Hamburg last-gasp goal hero Marcelo Diaz shows West Ham what they missed out on

Marcelo Diaz was linked with a move to Upton Park last summer but opted for Hamburg instead and has now proven to be the Bundesliga club's saviour.

A star for Chile at the World Cup in Brazil, midfielder Marcelo Diaz was linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs last summer and showed just why for Hamburg with a last-gasp season-defining goal.

The 28-year-old was on the radars of West Ham, Swansea and Leicester, according to The Sun, after impressing for the national side against the likes of Holland, Spain and Brazil.

But Diaz opted to remain at then-club Basel in Switzerland, where he was on a high from winning back-to-back league titles.

Come January, however, everything changed, with the midfielder deciding the time was right to move on to Hamburg in the Bundesliga on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Die Rothosen were already embroiled in a relegation battle at that stage, but no-one could have predicted the role Diaz would play, partly because the truth is that he struggled for game-time for much of the season.

Down and seemingly out going into the final day of the campaign, Hamburg began their great escape with a surprise 2-0 win over Schalke.

That victory, combined with results elsewhere, gave Hamburg the chance to remain in the top-flight though they would have to overcome Karlsruhe in a special two-leg play-off in order to main their Bundesliga status.

Hamburg have never been relegated and fans must have feared the worst after a 1-1 draw at home in the first leg.

Worse was to come in the return fixture, with Karlsruhe ahead for much of the game.

Time was running out and so it was that, in the 91st minute, Diaz stepped up to score a delightful free-kick that rescued the tie, with the game going to extra time.

Hamburg duly scored again in the 30 minute period and though Diaz has only played a handful of games and netted a single goal, his contribution will live long in the memory of the European Cup winners.

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