Joel Pohjanpalo scored his sixth goal in as many games as Hamburger SV bounced back from their draw against Holstein Kiel on Monday with a narrow victory against bottom side Dynamo Dresden to move back into second place in the 2. Bundesliga on Friday evening.
Assist king Tim Leibold set up the Finn for his late goal after more than 80 minutes of toil for Dieter Hecking’s side. Martin Harnik had come close on a handful of occasions in the first half, whilst Pohjanpalo himself had hit the crossbar before his late strike, with Bakary Jatta, involved in the goal, also looking dangerous.
Hamburg, who play VfL Osnabrück next on Tuesday, move a point clear of VfB Stuttgart in the table, with Die Roten playing rivals Karlsruher SC on Sunday. Dresden remain bottom with just four games left.
Fabian Klos, searching for his 150th Bielefeld goal, had chances in the first half and Andreas Voglsammer thought he had scored the winner in stoppage time but it was correctly disallowed for offside. Mario Engels had a chance for Sandhausen in the second half.
Defeat for Stuttgart on Sunday and a win for Bielefeld against Dresden on Monday night would leave them virtually up due to goal difference, but they will have to wait to make their ascent official.