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Win for Hamburg, Frankfurt miss chance

AAP logoAAP 4/12/2016

SV Hamburg have secured a scrappy first win of the season 2-0 away to Darmstadt to move off the bottom of the Bundesliga, while Eintracht Frankfurt were held 1-1 at mid-table Augsburg.

Michael Gregoritsch headed the opening goal of a low-quality game for Hamburg on Sunday (Monday AEDT) and Matthias Ostrzolek guaranteed the win late.

Darmstadt rarely looked like equalising, though captain Aytac Sulu flashed a shot from distance just wide with 10 minutes remaining.

The win takes Hamburg, the last original Bundesliga club not to be relegated, to 17th.

They are now one point behind Darmstadt in the relegation play-off place.

Frankfurt would have gone third with a two-goal win but instead have to settle for fifth as Augsburg's Ji Dong Won equalised Branimir Hrgota's early strike.

Eintracht skip Borussia Dortmund but are eight points behind league leaders RB Leipzig, who beat Schalke 2-1 on Saturday.

With the stakes so high it was no surprise neither side looked impressive early on in Darmstadt.

Gregoritsch spurned the first chance when he poked just past the post from a good pass by Filip Kostic.

Just 10 minutes later the same pair combined to better effect when Kostic's whipped cross from the left was met by Gregoritsch's fine run and near-post header.

"I think we have richly deserved the win today," Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol said.

"The team is making steps forward but we're still at the beginning and have a lot of steps in front of us."

It's Gisdol's first success since being appointed seven games ago.

The visitors ensured their 13th game would be a charm when captain Gotoku Sakai set up Ostrzolek to powerfully finish his first-ever Bundesliga goal in the 90th minute.

In Sunday's other game, Frankfurt made a brisk start in Augsburg and Hrgota drilled in his first of the season in 11 minutes after collecting Alexander Meier's knockdown 20m out.

"We dominated the first 20 minutes but then the opponents got a hold," Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac said.

"At the end, I was happy with the point."

Augsburg struck back with a superb strike of their own in the 34th minute when Ji slammed home from outside the box after a set-piece.

The hosts controlled most possession after drawing level and Ji had a goal disallowed for offside before a fine save from Lukas Hradecky denied Jonathan Schmid.

Frankfurt finally came back into the contest but Konstantinos Stafylidis was on hand to clear off the line when Meier's neat chip beat gloveman Marvin Hitz.

Augsburg boss Dirk Schuster lamented his team's slow start, but said he was content to draw.

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