Hamburger SV ends seven-game losing streak with Dortmund win
By Ciaran Fahey ,AP
February 24, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
BERLIN -- Hamburger SV ended its seven-game losing streak in the Bundesliga by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 on new coach Mirko Slomka's debut on Saturday.
Pierre Michel Lasogga set up Petr Jiracek's 42nd-minute headed opener and scored in the 58th. Hakan Calhanoglu completed the win with an improbable 45-meter free kick in injury time.
Slomka took over last Monday from Bert van Marwijk, who was fired after the side lost its previous eight games in all competitions.
"The result is a bit flattering," Slomka said. "But we did well in defense over long periods and the team can be proud of these points. Today was one of 13 (remaining) games and we'll never stop working."
Hamburg climbed one spot into the relegation playoff place, overtaking Freiburg, which lost 4-2 at home to Augsburg.
Sandro Wagner scored late for Hertha Berlin to win 2-1 at Stuttgart, which has lost seven in succession.
Hoffenheim came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, and 10-man Nuremberg beat Eintracht Braunschweig 2-1 in a game that featured three missed penalties.
Second-place Bayer Leverkusen's alarming slump continued in the late game with a 3-1 defeat at Wolfsburg, which stretched its winning run to four games.
Bas Dost got the home side off the mark in the 13th, before Leverkusen winger Sidney Sam equalized just before the break.
Luiz Gustavo restored Wolfsburg's lead in the 58th and Ricardo Rodriguez made it 3-1 on the rebound in the 73rd after Bernd Leno saved his initial penalty attempt.
It was Leverkusen's seventh defeat out of nine games across all competitions, a figure that and means Bayern Munich can stretch its lead to 19 points with a win at Hannover on Sunday.