Hamburg, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Heiko Westermann's goal in the 82nd minute helped Hamburg to a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen at HSH Nordbank Arena on Friday, allowing the hosts to move out of the bottom three in the Bundesliga.
Hakan Calhanoglu put Hamburg in front inside of four minutes when Rafael van der Vaart brought a ball down for him to hammer into the bottom left corner.
But Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler handed his former team an equalizer early in the second half when he fumbled a shot from Julian Brandt into his own net, leveling the match at 1-1.
A point would have been a good result for Leverkusen, but Westermann had other ideas as he got on the other end of Dennis Diekmeier's right-wing cross and sent a well-struck volley past goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Emre Can had a late chance to equalize for Leverkusen that was snuffed out at close range by Adler, moving Hamburg one point clear of Nurnberg and into safety.
Leverkusen sits one point above Wolfsburg in the race for the final Champions League place, and Wolfsburg will visit second-place Borussia Dortmund on Saturday knowing that a win moves the team past Leverkusen and into fourth place.