Hamburg Suffer First Ever Relegation On Dramatic Bundesliga Final Day

Hamburg Suffer First Ever Relegation On Dramatic Bundesliga Final Day

Hamburg SV's record of being the only ever-present team in the German Bundesliga top flight came to cruel end on Saturday.

Police try to quell fan unrest as Hamburg are relegated from Germany's Bundesliga for the first time.

After flirting with relegation in recent seasons, Hamburg needed a win and a favor from already relegated Cologne against Wolfsburg to maintain hope of another escape.

The day started disastrously for Hamburg, as Joshua Guilavogui fired Wolfsburg ahead in the opening minute against Cologne.

Hamburg had taken an early lead through Aaron Hunt and went in front again with a Lewis Holtby goal just past the hour after Gladbach had levelled before halftime.

The thick smoke caused the game to be halted for more than 15 minutes while large numbers of police lined up facing the end from which the pyrotechnics had been launched.

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Talk about creativity! The reason Gladbach fans came up with the idea is in relation to the fact Hamburg have had a clock banner around their stadium detailing how long they've been in the German top flight.

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki gifted Hoffenheim possession with a terrible clearance on 26 minutes, allowing Andrej Kramaric to fire the home side in front.

Andrej Kramaric and Adam Szalai scored for the hosts, either side of Marco Reus' equaliser, and when Pavel Kaderabek netted Hoffenheim's third, Leverkusen were 3-0 up at home to Hannover needing a further two-goal swing to usurp Dortmund and snatch fourth.

Everton loanee Ademola Lookman ran the show with a goal and two assists as RB Leipzig booked Europa League football by winning 6-2 at Hertha Berlin.

That placing will see Stuttgart join Leverkusen and Leipzig in the Europa League, providing Frankfurt do not overcome Bayern in next weekend's DFB-Pokal final.

Bayern, though, were unable to give coach Jupp Heynckes an appropriate send-off in his final home game, as they stumbled to a shock 4-1 defeat to Stuttgart.

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