Will have been disappointed Dzeko beat him to the ball for the first goal. Was a threat from attacking set-pieces with three good chances to score including a header that hit the post.
Quieter than usual, one would have expected him to get forward more given Wolfsburg's wingerless system. He also struggled once Schaefer decided to break forward in the second half.
Allowed space to get well forward as Choupo-Moting drifted inside and his constant raids forward proved a thorn in the opposition's side. However was guilty of losing the ball to Pekarik for Wolfsburg's opener and for the third goal as well. He is in the side, first and foremost as a defender.
The big Dutchman did well in the first half but then failed to cope with Grafite as the Brazilian returned to top form in the second session. He showed a lack of responsibility for Wolfsburg's third, not taking command of the situation once Jansen had lost the ball.
The usual dependable game from the former captain - he displayed the underrated creative side of his game with a superb reverse ball in the first half.
Good break forward early on however sloppily lost the ball, which let Grafite in. However he recovered from that mistake to give glimpses of the wing play that made him such a feared opponent at Leverkusen.
R. van Nistelrooy
Showed a willingness to get involved in the play but the ball never quite ran for him. Did have a few classy touches to show he has still got it. Needs better service that a genuine playmaker would provide.
So often he flatters to deceive but his direct dribbling unsettled the Wolfsburg defence on both sides and it was a superb run to set up the equaliser.
Stung the fingertips of Benaglio with two outstanding free kicks in the opening ten minutes but was mostly anonymous thereafter. Did little to convince Veh he is the answer in the #10 position.
Looked a lot more mature tonight and relished his starting place. He did well to adjust to Pitroipa's deflected cross to cushion his header for the goal. Also linked up well with Van Nistelrooy.
Two excellent saves from Petric free kicks and could not be faulted for Hamburg's goal. He also made a smart stop from a late Petric header, which helped arrest the momentum HSV were building after they had gone behind. For my money at least, the Buli's best keeper.
Caught ten yards too high upfield for the goal, he was not his usual impressive self until he began to launch his trademark raids down the left touchline. He delivered a superb ball from Grafite's first goal to which HSV had no answer.
Exposed for pace throughout and humiliated by Pitroipa for HSV's equaliser. However he did make one excellent sliding block to prevent a cross reaching Van Nistelrooy.
Much better from the Dane who continues to adjust to the demands of the Bundesliga. He was commanding in the air defending set-pieces.
Excellent break forward down the right, which led to the goal after he had shown good anticipation to cut out Jansen's sloppy pass. However he did struggle at times when the boot was on the other foot.
Got stuck in, which he had to against the robust Jarolim against whom he was not intimidated.
The playmaker looked to have not fully recovered from his rib injury as he never got into the game.
Crucially as a wide player in the diamond, both won and played the ball however over the 90 minutes lost the midfield battle to Jarolim and 'ZeRo'. Solid but rarely spectacular.
The former captain was strong in the tackle and as usual covered a lot of ground for his team.
Stunned a charged up HSV crowd with a superb finish to give his side the lead. Showed he was human with one glaring wasted chance but it can't be denied there are few better forwards in the world on current form.
It's easy to see how happy the Brazilian is to be reunited with Dzeko. His link-up play with the Bosnian was telepathic at times, as if they'd never been apart. Deserved the two goals that came his way, especially his second which showed he is willing to work as well as be on the end of crosses.