Posted: Friday March 23, 2012 6:12 PM

Wolfsburg defeats Hamburg 2-1 in Bundesliga

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BERLIN (AP) -Hamburger SV, the only side never relegated from the Bundesliga, slipped further into trouble Friday with a 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg - its fourth in a row.

Marcel Schaefer's 75th-minute free kick propelled Wolfsburg to eighth ahead of the weekend's games, and put Hamburg in danger of slipping into the relegation zone if other results go against it.

Both sides scored immediately after the interval, when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic put Wolfsburg in front with his 10th goal of the season, only for Swedish striker Marcus Berg to score his first goal of the season with a deft chip over Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio in the 47th.

Schaefer claimed the victory for the home side when he curled his free kick around the Hamburg wall to beat Jaroslav Drobny at the near post.

"We were unlucky to lose with this stupid set-piece,'' said Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink, whose side has claimed only one point from its last five games.

Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo missed a great chance to equalize in injury time when he fired over from close range after a goalmouth scramble, leaving his side 14th, two points above the danger zone.

"No festival of football could have been expected,'' Aogo said. "We wanted to show commitment and passion. We did that.''

Borussia Dortmund, which visits Cologne on Sunday, leads the Bundesliga by five points from Bayern Munich, which hosts Hannover on Saturday.

 
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