Hamburger SV made a notable stride towards another season in Europe ahead of their UEFA Europa League semi-final against Fulham FC with a 2-1 victory over VfL Bochum 1848.
Bruno Labbadia's side, now sixth, wrapped up a 5-2 aggregate quarter-final victory against R. Standard de Liège in midweek and were quick to pick up from where they left off, Robert Tesche meeting a corner with a thumping header on 18 minutes. Bochum are just a point and a place above the bottom three but clawed themselves level on 32 minutes through Zlatko Dedič. His goal looked set to earn a valuable point but Ruud van Nistelrooy's close-range strike two minutes from time proved decisive.
Bundesliga titleholders VfL Wolfsburg, defeated by Fulham in the last eight of the UEFA Europa League, secured their third successive league win with a 2-0 success at 1. FC Nürnberg. Both halves of their potent strike force, Edin Džeko (66) and Grafite (78), did the damage.
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|Last updated: 02/07/2011 06:30 CET|
Van Nistelrooy 39 (p)
Halil Altıntop 58 (o.g.)
|Venue: Frankfurt am Main|