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Di Santo's late penalty enough for Bremen to beat Hamburg 1-0 in Bundesliga's northern derby

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BERLIN — Franco di Santo's late penalty earned Werder Bremen a 1-0 win over Hamburger SV in the northern derby on Sunday to leave the visitors last in the Bundesliga.

Di Santo sent Rene Adler the wrong way in the 84th minute after Valon Behrami was sent off for pulling back Zlatko Junuzovic.

It was a hard-fought game with few real chances and many fouls. Bremen defender Jannik Vestergaard went off early after a bad challenge from Rafael van der Vaart.

PHOTO: New Hamburg head coach Bruno Labbadia is surrounded by photographers prior the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
New Hamburg head coach Bruno Labbadia is surrounded by photographers prior the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV in Bremen, Germany, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Hamburg's best chance fell to Zoltan Stieber but he shot just wide in the 28th.

Bremen rallied late. Former Hamburg youth Leven Oztunali drew a fine save from Adler before di Santo spoiled Bruno Labaddia's second debut as Hamburg coach.

Labbadia was re-appointed Wednesday in a bid stave off relegation, becoming the club's fourth coach of the season. Hamburg is the only founding member of the Bundesliga never to have been relegated but the club is four points from safety after its fifth consecutive loss. Only five rounds of games remain.

"We played a good game," Hamburg defender Heiko Westermann said. "We still have hope. Unfortunately it wasn't enough today."

Second-place Wolfsburg was hosting Schalke later.

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