Van der Vaart unable to prevent Hamburg loss


BERLIN (AP) -Rafael van der Vaart was unable to inspire Hamburger SV on his return as Eintracht Frankfurt beat his side 3-2 to share the lead of the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Van der Vaart did manage to set up Son Heung-min's consolation goal for Hamburg, which played the second half with 10 men after Petr Jiracek was shown a red card for a lunge at Brazilian defender Anderson in first-half injury time.

Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui opened the scoring in the 13th minute for Frankfurt, running at the Hamburg defense before dinking a superb strike beyond the flailing Rene Adler.

Canada striker Olivier Occean made it 2-0 with his first Bundesliga goal five minutes later.

"We have to start like they did," Van der Vaart said. "We have a young team but we have to play."

Heiko Westermann pulled one back from close range in the 45th when Artjoms Rudnevs headed Van der Vaart's corner back across goal.

Referee Wolfgang Stark sent Thorsten Fink to the stands after Jiracek's dismissal, and the Hamburg coach watched as Stefan Aigner lifted the ball over Adler in the 52nd.

"I nicely told the referee that we'd never won a game with him," Fink said. "He took that as an insult."

Van der Vaart ensured a nervy finish 11 minutes later, when the Dutchman sent Son through with the outside of his left foot and the South Korean glided past Kevin Trapp before slotting the ball in.

Dennis Diekmeier should have equalized with a quarter of an hour remaining but Kevin Trapp, who had two good saves in the first half, again saved Frankfurt in a one on one.

"After 20 minutes we thought it's all the same and then we created a few chances. But when the confidence isn't there anymore you make the wrong decisions," Van der Vaart said.

Promoted side Frankfurt and Bayern Munich are the only teams to win their opening three games, while Hamburg and Hoffenheim are the only teams yet to claim a point.

Former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese endured another miserable afternoon earlier Sunday when Freiburg came from behind to beat his Hoffenheim side 5-3.

Matthieu Delpierre fired Hoffenheim ahead in the second minute, but poor defending allowed Karim Guede to equalize in the 17th and Max Kruse to put Freiburg in front 10 minutes later.

Boris Vukcevic equalized in the 57th, only for Fallou Diagne to beat two defenders to a corner and head beyond the stranded Wiese in the 68th.

Takashi Usami pulled Hoffenheim level again with a sharp turn and powerful shot in the 76th, but Wiese failed to deal with another corner allowing Cedric Makiadi a simple tap-in in the 84th.

Sebastian Freis rounded the unfortunate goalkeeper to seal the result three minutes later.

Wiese has conceded 15 goals in five competitive games for Hoffenheim since his offseason move from Werder Bremen, including four to fourth-tier side Berliner AK in the first round of the German Cup.

Hoffenheim's fourth loss in a row across all competitions - its seventh including last season - leaves the side bottom of the Bundesliga and Markus Babbel in danger of being the first coaching casualty of the season.

"Some goals were scored that should not have been scored," said Babbel, who refused to criticize Wiese. "We have to keep working."

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