Hamburg kept alive their dreams of playing in the Europa League final at their home stadium by edging their quarter-final first leg against Standard Liege 2-1.
The Belgian side took the lead after 31 minutes through Dieumerci Mbokani but Mladen Petric equalised from the spot for HSV three minutes before the interval and Ruud van Nistelrooy completed the turnaround on the stroke of half-time.
The return leg will be played next Thursday in Belgium with the winner set to take on either Fulham or Wolfsburg in the last four.
The final will be played on May 12 at Hamburg’s HSH Nordbank Arena.
van Nistelrooy goal