HAMBURG, February 23 (UEFA Cup) - An unlikely double from Belgian defender Daniel Van Buyten was enough to take Hamburg past FC Thun into the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.
The Bundesliga side, seeking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Bern, went into the lead with barely one minute on the clock at the AOL Arena, Van Buyten slotting home from 12 yards after being fed by Piotr Trochowski.
The Swiss visitors went close on 10 minutes through Nelson Ferreira, who drilled in a shot from 18 yards which Hamburg keeper Stefan Wachter did well to save.
Thun's lone striker Pape Omar Faye then had a right-foot drive from 18 yards, but the Swiss were thwarted again by Wachter.
Hamburg scored their second of the night to move 2-1 up on aggregate on 32 minutes, with Van Buyten heading high into the net from 12 yards following a Trochowski corner.
Three minutes later, Thun goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic stopped his side from falling further behind by holding onto a header from Sergej Barbarez.
Thomas Doll's side sought to kill the tie after the restart and Jakupovic had to parry an 18-yard shot from Nigel de Jong.
The Swiss team were given a lifeline when Hamburg midfielder David Jarolim was sent off on 80 minutes for handball, his second bookable offence.
With the one-man advantage, Heinz Peischl's side sought to score the goal that would take them through and defender Ljubo Milicevic came close with 25-yard strike on 86 minutes.
However, Wachter saved well and Hamburg held on to win the tie 2-1 overall.