Hamburg relegated from Bundesliga for first time

Hamburg CHAOS as Bundesliga side are relegated for the first time in 55 years

Hamburg CHAOS as Bundesliga side are relegated for the first time in 55 years

Former European champions Hamburg SV were relegated for the first time on Saturday, ending their record uninterrupted run in the top division since the Bundesliga's creation in 1963.

Once the fact was established that they are going down, angry fans started throwing flares onto the pitch, which inturrped play for over 15 minutes during stoppage time.

With Wolfsburg winning 4-1 at home to Koln, Hamburg's fate was sealed with a section of the home fans at the Volksparkstadion stopping the game late on, courtesy of a dramatic display of fireworks and flares which were hurled onto the pitch.

All good things must come to an end.

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

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

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

The game, which finally completed after a 10-minute delay, ended with lines of police on the pitch.

Shocking scenes unfolded in Hamburg this afternoon as fans protested against the club's relegation from the Bundesliga.

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.

At the other end of the table, Hoffenheim pipped Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig to a Champions League place next season as they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to third place.

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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