Petric delivers Hamburg the victory

Mladen Petric’s second-half goal Friday gave Hamburger SV a 1-0 win over visiting Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

Petric slid in to meet a low in-swinging cross from Ben-Hatira with 25 minutes remaining for his fifth goal of the season.

Hamburg has 30 points and moves up to sixth pending Saturday’s result between Freiburg and Nuremburg. Frankfurt remains eighth, but could be overtaken by Hoffenheim on Sunday.

Frankfurt was content to play on the counterattack but Fanis Gekas was unable to take any of his chances.

Petric had a last-minute penalty appeal turned down in what may have been strike partner Ruud van Nistelrooy’s last game for the club. Spanish media is reporting that he is on the verge of rejoining former club Real Madrid.