November 17, 2012
Hamburg SV 1-0 Mainz
Hamburg got the better of Mainz in a tense battle at the HSV-Arena, with a second-half goal from Heung-min Song earning Thorsten Fink's side all three points.
There were few chances between two sides who did not appear to want to do each other any harm, resulting in a tactical exchange which was decided in the 63rd minute by the South Korean midfielder.
The result took Hamburg level on points with their opponents with both sides still well-positioned just below the top six places.
Mainz came into the game with a three-point advantage over their hosts, but did not seem to want to force that issue as they played a cagey game.
Marcel Risse did have the first shot of the game for the visitors in the sixth minute, but after he missed the target, nobody else dared try to find it.
That was, however, until Marcell Jansen tested Christian Wetklo's alertness in the 20th minute, and the Mainz goalkeeper responded positively.
It looked like a goal was not going to come until Maximilian Beister sent the ball into the danger area on the volley and Song, from a disputably offside position, tucked the ball in from close range.
Mainz had to abandon their defensive tactics and Rene Adler was called into action a few times.
However, the visitors failed to truly test the Germany international and Hamburg held on to the points without using up too much energy, not needing a second goal, although they rarely looked like they could provide one either.
|Heung-Min Son (63')|
|15 René Adler||29 Christian Wetklo|
|4 Heiko Westermann||4 Nikolce Noveski|
|3 Michael Mancienne||2 Bo Svensson|
|7 Marcell Jansen||15 Jan Kirchhoff|
|2 Dennis Diekmeier||20 Junior Díaz|
|18 Tolgay-Ali Arslan||3 Zdenek Pospech|
|14 Milan Badelj||25 Andreas Ivanschitz|
|10 Artjoms Rudnevs||6 Marco Caligiuri|
|23 Rafael Van der Vaart||7 Eugen Polanski|
|40 Heung-Min Son||28 Adám Szalai|
|21 Maximilian Beister||23 Marcel Risse|
|6 Dennis Aogo||Elkin Soto 19|
|25 Per Skjelbred||Nicolai Müller 27|
|16 Marcus Berg||Nikita Rukavytsya 13|
|1 Jaroslav Drobny||Radoslav Zabavnik 8|
|13 Robert Tesche||Yunus Malli 11|
|8 Tomás Rincon||Loris Karius 21|
|5 Jeffrey Bruma||Shawn Parker 31|
|Dennis Aogo for Marcell Jansen (61)||Yunus Malli for Marcel Risse (73)|
|Tomás Rincon for Tolgay-Ali Arslan (80)||Elkin Soto for Eugen Polanski (73)|
|Jeffrey Bruma for Rafael Van der Vaart (89)||Nicolai Müller for Marco Caligiuri (76)|
|Rafael Van der Vaart (24)||Zdenek Pospech (25)|
|Heung-Min Son (90)|
|· Rosters: Hamburg SV | Mainz|