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September 22, 2010 2:00 PM EDT
Imtech Arena — Hamburg
Referee:‬ G. Perl‎
Attendance:‬ 50231‎
 
Edin Dzeko 15′
 
Grafite 71′
 
Grafite 78′
Top of the Match
Grafite
Grafite
Wolfsburg
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Wolfsburg
Flop of the Match
Marcell Jansen
Marcell Jansen
Hamburger
Marcell Jansen
Marcell Jansen
Hamburger

Hamburg 1-3 Wolfsburg: Grafite Double Stuns Die Rothosen

Despite dominating the game, Hamburg were handed their first defeat of the season thanks to Wolfsburg's deadly duo Dzeko and Grafite.

By Gary Niblock

Edin Dzeko, Wolfsburg (Getty Images)
Steve McClaren's decision to reunite German football's most deadly striking duo Edin Dzeko and Grafite paid dividends as Wolfsburg shocked Hamburg 3-1 in their 800th Bundesliga game. That said, Hamburg had dominated the game and will be scratching their heads as to how they failed to win convincingly.

Though the visitors' goal on the quarter-hour came as a surprise, their goalscorer did not. Peter Pekarik cut out a sloppy Marcell Jansen pass before getting forward to cross. His cutback deflected off Joris Mathijsen's hand and perfectly into the path of Edin Dzeko who found the back of the net.

The catalyst for Hamburg's 27th minute equalizer was a glorious run from Jonathan Pitroipa, who showed Andrea Barzagli a clean pair of heels. Another deflected cross then found its way through to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who headed the ball past Diego Benaglio.

Marcel Schaefer was instrumental in Wolfsburg's second as his marauding run forward ended in a wicked cross, which was guided home by Dzeko's strike-partner Grafite.

The Brazilian then sealed the game with a terrific low shot past Rost's near post on 78 minutes after he took on Mathijsen in the penalty box. It was his sixth goal against Hamburg.


Hamburg had started the better of the two sides and had a pair of superb Mladen Petric free-kicks, both beaten away by Benaglio, to show for their early domination.

Frank Rost was called upon on 31 minutes to show all his experience when he came out of his goal to palm away Edin Dzeko's attempted lob over the onrushing veteran.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy was inches away from giving his side the lead on 52 minutes when he just failed to get a touch on Ze Roberto's right wing cross. Less than sixty seconds later, captain Heiko Westermann rattled the post with a fine header.

Die Woelfe had a fantastic chance to score when Frank Rost vacated his goal only to find Thomas Kahlenberg but the Dane could get no power on his shot, much to Hamburg's relief.

However, Grafite proved to be more clinical and his late double salvo killed off a shell-shocked Hamburg side, who could not force even a consolation goal in the closing stages although Barzagli did clear off the line from Pitroipa.

Hamburg face yet another northern neighbor on Saturday evening as they travel to Bremen while Wolfsburg host one of this season's overachievers Freiburg a day later.

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Hamburger

1
Frank Rost
Goalkeeper
2.00
7
Marcell Jansen
Defender
1.00
-
Joris Mathijsen
Defender
1.50
4
2.50
20
Guy Demel
Defender
2.00
7
Jonathan Pitroipa
Midfielder
27′
3.00
10
Zé Roberto
Midfielder
2.00
10
Mladen Petric
Striker
2.50
-
David Jarolim
Midfielder
75′
2.50
10
2.50
22
2.50

Wolfsburg

3.50
1
Diego Benaglio
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
2.50
15
2.50
14
Simon Kjaer
Defender
2.50
2
2.50
8
2.50
7
Josué
Midfielder
76′
2.50
21
Diego Ribas
Midfielder
88′
2.50
15
Makoto Hasebe
Midfielder
3.00
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
15′
3.00
23
Grafite
Striker
71′ 78′

Substitutes

1
0.00
30
0.00
37
Robert Tesche
Midfielder
0.00
30
Gojko Kacar
Midfielder
0.00
8
0.00
11
0.00
15
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
35
Marwin Hitz
Goalkeeper
0.00
17
0.00
21
2.50
17
0.00
24
0.00
16

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
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Results
 
Top Scorers
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Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5