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Van der Vaart unable to prevent Hamburg loss

Associated Press Modified: September 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm •  Published: September 16, 2012

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.

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