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Hamburg sacks coach Bruno Labbadia after poor start

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Hamburger SV sacked coach Bruno Labbadia on Sunday after a poor start to the season with only one point from five matches.

Labbadia was fired despite a tenacious performance by his team in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich on a late goal.

Hamburg's director Dietmar Beiersdorfer said the move was necessary to ensure a turnaround after a disappointing start.