By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuttgart bounced back from their European exit to put a dent in Hamburg's title hopes.Stuttgart bounced back from their European exit to put a dent in Hamburg's title aspirations.
Following an away goals defeat to Middlesbrough in the Uefa Cup, Stuttgart received the perfect pick-me-up after a 2-0 success at Hamburg.
Silvio Meissner struck the first goal two minutes before half time, while Hamburg had Daniel van Buyten sent off for a second yellow card in the 89th minute.
There was still time for Stuttgart to seal the points as substitute Mario Gomez netted in injury time.
The result now leaves Hamburg 11 points adrift of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich ahead of their trip to the Allianz Arena next weekend.
Duisburg raised their hopes of staying in the top flight after a 2-1 win at home to 10-man Hertha Berlin.
The visitors had Alexander Madlung sent off after just 19 minutes and Duisburg went ahead moments later from Mihai Tararache's penalty.
Klemen Lavric extended the lead five minutes into the second half, and though Yildiray Basturk pulled one back, Duisburg hung on for an important three points.