Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Fans protest after Hamburg's first relegation from Bundesliga

Fans protest after Hamburg's first relegation from Bundesliga

Hamburg slipped out of the German top-flight for the first time in 55-years despite beating Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1, causing chaos among the home supporters. While the Hamburg stadium famously has a clock that shows how long the club has been in the top-tier of German football, Borussia Moenchengladbach's faithful brought their own clock.

With their drop down a division came mayhem at the Volksparkstadion - Hamburg's home ground - as flares covered the pitch with the subsequent smoke then filling the air.

"This is an extremely painful moment for the entire Hamburg SV", club president Bernd Hoffmann said.

Needing a six-goal swing to pip Dortmund, or a three-goal one to overtake Hoffenheim, Bayer Leverkusen gave it their best shot with a 3-2 win over Hannover in which they missed an early penalty and had a late one ruled out from the VAR, before Niclas Fullkrug and Martin Harnik broke their hearts with two consolation goals in stoppage time. Hoffenheim's goal difference of +18 saw them finish third, Dortmund's of +17 had them fourth and Leverkusen were one behind on +16 and take a spot in the Europa League.

RB Leipzig's Jean-Kevin Augustin scored twice in their 6-2 demolition of hosts Hertha Berlin as they joined Leverkusen in the Europa League.

Dozens of riot police, several on horses, charged onto the pitch and lined up in front of the Hamburg fans, who lit several flares and threw them behind the Gladbach goal when it became clear that the team was on its way to the second division.

They join Cologne in being relegated to the second tier, while Wolfsburg play Holstein Kiel in the promotion-relegation play-off.

Stuttgart produced arguably the performance of the day, hammering Bayern Munich 4-1 at the Allianz Arena to leapfrog Eintracht Frankfurt - who lost 1-0 at Schalke - into seventh.

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