BOCHUM, December 2 (Bundesliga) - Hamburg's miserable season went from bad to worse on Saturday with another embarrassing defeat, this time at Bochum.
Zvjezdan Misimovic's second-half winner sealed the points for Bochum to leave Hamburg second bottom.
Earlier Christoph Dabrowski had opened the scoring for Bochum only for Danijel Ljuboba to equalise.
Rafael van der Vaart was sent off 11 minutes from time to complete a miserable day for Hamburg whose coach Thomas Doll has been told he will stay in charge at least until Christmas.
Bochum quickly took control with Misimovic playing the role of provider for Dabrowski who dribbled into the penalty area and found the top right corner from six yards.
Misimovic was having a fine game and after 32 minutes almost created another but his team-mate Marcel Maltritz failed to finish off his cross from close range.
Hamburg then got back on terms with a fine move shortly before the break with Van der Vaart collecting a Paolo Guerrero throw and then chipping the ball to Ljuboba whose header found the net.
Bochum started the second half well and Stefan Wachter did well to foil Theofanis Gekas.
Hamburg threatened when Mehdi Mahdavikia launched a dangerous break but none of his team-mates went with him and the chance came to nothing.
Bochum scored what would prove the winner with 20 minutes to play as Bastian Reinhardt fouled Tommy Bechmann on the edge of the area.
Misimovic curled his freekick over the wall into the top left hand corner.
Van der Vaart then picked up a straight red card for a foul on Bechmann in a challenge clearly born of the Dutchman's frustration.
Hamburg could have still snatched a point had Guerrero managed to direct a late header on target instead of just wide of the upright.