Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
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Hamburg relegated after 55 seasons in Bundesliga top flight

Hamburg relegated after 55 seasons in Bundesliga top flight

Protests from Hamburg fans delayed the end of their season finale in some chaotic scenes, but they could not halt the Bundesliga club from suffering relegation for the first time in their history.

Hamburg beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 on the final day of the German top-flight season but dropped down to Bundesliga 2 because Wolfsburg beat already-relegated Cologne 4-1.

When relegation was confirmed, fans set off flares and police and security staff came on to the pitch.

"This is an extremely painful moment for the entire Hamburg SV", club President Bernd Hoffmann said. "The club has lost one of the things that makes it unique".

Some Hamburg players broke down and cried after referee Felix Brych finally ended the game after a long hold-up due to the disturbances.

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.

Even after going down to 10 men following Bobby Wood's dismissal in the 71st minute, Hamburg continued to hold on, hoping for a miracle that ultimately never came.

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.

Red Bull Leipzig, who finishes sixth in a Europa League spot, went off on Hertha Berlin with a six-goal outburst on Saturday that saw Frenchman Jean-Kevin Augustin record two goals and an assist.

The league champions suffered a 4-1 defeat to Stuttgart on Saturday, although the result didn't do much for either side.

Victory for the Bavarians in the showpiece game would mean seventh-placed Stuttgart could compete in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

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