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Gladbach mistake gifts Hamburg victory

Hamburg secured a morale-boosting 2-1 away win at Borussia Monchengladbach this evening as two of Germany's crisis clubs went head to head at the Borussia Park Stadion.

The game burst into life after the interval with two goals in less than three minutes, Eljero Elia's opener for the visitors cancelled out almost immediately by Igor de Camargo.

Gladbach could not force a winner, though, and paid the price when Piotr Trochowski's free-kick from the left eluded Christofer Heimeroth to give coach Armin Veh some welcome relief from off-field problems.

Michael Frontzeck's Gladbach, still looking for their first home win of the season, started well and were unlucky not to go ahead in the first ten minutes when De Camargo and Marco Reus were both denied by Frank Rost.

Reus then turned provider with a left-wing cross for De Camargo, who headed down towards Michael Bradley but his shot was comfortably saved.

Rost almost gifted the hosts the opener after 26 minutes when he came out of his area to clear but only found Juan Arango, but he was let off the hook when the Venezuela midfielder's 40-yard attempt drifted just wide.

The deadlock was broken by the visitors moments after the interval, when Elia latched onto a neat back-heel from Jonathan Pitroipa and fired low past Heimeroth.

The hosts were back on level terms just 74 seconds later, however, when the influential Bradley weaved his way to the byline and floated a perfect left-footed cross into the middle for De Camargo to nod in a simple finish.

Gladbach should have gone ahead in the 70th minute when USA midfielder Bradley brilliantly played in Thorben Marx, but Rost came out and made himself big to block the shot.

And the Bundesliga basement boys were soon made to pay for that miss as Hamburg took the lead for the second time two minutes later.

Seemingly distracted by the near-post run of Paolo Guerrero, Heimeroth misjudged the flight of Trochowski's free-kick from the left and could not prevent it going past him seemingly without a touch from an attacker.