Nov 1, 2014 at 2.30pm UK at ​Imtech Arena
Hamburger SV
B. LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen
van der Vaart (25' pen.)
Holtby (5'), van der Vaart (35'), Behrami (41'), Diekmeier (45'), Drobny (45'), Muller (55')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Spahic (28'), Donati (45'), Toprak (88')

Result: Rafael van der Vaart penalty takes Hamburger SV past Bayer Leverkusen

Rafael van der Vaart's penalty takes Hamburger SV out of the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Rafael van der Vaart's penalty secured a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen and pulled Hamburger SV out of the Bundesliga relegation zone.

Leverkusen could have been ahead inside the opening minute, but the visitors were denied an early breakthrough when Hakan Calhanoglu's low strike was pushed to safety by Jaroslav Drobny.

The hosts improved following the early scare, and they were rewarded for an extended spell of pressure midway through the first half when Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno raced off his line to bring down Marcell Jansen.

Returning skipper Van der Vaart stepped up give his side the advantage with a calm finish from the penalty spot.

Hamburg's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Bayer Leverkusen on November 1, 2014© Getty Images

Despite dominating possession after falling behind, Leverkusen were finding it difficult to trouble Drobny as the home defence limited the opportunities on offer.

Chances were rare for both sides in the second half, but Heiko Westermann would have doubled his side's advantage on the hour mark had he managed to keep his header from sailing over the crossbar.

The hosts were given one final scare in stoppage time when Karim Bellarabi struck the post shortly before the final whistle relieved the pressure on Josef Zinnbauer's side.

Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart gestures during the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FC Koeln v Hamburger SV at Rhein Energie stadium in Cologne, Germany on August 23, 2014
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