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Season Bundesliga 12.02.2013
Simple recipe for success

HSV raised many eyebrows as they beat reigning Bundesliga champions and DFB Cup holders Borussia Dortmund 4-1 away from home, on Bundesliga matchday 21 last Saturday. The recipe for success was simple: Put into practise what head coach Thorsten Fink had demanded of them during the run up to the game.

At this time of year the people in Germany celebrating various carnival events are thought to have the biggest smiles on their faces. Last Saturday though, those revellers had stiff competition from the Rothosen celebrating their amazing and well deserved 4-1 with 8,000 travelling fans at the sold out signal Iduna Park in Dortmund. The majority of the 80,000 crowd were left open-mouthed after the final whistle was blown. The result was a major upset to put it mildly.  
Tactically astute - Perfect substitutes
Slobodan Rajkovic replaced van der Vaart and showed immediate presence

Slobodan Rajkovic came on for Rafael van der Vaart and showed immediate presence. Fink had said during the week leading up to the game: "Just when nobody thinks we can do it we come up with the goods." He prepared his players brilliantly. HSV took the game to Dortmund from the off and the home side didn't like it. HSV were not unduly worried as they went a goal behind. On the contrary: They bounced back through goals by Rudnevs and Son. The substitutes did a sterling job for the team. Sport boss Frank Arnesen said after the game: " Rajkovic, Arslan and Kacar were at perfect playing temperature as they come on, exactly as it should be."

One aspect which surprised most people was Fink's decision to play his tried and trusted midfield diamond formation, with battling duo Tómas Rincón, in front of the back four and van der Vaart pulling the strings further up the pitch. The player's ability to put into practise what had been demanded of them was without doubt the key to success in Dortmund. The Rothosen played in an almost insolent way, not allowing star-studded Borussia to settle on the ball and switch quickly from defence to attack. That won the day for Hamburg and that performance is certainly one to build upon in coming games.

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Rk. Team Played +/- Pts.
1.  FC Bayern München 23 63: 10 58
2.  VfL Wolfsburg 23 53: 27 50
3.  Borussia M'gladbach 23 31: 18 40
4.  Bayer 04 Leverkusen 23 37: 29 36
5.  FC Schalke 04 23 32: 27 35
6.  FC Augsburg 23 32: 30 35
7.  1899 Hoffenheim 23 36: 35 33
8.  Eintracht Frankfurt 23 42: 45 31
9.  SV Werder Bremen 23 39: 49 30
10.  Borussia Dortmund 23 31: 31 28
11.  Hannover 96 23 26: 34 27
12.  1.FSV Mainz 05 23 30: 33 25
13.  1.FC Köln 23 21: 29 25
14.  Hertha BSC 23 28: 42 24
15.  Hamburger SV 23 16: 33 24
16.  SC Paderborn 07 23 23: 43 23
17.  SC Freiburg 23 24: 32 22
18.  VfB Stuttgart 23 24: 41 19
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