home side when Trochowski's free-kick wreaked havoc in the visitors' box after just five minutes.
And indeed for the opening quarter of an hour it was a close game.
Yet, with 16 minutes on the clock, Altintop controlled the ball, dribbled into the area and blasted the opener.
Trochowski hit back 14 minutes later, making the most of a long ball from Sanogo, before blasting beyond Rost.
But Jarolim's two rash challenges within three minutes, and then Sanogo's inability to convert from the spot on 49 minutes, would make all the difference as Schalke revelled in their extra time on the ball.
Fluent passing got the ball to Hamit Altintop, Halil's twin, who played in Bordon to head the winner.
Halil Altintop then had chances for a third and Gustavo Varela failed to make the most of a one-on-one in injury time, but enough damage had already been done.