In what can only be described as a mediocre match, Hamburg picked up three points by defeating host FC Augsburg 2-0. The goals were spread over two halves, with Heung Min Son finding the target in the 13th minute and Artjoms Rudves scoring in the 63rd minute.
Augsburg made a valiant effort in the first half and had several opportunities to score, but always fell short by either missing or firing over the target. Passes were not precise, which made it easy for Hamburg defenders to disrupt the play.
Despite Augsburg hard work and effort, Hamburg scored in the 13th minute. This was the first opportunity for Hamburg at Augsburg's end, when Rudnev passed to the right side of the pitch to Heung Min Son. The North Korean moved around Augsburg's Jong and burie a superb shot behind Jentsch for the 1-0 lead. This was Son's sixth goal this season, one more than the whole season last year.
Hamburg went into the halftime break with the 1-0 lead and demonstrated a better passing and combination game in the second half. Rudnev scored the second goal for Hamburg in the 63rd minute. The goal came as a result of a pass from Rafael Van der Vaart to Rednev, who picked up a deflected ball and fired it under the crossbar for the 2-0 lead.
Despite 19 shots on goal by Augsburg, Hamburg was able to capitalize and steal the three points from Augsburg. After today's match Hamburg has moved up to fourth place for now, while Augsburg remains in 16th spot, but could move lower, pending the results of both Wolfsburg and Greuther Fuerth.
Matchday 9 continuest tomorrow with both Schalke 04 and Dortmund in action. Bayern Muenchen play the final game on Sunday. See Preview Here
Below are this week's games:
Friday, Oct. 26
FC Augsburg vs 0-2
Saturday, Oct. 27
Schalke 04 vs Nürnberg
SC Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund
FSV Mainz 05 vs 1899 Hoffenheim
G. Fürth vs Werder Bremen
Fortuna Düsseldorf vs VfL Wolfsburg
Sunday, Oct. 28
VfB Stuttgart vs Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Bayern vs Bayer Leverkusen
Hannover 96 vs M'gladbach
Source: GolTV Canada live broadcast