What a game this was as Hamburger SV twice came from behind against VfB Stuttgart before scoring a late late winner to win the match 3-2 and take all three points.
Stuttgart can look to one particular moment of this match that changed the game completely. The moment that Florian Klein picked up two yellow cards in the space of a minute, but even then he can count himself lucky that the referee decided his second challenge was only worth a second yellow card. It could have been a straight red.
Until Klein’s sending off Stuttgart looked comfortable. They looked in control of the match. They were limiting the number of chances that Hamburger were able to create and were fashioning out plenty of opportunities for themselves.
They opened the scoring halfway through the first when Hamburger lost the ball near the halfway line which allowed Stuttgart to launch a quick counter. Daniel Didavi played a super pass for Daniel Ginczek to run onto and put the ball into the back of the net.
Hamburger then got an equaliser through Ivo Ivo Ilicevic before Ginczek got his second of the afternoon to put Stuttgart back in front shortly before the break. This time he took the ball round the Hamburger keeper before slotting it home.
With Klein’s dismissal in the 53rd minute Hamburger slowly started to come more into the game and began to get forward more, creating themselves chances.
However Stuttgart were able to exploit this and counter on a couple of occasions. On the clearest of which, just after the hour mark, they should have had a penalty after a member of the Hamburger defence stuck a leg out and tripped the Stuttgart player. That could have put Stuttgart 3-1 in front which would have been harder for Hamburger to come back against.
As the match ticked on the Stuttgart players dropped deeper and deeper, partly out of tiredness and partly out of trying to hold onto their narrow lead which allowed Hamburger to pile on the pressure.
In the 84th minute Hamburger got their long-awaited equaliser when a shot turned cross was tapped in by Pierre-Michel Lasogga at the far post.
But Hamburger weren’t done there as they scored an incredible 89th winner. The ball was crossed in from outside the box, Lasogga headed down into the path of Johan Djourou who slotted it away.
It was an incredible turn around, especially after how poor Hamburger were in the first half. Stuttgart will point to the blatant penalty not given as the moment that cost but it is Klein’s sending off that changed the game. Had they kept all 11 men and not have to play the second half with 10 men they would have won that match