April 28, 2018 / 3:37 PM / 7 months ago

Soccer-Struggling Hamburg beat Wolfsburg in relegation derby

BERLIN, April 28 (Reuters) - Former European champions Hamburg SV edged past hosts VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 in their relegation derby on Saturday to continue their desperate comeback to stay in the Bundesliga with two matches remaining.

A 43rd minute penalty by Bobby Wood put the visitors in front and Lewis Holtby doubled their lead with a glancing header on the stroke of halftime.

Josip Brekalo slipped his 78th minute free kick past Hamburg keeper Julian Pollersbeck to give Wolfsburg some hope.

But Hamburg, the only team to have played in the Bundesliga every season since the top division’s creation in 1963, scored in stoppage time with Luca Waldschmidt to seal their third win in the last four matches.

The northern club are still 17th but have clawed their way back to within two points of the relegation playoff spot and 16th-placed Mainz 05 who have 30 points and are in action against RB Leipzig on Sunday.

Wolfsburg are also on 30 points, in 15th on goal difference. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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