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Clock stops as Hamburg suffer first Bundesliga relegation

13 May, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Hamburg CHAOS as Bundesliga side are relegated for the first time in 55 years

There were troubling scenes in the 90th minute of the match as police were forced to storm onto the pitch after one section of the home support let off a series of flares and fireworks, which engulfed the stand behind the goal in smoke, delaying the end of the game.

Hamburg had battled to victory over Moenchengladbach, but were doomed to relegation as Wolfsburg beat Cologne 4-1.

There was to be no great escape for Hamburg on Saturday afternoon, with relegation to the second tier confirmed on the final day of the Bundesliga season.

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However, Wolfsburg's 4-1 win over Cologne meant they were sent down to the Bundesliga 2 on the final day for the first time in their history, with Wolfsburg occupying the relegation play-off spot and still having a chance of remaining in the division.

Instead, Wolfsburg will play Holstein Kiel, which finished third in the second division, in a two-leg playoff to determine which side plays in the top flight next season.

Hamburg have won the Bundesliga three times since its invention as such in "63, coming in five seasons between 1978/79 and 1982/83 - the first spearheaded by the goals of Kevin Keegan before Horst Hrubesch took over as the club's top scorer for four successive seasons, the man they called Das Kopfball-Ungeheuer (erm; 'the Header Beast") leading Der Dino to a league and European Cup double in 1983. Titz reinvigorated the side over his eight games in charge.

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Missing out were Bayer Leverkusen, who will be frustrated to have to settle for the Europa League after a 3-2 home win over Hannover.

Timo Werner pushed the visitors further clear with a goal on the break and Lookman found Augustin for a match-killing strike shortly before the hour mark.

Elsewhere, Guido Burgstaller's bullet header saw Schalke edge Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Werder Bremen left it late to triumph 2-1 at Mainz, Theodor Gebre Selassie grabbing the victor after Florian Kainz had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Gbamin's opener.

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