Hamburg SV teenager Hakan Calhanoglou confirmed his status as one of the Bundesliga’s rising talents by scoring with a spectacular free-kick in a 1-1 draw at VfLWolfsburg, who failed to close in on the top four on Friday.
The German-born Turk, 19, opened the scoring with a 35m strike after 20 minutes that took Diego Benaglio by surprise, with the Switzerland goalkeeper running back to his goal only for the ball to bounce off the bar on to his head and into the net.
Wolfsburg, now unbeaten in their last six league games, levelled in the 31st with a Ricardo Rodriguez penalty after a foul by Heiko Westermann.
Hamburg stormed forward late in the game as Wolfsburg ran out of steam and could have snatched the win after Calhanoglou and Pierre Michel Lasogga outfoxed the home defense only for Ivo Ilicevic to hit the bar when faced with an open goal.
The result left Wolfsburg fifth on 23 points, two points behind Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions league spots, with Hamburg climbing one place to 10th on 16.
Bayern Munich, four points clear at the top on 35 points were due to host bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig yesterday.
Second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen were to play second-bottom Nuremberg while Borussia Dortmund, in third a further three points off the pace, were to visit FSV Mainz 05.